• Carlos M (unregistered)

    15 degrees Farenheit is -9 Celsius, sounds more like a freezer than an air conditioner.

  • drobnox (unregistered)

    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.

  • Anonymous Coward (unregistered) in reply to Carlos M

    Fifty (50), not fifteen (15)

  • Carlos M (unregistered)

    Is Alex Alex? I mean, is Alex the phone server's rebooter the same as Alex Papadimoulis?

  • CTO (unregistered)

    So, I was right. It WAS a ventilation problem.

  • C-Octothorpe (cs)

    Pics or it didn't happen.

    inb4: but, but, but, there's a picture of a gas can in the snow! Me wants to see the monstrocity of coolers and A/Cs.

  • kktkkr (unregistered)

    The Daily WTF has too many articles on cooling! Not cool.

  • Peter (unregistered) in reply to drobnox
    drobnox:
    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.

    Or at least before going out to buy that 25 gallon cooler...

  • frits (cs)
    The Article:
    ...callers were being greeted with a busy signal instead of the friendly auto-attendant.
    Sounds like a "win-win" situation if you ask me.
  • Bob (unregistered) in reply to drobnox
    drobnox:
    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.
    Please show some sensitivity. I had a son who was a hammer, and let me assure you: it is no laughing matter.
  • Migala (unregistered) in reply to drobnox
    drobnox:
    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.

    And fix the problem himself instead of watching the CTO try to fix it? Now where's the fun in that?

  • Before we authorize this purchase of a solid gold parachute... (unregistered)

    Did nobody think checking the Phone server to see if there was some buildup? I pull my desktop PC out from under the desk every 9 months or so with a little hand vaccum to pull any dust that may have accumulated in or on the vitals out. It's why I'm still running a computer that is about 2 "replacement" cycles behind most of the others in my department.

    laoreet: What Lao Che (from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) exclaimed when he saw the plane.

  • forgottenlord (unregistered)

    Well, technically he wasn't wrong. It was a cooling problem. Just, not a macro level one.

  • I have new computer. (unregistered) in reply to Before we authorize this purchase of a solid gold parachute...

    And that's why I don't. My computer is brand new.

    captcha trasverbero - or as my English teachers used to call them Transitive Verbs.

    Before we authorize this purchase of a solid gold parachute...:
    Did nobody think checking the Phone server to see if there was some buildup? I pull my desktop PC out from under the desk every 9 months or so with a little hand vaccum to pull any dust that may have accumulated in or on the vitals out. It's why I'm still running a computer that is about 2 "replacement" cycles behind most of the others in my department.

    laoreet: What Lao Che (from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) exclaimed when he saw the plane.

  • jkrembs (unregistered)

    Who is the bigger fool? The fool or the man that follows the fool?

  • Realist (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that he had a Fiancée...right?

  • old Fart (unregistered)

    I knew this was going to be good at the line "One day, Alex spotted two workmen"

    CAPTCHA: minim - is that the minimized version of "minimum"?

  • jonnyq (cs) in reply to drobnox
    drobnox:
    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.

    He said he wasn't a server guy, so it sounds like it wasn't his job. But then, he's responsible for pushing the power button...

    So, TWTF is... who's frikkin job was it to maintain hardware?

  • Zylon (cs) in reply to Realist
    Realist:
    TRWTF is that he had a Fiancée...right?
    TRWTF is capitalizing it.
  • Owen Two (unregistered)

    Schadenfreude's a bitch, amirite?

  • Coyne (cs) in reply to forgottenlord
    forgottenlord:
    Well, technically he wasn't wrong. It was a cooling problem. Just, not a macro level one.

    Yep. I'm surprised the boss didn't go from the A/C to cooling the whole floor, then the whole building, then buying a dome to put over the building, then solving global warming.

    Nothing like over-engineering the simple.

  • snoofle (cs)

    Just curious; where did they pump the hot exhaust from the air conditioners?

    Similar incident: my brother and 5 friends just opened up a sports bar with lots (>50) tv's. There's a communications room with all the cable and satellite controllers which is used to direct what channel to which tv. Naturally, it gets very hot in there. Equally, there is no window, vent or drain in there. The general manager's solution? Put a portable a/c unit in there, and direct the heat through the wall into the next room. Ok, this works out as the kitchen is hot anyway. To drain the water, they drilled a hole in the floor with the idea of putting a drain hose in the basement. Unfortunately, when they drilled down, they didn't first check to see what was under them. They had drilled right through the top of the big refridgerator that is used to chill all the beer,

  • dohpaz42 (cs) in reply to Coyne
    Coyne:
    Yep. I'm surprised the boss didn't go from the A/C to cooling the whole floor, then the whole building, then buying a dome to put over the building, then solving global warming.

