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.

Tuesday, Debtember 18, 2007

“Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ‘ping!’”

“No, it was really stupid.” Erik sighed. “I just had the idea that a CD ROM drive in an old system could eject and hit the reset button. It was a ridiculous idea.”

“Wait,” Laura began, “could you really do that?”

It was another uncomfortable moment for Erik, but she seemed serious, so he just went for it. “Uh, yeah, I could, but it's hardly the best solution … I mean, I'd have to position the servers just right, somehow get the heights and alignment correct, and update the polling script to eject the CD ROM drive any time it didn't respond to ping.”

And that was exactly what Erik found himself spending the rest of the afternoon setting up.


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