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Nothing Like a Little Emergency...

Nothing like a little emergency in the morning to wake you up!
My boss and his boss are both out on vacation today. That leaves me as HNWIC (Head Nerd What's In Charge).
I figured it was going to be an easy-peasy cool and breezy kind of day - move my cube to my new digs, skate out a little early, cats-away-mice-will-play-quake kind of thing.
I stopped for a bracing cup of the morning IQ potion and a relaxing read of "Treason's Harbour", and rolled in on time-ish but a little late. I've been in early since our new blue-shirted masters took over.
I walk into ...pandemonium! The power distributor blew up, and took the server room's cooling down with it. Temperatures are sky-rocketing, servers are crashing, cats and dogs sleeping together, human sacrifice, mass hysteria!
Nah. We made a list of non-critical machines, split them up between us ops guys, and shut 'em down. We got in touch with the building managers, who re-routed some extra AC to our server room - found out the power box was no longer under warranty, but got on the phone to the manufacturer to find out a mad-science fix to get it back up. Just as we were doing that, the CEO wants updates, a contractor is hired to make a permanent fix, and temp in the machine room stabilized. A little fidgeting with fans and temporary cooling, and we got it stable in there. One of the other techs got in a bit of a spat with the building maintenance guys, but we calmed everyone down, and told them to go throughme for anything in the future. While sending out the update to the company, I filled out my new insurance forms, and started packing my cube - and bellowed "THIS. IS. SPARTA!"
It's good to be reminded of how a crisis sharpens the attention, increases one's mental acuity, and brings out the best.


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Aug. 24th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yay for saving the day! And you can't dance in the server room when it is SO HOT in there. I am glad you got it all fixed! GO YOU!
Aug. 24th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Well, lots of people got it fixed. But yeah, no dancing in the server room for the moment.
Aug. 24th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Good for you!

I'll remember this..."It's good to be reminded of how a crisis sharpens the attention, increases one's mental acuity, and brings out the best."

...while I'm in the process of moving our hosting operations this weekend. :P~
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Sounds like another day at the office for me! :D I am always the one everyone looks to to fix things (not that I always can.) The unusual day is when something isn't breaking down or blowing up. For some reason people would rather put band-aids on things than properly replace them even though they KNOW that certain things that are critical to running the office are in danger of breaking down during crunch time. It is madness!

But I am happy your company has you to come to the rescue! Yay!!! :D
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