I know that my main goal in life is to make the human female’s life as miserable as possible, but rest assured, the human male can be just as deserving of my mischief. He often goes out of his way to suggest mean pranks for her to pull on me, so lately, he’s been the recipient of a good chunk of my attention.
He is what is known as an IT Nerd. That is, he spends and inordinate amount of time mucking about with computers. Time that would be better spent cleaning the gutters or, better yet, catering to my every whim.
So I had a little tinker with the various file servers and backup servers in his care. Since the New Year, one or another of them has been failing on a more or less weekly basis. Hard drives have been dying at an alarming rate. This means that just as he sits down to eat, or play a game, or spend time with friends, he’ll get a failure message (plus a whole raft of whiny “I can’t get to my stuuuuufff!” calls from faculty) and have to stop what he’s doing and reboot something remotely or else get in the car and go up to campus and push that button that only he can push.
Plus I’ve made it leak in the server room or his office every time it rains. That has put a damper on some weekends, I can tell you! (pun very much intended!)
Lately I’ve devoted most of my efforts to the file server. It kept throwing errors and failing backups. Finally, he determined that the motherboard was essentially defunct. There was *just* enough money in the budget to order a new server, but he did want to fix the old one as a backup. He started scouring the interwebs, looking for a replacement motherboard.
And he found one, for a very good price. $77.00 was very appealing. The vendor said they’d call him back to arrange some speedy shipping. When they called, they said they had one and would gladly send it to him, but that the actual price was $499.00. Outraged, he told them where they could forcibly locate said motherboard and commenced searching for a different vendor.
And he found one, for a pretty good price. He ordered it and patted himself on the back. But the next day the vendor called to tell him that they didn’t actually have the item listed on their website. So sorry! He began looking for another.
And he found one, for a very good price.
Note that this is SAME physical motherboard offered by Vendor #1 again. Apparently, if no one wants it, it’s $77.22, but the minute someone orders it, the price goes up.
Well, as you can imagine, he was having none of that, so he set about trying to find a different source.
And he found one, for a pretty good price. They shipped it promptly, it arrived in good shape, and he installed it with high hopes and a song in his heart.
It didn’t work. Ehehehehe!
Muttering profanities and reconsidering all of his life choices to date, he decided to examine the original faulty motherboard to see if it could be fixed.
The bad news: the capacitors are all bulgy, which I’m told is a Bad Thing.
But, but! They’re green and gold! How awful can they be? So he has gone looking online for replacements.
And he found some, at a very good price.
They didn’t work.
I don’t know how many iterations he’s going crank this server problem through, but whatever n turns out to be, I’m pretty sure I’m up for n +1 …