And thank goodness for bad product instructions

This VP -- "someone's useless brother-in-law," says an IT pilot fish in the know -- decides to take upon himself to add wireless access to the company network.

"He bought a wireless router made for home use from a local big-box store and plugged it into our network," fish says. "After being defeated by the instructions, he contacted me to make it work.

"I had a hard time convincing him that if I did what he said, it would defeat the many layers of security on our network and financial records of thousands of people would be at risk.

"It finally took our security manager quitting and his staff threatening to quit to make him back down -- and he only did so after they came up with a way for him to connect wirelessly in his office."

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