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85 degree server room at 1:32am
To all my friends who are considering a job in the IT field:

If you bag groceries or drive forklifts or whatever, you won't have to spend your time in an 85 degree server room full of alarms at 1:30am.

To all my friends in the heating and cooling business:

I wish your crap would just work. I was tired.


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May. 3rd, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
1) Bagging groceries is a real shit job, I did it for a year a D&W Food Centers. I made stereotyping customers a hobby.

2) I currently work as a network admin at a nearby public school. Last summer the A/C died in the server room weekly and the temperatures soared to 90+ degrees before they would come fix it. Then over Christmas break a pipe in the heating system broke, twice. I had the only room in the entire building that was anywhere close to reasonable becuase of the servers heating the room I worked in.
May. 3rd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
1) hah, yea, I still mock becky because she likes the bread bagged seperately. I call her a grandma, and ask if she'd like it bagged in paper, then plastic. (I spent a lot of time mocking customers with the other baggers and cashiers at Leppinks)

2) heh, yea. I don't trust our backup system, so temperatures going above 75 is really bad, especially since airflow sucks in the server room, since it really was designed to be a wiring closet that got expanded into a nearby utility room. (It's not our datacenter, just a place for about 30-40 servers to support our office)
May. 3rd, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
That's so messed up. I thought that your forbidden box of mystery would have kept people distracted from the thermostat.
May. 3rd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
heh, the thermostat was set properly. I think the AC system malfunctioned
May. 3rd, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Forklift driving ain't no picnic either...sucked major donkey balls when its 20 degrees outside, and 5 fucking degrees inside...then you get you get to haul ass thru the warehouse at 15mph in an open cabbed forklift. Yeah..lots of fun there. And I did that 5 days a week for months at a time. You _occasionally_ have to deal with an 85 degree room, and make a shit ton more money for doing so.
May. 3rd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
I mentioned these jobs because I've done both of them. The stress level is much lower. That's undeniable.

(And if they were actually better, I'd still be doing them instead.)
May. 3rd, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
I remeber one summer when I work for NMU we had to move a machine room full of equipment into the ARTS&Music building temporarly. Well nobody told us that because the build is so little used they would shut the AC off when classes were out of session and not a single window opened. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader as to what happened next.
May. 4th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
haha, I know the pain you speak of. In a 26 floor building they do this shit all the time.
May. 4th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
In the summer, I'll trade you a 85 degree room with alarms in a HEARTBEAT!!! That'd be a relief...
May. 4th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Get an air conditioner, hippie. ;-)
May. 4th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
Sheesh... HIppie? Just cuz I'm growing my hair back? Whippersnapper...
May. 4th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
damned longhair
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