once you’ve been a sysadmin, it doesn’t leave you…

Despite falling into the role years ago, it never left me behind (despite what my current job title may say) as I’ve just discovered. There’s a power outage right now and I found myself myself:

  • Unscrewing cabinets to get access to cables laid years ago
  • Moving the DECT base station onto a UPS (something I never got around to doing in the last 12 months)
  • Rerouting the WiFi power cable to come off a newer UPS with spare capacity
  • Patching the WiFi through onto a spare switch
  • Blogging about it

…and then realising I’m at home.

…and it’s a Sunday.

Ooh, the kids have just come round and said the cables are down – time to grab a camera and go and have a look 🙂

Update: It wasn’t the hardest problem in the world to spot…

Power Down

  • Let’s count the wires !
  • 1…
  • Oh.
  • I suppose the other three shouldn’t be on the ground, then ?

One Comment

  1. Dave June 23, 2008

    And the best part about it is that the poor people on the remaining line probably don’t have electricity any morefor the simple reason that their RCDs have all tripped out because earth voltage got raised significantly by the other three wires hitting the deck.

    Glad to hear you got everything sorted in the end, though.

    This reminds me that I need to replace the batteries in my UPSes. Thanks 🙂

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