Sitting in my darkened office at the moment, now in hour 5 of a power outage affecting half the site. The UPS batteries drained long ago, all servers cleanly shut down.

Teachers are slowly adjusting to having to take a lesson without their computers.

A few minutes ago the caretaker said he needed to find a 160A fuse (not a typo). He was amused by my offer to wire up a dozen 13A fuses in parallel, but declined.

All I can do is wait. I am literally and figuratively powerless.

About The Angry Technician

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.

2 responses to “Powerless”

  1. Jack Hardcastle (@jwhardcastle) says :

    After five such outages in as many months (four due to power, including one for Irene that lasted 24 hours, and one due to an HVAC failure) I finally convinced our school administration to let me build a new “datacenter” – essentially a cinder block room within a storage closet in a building that has natural gas. A new right-sized HVAC unit and a natural gas generator are being installed next month. I feel your pain.

  2. Kvad says :

    At least everyone else didn’t go home while you are stuck at work by yourself waiting to power everything back on.

    Sure WOL, DRAC etc, but nothing beats physical presence.

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