A rantbox by Michiel Scholten

Computer anecdotes

Heh, well I've got my share of computers anecdotes from the last few days. First of all, my server died. It turned out to be a bad motherboard [and maybe a too light power supply], but at first I thought the main HDD drive had died. That would have been bad, because I didn't have backups of all data on it. For example the OS itself. So that was one scare [One that lasted one day and a half, partly because I was at work the Saturday it happened, and went out to watch Kill Bill vol. 2 that evening/night. The server was up again at 00:15 hours at Monday night...], after buying a new motherboard half an hour before closing time and some configuration troubles. And lots of dust to clean =)

That same Saturday, when me and my colleagues wanted to fire up our workstations, power turned out to be gone. For the zillionth time [note a small exaggeration] the safety had switched off the power from a large part of the building [including the servers :/]. So we went and replaced the main fuse and worked the rest of the day. Today, however, it blew again while everybody was working. So far for a reliable power supply. Another talk with the owner of the building will be next, I guess, because my bosses where, well, not pleased =)

Add up a misbehaving pc connected to a beamer at which we wanted to watch Kill Bill 1 and people whining about virus infections all around me, and I'm almost going to like computers... Ah well, at least my linux install won't be {aff|inf}ected by Sasser, except for the numerous emails about it on Bugtraq :)

edited at 2004-05-03 20:44

Woops, now I forgot to tell to _never slay root_ at your server. You won't be able to log in anymore. And stuff. Yeah, that was kinda stupid to do =) But I had a root session opened on the console of the server itself which I wanted to terminate. Well, slay root ain't the answer for sure =)