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October 12, 2006

Server Woes

The server my domain is on has apparantly lost the hamsters that were spinning its discs, so the site has been intermittent today and may be again. If you suddenly can't reach the site, that's why.

For those of you who wonder why I bother to post a note like this when no one can see it if the site is down: RSS feeds.

Posted by john at October 12, 2006 12:01 PM

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Steve Buchheit | October 12, 2006 12:09 PM

Cry Havock! And let slip the hamsters of TCP/IP.

Wait, that's not right.

Kevin Q | October 12, 2006 12:26 PM

Let this serve as a warning to all ye who would criticize the holy works of Lord Lucas.

Look upon his works, ye worms, and despair!

K

Rob | October 12, 2006 01:21 PM

for everyone's amusement, and maybe a "caption this photo" excercise?

http://impeachdubya.blogspot.com/

kero aka kevin | October 12, 2006 01:26 PM

I can't reach this site.

(that logic bomb should take care of the lurking robot overlords, setting back their scheduled domination of the world)

Mark DF | October 12, 2006 04:50 PM

Ah, finally I can get back on the site. You have no idea how much time I've wasted working today.

Chris Smith | October 13, 2006 03:28 AM

John, the old DOS/Windows 3.1 machines ran on hamsters. To get the extra power that modern computers require, they've upgraded to ferrets.

John Scalzi | October 13, 2006 05:57 AM

Well, see, there's the problem. Insufficient rodent technology.

Chang who lives on Bagels | October 13, 2006 06:19 AM

Ferrets ain't rodents.

Now, if you want yourself an industrial sized rodent capable of running a server these days, you need a capybara! That there's a computing rodent.

Steve Buchheit | October 13, 2006 08:43 AM

Chang, I think Capybaras overheat too quickly and need to be immersed in liquid, which hampers not only their speed, but where they can be deployed. The Cray III used Capybaras, but after a successful Good Friday celebration, they had to retrofit to mongoose (mongeese?).

Chang who lives on Bagels | October 13, 2006 09:13 AM

Are mongooseses sese seko rodents, though? I think not. Now, I agree with you about the overheating of the capybara. Terrible issue with often diastrous results, which is why the Cray III really got its best work done in the Amazon and certain sections of Mississippi.

Now, a capybara retrofit was made by Cisco in 1998, and made it quite useful in a variety of conditions. However, a peculiarity of the retrofit was that the capybara's had to be fed enormous amounts of Peanut M&M's, often more than your average human computer programmer. I mean, we're talking something like eighty pounds a day. Made it prohibitively expensive to run, except of course at the M&M plant. There they are used to coordinate the separation of greens and brown M&M's for the special "Van Halen" edition bags they make every January to commemorate Eddie Van Halen's birthday on January 26th.

Okay, I should go back to reading the definitions of popular ad entertainment now.

Chang who lives on Bagels | October 13, 2006 09:16 AM

Also, CISCO systems doesn't get its name form being near San FranCISCO. It's an acronym developed by engineers to describe their frustration at the rodent run servers.

Thus, CISCO: Capybara Is Still Cooling Off.

Steve Buchheit | October 13, 2006 09:25 AM

Chang, you're right about the mongeese, of course. I was going to say chipmonks, but I believe our host has issues about them, so we better not talk about it. Shhh.

Maybe snowshoe hare would be better for this implementation, although getting them to hold onto the control bars with the smaller front paws would be difficult.

So would TCP/IP be The Capybara Passes-out/Install Prophylactic-mongeese?

Chang who is theoretically at "work" | October 13, 2006 09:37 AM

Steve,

Yes. The other acronym is incorrect. Yours is the correct one.

Interesting to note that alot of the activists working to free ferrets from societal strictures and get them made legal as pets throughout the state is actually a Republican effort to integrate ferrets, mongeese, Capybaras (another example of American jobs going south to Latin America!) and other four-footed bovine, rodents or other creatures into the workforce to do the work of humans or machines.

They just pose as reclusive, fantasy reading introverts to throw off the Democrats.

John Scalzi | October 13, 2006 09:43 AM

I'm personally surprised no one's brought up the advantages of open-source lagomorph computing. It's quick. But when there are errors, they multiply almost exponentially through the system.

Nathan who isn't even pretending to be working today | October 13, 2006 09:51 AM

[gazing adoringly into host's eyes]


You had me at lagomorph

Steve Buchheit | October 13, 2006 09:58 AM

Chang, damn, now you've blown my cover here at work.

John, I was going to bring up open-source lagomorph computing but my DNC agreement won't let me.

Steve Buchheit | October 13, 2006 10:01 AM

sorry, that's NDA (damn the typo/errors are starting again today!)

:)

Chang | October 13, 2006 11:17 AM

Re: Lagomorphs.

It's the replication of errors problems. Same reason they didn't use bunnies. Also had to put up with the excessive cost of truckloads of carrots being needed every day just so someone could read the local paper online it Topeka. Also, the fecal matter produced tended to get caught up in the drives.

The future animal of computing: the pangolin.

Chang | October 13, 2006 11:31 AM

Re: Lagomorphs.

It's the replication of errors problems. Same reason they didn't use bunnies. Also had to put up with the excessive cost of truckloads of carrots being needed every day just so someone could read the local paper online it Topeka. Also, the fecal matter produced tended to get caught up in the drives.

The future animal of computing: the pangolin.

Roberts | October 13, 2006 12:32 PM

R.O.U.S.

Steve Buchheit | October 13, 2006 05:43 PM

Roberts, to big and rubbery.

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