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An Observation.

Post by AlanBartlett » 2009/07/04 09:58:40

Have you noticed that computers only go wrong at the worst possible time and then they do it in the most inconvenient way? :-x

This is because every manufacturer builds in a subsystem called the [i]Critical Need Detector[/i], whose function it is to Detect a Critical Need and then take the appropriate action. ;-)

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Post by toracat » 2009/07/04 12:38:00

Any interesting story you can share (to lighten our days) ? :-D

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Post by pschaff » 2009/07/04 13:02:14

The Critical Need Detector is an enforcement mechanism for Murphy's Law! If you doubt that just google it. ;-)

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Post by abednegoyulo » 2009/07/06 02:44:30

One of the most excellent experience that I had with this device is when we needed to upgrade the RAM of our server because it was reaching its limits during the holiday season. Instead of the 5 minute downtime that was planned, it became a 5 hour downtime because of some undisclosed problem, undisclosed by the data center personnel actually.

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Post by pschaff » 2009/07/06 13:35:17

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...undisclosed by the data center personnel actually.[/quote]

That sounds like a more human problem, and perhaps one that could be addressed by personnel actions, or perhaps taking business elsewhere, if those are options. This may be an example of a different phenomenon - somebody who has reached their [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Principle]Peter Principle[/url] limit.

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Post by jlehtone » 2009/07/07 10:23:55

Human problem, like when a user has a problem, asks you to check it out, and when you do enter the room they fail to reproduce the error. Like your mere presence makes the machines behave. ;-)


But the device is quite standard: every summer, right after you -- the admin -- leaving to holiday, the server breaks. Or printer, or switch, or ... it is a conspiracy. They [i]know[/i].

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Post by pschaff » 2009/07/07 11:10:36

Now that describes some of the the functions of the Critical Need Detector! :-)

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