I’m sure you guys can deal

July 9th, 2007 · 84 comments

Just in case this site hasn’t given you enough reasons to think twice before leaving a passive-aggressive note, Tobjar in Oakland, California passes along this cautionary tale from worsethanfailure.com:

Not too long ago, there was a small furor in the local media about a major disaster at The State’s Technology Services Division.When employees of The State came in to work following a three day weekend, they found their workstations overloaded with “cannot logon” and “Exchange communication” error messages. The Network Services folks had it even worse: the server room was a sweltering 109° Fahrenheit and filled with dead or dying servers….They worked day and night to order new equipment, build new servers, and restore everything from back-up. Countless overtime hours and nearly two hundred thousand dollars in equipment costs later, they managed to bring everything back online. When the Exchange servers were finally restored, the following email finally made its way to everyone’s inbox:

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As for the employee who sent it, he decided to take an early retirement.

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84 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Joanna

    While we’re at it, we might as well turn off the traffic lights when there are no cars around… we wouldn’t want to waste the light bulbs, right?

    …smacks head.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:21 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   K.R

    ouch, I bet plenty of people had choice words to him if not became violent, that sucks.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   becstar

    yeah, and those air traffic controllers who are there when there’s not that many planes coming in – that’s a waste of energy and money. sheesh… absolute classic, i love this blog

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   eh

    exactly. companies need to be more eco-friendly.

    team —–!

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   legotech

    Holy. Freakin’. Cow.

    Early retirement or was he found beaten to death behind the dumpster full of the dead server gear.

    reg

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:48 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Squeaky Wheel

    :-O

    Okay…seriously…THAT’S one stupid man.

    I’m sure he was “encouraged” to take that “early retirement”, too.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:49 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   tobjar

    please note that there is some speculation in the wtf.com thread that it is an urban myth, and all the stories on WTF are usually a *little* bit embellished. If it’s a tale, it’s one perfectly told — and close to life: I worked at a company a number of years ago who kept having mysterious server failures until we figured out that the damned thing wasn’t cool enough to have more than a few days of uptime.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 7:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Shannon

    If that is real, WOW!

    Jul 9, 2007 at 7:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   noname

    It seems tall tale-ish, but I can believe it. I live with some “eco-friendly” super-greens and this is exactly the kind of thing I could see them doing.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 7:45 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Writer, Rejected

    Maybe the diabolical, corrupt State Technology Division Director made the letter up to cover his ass because he used cheap non-union electricians who put in faulty wiring, which was responsible for the initial meltdown. “Let’s blame the dumb guy who always works on the long weekends,” he said to his evil assistant, who sent the fake email out to all the employees. So: faux passive-aggressiveness, twice removed. A more interesting theory than just plain old urban legend?

    Jul 9, 2007 at 8:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Kate

    Errr… my dad’s worked in IT for years, and I vividly recall getting up one morning at 4am to answer the phone to an automated message from the server room at his work. It was the mid 90′s, but those servers knew enough to dial an emergency number when the temperature of any of them was too high.

    Apparently in that case, the building power had fluxed at about 2am and while the power had come back online, the building’s heating/cooling system had tanked…

    it was only a 100 person office, a professional organization, not a money machine. So I’d bet that it’s the same thing in many places, quite possibly a standard feature. I’m calling urban myth.

    Jul 9, 2007 at 8:43 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Kate

    Also, without being in the server room to begin with, how do you know the a/c is on? All the ones I’ve worked with (that have a dedicated room, not just an area of IT) have insulated fire doors in the hopes of protecting the equiptment if there’s a catastrophe…

    Ok, I’m done now :P

    Jul 9, 2007 at 8:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   M@

    Team this-is-an-urban-myth!

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Collaroy

    Urban myth says I as well.

    Anyone who has access to server rooms knows better than to shut off the A/C. Even I know that and basically my computer skills are similar -if not worse- with those of an 8-year-old.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Faye

    I agree with the urban myth points but i am a greenie and could totally see myself doing this, however I now know not to leave any incriminating evidence behind!

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:55 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Kait

    See what happens when we try and get in good with Al Gore?

    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   RickD

    Funny story, but no doubt that it is urban myth. You might see something like this in a small company but never in a state IT department.

    In a large IT shop there would be tight controls on access to the data center (no card key in a managers desk) and monitoring tools would be in place to page key personnel if A/C is not working and servers are failing.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:34 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   goldfish

    Is this The State newspaper in Columbia, SC?

