The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Thursday, Debtember 26, 2002

“The database server crashed … it must be high tide.”

A week without problems … everybody was happy. Happy, that is, until it started again. The same pattern. 10 hours on … 2-3 hours off …

And then somebody (I seem to remember he said that the person had nothing to do with IT) said:

“It's high tide!”

Which was met with blank looks and probably a wavering hand over the intercom to Security.

“It stops working at high tide”

This, it would seem, is a fairly alien concept to IT support staff, who are not likely to be found studying the Tide Alamanac during the coffee breaks.

It's high tide

Like the last problem I mentioned, this one, while sounding entirely off the wall, does have a logical explanation as well.

Users. The problems they come up with sometimes …

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