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Let's jump into the wayback machine, all the way to the summer of 1994. David G. was starting at his very first job out of school, developing some train control system software. Perhaps not thrilling work, but hey, it was a job. [expand full text]
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Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:04 • by gosse (unregistered)
cooling fail.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:05 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
What they obviously need to do to fix this problem is build a robot.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:08 • by SR (unregistered)
285207 in reply to 285206
Anonymous:
What they obviously need to do to fix this problem is build a robot.


I vote for a monkey butler.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:08 • by SR (unregistered)
285208 in reply to 285206
Anonymous:
What they obviously need to do to fix this problem is build a robot.


I vote for a monkey butler.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:09 • by Charles400

Dave was a big fan of the build process.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:09 • by uiv (unregistered)
they already had mainframes in 1994?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:09 • by Steve the Cynic (unregistered)
"Nobody ever thought to..."

Apparently, even David didn't think of it. Sigh.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:09 • by SR (unregistered)
285212 in reply to 285208
SR:
I vote for a monkey butler.


Oh cool. After weeks of needing to send 3 times to comment, now I send once and get 2.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:10 • by SR (unregistered)
285213 in reply to 285209
Charles400:

Dave was a big fan of the build process.


[applauds]

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:10 • by Steve the Cynic (unregistered)
285214 in reply to 285210
uiv:
they already had mainframes in 1994?


s/already/still/

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:12 • by Code Dependent
Is this the origin of the term "fanboy"?
And over all that time, nobody ever thought to vent A/C directly to the machine room, or a build machine that wasn't so temperamental, or at the very least, buy an electric fan.
I don't think I would have the guts to submit a story with such an admission in it. I mean, for about twelve bucks you can get a little fan at Walmart... if I couldn't convince management to kick down for one, I'd be willing to do it myself.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:13 • by !? (unregistered)
And over all that time, nobody ever thought to vent A/C directly to the machine room, or a build machine that wasn't so temperamental, or at the very least, buy an electric fan.


Not even David!?

...no more comments.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:16 • by jcoehoorn
I guess that's one to keep in shape while working a desk job.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:17 • by Warren (unregistered)
Sadly this is only the extreme outcome of the same mentality that plagues us all:

"If it's too much effort to do properly, tell everyone how to do it the stupid way."

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:19 • by akatherder
You should see what they have to do when they send an email.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:22 • by Anon (unregistered)
285221 in reply to 285216
Code Dependent:
Is this the origin of the term "fanboy"?
And over all that time, nobody ever thought to vent A/C directly to the machine room, or a build machine that wasn't so temperamental, or at the very least, buy an electric fan.
I don't think I would have the guts to submit a story with such an admission in it. I mean, for about twelve bucks you can get a little fan at Walmart... if I couldn't convince management to kick down for one, I'd be willing to do it myself.


Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:23 • by Anon (unregistered)
285222 in reply to 285220
akatherder:
You should see what they have to do when they send an email.


Tie it to a pigeon?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:25 • by Code Dependent
285223 in reply to 285221
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:25 • by Incourced (unregistered)
285224 in reply to 285221
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?


And on all the room moves, they never thought to spec another socket/multi adapter?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:27 • by amischiefr
285225 in reply to 285205
Alright, so the OP is the WTF in this story for not buying a $10 fan right?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:28 • by Code Dependent
285226 in reply to 285224
Incourced:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
And on all the room moves, they never thought to spec another socket/multi adapter?
I imagine those are sold pretty close to the fans in Walmart.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:28 • by RBoy (unregistered)
Fantastic...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:28 • by Max (unregistered)
Come on, people. You should be smarter than this.

Fans do not actually cool down air. They just move it. The story said that they fanned air from the hallway into the warm room. The open door is the key, not the fan.

So the real solution would be to just chock the door open...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:30 • by DES
An electric fan would actually have raised the average temperature in the machine room.

Blowing the dust out of the case and CPU fans (and vacuuming it up so it didn't go right back in) and putting the frickin' case cover back on would have gone a long way.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:33 • by MRAB (unregistered)
285230 in reply to 285229
DES:
An electric fan would actually have raised the average temperature in the machine room.

Blowing the dust out of the case and CPU fans (and vacuuming it up so it didn't go right back in) and putting the frickin' case cover back on would have gone a long way.


"Dust and dirt swirled in the room", so the machine's fans were probably already clogged.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:35 • by justsomedude (unregistered)
285231 in reply to 285229
Clearly they should be using a script to slosh the cd tray back an forth, and just tape the cardboard to that...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:35 • by Anonymous Organ Donor (unregistered)
Hunnert bucks fer a new ac wood do it.
Too hunnert (this hurts to type) wood git a bigger juan.
Cupel hunnert more fer a big ol' unit that'll take care of it reeaaaaal gud.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:49 • by eViLegion (unregistered)
285234 in reply to 285231
Very nice.

I would have suggested a complicated system of levers and pulleys.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:54 • by notme (unregistered)
285235 in reply to 285229
DES:
An electric fan would actually have raised the average temperature in the machine room.


