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 Server Down2003-01-06 11:15
by Flemming Funch

I hate it when my server's down. Was just down for about 17 hours. Without any good reason, so hopefully it will stay up now. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it unfortunately usually is during the weekend when there's nobody in the office where it is located.

My wife figures that if my server's down, I might as well go outside and do some totally different things. But usually I get nothing else done than worrying about the server.

The point is not just that I can't get on the net. If it is just my own connection, yeah, then I can go outside and sit in the sun instead. But when it is the server, I feel a certain responsibility to keep it up, as there are many people using it every day. So much so that I almost have physical discomfort if something is wrong. A server administrator becomes a bit of a cyborg, merging with a machine.

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6 Jan 2003 @ 12:34 by craiglang : I feel your pain
I was a sysadmin for several years. When everything went well it was great. But when there were tech problems, life got rather ...er... interesing.
Thanks for your wonderful work keeping newciv.org in ship shape. You have done an amazing thing here.

7 Jan 2003 @ 22:44 by ashanti : Thanks!
Thanks, Ming, for caring that the server was down. And thanks for all that you put into this space so that so many of us can use it to co-create. You make the world a much better place, by your contributions, and by allowing us to share your rather amazing mind. Thanks so much! :-)  

8 Jan 2003 @ 20:18 by martha : come on admit it
I know why it was down. There was a lot of hot air blowing around.  

9 Jan 2003 @ 01:28 by ming : Hot Air
Yeah, it's true, the hot air overheated the processor, the smalltalk had gotten into the little nooks and crannies and shorted things, and the motherboard was a bit pre-menstrual. So I had to open up the case and sit the thing outside, by a stream, being baked by the sun for a few hours, while the birds were chirping, and it got it's old self back again.  

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