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Submission + - IT's Greatest Enemies (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Dan Tynan takes a look at the six greatest enemies of IT — those most bent on ensuring that the jobs and lives of IT pros are as difficult as possible. 'You might think IT's greatest enemies are cyber criminals and malware authors. But far worse are those who make the lives of these evildoers that much easier. In fact, the greatest enemies of IT are members of the community IT serves: from clueless suits to annoying power users, from miserly managers to those friends and family members who are always hitting you up for free tech support. Any one of them can keep you from doing your best — or getting anything done at all,' Tynan writes. 'Here are the classic enemies of IT, how to recognize them, and what you can do to keep them at bay.'

Comment Re:And They Give Me Free Legal Help... (Score 1) 606

Are people really calling up doctors and asking them to perform surgery on them for free?

Probably not, but if your friend is a doctor and you call him up asking what's the best thing to do for the flu, he'll gladly tell you get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids.

Are they calling up mechanics and asking them to swap out an in-tank fuel pump for them?

Half the lights were out in my car, and mechanic friends chewed my ass upwards and downwards for paying a mechanic. "Dude, that's maybe thirty bucks worth of parts! I'd have fixed it for you!"

I'll troubleshoot a friend's PC problem unless it's going to involve a shitload of work, like changing an in-tank fuel pump would.

The problem I have is people just assuming that I will take a couple of hours out of my day to do something for them, but then being unwilling to either reciprocate the favor, or offer me something like a beer for it.

Maybe you're hanging out with the wrong crowd? I know there are a lot of people I associate with that I'd be better off avoiding.

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