If at first you don’t succeed...

?New guy on this IT team heads to a site two-and-a-half hours away to the south where he’s urgently needed to diagnose a failed server, reports a pilot fish at HQ.

“Half an hour later, he came back into the office,” fish says. “His satellite navigation system had failed.

“We got a road atlas and printed detailed instructions on how to get to the site and sent him out on his way again.

“Turns out he cannot read maps. An hour and a half later we got a call from him saying the instructions were no good. We asked him where he was. He was one-and-a-half hours to the north of our office, meaning he was now four hours away from the site he was suppose to be heading toward.

“We sent him back home. When he arrives back in the office tomorrow, we’ll be teaching him how to use the antique skill of reading maps -- just in case his satellite navigation system fails again.”

The fastest route to the Shark Tank is this one: sharky@computerworld.com. Send me your true tale of IT life, and you’ll get a stylish Shark shirt if I use it. Add your comments below, and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.

Now you can post your own stories of IT ridiculousness at Shark Bait. Join today and vent your IT frustrations to people who've been there, done that.

Computerworld's IT Salary Survey 2017 results
Shop Tech Products at Amazon