Not as much as a human fanning with a piece of cardboard...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 09:57 • by Gieron
I think more of us could use some exercise during the work day. Perhaps this is not as stupid as it sounds.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:00 • by teh jav (unregistered)
The "whole room filled with dust" bit makes me think no one ever actually this before the OP. Then when his co-workers released just how dumb he was they continued the pretence just to see how long it lasted.

Quite some time from the sounds of it.

Attempting to get past the DailyWTF error page:

This is not spam. The Real WTF is the forum software. I would have posted first if I did not have to fan the DailyWTF IIS server. <simpsons/> Last post (correct at time of posting). I love Paula.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:02 • by Richard (unregistered)
285238 in reply to 285223
Code Dependent:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?


Invent USB ports so I can use a USB fan. :-)

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:03 • by Mike (unregistered)
285239 in reply to 285223
Code Dependent:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?


>KILL COMPUTER
>You can't do that here...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:08 • by Anon (unregistered)
285240 in reply to 285239
Mike:
Code Dependent:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?


>KILL COMPUTER
>You can't do that here...


>KILL COMPUTER WITH SWORD
>You don't have the sword...
>GET SWORD
>You don't see the sword here...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:12 • by Adrian (unregistered)
285241 in reply to 285209
Dave was the big fan in the build process.

There, fixed it for ya!

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:16 • by the real wtf fool
285242 in reply to 285240
Anon:
Mike:
Code Dependent:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?


>KILL COMPUTER
>You can't do that here...


>KILL COMPUTER WITH SWORD
>You don't have the sword...
>GET SWORD
>You don't see the sword here...


>COMPILE
>You have been reading too much xkcd

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:18 • by WhiskeyJack
The real WTF is that even David didn't think to buy a fan or at least bring in a vacuum to clean up all that dust. If not a big box fan by the door, how about another fan installed inside the tower case?

I don't think people should be afraid to spend a minimal amount of their own money on things to make the workplace better (for yourself, at minimum, but if other people benefit, all the better). Here at my desk those brilliant IT guys gave me a PC with a DVI-capable graphics card, a DVI-capable LCD monitor, and a VGA cable with DVI-to-VGA adaptor. They wouldn't buy me a DVI cable because it wasn't strictly necessary, so I bought my own.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:22 • by BentFranklin
I like how the build gets compiled twice. In case the first time it isn't compiled enough.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:26 • by eliac (unregistered)
285245 in reply to 285237
teh jav:
The "whole room filled with dust" bit makes me think no one ever actually this before the OP.

You accidentally the whole sentence...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:29 • by Grump (unregistered)
Removing the case only makes the problem worse...it helps to channel air flow over the components to aid cooling. Dumbasses.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:31 • by Grue (unregistered)
285247 in reply to 285223
Code Dependent:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?

You have been eaten by a grue!

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:36 • by Federico
"one of the batch jobs failed and we had to manually update about 1,500 transactions. Exciting stuff!": isn't it already a WTF? What can be exciting about manually updating 1.500 transactions? Didn't they invent computers exactly to avoide repetitive actions?

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:38 • by derula
285249 in reply to 285223
Code Dependent:
Anon:
Perhaps there wasn't a spare outlet?
You are standing in a room, holding a fan. There is an old computer with the covers off here. There are no spare wall outlets.

What do you do now?


> TURN AROUND

You see the machine room door before you. In the background, you can see Tom sitting in front of his monitor, about to copy his compiled software to a network directory.

You should get ready to cool the build machine if you want to stay employed.

> RUN

You run out of the building. In the background, you hear your former co-workers shout "fire!". From far, you hear sirens from fire engines approaching, and just for a second, you remember what you learned about the Doppler effect back in school.

> KEEP RUNNING

You keep running until you reach home. When you read the newspaper the next day, you learn that the Initrode Global headquarters burned to the ground.

YOU LOST.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 10:44 • by Code Dependent
285250 in reply to 285249
derula:
YOU LOST.
I dunno, sounds like a win to me.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 11:02 • by JoJo (unregistered)
285251 in reply to 285228
Max:
Come on, people. You should be smarter than this.

Fans do not actually cool down air. They just move it. The story said that they fanned air from the hallway into the warm room. The open door is the key, not the fan.

So the real solution would be to just chock the door open...


and put the fan in the doorway...

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 11:05 • by SR (unregistered)
285252 in reply to 285208
SR:
Anonymous:
What they obviously need to do to fix this problem is build a robot.


I vote for a monkey butler.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 11:06 • by CaptainSmartass
285253 in reply to 285244
BentFranklin:
I like how the build gets compiled twice. In case the first time it isn't compiled enough.


"He said compile twice."

"He likes compiling."

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 11:06 • by Derek (unregistered)
Old Cobol Bill knows how to solve this problem...


Hazing

2009-09-15 11:07 • by AlpineR
TRWTF is that Tom and coworkers managed to keep straight faces for YEARS while David and other young hires continued to believe in the "fan the computer to make it work" prank.

Re: Fan or Die!

2009-09-15 11:09 • by xtremezone
285256 in reply to 285231
justsomedude:
Clearly they should be using a script to slosh the cd tray back an forth, and just tape the cardboard to that...
We have a winner!
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