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August 29, 2013
Boondoggle Press

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Marissa Curnutte

‘I.T. Confidential’ gives humorous tips on making the workday go by faster

PLANO, TEXAS – Exposing what happens in the deep, dark, geeky world of information technology professionals isn’t easy, but someone had to do it. An insider writing under the pseudonym C.D. Rahm tells it like it is in “I.T. Confidential” (August 29, 2013, Boondoggle Press).

Think “Kitchen Confidential” meets cult-classic “Office Space.”

A tell-all book with a sense of humor, “I.T. Confidential” shines the spotlight on a group of corporate office inhabitants usually found lurking in the shadows or hunched over a computer in a messy cubicle somewhere. The author welcomes you to the realm of information technology.

With years of professional experience, C.D. Rahm divulges secrets and unveils tips that could help the workday go by just a little faster. Readers learn how to spot brainiacs around the office just by looking at their shirts, find out how to move up in the world without actually having to work and get a lesson on why consultants should wear glasses. As a personal tour guide, C.D. Rahm cleverly explains the ins and outs of corporate travel death marches, stale bagels and job descriptions for goofballs, plus frozen turkeys and other disappointing performance bonuses that don’t involve a trip to the bank.

Don’t work in I.T.? Congrats. Really. But C.D. Rahm says you should care anyway because information technology is behind every email in your inbox, every song in your iTunes account and every file on your computer. “I.T. Confidential” is a captivating look at a part of the office that isn’t often visited, but most people couldn’t function without, even if they don’t know it’s there.

C.D. Rahm is a revered expert in the I.T. world. His debut book, “I.T. Confidential,” chronicles his experience as an office geek extraordinaire.


Biography of Author C.D. Rahm

Ready to uncover the underbelly of the corporate office, C.D. Rahm presents “I.T. Confidential”  (August 29, 2013, Boondoggle Press), a humorous look at the world of information technology.

He has been an I.T. professional and innovator in the field since first hearing the word “geek” and knew he wanted to be one. He worked alongside Thomas Edison in inventing electricity and Al Gore in inventing the Internet. He is believed to have come up with the name “mouse” for the device used to move the cursor around a monitor when he observed his cat chasing the one he employed across his desk during an earthquake. (The cat was very disappointed when he caught it, but ate it anyway.) C.D. Rahm is perhaps best known for his sage advice to Steve Jobs when he said, “Who would buy an electronic thingy named after a piece of fruit?”

C. D. Rahm lives in anonymity inside an honest-to-goodness I.T. guy who, for reasons of sanity and job security, prefers to remain nameless.

Reader Reviews for “I.T. Confidential”

“A fun read with wit and wisdom on every page. C.D. Rahm knows his stuff and it shows.” --Patty DeDominick, Chief Catalyst, Maui Mastermind LLC


“This book was obviously written by someone who has lived the life of an I.T. professional. This writer’s take on the personalities we interact with daily is absolutely hilarious. Outstanding!”
--Terry D. Britt

“You want to know what goes on in the I.T. world? Well, the light, humorous and thought provoking moments make this book one fun read. C.D. Rahm will take you to I.T. with a smile.”
--Cathy Holmes

“I was quite surprised when I read this book. I expected not to be able to relate to or understand the ‘jargon’ but I laughed my butt off, and after spending years in the corporate America cube farm and working closely with I.T. types and upper management types and their big words and pointless meeting after meeting, I could totally relate.”
--Melanie Neal

Book Details for “I.T. Confidential”

Paperback, $17.95; eBook, $9.95
ISBN: 9780988799707
120 pages
Boondoggle Press
August 29, 2013

If you could be a fly on the cubicle wall of an I.T. professional...

...someone would probably throw a stale bagel at you. But before they did, you would see what C.D. Rahm reveals in this tell-all book.

At great personal risk to career and plastic pocket protector, C.D. Rahm takes us on a tour of corporate malaise, rampant confusion, dinner-plate-sized chocolate chip cookies, and lousy box lunches.

Pulling no punches (except possibly the spiked punch from the disastrous office holiday party) he reveals everything: managers behaving badly, professional time-wasters, fast-food junkies, and the hygienically challenged.

An I.T. insider, his is a world of technology for all, productivity for none. It is a place where the confused and frightened lead the overworked and clueless. This is where polyester slacks meet PowerPoint presentations, and budgets meet their doom.

When network systems come down, I.T. professionals get up. And march straight to the vending machine. C.D. Rahm has been there, done that, and soiled the t-shirt.

Now you can know what I.T. geeks know: That if you have a chip on your shoulder you have probably stuck your head into the wrong port.

Whether you’re a tech expert or you don’t know your app from a hole in the ground, you will be astounded – or at least mildly surprised – by what you discover in “I.T. Confidential.”

Q&A with “I.T. Confidential” author C.D. Rahm

What’s the most unusual cubicle you’ve seen?

The one of a 35-year-old guy who had his workspace set up like a 12-year-old nerd’s bedroom, with Star Wars and Star Trek posters, action figures, spaceships, etc. Ladies, he’s single!

Any suggestions to make the workplace easier to deal with?

Don’t give cute names to conference rooms. Just number them: 110, 120, instead of “Sunflower.”  Otherwise, you’ll spend hours tracking down where your next meeting is. If you don’t believe me, walk up to anyone in your office and ask them which direction is north.

What are you bringing to the office potluck this year?

Cashews. At least I’ll have something to eat besides the ostrich tacos our developer is rumored to be bringing.

What was the weirdest I.T. request from a “manager?”

To take inventory of all the mouse pads. Seriously.

What is one of the more memorable encounters you’ve had as a consultant?

An employee cornered me in the elevator and asked me if I’d talked to Jesus today. I replied that I’d been talking with Him all morning as we were having software problems. He backed off and remained silent for the remainder of the ride.

How do you know a meeting is going to run long?

When someone insists on a roll call, introductions, and individual statuses, even though the team has been meeting for months.

Grossest co-worker lunch?

The pail of “homemade soup” brought in by one of the less hygienic staff. Looked like lake water with debris floating in it. Why he insisted on wandering around with it, no one knows; it smelled awful.

Which management fad book is your least favorite (like you’d have a favorite)?

Leveraging Your Core Paradigms by Dan Acronym. It’s completely incomprehensible, yet some manager in a desolate backwater sweatshop will try to make their team implement chapter six.

How do you know a catastrophically bad technology decision is about to be made?

The decision maker is on their BlackBerry for the duration of the meeting and is not paying attention to the awful technology idea being presented.

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