IT pilot fish is working late one night when there’s a slight case of user error — with more-than-slight consequences.
“There was a bank of network switches in a cabinet in cubeland — no more room in the cable closet,” says fish. “It was taken down when a colleague used a coffee jug and one of those in-the-cup immersion heaters to make tea.
“He forgot about his boiling water, and after giving the switches 15 minutes of a damn good steaming, the pot was dry.
“There followed an almighty bang and a flash of actinic light.
“And that was that for the switches plugged into the same line sans surge protection.”
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