What Is Your Worst Technology Blunder?

I’ve been tagged by @dpbullington.

In your I.T. career, there has to be one specific instance of when you made a mistake that took down servers, caught a forest on fire, or extinct an endangered species. I want those in the technology community to answer this question and send me a link for inclusion. I challenge the following to answer, calling out by Twitter name:

  • @JoelCochran
  • @Veverkap
  • @foreachdev
  • @devhammer

I submit my answer below:

I’ve only been developing professionally for three years, so I don’t think I’ve had the proper amount of time to make any blunders.  I do recall that during my first year at my current company, I was working late one night, and I was making adjusts to our app’s database.  One of the process items was copying the full database from one server to another.  However, in order to do so, it was easiest for me to delete the destination database and recreate it.  After ten hours, everything in SQL Server Management Studio starts to look the same.  I selected the database and press Delete.  The confirmation came up, and I said “of course I want to delete!”.  And the database was gone.

Five minutes pass, and I went to copy the new database.  However, it wasn’t there.  Fear fell over me, as I realized that I had deleted the “good” development database, and not the outdated test/production database I wanted to.  I ran around the office yelling several expletives.  Our IT guy had gone home for the day, so I had to figure out how to restore from backups, but I had no idea where the backups were.  I searched for about 30 minutes before I found the “SQL Backups” folder.  Inside of it was a backup only a few hours old.

Disaster avoided.

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