Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Keep cool

Crodonian points out that the TUC is advocating wreaking havoc in the workplace.
Not as such, but that could be one of the consequences of one of its 2008 '10 resolutions to make your workplace greener'—
"If you're the last to leave the office, make sure you turn everything off, such as lights, computer equipment, appliances, motors and machinery".

So, first up could be a trip to the server room, thus wrecking overnight back ups, and ruining any e-commerce one's company engages in. Further down the food chain, switching off the answer phone would also be popular, as would turning off any fridges. As for hospitals, the possibilities are endless...

Which inevitably reminded me of this entertaining story that I reported back in July 2007.
Not too long ago, there was a small furor in the local media about a major disaster at The State's Technology Services Division. The details were a bit sketchy – mostly because The State was “unable to comment on an ongoing investigation” – but what was reported was that, for two full days, employees of The State were unable to logon to their computers or access email, and that this caused business within The State to grind to a halt.

When employees of The State came in to work following a three day weekend, they found their workstations overloaded with "cannot logon" and "Exchange communication" error messages. The Network Services folks had it even worse: the server room was a sweltering 109° Fahrenheit and filled with dead or dying servers.

At first, everyone had assumed that the Primary A/C, the Secondary A/C, and the Tertiary A/C had all managed to fail at once. But after cycling the power, the A/Cs all fired up and brought the room back to a cool 64°. At the time, the “why” wasn’t so important: the network administrators had to figure out how to bring online the four Exchange Services, six Domain Controllers, a few Sun servers, and the entire State Tax Commission’s server farm. Out of all of the downed servers, those were the only ones that did not come back to life upon a restart.

They worked day and night to order new equipment, build new servers, and restore everything from back-up. Countless overtime hours and nearly two hundred thousand dollars in equipment costs later, they managed to bring everything back online. When the Exchange servers were finally restored, the following email finally made its way to everyone's inbox, conveniently answering the “why”
From: ----- -----------
To: IT Department
Re: A/C constantly running.

To whom it may concern,

I came in today (Monday) to finish up a project I was working on before our big meeting with the State ----- Commission tomorrow, and I noticed that there were three or four large air conditioners running the entire time I was here. Since it's a three day weekend, no one is around, why do we need to have the A/C running 24/7?

With all the power that all those big computers in that room use, I doubt it is really eco-friendly to run those big units at the same time. And all computers have cooling fans anyway, so why put the A/C for the building in that room?

I got a keycard from [the facility manager’s] desk and shut off the A/C units. I'm sure you guys can deal with it being warm for an hour or two when you come in tomorrow morning.

In the future, let's try to be a little more conscientious of our energy usage!



As for the employee who sent it, he decided to take an early retirement.

I am looking forward to more such hilarity, I can tell you...


Vindico said...

Greenies really dont have any brains at all. If you are not sure about something, don't touch it as it is probably doing it for a reason.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same TUC that issued the following dictat recently:

"The TUC is today calling on employers to make sure that the heating in their offices, shops and factories is turned back on before staff return after the Christmas and New Year break, to ensure that their workplaces reach the minimum legal temperature."

Snot very enviromentally friendly is it.

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