    Jul 10, 2007 at 6:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   ThatGuy

    $100 says that the employee was female.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 7:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   notolaf

      Seriously? I see a smallish, middle-aged, balding guy. Probably with a cheesy mustache and a pedantic manner.

      Sep 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   auntiesocial

    Yeah, I dunno. I worked in IT for “The State” (maybe the same one, who knows) for a few years, and you would be surprised and amazed at the lack of security and common sense. You don’t get the brightest bulbs in state IT…

    Jul 10, 2007 at 7:33 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   BenW

    Well, this may be an urban legend. But having worked in the field for about ten years I’ve got more than enough stories that either rival or beat it. Just last week I got called to a customer’s site because their entire network was down, deader than dead. I got there and discovered someone must have needed a power strip. Whomever the braniac was went back into the data closet and stole the one that all the network components plug into.

    Doh!!!

    Then there’s construction guys cutting holes in data center walls spewing concrete dust, sludge and water all over tens of thousands of dollars worth of voice and data components.

    Double-Doh!!!

    And trust me -them ain’t urban legends.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 8:20 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   spinn

    This is really close:

    http://missoulian.com/articles/2006/05/22/bnews/br55.txt
    http://missoulian.com/articles/2006/05/23/bnews/br46.txt

    …but unfortunately, that was May 22 2006, and Memorial Day was the following week, so it doesn’t quite fit. Still…

    Jul 10, 2007 at 8:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Fred

    I just StumbledUpon this site. The address below quotes the original post, made on LiveJournal:

    http://ucnu112.livejournal.com/41585.html

    There’s a link to http://community.livejournal.com/techsupport/1368038.html

    in there too, but when the original poster got sick of people calling BS, they deleted their post.

    The woman who shut off the A/Cs was an Accountant with the company, therefore more of a penny-pincher than a tech person.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 8:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Potbelly

    20- I wouldn’t be so sure. It’s always men who try to turn down/off the a.c. in my experience…such a dad move. Women hate sweating. But I vote (very amusing) hoax on this one anyway.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Casey

    20 – Did you miss “as for the employee who sent it, HE decided to take an early retirement” ?

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:53 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   DUH

    This REEKS of urban legend.

    This site needs to stick to passive aggressive notes, and leave crap like this for my co-workers to pass around in forwarded emails.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Psipsina

    Who cares if it’s an urban legend? It’s rather amusing.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   DUH

    The only way this could be called ‘amusing’ is if it were true. If it’s made up we call it ‘reality tv.’

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Florabora

    Considering my spouse works for a state organization with an IT department that does upgrades during business hours (resulting in no email/internet access for 2-3 days), I could see this happening.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:27 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Jessica

    Florabora – I concur! I work for a government department and they regularly do stupid things like software updates during business hours. We are also continuously running out of space on the servers. Freaking buy another one or take steps to limit the amount of stuff each user can save!!

    Anyway, I can definitely see this happening in a government building.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   dingo starr

    this type of thing is far from urban legend. i would say this kind of thing happens alot now that almost any company of resonable size has a server room in their office building. offices are not built to hold servers with seperate AC units then the rest of the floor. add the locked door scenario for most server rooms and you have yourself one hell of a cooking oven.
    this guy is a retard if this is real, early retirement? should have been early termination.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   ThatGirl

    “ThatGuy // Jul 10, 2007 at 7:29 am

    $100 says that the employee was female.”

    Gotta love men with 100 dollars and 82 IQ points.

    Even though I strongly suspect urban legend, I’ve also had (male) bosses who were that stupid. In the off chance this was true, I wouldn’t pin it on an eco-friendly/liberal ideology.

    I’d say it’d be more likely it was a middle-management ass-kisser trying to make himself look good to the bosses by “proactively” saving $5 in electricity. Hence, the e-mail to everyone.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:12 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   bex

    Surely nobody is THAT stupid – I hope it IS indeed an urban myth, otherwise I fear for the world if there is genuinely that much stupidity in it.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   bobwong

    Remember that famous (infamous?) line:
    Hi. I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

    Oxymorons in action!

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Lauren_Says

    32-i totally agree

    Team ThatGirl!

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   johnO

    I’m sure those admins appreciated the Michael Moore approach…

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Writer, Rejected

    Team dumb-ass male boss!

