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Re: My computer's last downtime was due to...

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Jul 22, 2007 at 23:40 UTC ( #628159=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to My computer's last downtime was due to...

I've actually kicked network connections loose (why are they located exactly where I put my feet when sitting at my workstation in my cramped, uncomfortable cubicle?).

At one work place, we actually had one of the sysadmins kick the plug out of the wall. It did little to improve my opinion of sysadmins.

And in one of my jobs, we had a customer show off his brand new UPS by pulling the plug. He wanted to pull the UPS's plug out of the wall socket; instead he pulled the computer's plug out of the socket on the UPS. Ooopsie!


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Re^2: My computer's last downtime was due to...
by jhourcle (Prior) on Jul 23, 2007 at 15:57 UTC

    I can't help you with network connections so much (it just makes me miss the office when our network jacks and power were above the desks -- the room had been a former machine room, and they kept the power high, and they didn't want to run the network across the AC)

    But, I've kicked my share of power strips, and seen other people do the same, so I'll mention a trick that one of my former co-workers showed me:

    Kick-proofing your power strip's on/off switch

    1. Obtain the lid from a Gatorade or similar sized lid (about 1.5"/4cm inner diameter).
    2. Using a box cutter or other utility knife, cut a rectangular hole in the top of the lid, large enough to get your finger through.
    3. Orient the rectangular hole over the rocker switch on the power strip, and secure with duct tape.
    4. Cut the duct tape away to expose the hole.

    If you see no reason to ever turn off your power strip, then you only need steps 1 and 3, and no need to orient the lid.

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