[LAD] this past weekend's linuxaudio.org downtime

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Tue Oct 13 02:06:31 UTC 2009

On Monday 12 October 2009, Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
>Here's a story that may give you all a good chuckle:
>Last weekend Robin Gareus, our LAO guru has contacted me inquiring why
> there was a ~1hr linuxaudio.org server downtime that took place that Sat.
> morning. Luckily we now have an UPS that gives us almost 2 hours of
> offline power. Hence, the server went through this unscathed. Yet, the
> network
>infrastructure was also down so even though the server remained up, there
>was no way of reaching it.
>So, I went investigating what happened, and this is the reply I got from
> our on-campus support:
>Squirrel fried in transformer.  Campus and part of downtown was out of
> power on Saturday morning before the game. [this was a football game we
> had in town that day with 10K+ visitors]
Chuckle, sounds like some of the fireworks I've had in a tv transmitter, from 
snakes and rodents getting into the high voltage stuff.  We have about 7200 
volts and 15 amps available in that supply, so over 100kw is available before 
the breakers trip.  Usually very messy, and several hours off the air while 
we go run down some slabs of micarta 1/2" thick and 3" or more wide & 18" 
long to rebuild terminal strips with.  One such burnup actually blew a hole 
about 3/4" in diameter in a 12 gauge steel wall.  We don't often find enough 
of the culprit to make a positive ID as to specie.

They didn't have that much of a fire if it was still identifiable as a 
squirrel. :)

>Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A.
>Composition, Music Technology
>Director, DISIS Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
>Assistant Co-Director, CCTAD
>CHCI, CS, and Art (by courtesy)
>Virginia Tech
>Dept. of Music - 0240
>Blacksburg, VA 24061
>(540) 231-6139
>(540) 231-5034 (fax)
>ico at vt.edu
>Linux-audio-dev mailing list
>Linux-audio-dev at lists.linuxaudio.org

Cheers, Gene
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