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   karatedadlarry

    Urban legend or not – it can happen. It happened to me once back in the late 90′s when the local utility company decided to do some work on the water mains supplying our building – without warning us of course. The didn’t cut the power, but cutting the water shut down the AC units just as effectively. We came in Monday to a server room well over 100 degrees and our main accounting VAX down for the count. Since it was an older system, it took 3 days to even find the replacement parts (in Canada) and a couple more before it was running again.

    Jul 10, 2007 at 7:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   M@

    Things this stupid or worse can and do happen, but this story has all the hallmarks of an urban myth.

    Don’t post urban myths, pa notes, you F*CKING BITCHES! j/k

    Jul 10, 2007 at 8:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   HotMom

    Snopes has nothing on it.
    I did email it to my F-i-L, the head of IT for an international travel center, and this is what he had to say:
    Interesting story. Fortunately, that would never happen at (international travel center) because our computer center is manned 24x7x365. Plus we have a mirror image computer center across town that if something should happen here, it would take over automatically and instantaneously…
    :-)
    So it can happen but not if proper precautions are taken. I thought the state would have done that, no?

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Fulan0

    Team this-is-obviously-fake-and-why-don’t-they-post-the-real-notes-I-send-in.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Anonymous

    Team all the obvious 12 year olds who post in these comments!!! Oh kiddies!!! Keep on posting!! I love the bickering and ignorant teenie bop comments!! Yay!!! :) :)

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   xoxohth

    Team HOLY-SHIT-FULANO-IS-THAT-YOU-SEE-MY-USERNAME-THX

    Jul 11, 2007 at 3:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   grey

    If this were true, how did the guy know the A/C units were on? They’d be in the server room, which he didn’t have access to until he supposedly decided to swipe a keycard from the Facilities manager to turn them off.

    Also, I’d imagine they’d have warnings in place if the temperature got that high… either a phone call or an email alert. It’s not like this was a small company… there’s no way they wouldn’t have emergency procedures set in place.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 6:36 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   Lovecarrots

    Genius. May be an urban myth but then, they have to start somewhere.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 8:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   Erin

    Any “eco-friendly supergreen” can tell you that it will create a larger carbon footprint to replace those lost/damaged resources than it would have to have kept the a/c on. Duh.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 8:44 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   ALA

    Similar issue – we couldn’t figure out why our server kept going down…but it happened about every 3rd evening. We’d go to check it/run diagnostics/etc. Nothing. So, we kept someone there to monitor things…turns out (no joke, promise) the cleaning people needed an outlet & were unplugging our server. I know it sounds like the hospital cleaners/patients dying/electrical outlets urban legend, but this one is true.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 9:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   IT_Geek

    With the way it’s written it sounds like a bit of a myth, but it’s really not completely unbelievable. The “e-mail” states that the AC was on in the building while he was there (though abnormal in newer buildings a lot of older buildings are either on or off all the time so facilities crews don’t have to constantly make changes around weekends/holidays/etc.), and a lot of people are really “proud” of their IT infrastructure and show it off. Combine the 2 and you have people who see the BIG chillers, REALLY cold room, AC running in their offices and make incorrect connections. And yes, there *ARE* a lot of people who leave key cards/keys in their desks, that way they don’t accidentally leave them at home!

    I work for a company that does IT consulting work and installs some VERY large systems for customers, and there’s a lot of stupid things going on out there you wouldn’t believe. I have at least 3 fortune 1000 class customers who regularly have admins shut down chillers in their server rooms while working in them so they can hear better (and sometimes forget to turn them back on if they get pulled into a sudden meeting/emergency than go home), I have several customers who had to change security methods due to cleaning crews getting access to server rooms and plugging floor buffers/vacuums into places they don’t belong, and I currently am working with a hospital with NO thermal alerting in their server room, and they have to have security guards go through the room on their patrol to make sure the chillers are running as they have had failures before over the weekend that they didn’t find out about until the servers were all crashing.

    And if you think those are bad, state offices can be even worse!

    Jul 11, 2007 at 10:43 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   mk

    I’d have been tempted to think it was an urban myth as well, but I have been in IT too long.
    Last month we had a very similar thing happen here. Friday evening someone came and replaced the carpet in the server room. They unplugged the AC unit while doing it and didn’t bother plugging it back in. I got in Monday morning and heard the sound of the fans going full speed in there, it was extremely hot.
    If I had come in late it could have been very bad.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 11:30 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   BoggyWoggy

    I’m with the folks who’d like this site to try really hard to avoid fakes. Have you ever watched America’s Funniest Videos when some white-trash family films “Dad” on the roof, fixin’ a hole, when, KABAM! He falls through the hole! Who the hell videotapes at that moment? It’s so freakin’ fake! Plus, the wife does her little, “Are you OK, Daddy?” routine and the day lifts his head, waves his arm and says, “Yeah. I’m OK.” Meanwhile, the white-trash/cross-eyed kids are following their cue to begin saying, “Oh, Daddy, Daddy! Don’t die!”