    TRWTF is that they didn't recycle the condensation by creating a radiator system for the servers. Then there would have been no need to empty any water cans. In turn, they could use the steam produced by the over-heating server to then warm the office (and the receptionist!) and saved on heating bills during the obviously-cold (noted by the photo of the gas can) winters!

    How's that for solving global warming?

  • Steve A (unregistered) in reply to kktkkr
    kktkkr:
    The Daily WTF has too many articles on cooling! Not cool.

    This is an article about not cooling.

  • humv (unregistered) in reply to drobnox
    drobnox:
    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.
    I suppose it's good then that hammers aren't meant to be sharp.
  • Satisfied Employee (unregistered) in reply to jkrembs
    jkrembs:
    Who is the bigger fool? The fool or the man that follows the fool?
    That depends...does the first fool have money?
  • keleko (unregistered) in reply to Migala

    drobnox: don't you know that the CxO office is always right? :-)

  • Robb (unregistered)

    Bah, what a bogus system, the cooling thing. Why not automate the restart process? I am partial to cdrom drive (with custom batch file to eject), dominoes and one of those teeter-totter things with liquid in them.

  • apaq11 (unregistered)

    Imagine that, the CTO was right. It was in fact a cooling issue...

  • Luiz Borges (unregistered)

    Five gallon gas can, hundred-quart cooler, two hundred pounds of water, fifty degrees Fahrenheit???

    Is it really that hard to follow, I don't know, the rest of the WHOLE world and use metric?

  • davee123 (unregistered) in reply to Realist
    Realist:
    TRWTF is that he had a Fiancée...right?

    I think it's that there are no PICTURES of the fiancee.

    DaveE

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to jonnyq
    jonnyq:
    drobnox:
    Not the sharpest hammer in the drawer, our "Alex". Should have opened the box up the minute he noticed it was running hot. Shame shame.

    He said he wasn't a server guy, so it sounds like it wasn't his job. But then, he's responsible for pushing the power button...

    So, TWTF is... who's frikkin job was it to maintain hardware?

    Well DUH! Obviously the grossly underqualified and highly over paid C-Level management is responsible for day-to-day hardware issues.

  • Yankee Doodle (unregistered) in reply to Luiz Borges
    Luiz Borges:
    Five gallon gas can, hundred-quart cooler, two hundred pounds of water, fifty degrees Fahrenheit???

    Is it really that hard to follow, I don't know, the rest of the WHOLE world and use metric?

    Maybe you should have thought of that before you switched.

  • someone (unregistered) in reply to Luiz Borges
    Luiz Borges:
    Five gallon gas can, hundred-quart cooler, two hundred pounds of water, fifty degrees Fahrenheit???

    Is it really that hard to follow, I don't know, the rest of the WHOLE world and use metric?

    My metric brain translated all that into bucket, large cooler, very heavy, and very cold.

  • Roman (unregistered) in reply to Yankee Doodle
    Yankee Doodle:
    Luiz Borges:
    Five gallon gas can, hundred-quart cooler, two hundred pounds of water, fifty degrees Fahrenheit???

    Is it really that hard to follow, I don't know, the rest of the WHOLE world and use metric?

    Maybe you should have thought of that before you switched.

    It's funny that a Republic uses an Imperial system.

  • North Shore Beach Bum (unregistered)

    A pint of water weighs a pound (assuming US measurements). 8 pints to the gallon. Twenty-five gallons would weigh a whopping 400 pounds (181.8 kg), not the 200 mentioned in the article. IIRC, the UK gallon is larger, so 25 UK gallons would have weighed in at more than 400 pounds. Hm, maybe it was English and he meant 200 kg (440 pounds).

  • Matt Westwood (cs) in reply to Robb
    Robb:
    Bah, what a bogus system, the cooling thing. Why not automate the restart process? I am partial to cdrom drive (with custom batch file to eject), dominoes and one of those teeter-totter things with liquid in them.

    Looks like a job for ... SuperITAPPMONROBOT!

  • Matt Westwood (cs) in reply to Luiz Borges
    Luiz Borges:
    Five gallon gas can, hundred-quart cooler, two hundred pounds of water, fifty degrees Fahrenheit???

    Is it really that hard to follow, I don't know, the rest of the WHOLE world and use metric?

    Aha, yes, you got it, that's the real WTF, all the containers and measurement devices and thingies all use Imperial measure. Took me a while to spot it ...

  • BentFranklin (cs) in reply to North Shore Beach Bum
    North Shore Beach Bum:
    A pint of water weighs a pound (assuming US measurements). 8 pints to the gallon. Twenty-five gallons would weigh a whopping 400 pounds (181.8 kg), not the 200 mentioned in the article. IIRC, the UK gallon is larger, so 25 UK gallons would have weighed in at more than 400 pounds. Hm, maybe it was English and he meant 200 kg (440 pounds).

    I don't know much about metric multiplication, but here in the US, 8 x 25 = 200.

