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My father h4x0r3d t3h Trogdor - Alex Belits
My father h4x0r3d t3h Trogdor
After the temperature in the lab risen from 78F to 86F in an hour, thanks to the air conditioner being repaired by my father, I have decided that this time I should have lunch somewhere else, and get back when either my father finishes his work and turns on the air conditioner, or the temperature naturally drops to the level that I can tolerate. I went to the pasta place, and was eating when the call arrived:

Father: The server is down! It just switched off!
Me: What about the other box, on top of the server?

The other box is another Trogdor, used for testing -- it's not on a UPS.

Father: Running.
Me: Oh, shit! -- I will be at the office in 10 minutes.
Father: Oh, I have just found out, what it is, I have plugged a vacuum cleaner into a UPS outlet. UPS now shows "overload".

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mackys From: mackys Date: May 26th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
p0wned!!! ;D
j_b From: j_b Date: May 26th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
D'oh! When I worked at MatchLogic in 1998, one of the mathematicians who worked on the second floor of the building plugged her foot-warmer space heater into the UPS backed power socket.

Hmm, also one of the geeks upstairs for some reason plugged his hub into two different LAN segments, bridging them and causing DHCP requests to be arbitrarily answered by the wrong segment...

Good time!
From: jigenm4c Date: May 26th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)


That sucks, AND it blows. O_O

... by the way, how do you say "Oh shit" in Russian? (insert evil h@x0r grin here)
abelits From: abelits Date: May 28th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well.

In this case -- "чёрт!" (sounds like "chort", literally, "devil!"). There is also an obscene version of this expression that mentions a whore.
nieren From: nieren Date: May 26th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
tee hee?
raider3 From: raider3 Date: May 26th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Gah... UPS units - Love them, hate them, can't necessarily toss them out. I have an APC Back-UPS CS 500 that got a bit tempramental (switching between the line and battery several times a few months after peacefully coexisting with several devices plugged into it.), but I solved that problem by taking the external hard drive off of the plug. I've never had an overload, but their software for Windows gets rather weird after the machine's been on for 4-5 days straight. (But then again, it's not like you'll ever have *that* problem. ^_^;)

Personally, I've never seen a reason to plug a vacuum cleaner into the UPS. Other devices, maybe. At least the CPU and monitor, and maybe the DSL modem and router.
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