    Jul 11, 2007 at 4:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   BoggyWoggy

    Oops, the day doesn’t life his arm…the dad does.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 4:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   Finn

    Never underestimate the cheapness of State Institutions or the power of stupidity. I work in theater. Our 30 year old building used to keep the dimmers in an UN ventilated concrete room on the UPPER floors where heat rises. This was a state college theater. Figure that one out. People are dumb

    Jul 11, 2007 at 7:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   wankel

    I spent years consulting for state government agencies. Their idea of physical security is generally a joke. With the lousy money they pay, they attract two types of people: the lazy, who enjoy the 9-5 workday (which is only about 5 hours of actual work) and the ambitious, who love to find ways like this to get in good with the boss and advance. I suspect this may be an urban legend as well, but there’s only one state IT group I’ve worked in that was run well enough that I can’t imagine this happening there.

    Jul 11, 2007 at 9:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   circuit_breaker

    Reminds me of the time I worked for a hospital, and we were having a wall that was 1ft behind the server rack taken out. I told facilities i wanted a dust barrier wall with a negative pressure difference before they began their work – this is normal procedure for work done in clinical units – but I came in that morning to see a tarp draped over my server rack, dust clouding the air and 4 facilities guys

    I spent months cleaning up drywall dust off motherboards. We didn’t have any immediate failures but 2 weird hardware failures later down the road.

    I hate ignorant people

    Jul 12, 2007 at 4:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   Elphaba

    I suppose I’m both team thats-a-fake and team wow-thats-awesomely-awful. Which means I’m now team I-dont-care-if-its-fake-it-was-a-good-read.

    Jul 12, 2007 at 4:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   mr. guy

    The difference between this story and the examples given by posters is that in this story the disaster is the result of a liberal/environmentalist attitude. That is why this smacks of right-wing/conservative propaganda….aka urban myth/hoax.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 1:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   karen

    this is the funniest one so far

    Jul 15, 2007 at 5:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   SomeAudioGuy

    Man I love stories like this…

    Jul 17, 2007 at 6:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Sammy

    Noble thoughts can never be appreciated.

    Jul 17, 2007 at 8:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   NF

    The dailyWTF story was a bit embellished, but was based on the network failure in Montana last year
    http://missoulian.com/articles/2006/05/23/bnews/br46.txt

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   ds

    since this site changed, I can’t get to my email or folders. I don’t do blogs. I just want to get to my emails, etc. so I can transfer my environmental, etc. alerts to a different email address. Ive sent 3 queries to the people listed for contact and haven’t gotten one answer. Can someone get through to them??

    Jul 19, 2007 at 1:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   CS

    I have been in IT for 15+ years and have run into something like this twice. Once I was called in to a utility company to help replace several servers that had died as a result of one of the employees being to cold and flipping the breaker for the ac using that vented near her desk(also vented into there server room), that was on a Friday. we were called in on a monday afternoon.

    Where I currently work we had a similer, but diffrent problem. the contractors that installed our new server room had put a 15 ton unit on the roof and piped the duct work into the server room, but had to smaller lines that they ran off the new duct work as they had to remove the old ducts that went to 2 offices. while these 2 offices were always complaining it was to cold and turning the AC setting all the way to off. While the contractor had set it up so that all 3 of the thermostats fed back to one location and it averaged out the inputs to see if it should cool or not, so when ever they would have theres both turn off, the server room would get no ac. took mantanace 2 months to figure this one out.

    Jul 19, 2007 at 12:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   tim from Radio Clash

    I worked at a place where they walled in a server; no lie.

    The server was still connected, but it was behind one of those plasterboard walls! Took the webmaster years to find it…

    Jul 24, 2007 at 9:23 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   m

    Ugh. PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID.
    Perhaps there’s a reason he didn’t have a card to access that room in the first place.

    Jul 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   Ben

    Finn, I’ll do you one better. I too work theater, and I’ve seen unventilated dimmers placed in a small concrete room behind the (installed) amp racks. Believe me, with multiple heat sinks in the same room, it was not a pleasant place to troubleshoot a faulty dimmer.

