IT War Stories: Show and Tell

The British Computer Society Wolverhampton Branch are putting on an interesting event on Wednesday 27th October, 2010 as part of their AGM meeting.

Entitled “War Stories: Show and Tell” – it invites IT Professionals to share their interesting stories about working within IT!

Anyone who has worked in IT will have a story to tell. On-line IT degree graduates can chime in too!

For me – I recall a (rather embarrassing) situation as a young techie where I was trying to upgrade the RAID card in an aging Compaq Server, alongside an IT Manager. Try as we might, the PCI RAID card would not fit into the PCI slot on the server – there was a pesky notch on the PCI Slot on the Server Motherboard, and no such notch on the PCI RAID card.

Rather than consider that the notch was their for a reason, we concluded that if we took a hack-saw to the PCI card – we could carve out a notch and make it fit!

Thankfully, just as we were about to start butchering – common sense prevailed and some research showed that the notch was on the card because the card was a 5v PCI card that we were trying to force into a 3.3v PCI card slot. The notch was actually there to prevent idiots from us from blowing up the server.


If you’re attending the BCS event below, then I’ll see you there!

“27thOctober 2010 – AGM  7:00 PM

In MC130, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton

Followed by:

War Stories: Show and Tell 7:30 p.m.

This is the equivalent of an open mike evening for computer professionals. Anyone who has worked in the IT industry will have an interesting story to tell about a project that didn’t go as planned or software that didn’t behave. Please come along and share your experiences with everyone else. Contributions should take no longer than five minutes to relate and hopefully should have a lesson attached to them. If you haven’t got a good story then it’s fine just to come along and listen.

We are also looking for old and out-dated computer related hardware that are now rare items such as eight inch floppy disks or punched tape editors. If you have a piece of interesting hardware please bring it along (assuming its portable). Manuals for much loved pieces of software such as GEORGE III would also be of interest.

War Stories which have already been lined up include:

Mike Jackson  – Crashing the computers at CERN

Peter Crouch – Throwing computers out of a window

Sheri Sankey – How I cost Star Trek $75,000

It would help if you emailed the title of your war story in advance to wolvescommittee@bcs.orgso that we can ensure it gets into the programme but we would also hope to accommodate any contributions on the night.

There will be prizes for the most interesting war story and the most interesting/oldest hardware entry.

Tea/Coffee from 6.30pm.

Details of how to get to the venue can be found on our website:

Mary Garvey
Wolverhampton Chair”

Richard Tubb is an IT Business Consultant who works with ambitious IT companies who want to grow their businesses in a scalable and sustainable way. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the elected chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.


2 Responses to “IT War Stories: Show and Tell”

  1. 1 Andy October 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I can confirm that this story is true, I was there when it happened and no I wasn\’t the one cutting into the card.

  2. 2 Richard October 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for verifying my rank stupidity Andy – always appreciated. 😉

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