What Tech at Work Infuriates You Most?

By Harrison Weber on at

My laptop is hot garbage—akin to the stuff at the bottom of the bag when you haven't taken out the bins in a while. I spend much of my time in front this machine, a 'space grey' 2017 MacBook Pro, and while it might sound pretty good to you, I would like you to know that, actually, it reeks!

This laptop was made by Apple, and some of its faults are Apple’s own, like the “a” key that sticks or the TouchBar that forever finds new ways to irk me. But the real crime against me was waged by my own employer, whose bloated, mandatory software taunts me daily from my otherwise gleaming menu bar. I’m not saying they're actively trying to undermine everything I do, from its endless flood of “security” updates to the blocked macOS updates I would sure like to download. I’m not saying they are trying to get in the way. I am merely, respectfully posing the possibility.

This is probably the most infuriating thing I experience at work. Sure, the off-brand Nespresso pods in the office kitchen could use an upgrade, but they work in a pinch, and sometimes we even have cold brew.

Yet, when tensions run high at work, sometimes even the slightest offences can make us mulish, unable to get anything done—a mechanical keyboard clacking, an ill-timed software update, or anything remotely capable of spouting the words “PC Load Letter.” What work-related tech infuriates you most? Tell us your horrifying tales in the comments below. It’ll be cathartic.