The Twilight Zone

You know how whenever you’re trying to fit cage nuts to an equipment rack, you’re almost guaranteed to either a) stab yourself in the finger with a screwdriver, or b) lose one of the cage nuts when it pings off into the mysterious void at the bottom of the rack?

OK, maybe the first one is just me, but the second one is a common complaint from other technicians I’ve talked to.

Anyway, last week I had the opportunity to open up the bottom of the server rack, and did so gleefully expecting to retrieve the veritable treasure trove of racking accessories that have fallen down there over the years.

There was NOTHING.

Not a single cage nut, screw, cable tie, or fibre cap. Not even a semi-fictional distand. Nothing.


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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

10 responses to “The Twilight Zone”

  1. Daniel Beardsmore says :

    Subatomic bacteria. I recommend a tunnelling neutrino beam.

  2. ICT Tower says :

    Or maybe rats. I’d still recommend the tunnelling neutrino beam though.

  3. Claudio says :

    That must be the same mystery as the famous ‘sock monster’ which hides somewhere in the dryer and leaves only one sock of the pair behind.

  4. Brett says :

    Nope its not just you with the stabbing of your hand while trying to get the cage nuts in…
    And we have the same disappearing nuts as well…. I must have dropped at least 10 into the bottom of one of our racks, when we moved it.. just 1 was in there!

  5. Seth says :

    I think the underwear gnomes from South Park have branched out!

  6. Rikev says :

    The kids nicked them. Thieving blighters.

  7. ScottishTech says :

    They’ll be lying next to all of the ballpoint pens (with apologies to Douglas Adams)

  8. sparkeh says :

    I can barely type my fingers are so cut up from trying to move a couple of things in the cab. I have come to the conclusion that the nuts are actually alive and bite my fingers in indignation at being moved.

    That would explain how they scurry off when dropped. Somewhere in the attic there is a nest full of little nuts.

  9. ScottishTech says :

    Well it should be easy to kill them off the little beasties – the average server is chock full of RAID.

    (I’ll get me coat)

  10. Giles says :

    I think they fall into the frame of the rack. All of them – it’s like they’re sucked in by dark matter…

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