    Jul 26, 2007 at 3:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   Heywood

    total fake… I mean ‘the STATE’? come on, you suckers

    Jul 31, 2007 at 4:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   ema

    my work doesn’t really have a need for servers, but the room with the controls to air/electricity gets terribly hot and they decided it was unnecessary to have it cool (it’s mainly used for storage) and so the fan was taken out of the room. it would get terribly hot and then all the lights would go out, the a/c would shut off, etc. it took a week of electricians coming in to decide that maybe that room should be kept cooler. the fan was put back and so far we haven’t had to work in the dark :)

    Aug 6, 2007 at 1:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   Peter

    Well, I can’t say that this story is legit. HOWEVER, in one of my previous places of employment, the owner of the building (a highrise with many businesses) decided to shut down the air conditioning over the weekend… including our server room air con. $100,000 worth of equipment died and had to be replaced.

    Stuff like this does happen occasionally.

    Aug 31, 2007 at 4:03 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   unholyghost2003 bang

    It is both sweet and sad that so many people have such faith in the intelligence of those working “for the government” I work “for the government” (in fact I am reading this website right now on my government computer. 80% of the people who work in state, county, and municipal government are only an IQ point or two above jellyfish. I am not saying this particular tale is true, just that I have seen some one “important” enough to have a master key and supposedly a “computer expert” (though he doesn’t work in IT, thank GOD) actually incure several THOUSANDS of dollars in emergency copier repairs because he couldn’t figure out that it was just out of paper.

    Now go have a good cry about the state of the world kids!

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   unholyghost2003 bang

    also a different person somehow managed to FORMAT C with their windows OS. Thus wiping out months of work. People are REALLY DUMB.

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   guys > girls

    “ThatGirl on Jul 10, 2007 at 2:12 pm:
    Gotta love men with 100 dollars and 82 IQ points.”

    You should love those kinds of men, honey, they’re the only type who will ever be interested in you. Lighten up, baby!

    Nov 13, 2007 at 2:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   Jodi Blaze

    guys > girls on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:02 pm
    You should love those kinds of men, honey, they’re the only type who will ever be interested in you.

    Ouch….I felt that one from way over here

    Nov 28, 2007 at 5:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #73   hamburke bang

    I think I’m leaning towards true although hoax is possible. I’ve met people in a professional environment who would do that and send this kind of email but I also used to work with a group of environmentalists so the angle didn’t seem strange to me. I come across a lot of miserly, overtly ambitious and overly eco-conscious people entirely too often to dismiss this completely although it’s a little too perfect to accept at face value.

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #74   BJ

    Here’s Your Sign…

    Jan 8, 2008 at 6:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #75   s4motny

    lol he burn servers… idiot

    Apr 19, 2008 at 3:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #76   Tech Guy

    Too all douche bags that say “Team This And That”… that is the dumbest thing I have ever seen! Please keep your “trendiness” under control and stop saying Team Blah Blah Blah!

    Thanks!

    Love xoxoxo :) :) :)

    I sure hope people see the humor in this…

    Nov 26, 2008 at 9:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #77   Katherine

    Trust me – If something this stupid had to happen in any office, it would be in a government office.

    Jan 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #78   Kev

    I don’t know if this story in and of itself is an urban myth or not, BUT, I know for a fact things like this do happen.

    A similar incident at my husband’s workplace back in Nov.

    Believe me, he, and the rest of the network tech crew were ready to kill someone.

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #79   Aethian

    Couldn’t “The State” mean a state college?

    Jun 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #80   pothoid

    umm. i haven’t seen this office setup, but chances are if it’s a room full of computer servers it should probably be air conditioned. computers overheat dude. and if they crash cause your selfabsorbed self turned off the air, ya gonna be in trouble. sometimes it’s not about you, or the environment.

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #81   Anon

    it’s called nagios, use it.

    Jul 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #82   David

    Typical clueless end user! Gotta love em

    Jan 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #83   RaPeGa

    Hi,

    we once had two ladies in system management who decided to turn off the consoles for the servers.
    That was not at all a good idea for a UNIX server in the 80s.
    They ran on for some more hours and then stopped until power off/on.

    We only lost a day of work for about 50 programmers, not that expensive.

    But I wold say: If you do not know what you change, do not change it.

    Greetings from germany,

    RaPeGa

    Jun 15, 2010 at 9:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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