Thursday, September 24, 2015

Because of Windows ™, people accept that turning something off and back on again is a totally acceptable repair technique. What a sad state of affairs.

There are a number of O/S's that run continuously with no problem. Way back when the Internet was new (early 1990s), I ran an Unix-based (probably early FreeBSD) FTP server for the company I worked for. It was located in a closet on another floor from where I worked.

I got a call one day from the fellow that maintained the company's infrastructure of Novell Netware™ and Windows™ servers. He told me that he had had to turn off the power to my little server because of some electrical work and when he turned it back on it didn't come up.

It turned out that sometime during the year and a half that the server had been continuously running the power supply had weakened and it wasn't able to handle the startup surge when the machine was restarted. We replaced the power supply and it came back up just fine.

The interesting contrast was that those Netware and Windows servers were rebooted at least every two weeks, just because he had less problems with them if he did that. I used to tease him all the time after that incident about his "unreliable" servers and how he had to reboot them.

Yes, I know that FTP was a lesser load than those file and email servers, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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