This morning, at just after 3am, I heard a fire alarm go off. Not ours, but one of the houses nearby. That was proved when the blue flashing lights arrived later to shut the thing off. And I thought our house was bad for fire alarms (3 false ones and counting, all when I've been elsewhere). At least we don't set the alarm off in the wee hours of the morning.
Anyway, I eventually surfaced at around noon for a software design meeting, in which we finalised the assignment and decided what we have to do (i need to write up minutes and print stuff). A bit later I was sitting in Pevensey 2 foyer with the laptop (on battery as usual) when I found that the Informatics site was not responding, although the university proxy server was. About this time my friend found that he couldn't get to the off-campus e-mail servers, but on-campus was fine.
Then someone wandered along and told us there was a power cut in the building next door. That would be the building with the server room.
Well, the IT guys at Sussex now know the ups works, as internal services seemed unaffected (the informatics server isn't on a ups, and I don't think the internet link is either). With nothing more to do, I headed down to my Logic class and wandered past Chichester 1, where a bunch of people were standing round looking annoyed, and the only light was from a couple of emergency ones. Yep, power cut sounds about right.
Latest news (written up in pen on a flipchart in Chichester 1) is that the network shall be totally screwed (this was after the class at around 5 pm, and all campus it services were down) until some time tomorrow. That's annoying, as I was hoping to do my usual trick of sitting somewhere with wireless access and using the roaming network, but it's rather hard to use that when the dhcp server is missing in action. Ah well, I'll have to stick with dialup for now.