Dispatches From The Geeks

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Electrical Update, Part 6: Revenge of the Son of the Mummy

Today I bring you tales of…Intrigue!Romance!Espionage!Barbecue!Asparagus farming!Pants mending!Well, no, not really.  I just thought after yesterday’s play writing adventure I’d deliver today’s update in the form of a 50’s movie trailer.You’ll be on the edge of your seat as electricians deftly work with power distribution panels and enormous breakers!  You’ll marvel as a rag-tag team of sysadmins disassemble, reassemble, recable, and relocate racks of computers!  You’ll stare in dull silence as those same sysadmins munch donuts, sip coffee and type on their laptops!No one will be admitted during the last 15 minutes!  Because the electronic door strikes won’t have any power!Don’t give away the secret ending to your friends!  Because I’m going to do it right now!Power Panels 1, 2, 3, and 4 are back in operation.And there was much rejoicing.The downside is that due to a shortage of available labor, and the general uncertainty as to what actually is the overarching problem actually is, the entire maintenance was not performed.  However, when the rest will be performed is also an open question, since they want to have a better handle on what went wrong before they mess with the other power.So, for the interim, at least, we’ve got us a machine room that’s back to full capacity, and a bunch of sysadmins who are happy to be out of crisis mode.  At least, for this particular crisis.Jazz is in the process of coming back, expect a notice from John on that on the once-again-functional LCRC mailing list.  Cosmea will come back online tomorrow, full-disclosure and breadboard users should expect a notice from Rick or Narayan.This marks the last of the daily updates I’ll be sending out through e-mail.  If you’d like to keep tabs on what the aforementioned rag-tag team is up to, I’ll be posting somewhat regularly at http://www.mcs.anl.gov/systems/blog.Once again, I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.  We’ve all been getting the good vibes everyone’s been sending, and we appreciate it.Adieu!

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Written by Craig Stacey

April 6, 2008 at 6:35 am

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