  • Reginald Watersby (unregistered) in reply to BentFranklin
    BentFranklin:
    North Shore Beach Bum:
    A pint of water weighs a pound (assuming US measurements). 8 pints to the gallon. Twenty-five gallons would weigh a whopping 400 pounds (181.8 kg), not the 200 mentioned in the article. IIRC, the UK gallon is larger, so 25 UK gallons would have weighed in at more than 400 pounds. Hm, maybe it was English and he meant 200 kg (440 pounds).

    I don't know much about metric multiplication, but here in the US, 8 x 25 = 200.

    Math is hard for us British. We can only count up to 24 on our fingers and toes.

  • pints, pounds, gallons (unregistered)

    In the UK their money is in points. Maybe that's how he got confused.

    I guess it costs one pound to buy a pint.

  • mrfr0g (unregistered)

    I assumed the gas can was for a gas powered AC. I'm happy to see they didn't go that far.

    transverbero - the art of transforming verbs in to objects

  • fritters (unregistered) in reply to snoofle
    snoofle:
    Just curious; where did they pump the hot exhaust from the air conditioners?

    This comment reminds me of a time I was a camp leader for a group of 12-year-old boys. It was a hot week, and the boys thought they were being very clever: they stole a window air-conditioner from one of the other buildings, dragged it into our cabin, plugged it in, and let 'er rip.

    It turns out the thing was either broken or very inefficient in its old age. Plus they had the whole unit inside the cabin. I walked into the cabin to find the group of sweaty boys, shirts off, congregated around the AC unit, congratulating each other when in fact the unit was actually HEATING UP the room!

  • n_slash_a (unregistered) in reply to Luiz Borges
    Luiz Borges:
    Five gallon gas can, hundred-quart cooler, two hundred pounds of water, fifty degrees Fahrenheit???

    Is it really that hard to follow, I don't know, the rest of the WHOLE world and use metric?

    While I initially agree with your statement, it sort of fails when the four units you mention are three different systems (volume, weight, and temperature). So, your question boils down to is it more or less confusing to use gallon and quart instead of liter and deciliter.

    I would argue that while the math is slightly more complex (x4 instead of x10), the units are clearer (wait, was that deciliter or decaliter?).

  • dyslexicbunny (unregistered)

    Wow. Both these guys are idiots. But if I was the hardware guy, I'd be hard pressed to want to find a new job.

    plaga - fancy final fantasy poison spell

  • Luiz Borges (unregistered) in reply to n_slash_a

    People learn about fraction and decimals even before high school you know? There is such a thing as 10 liters or 0,1 liters...

    Even thought decaliter and deciliter exists, they are almost never used. We (I'm in Brazil) go on the 'thousands' steps (miligram, gram, kilogram, ton), with the exception being distance (milimeter, centimenter, meter, kilometer).

  • Beer man (unregistered) in reply to snoofle

    duct tape

  • frits (cs) in reply to Reginald Watersby
    Reginald Watersby:
    BentFranklin:
    North Shore Beach Bum:
    A pint of water weighs a pound (assuming US measurements). 8 pints to the gallon. Twenty-five gallons would weigh a whopping 400 pounds (181.8 kg), not the 200 mentioned in the article. IIRC, the UK gallon is larger, so 25 UK gallons would have weighed in at more than 400 pounds. Hm, maybe it was English and he meant 200 kg (440 pounds).

    I don't know much about metric multiplication, but here in the US, 8 x 25 = 200.

    Math is hard for us British. We can only count up to 24 on our fingers and toes.

    Really? I can count to 100000000000000000000 on mine.

  • Matt Westwood (cs) in reply to Reginald Watersby
    Reginald Watersby:
    BentFranklin:
    North Shore Beach Bum:
    A pint of water weighs a pound (assuming US measurements). 8 pints to the gallon. Twenty-five gallons would weigh a whopping 400 pounds (181.8 kg), not the 200 mentioned in the article. IIRC, the UK gallon is larger, so 25 UK gallons would have weighed in at more than 400 pounds. Hm, maybe it was English and he meant 200 kg (440 pounds).

    I don't know much about metric multiplication, but here in the US, 8 x 25 = 200.

    Math is hard for us British. We can only count up to 24 on our fingers and toes.

    Unless you're Jake the Peg, of course, who could count up to 25, the lucky fucker.

  • Z00n!sista (unregistered) in reply to fritters
    fritters:
    This comment reminds me of a time I was a camp leader for a group of 12-year-old boys. It was a hot week, [...] they stole a [...], dragged it into our cabin, plugged it in, and let 'er rip.

    [...] very inefficient in [his] old age. [...] I walked into the cabin to find the group of sweaty boys, shirts off, congregated around the [...], congratulating each other [...] HEATING UP the room!

    WHERE IS THIS CAMP AND HOW DO I SIGN UP!?!?!?!?!?!

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