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From Peter Crowther <peter.crowt...@melandra.com>
Subject Re: [OT] Tomcat dies suddenly
Date Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:17:46 GMT
An ex-colleague of mine tells the story (which may well be apocryphal, but
is good fun) of being called to an industrial estate in South Wales to debug
a problem where floppy disks in the office would mysteriously wipe
themselves - pretty much every floppy in the office, at the same time.  It
happened very occasionally, but with no hard disks and the company's
financial accounts stored on floppies, this caused considerable problems.
They'd been through the usual
did-you-stick-it-to-the-filing-cabinet-with-a-fridge-magnet questions, and
everyone in the office swore they were taking all reasonable precautions.

Eventually she solved the problem when she saw the crane from the scrapyard
next door swing a big load of scrap past the office window, all dangling
from the large electromagnet at the end of the line... all she could do was
recommend they moved offices or stuck a mu-metal cage round the room.

- Peter

On 16 February 2010 18:57, Mark H. Wood <mwood@iupui.edu> wrote:

> Heh, when I was in another building I was issued an ADDS Viewpoint
> terminal which would, every so often, begin typing all by itself and
> quite at random.  Eventually we determined that my cubicle was
> directly underneath an arc welding station in the welding shop one
> floor up, and when welding classes were in session the EMI was picked
> up by my keyboard.
>
> (Written from one of my xterms.)
>
> --
> Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood@IUPUI.Edu
> Friends don't let friends publish revisable-form documents.
>

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