You see, you have your servers in a rack, and then you have switches to connect everything to them. One of them is the big mamoo, the one that routes traffic from the servers to various switches for further distribution. And it's this big mamoo that lost power.
Now, the UPS to which the big mamoo switch was connected has been complaining that it needs a new battery for quite a while. I had, in fact, had the infrastructure manager order a battery for the thing. The new battery has been sitting by the UPS waiting for a time when the entire network could be shut down long enough for me to replace that battery.
The plant was scheduled to shut down in May, for maintenance, at which time I would have come in at night on a Sunday or something to replace that battery, when no one needed to access the system. But thanks to COVID-19 and the desperate need for hand sanitizer and soaps--one of the components of which is made at the plant I work out of--the shutdown was postponed.
No one called me. No one messaged me. No one tried to communicate with me at all. So, plant internet down for most of a day, until someone went into the server room and unplugged that UPS and plugged everything connected to it into a power strip.
So at 8 AM this morning I walk into that furor, entirely unsuspecting. Cue headache.
I had that spare battery on hand so I decided to put it in, but I could not get the old battery out of the thing; and when I finally took the cover off I discovered why. It took me nearly twenty minutes of disassembly. I had to bend the frame of the thing to get the battery out, and further to pry it loose with a screwdriver; but finally I had it:
The infrastructure guy told me not to bother putting a new battery in it; he'd just order a new one. That's his call to make, and I sure as hell wasn't going to argue with him.
I didn't know lead-acid batteries could do that.
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I was actually pretty busy today, but not too busy to do some doodling:
That's the chicken nugget's father, the chicken patty, drawn semi-manga-style. It started because I was experimenting with different martian eyes, then I drew Hot Dog Man with a manga-style face, and it got worse from there.
But after the UPS nonsense I was able to eat my sandwich and get a look at my queue; then I had to go fix a printer, and deal with some other stuff, and ship a computer. Had pre-arranged to leave at 2 PM to go see the doc (brief checkup for prescription refills) and then came home.
Had a bad headache most of the day. Got buttonholed by Joe, across the street, and we chatted for a good 45 minutes before I begged off further conversation. Ended up in bed not too much later, feeling sick.
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Good move: Ppesident Trump has declared that antifa is a terrorist group.
It would be good if antifa faced federal prison for their crimes. They wouldn't like that at all.
They're burning books and churches which is kind of a go-to move for communists.
"Our cities are burning because some people refused to accept the results of a legal election." The Democrat-media complex is claiming that "white supremecists" are causing all the violence, but it's kind of weird that a number of left-wing celebrities
have publicly announced on social media that they will be donating money to bail out the rioters and looters and vandals. Which is weird, because, why would they want to bail about a bunch of white supremacists? Don't they think that white supremacists belong in jail?AN interesting point.
I'm not sure what that woman thought was going to happen to her after she hit a cop in the face, twice.
Meanwhile, thanks to the Rodney King riots in 1992 there's jurisprudence to the effect that the police have absolutely no duty whatsoever to protect you.
Sad but true. People tried to sue LAPD for not protecting them during the riots that happened after the police that beat the crap out of Rodney King (who was high on PCP and resisted arrest) were found not guilty. Courts said, in every case, that police have no duty to protect citizens from harm.
Plenty of folks get outraged by that. A bisexual muslim shoots up a gay nightclub and the police do nothing to stop it--because their job is to catch criminals, not stand in front of an active shooter and save peoples' lives. They're cops, not soldiers. Right?
...I'm being sarcastic, there--and in both directions--because law enforcement is useless most of the time.
The police have been militarized but they're not soldiers.
Now antifa is saying they're taking their bullshit to the suburbs, and that's a bad idea. It's an extremely bad idea--for them.
The rules change in the suburbs. You're not robbing a private store and destroying public property anymore. Now you're in home territory. The house is full of valuable possessions and luxuries, yes, but more than that, this location has family members in it. Wives, children, and even beloved pets.You bet your ass--if some shitstick is trying to bust into my house I'm going to use everything at my disposal to fend him off, and I am not going to care about his health.
You're in a different playing field now. Here the stakes are a lot higher for the victims of rioters, and as such, the stakes will rise for you. You're no longer just facing an arrest charge or a few bumps and bruises. You’re now playing with your life.
The question you have to ask yourself is whether or not the person on the other side of the door that you're about to try to break down is one of those people who purchased a firearm. Every home you try to gain access to is a roll of the dice, and the odds don't look good for you.
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The hell of it is, I don't expect the rest of this year to be any better. The left wing does not want Trump to win re-election and they are going to pull out all of the stops to prevent that from happening. So, yeah--expect more and better surprises, folks. *sigh*
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Anyway, I hit the hay and slept until it was almost 9, but at least the headache went away. Shit.
...and I have more tomorrow.
The worst thing about all this horseshit is that I can't even ride my frigging motorcycle to work now. I have no idea where the shitstickery is going to crop up, and have no interest in becoming a statistic, so I need to take the cage everywhere. Argh etc.