On Call: Dirt File The On Call Mailbag is filled with contributions from readers who want to get involved registerS Dirt File is a seasonal spin-off of our weekly On Call column about tech support nightmares that focuses on the dirtiest, messiest, dirtiest and filthiest environments readers are asked to work in.
To open this installment, meet Wright, a reader named Regomize, who is an assistant IT manager at a very large airport in the US.
A 22U cabinet was deployed in the public area of our airport that contained a network switch and an uninterruptible power supply, Wright explained. The cabinet was tightly closed.
Yet the airport facilities team would frequently call and ask for keys, leading them to believe it was a locked bin.
Wright arrived and found the rack nearly full with people depositing trash through the cable access slot in the top.
That trash contained bottles and cans that, essentially, had not been completely emptied.
As the reader will undoubtedly appreciate, uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) contain a lot of batteries. And when batteries get wet all kinds of unpleasant things can happen, including fires and explosions. Which are not popular anywhere but are especially worrisome in airports.
Thankfully, there was no damage to this UPS.
Amazingly, the devices also escaped beverage containers from leaking their contents, Wright told On Call. I can only assume that the first layer of litter provided protection or dispersion of liquids.
Dear reader, do not try this form of prevention deeply at home.
Next, let’s meet Howard who ran his own business in Monaco, which included owning the home of a woman who provided dog-sitting services to residents of the principality.
Howard told On Call that he often had 10 to 15 dogs roaming around the house at any given time. And while those dogs weren’t allowed in the room in her house that contained a computer, dog hair still got inside.
To avoid overheating the computer fan and motherboard will need regular cleaning every 3 or 4 months to remove about 0,25 cm of accumulated dust, dander and sometimes dog hair.
Howard suffers from allergies so working in this house became frustrating.
“I had to take an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before I got to his house to avoid meeting him,” she wrote.
They had the same problem at a nearby sports bar, where four machines near the main entrance sucked up all kinds of dust and dirt despite daily obligations for cleanliness, especially regular cleaning of the chassis and CPU fans (or replacement) was required.
The datacenter intoxicated me. not really
Let’s now meet a reader named Dennis who was once asked to do a network upgrade at a winery that was an hour or two out of town.
Dennis explained that the comms room was located above cellars that held thousands of gallons of barrel port, he said that some of the barrels were 100 years old and the winery kept a new barrel each year.
All that alcohol lay there, headed for the comms room, where the air conditioning sucked in the heady, yeasty, vapors.
Dennis told On Call that being there for so many hours had an inevitable effect. I had to call my manager and advise that I was staying the night at a hotel next door because I was in no condition to finish work.
Dennis’ boss assumed that he had sampled the customers’ goods.
It took me some time to explain that not a drop had passed my lips, Dennis wrote, before lamenting the truth of his statement because he made and still makes some excellent wines.
Finally, let’s meet a reader named Bobby, who thankfully didn’t have any allergies. When he was asked to fix a fan, he took a peek inside a server and wondered who had left it looking like a thick layer. Had decided.
Except it didn’t feel like it.
Bobby told On Call that it was 15 years of settled dust from the floor carpets and cigarette ash and smoke that had been sucked in by the power supply fan and pressed into the case and taking up every spare centimeter of space inside.
His efforts to clean it failed miserably.
This spore burst into the room like a cloud. Once airborne, it rapidly entered the building’s extensive air circulation system, causing the entire building to smell like stale cigarettes for several days.
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