• DOA (cs)

    I wonder why the recycling company didn't just open a second-hand computer branch. Screw non-profit, they could be getting filthy rich.

  • stolen_username (cs)

    Good WTF, but I was rather distracted by the fact that Google wants me to save 50% on treadmills.

  • bd (unregistered)

    With more people like that IT manager, we'd never got into recession.

  • thomas (unregistered)

    I want to believe.

  • JonTurner (unregistered)

    Won't be long before he's bringing a truckload of worthless stock certificates.

  • akatherder (cs)

    Ohh it's a "Best of the Sidebar"! T minus 8 comments until someone suspiciously notes that they think they saw this wtf posted before.

  • facilisis (unregistered)

    Where does this guy work and does he know I accept donations too??? :)

  • Survey User 2338 (unregistered)

    This story explains why capitalism is the best way to organize an economy because it can withstand the crushing stupidity of humans.

    This story also shows that it really only takes luck and social skills to rise to the top of an organization not intelligence. I think that is one of the appealing qualities of this site for IT professionals.

  • Anonymous Cow-herd (unregistered) in reply to akatherder
    akatherder:
    Ohh it's a "Best of the Sidebar"! T minus 8 comments until someone suspiciously notes that they think they saw this wtf posted before.

    I think I've seen this comment posted before ...

  • Quango (unregistered)

    An excellent example of why CEOs should not define IT strategy, and leave it to the IT manager.

  • BlueCollarAstronaut (unregistered) in reply to stolen_username
    stolen_username:
    Good WTF, but I was rather distracted by the fact that Google wants me to save 50% on treadmills.

    The CEO loved the new treadmill he got at his house, so he ordered some for the company rec room.

    The problem is that they weren't color-coordinated with the TVs that were already in there...Google's just trying to pass the savings of those recycled treadmills on to you.

  • Alan (unregistered)

    Well, at least the CEO was generous. I hate it when the boss gets all the latest kit when you are slugging away with yellowing 5 year old stuff.

  • Gamma (unregistered)

    Ah, we finally get to the bottom of what triggered the the current worldwide financial crisis.

  • Beeblebrox (unregistered) in reply to Alan

    I hate when the boss gets new stuff and we get the old crap, too. Especially when the boss just uses it for checking e-mail and powerpoint, and I'm trying to run 3 or 4 instances of dev studio, 2 different openGL apps, and some other resource-hogging stuff on a computer that doesn't even have 2 cores or 2 cpus.

  • real_aardvark (cs) in reply to Quango
    Quango:
    An excellent example of why CEOs should not define IT strategy, and leave it to the IT manager.
    Your faith in IT managers is very sweet, young Jedi.

    This was a truly excellent post, btw.

  • Steve (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous Cow-herd
    Anonymous Cow-herd:
    akatherder:
    Ohh it's a "Best of the Sidebar"! T minus 8 comments until someone suspiciously notes that they think they saw this wtf posted before.

    I think I've seen this comment posted before ...

    I think I've seen this comment on a comment before. I call shenanigans.

  • eBay (unregistered)

    Make a killing on eBay!!!

  • Stilgar (cs) in reply to Quango
    Quango:
    An excellent example of why CEOs should not define IT strategy, and leave it to the IT manager.

    While I agree with you I have to mention that we've seen numerous examples of bad IT managers on this very site.

  • my name is missing (unregistered)

    At a previous job, our sales people were always looking for "dumb customers with money". It was good for business.

  • Ric (unregistered)

    Whoa with all those donated equipment the recycling centre can build a rendering farm and compete against Google or Pixie.

  • Schnapple (unregistered)

    This to me was the best part

    The staff we could let go because we didn't have to do desktop hardware support was all cheap interns — we had to bring in a nearly equal number of highly paid and trained professionals to handle the new duties, nevermind the increased infrastructure costs.

    I guess they didn't mention that part in the pamphlet.

  • MadJo@Work (unregistered) in reply to Ric
    Ric:
    Whoa with all those donated equipment the recycling centre can build a rendering farm and compete against Google or Pixie.
    I think they could even make better CGI for The Lord Of The Rings than WETA with all that gear.
  • Yarrr (unregistered)

    Practically every article here makes me wonder whether anyone ever has the balls to say, "I think this is a bad idea" rather than simply shrug and allow management to plow their company into the ground. These things are amusing, and probably edited for effect, but still...

  • Peter (unregistered)

    I was actually thinking that I'd like to know where I can get some of these PC's. Sounds like they could be had for a pretty good price if the original company is just dumping them. I know of people who did stuff like this, but it's still wasteful.

  • Sanjay Kumar (unregistered)

    This is too dramatic. Doesn't look credible.

  • Man 987876980 (unregistered)

    Talk about "thick clients".

  • Resa (unregistered) in reply to DOA
    The next time I met him, a year after that, he was backing into my loading dock with a truck half full (they aren't very big you know) of thin clients.

    Really?

  • Resa (unregistered) in reply to Sanjay Kumar
    Sanjay Kumar:
    This is too dramatic. Doesn't look credible.

    This guy is full of shit.

