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Our IT support guy has been in the job since 1979, and never misses an opportunity to pick up a mouse and say "Hello computer" into it, Star Trek-style. Tell us your tales from the IT support cupboard, either from within or without.

(, Thu 24 Sep 2009, 12:45)
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RX35 Switch
I work in IT support for the military, so if you read any further I will have to kill you.

A few years ago I was stationed on a large warship.

Now, you might expect IT security on the shipwide control system to be pretty tight, and indeed the firewalls to prevent external attacks are very secure (you don't really want some geek with a wireless laptop hacking in and controlling the ship lol), but if someone can actually get onto the ship, there are network ports all over which they can plug into and gain access to the whole control path.

One time when the ship pulled in a small vessel which was suspected of smuggling, the shit-for-brains marines failed to search it properly and a handful of ne'erdowells then sneaked aboard, plugged into the network, and proceded to arse around inside it. As well as mucking about with the data on the brig, thay also managed to blow a fuse on the waste control circuits, which meant I had to take a trip out all the way to home base to get a replacement RX35 switch from central stores.

As it turns out this was quite a lucky break, because while I was away this same bunch of chancers blew the whole ship up by firing some proton torpedos down the main reactor exhaust pipe.

(, Fri 25 Sep 2009, 9:40, closed)
very clever. I like.
(, Fri 25 Sep 2009, 9:41, closed)
Had me until the bitter end!
(, Fri 25 Sep 2009, 9:56, closed)
lovely stuff
(, Fri 25 Sep 2009, 14:24, closed)
What about the contract workers?
(, Fri 25 Sep 2009, 20:48, closed)
Yeah, quite.
I mean, I was only doing my job. It's not my fault if my employer turned out to be an evil pan-galactic dictator.
(, Wed 30 Sep 2009, 12:22, closed)
Yes yes yes yes yes
Good one :)
(, Mon 28 Sep 2009, 14:55, closed)

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