I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

IT tales of terror: What’s your scariest tech story?

Jane Elizabeth
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It’s that time of year when we share spooky stories and go over the weirdest, wildest things to happen to us as developers. We want to know, what’s your scariest story as a programmer?

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? It’s the scariest time of the year and people are sharing terrifying tales everywhere. We here at JAXenter enjoy a good scare, so it’s time to talk about the most horrifying thing you’ve ever heard or seen in your years as a programmer. That’s right – we want to hear your scariest tech story.

(By the way, here’s an awesome mixtape of spooky space sounds from NASA to provide you with a suitably terrifying soundtrack to this post.)

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Developers face some pretty terrifying things. Whether it’s bosses who have no idea why this is a bad idea:

… or the fear of every IT department ever:

scariest tech story

Original via Megan Mackay

… techies have to be especially brave. So, who do you call when there’s something strange on the server? Maybe you can commiserate with this story from our archives:

So…I crashed the New Zealand stock exchange. I shut down the servers in the wrong window.

We were sitting in the Ops room, and we had a police siren set up for when the stock exchange goes down, because we need to know about it. So I enter my command on the keyboard, and all of a sudden, the siren kicks off.

I didn’t put two and two together to start with. I thought, “Cool! Our siren’s gone off.” So I started looking at various systems, and then I thought: oh, hang on a second.

And that’s the day we discovered our disaster recovery did actually work. They’d never been tested before.

Or this one, about the poor haunted server farm:

A lot of companies forget to lock where their server farms are, and the cleaners will just go in and clean, right? So they’ll dust on the computers, and off switches will happen – Chaos Monkey style. That’s happened at a major, major investment bank here in London.

They let the cleaners into the server rooms, and all of a sudden major production systems started going down. Everyone’s going, “what’s going on?”, rang security down thinking they were being hacked, and the cleaner’s like hoovering, headphones in, elbows smacking up against the servers.

Gather round for a terrifying tale

We want to hear from you! What was your scariest true story about tech? Think of stories like the “more magic” switch that keeps a computer running or tales of woe when your boss wanted to know where “the cloud” was located. Tell us your scariest tech story in the comments below and you could be featured in an upcoming story from JAXenter!

And remember, Happy Halloween!

Jane Elizabeth
Jane Elizabeth is an assistant editor for

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