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Unprecedented!

KSU's mail server is down.
This unprecedented interruption in K-State's central IT services is due to a backup power generator being installed for the K-State IT Data Center. The new generator will improve the center's reliability, provide continuous electrical backup in the case of an extended power outage on campus, and support the university's growing computing infrastructure.

They use that word a lot; I do not think it means what they think it means.

OTOH, this has got to be the best thread I've ever had in statements - or on LJ, for that matter!

Fifth Day of Christmas, following my personal LJ tradition (started in 2003):
"My Soul Before Thee Prostrate Lies"
Words: Christian F. Richter (1675-1711)
Music: "Elven" by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by William Dress

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Banazir

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ladycalliope
Dec. 29th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
We had a similar problem at Stanford two years ago. It sucked. Apparently the electricians at the data center were like Keystone Kops.
banazir
Dec. 29th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Hey, but as long as they say it's UNPRECEDENTED...
One of my favorite professors, Gerard G. L. Meyer of the EE department at Johns Hopkins, had an adage: "calling something a thing does not make it so; you can call something new and improved when it is still old and obsolete".

I'm thinking a lot of that right now as I go right on using GMail and Hotmail as I always do. (Mail went down at 20:00, and I didn't notice until scottharmon told me four hours later because... guess what? I don't use KSU SMTP if I can help it. It's absurdly crapulent.)

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Banazir
abrichar
Dec. 29th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
That thread makes me incredibly happy...
banazir
Dec. 29th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Keystone Kops of Unusual Size
Why are you still smiling?

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Banazir
illusio
Dec. 29th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
wow, that's a good thread. :D
banazir
Dec. 29th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
They're trying to pwn what I've rightfully hax0red!
wow, that's a good thread. :D
Only compared to some!

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Banazir
prezzey
Dec. 29th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
That's like when someone at the Inst of Ling e-mailed me protesting "your e-mail is so unreliable! You're never getting my e-mails!" Of course, we both use the same server, that of the Institute. ;]
banazir
Dec. 29th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Perceived reliability
I've found that people are just paranoid about whether their e-mails came through. That's why I like "read receipts" and give them whenever appropriate.

Nice icon, BTW - who is that?

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Banazir
prezzey
Dec. 30th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Perceived reliability
Köbüki (MZ/X) from 70s Hungarian sci-fi cartoon series The Mézga Family. Every Hungarian is a fan. Honest.

It's about an average Hungarian middle class family who contact their distant relative MZ/X from the XXXth century, ask him for useful gadgets and always get into trouble using them. There is also a series about their son Aladár (the one who built the radio through which they can talk to MZ/X) travelling in space with his custom-built inflatable spaceship when his parents are asleep, and a third series about the whole family getting into trouble on a trip to Australia.

It has tons of verbal humor and a marked Kádár-era nostalgia value. (Well, back when the cartoon was made, it was set in the "today", little did the creators know that decades later, this era would be dubbed a 'golden age' by some. LOL)
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banazir
Dec. 30th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Merry Christmas and Pippin New Year!

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Banazir
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