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"It's that time of year again," Robert Rossegger wrote, "you know, when the underpowered air conditioner just can't cope with the non-winter weather? Fortunately, we have a solution for that... and all we need to do is just keep an extra eye on people walking near the (completely ajar) server room door." [expand full text]
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Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 09:14 • by memesiaup (unregistered)
Would someone be bothered to visit yeeti.com and tell me if it's good or not?

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 10:57 • by PedanticCurmudgeon
inb4 "Hey, guys, Alex is dead!"

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 11:34 • by Kyle (unregistered)
My greatest server room story...worked at a magazine. Server room did not have a raised floor. Server room was adjacent to woman's bathroom and it would flood once a month. Us dumb guys could never figure it out.

Finally, the call center director enlightened us. The bathroom was used by a large call center that was 95% female. In time, the call center's ladies menstrual cycles got in sync, and the sheer amount femine products flushed during said week would cause the bathroom to flood.

She (the call center director) referred to it as hell week...but for her own reasons.

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 12:30 • by Remy Porter (unregistered)
Hey guys, I'm sorry I have to report this, but Alex got his unmentionable caught in an elevator door as part of a dare that Mike and I put him up to. Unfortunately, Mike panicked and hit the emergency stop and Alex bled out before medical care could be summoned. Please considere Alex's wife, as she visits the sperm bank to try to salvage as much of Alex's legacy as he has left.

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 13:31 • by ¯\(°_o)/¯ I DUNNO LOL (unregistered)
Old and busted: Fake Nagesh

New Hawtness: Fake Remy

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 15:41 • by Matt Westwood
383164 in reply to 383146
Kyle:
My greatest server room story...worked at a magazine. Server room did not have a raised floor. Server room was adjacent to woman's bathroom and it would flood once a month. Us dumb guys could never figure it out.

Finally, the call center director enlightened us. The bathroom was used by a large call center that was 95% female. In time, the call center's ladies menstrual cycles got in sync, and the sheer amount femine products flushed during said week would cause the bathroom to flood.

She (the call center director) referred to it as hell week...but for her own reasons.


The real WTF is stupid cows flushing their filthy rags. Most civilised nations provide disposal facilities for your bloody trash. Use the fucking things, cunts.

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 15:45 • by Matt Westwood
383166 in reply to 383126
Ted:
Larry Sheldon:
Back in the days when A computer occupied most of a floor in and office building (and it's power plant most of the basement of a nearby building) The Supreme Know-it-all manager in dead seriousness wanted to buy a lot of window air conditioners to be installed on chairs sitting around the computer room for the days when the undersized A/C plant failed (which it did with infinite predictability in San Jose's quite predictable hot weather).
See? This proves that it is not merely in I.T. that people don't (want to bother to) understand how things work.

I've known a lot of people who seem to think an air conditioner "makes cold" rather than "pumps heat from side A to side B (generating extra waste heat in the process)". If they had the latter understanding, they would know it is a negative benefit to put side A and side B in the same room.

But it is just magical thinking. "AC magic cold box hur durr! Create cold from nothing, cold good!"


Like the old Martin Gardner physics quiz question: "If you had six large refrigerators running full power in a basement, would this cause the temperature of the basement to fall significantly?"

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 17:35 • by Ted (unregistered)
383176 in reply to 383166
Matt Westwood:
Ted:
Larry Sheldon:
Back in the days when A computer occupied most of a floor in and office building (and it's power plant most of the basement of a nearby building) The Supreme Know-it-all manager in dead seriousness wanted to buy a lot of window air conditioners to be installed on chairs sitting around the computer room for the days when the undersized A/C plant failed (which it did with infinite predictability in San Jose's quite predictable hot weather).
See? This proves that it is not merely in I.T. that people don't (want to bother to) understand how things work.

I've known a lot of people who seem to think an air conditioner "makes cold" rather than "pumps heat from side A to side B (generating extra waste heat in the process)". If they had the latter understanding, they would know it is a negative benefit to put side A and side B in the same room.

But it is just magical thinking. "AC magic cold box hur durr! Create cold from nothing, cold good!"


Like the old Martin Gardner physics quiz question: "If you had six large refrigerators running full power in a basement, would this cause the temperature of the basement to fall significantly?"
Are the fridge doors open or closed?

If closed, does the light truly go out? How can we be sure?

Is there a maybe-dead cat involved in any way?

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 17:59 • by Jim (unregistered)
383179 in reply to 383130
Jason:
A "visually similar" search to the water-filled telecom vault came up with this one, I'm amazed we haven't seen a story about it here yet.

http://www.fynder.eu/Elenos%20Always%20on%20air.jpg
I'm not. not everyone in the world reads thedailywtf.com

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-14 20:45 • by default_ex (unregistered)
383181 in reply to 383130
I was going to suggest requiring the RAIF with a cheap HVB from Walmarts, just take the HVB out of it's silly airflow reducing casing. But then Jason posted the following:

Jason:
A "visually similar" search to the water-filled telecom vault came up with this one, I'm amazed we haven't seen a story about it here yet.

http://www.fynder.eu/Elenos%20Always%20on%20air.jpg


Now that is a cooling system!

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-15 03:33 • by Anon (unregistered)
I've seen something very similar to the first setup in the server room of a large multinational (cash and securities) organisation. A power cut somehow knocked out the A/C and there was no backup. Solution was to setup fans in the server room and open the doors all the way from the front door 40 metres away. Quite how the cooler air from the outside was supposed to find its way into the server room, I'm not sure.

No-one seemed to really grasp the fact that a) electric motors in fans create heat, and will simply further heat up the server room and b) in the long term the servers won't cool down from having fans blowing the already warm air at them as they don't sweat...

Just a whole series of fail. I'm most surprised no-one started misting the servers with water sprays to simulate sweating...

Re: Server Room Fans and More Server Room Fun

2012-06-15 08:51 • by QJo
383203 in reply to 383188
Anon:
I've seen something very similar to the first setup in the server room of a large multinational (cash and securities) organisation. A power cut somehow knocked out the A/C and there was no backup. Solution was to setup fans in the server room and open the doors all the way from the front door 40 metres away. Quite how the cooler air from the outside was supposed to find its way into the server room, I'm not sure.

No-one seemed to really grasp the fact that a) electric motors in fans create heat, and will simply further heat up the server room and b) in the long term the servers won't cool down from having fans blowing the already warm air at them as they don't sweat...

Just a whole series of fail. I'm most surprised no-one started misting the servers with water sprays to simulate sweating...


I suppose they could have persuaded an ice-cream van to park permanently in the server room and persuade the staff to purchase enough of its wares to make it worth his while. Although in the weather we've been having in Britain recently he'd be doing better business selling hot dogs.
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