Classic Computer Rescue Squad

From: Carl R. Friend <>
Date: Sat Nov 15 17:28:07 1997

   On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Mr. Shoppa made this observation:

> The most amazing thing is being in a real computer room (i.e. dozens
> of 14" drives) when the power suddenly goes *off*. The silence is
> astonishing.

   In an installation that size, the environmental A/C makes a sub-
stantial amount of noise as well.

   The eeriest moments I've even encountered were at my first employer
who had a _monster_ UPS supplying a pair of 5000 sq. ft. computer rooms
and the power failed. The UPS held the computers up, but the A/C spun
down and the lights all went off (save the battery-operated ones). It
was, shall we say, strange. The backup generator (a big old V-16 diesel
in the parking lot) came on about 20 seconds later and the A/C and
lights came back on. Oddly enough, the A/C made more noise than the
computer gear.

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| Carl Richard Friend (UNIX Sysadmin) | West Boylston |
| Minicomputer Collector / Enthusiast | Massachusetts, USA |
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