  • Sentax (cs) in reply to Stilgar
    While I agree with you I have to mention that we've seen numerous examples of bad IT managers on this very site.
    Yes, this IT Manager was definitely a bad one, he didn't do his part and consult the CEO to think of the big picture, and tell him just because you got a cool upgrade at home doesn't mean it's just as easy and wise to at your company. I would of told that CEO to go run the business and leave the IT alone as I would manage it and let you know when we need upgrades. He would appreciate you having such big balls to stand up to him that way.
  • ObiWayneKenobi (cs)

    I don't think anyone has mentioned that this article seems familiar for some reason....

    I want to get a bunch of new and kinda-used PCs and stuff because some clueless CEO keeps changing his mind and upgrading/downgrading things every year :(

  • Jasmine (unregistered) in reply to Yarrr
    Yarrr:
    Practically every article here makes me wonder whether anyone ever has the balls to say, "I think this is a bad idea" rather than simply shrug and allow management to plow their company into the ground. These things are amusing, and probably edited for effect, but still...

    Balls no, but I say that all the time. Sometimes I get ignored, but most of the time people listen. We're a non-profit, so everybody tends to work together for our common needs fairly well.

  • Da' Man (unregistered)

    I think that handhelds are going to be the new desktops any time soon now.

    Come on all, spread the word. It's for a good purpose.. :-)

  • Teh Irish Gril Riot (unregistered)

    And the next truckload?

    ...burned-out IT workers looking for jobs unloading trucks...

  • Resa (unregistered) in reply to Da' Man
    Da' Man:
    I think that handhelds are going to be the new desktops any time soon now.

    Come on all, spread the word. It's for a good purpose.. :-)

    Well, they are very thin.

  • Anakin Somebody (unregistered) in reply to real_aardvark
    real_aardvark:
    Quango:
    An excellent example of why CEOs should not define IT strategy, and leave it to the IT manager.
    Your faith in IT managers is very sweet, young Jedi.

    I find your lack of faith, disturbing.

  • me (unregistered)

    It really is much more fun if the stories or real or at least plausible... I.e., exactly not like this made-up crap.

  • Bladezor (cs)

    I wouldn't mind a server or two, how about your buddies here?!

  • Survey User 2338 (unregistered) in reply to Resa
    Resa:
    Sanjay Kumar:
    This is too dramatic. Doesn't look credible.

    This guy is full of shit.

    This comment is too dramatic but his user name is an anagram for arse so it may be credible after all.

  • real_aardvark (cs) in reply to Anakin Somebody
    Anakin Somebody:
    real_aardvark:
    Quango:
    An excellent example of why CEOs should not define IT strategy, and leave it to the IT manager.
    Your faith in IT managers is very sweet, young Jedi.

    I find your lack of faith, disturbing.

    Disturbing more, your comment I find.

    Rather than "sweet," "touching" I meant. My comment to edit too late on this site, it was...

  • matt (unregistered)

    Hey, at least they didn't get chucked in the bin. I hate it when decent computer gear is chucked away, even if it is hypothetic in nature.

  • Havok (unregistered) in reply to Yarrr
    Yarrr:
    Practically every article here makes me wonder whether anyone ever has the balls to say, "I think this is a bad idea" rather than simply shrug and allow management to plow their company into the ground. These things are amusing, and probably edited for effect, but still...

    i totally agree. I fight with my bosses 24/7 because of bad decisions.

    And I never get any word or answer when it is proven that I'm right (about 90% of the time)

  • Pat (unregistered) in reply to my name is missing
    my name is missing:
    At a previous job, our sales people were always looking for "dumb customers with money". It was good for business.

    A few weeks ago, my boss was out kayaking and saw some old men drive up in a car loaded with gear. They had fancy kayaks with rudders, fancy-pants suits, the works. He thought they were some real hard-core kayakers.

    Then they got in the water and struggled to get the paddling down right. Somewhere, a salesperson was grinning like an idiot.

    I wonder if they were single? You could make them fight for you, then dump them both when you've got a good haul.

  • Rboy (unregistered)

    The real WTF is that he didn't tell us where he worked!

  • ParkinT (cs)

    This sounds suspiciously like the US Government !

  • real_aardvark (cs) in reply to Havok
    Havok:
    Yarrr:
    Practically every article here makes me wonder whether anyone ever has the balls to say, "I think this is a bad idea" rather than simply shrug and allow management to plow their company into the ground. These things are amusing, and probably edited for effect, but still...

    i totally agree. I fight with my bosses 24/7 because of bad decisions.

    And I never get any word or answer when it is proven that I'm right (about 90% of the time)

    I think "balls" here might be closely proximate to "Goodbye!"

    Luckily, the binary system allows you to count them without significant overflow.

  • Pedant (unregistered)

    Hey,

    Spare any servers? :)

  • mauhiz (unregistered)

    This comment was dumped there because I did not like it anymore

  • Pecos Bill (cs) in reply to Beeblebrox
    Beeblebrox:
    ...2 different openGL apps...
    Games at work... Wow, serious non-WTF job.
  • real_aardvark (cs) in reply to Pecos Bill
    Pecos Bill:
    Beeblebrox:
    ...2 different openGL apps...
    Games at work... Wow, serious non-WTF job.
    There goes the future of humanity in a single sentence.
  • Joseph (cs)

    I would love that job for the fact that you get real world experience with tons of technologies and get paid for it.

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