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[Tuesday 10th June 2008 at 6:18 pm]


What I heard today at work:

...tap tap tap tappity tap tap BZZZZZZZZZERT CLUNK.

It was a very selective power glitch: while it knocked out all our computers, those down the corridor were fine.

Oh, and I've just come home to find that the answerphone and the microwave (but nothing else) have forgotten what time it is. The computers here don't seem to have cared.
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[User Picture]From: tau_iota_mu_c
Wednesday 11th June 2008 at 7:35 am (UTC)
That's why I liked old computers better. They could survive a nuclear winter. The old Beeb (IIRC) that had a stack of 30,000uf caps. The 286 with a SMPS that lasted 2 more seconds after you flicked the switch (or stayed ticking for a minute if you triggered the crowbar circuitry. I wanted to take a screwdriver to that crowbar so often).

Netcomm and Dlink consumer grade switches are teh crap. If I haven't already mentioned that 1000 times.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Wednesday 11th June 2008 at 5:18 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough it's the older computers I've used that fall over at the slightest power glitch. An old 386 or 486 would reboot given even a momentary flicker of the lights, while the current rig doesn't care about the occassional several-second brownouts here. Then again the current rig has a much better (and very overrated) power supply with a universal input.
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