Dispatches From The Geeks

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A play

Ladies and Gentlemen,I present a one act play.  I’d tell you the title, but it’s not suitable for a family-friendly mailing list.[Scene: My office]Look!  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  The wiring is done, all the panels are ready to come up!Oh, what’s that you say?  That light at the end of the tunnel is a train?  Oh.  Of course.Those big 300 pound 600 amp breaker boxes aren’t going back into the panels?  Huh.  And things had been going so smoothly up to this point.You mean we have to do that electrical maintenance that was postponed a few weeks back to fix this?  And it involves taking power down for the whole building?  Of course.Oh, and all the numbers on my lottery ticket hit, but a week after the drawing I paid for?  Wow, of course!And… scene!Okay, so I’m not a playwright.  But I do deliver a stirring message, and that message is that everyone should go out and enjoy one of the few fine weather weekends we’ve got so far this year, because there’s no computing going on here.  An officially worded notice will follow this mailing, just to make sure everyone gets that this is really happening.So tomorrow, when the sun is shining and you’re catching spring fever, think of us who will be in the dark and quiet machine room, taking the downtime as an opportunity to run cables, move machines, move racks, and undo all the power hacks we had in place.  In the dark.  Going uphill both ways.Sorry for the short notice on this.  The alternative is to be without power for 2 more weeks, and that’s after a week of downtime already.With any luck, the next installment of this saga will simply be a short message of success.  May the fates smile on us more than they have been so far. šŸ™‚


Written by Craig Stacey

April 5, 2008 at 2:24 am

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