[rescue] A not-so-excellent Internet Adventure
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at tandem.artell.net
Sun Dec 17 23:57:29 CST 2006
Quoth Skeezics Boondoggle ...
> Thanks, Shel, for reminding me just how thankful I am to not
> be in the ISP business anymore! :-) Heh.
I dropped those guys a note, saying ...
> Next time this sort of thing happens, give me a call. I'll bring
> and help you kick the equipment while you're waiting for Qwest to fix
They replied that they were down for 70 hours and won't have phones until
tomorrow. That's a serious visit from the fsck-up fairy.
> Not sure if it was weather related, since Oregon didn't seem to get
> clobbered as badly - we only had 250,000 people without power - but a
> short distance from $WORK, in Beaverton OR, a 250KV transformer at a
> fairly large substation _exploded_ on Saturday night, sending
> a fireball
> "500 feet into the air, according to witnesses." The news helicopter
> footage was pretty dramatic - a huge black circle surrounded
> by lights,
> with a raging fire in the middle of it. Yowsa. All they
> could do was let
> it burn itself out, since apparently there was a 10,000
> gallon fuel tank sitting nearby...
Yowsa, indeed. I've seen some of the 'net videos of that sort of stuff.
Impressive. All those transformers are oil-cooled, I think, so if one gets
overloaded, it gets too hot, the oil boils, the pressure builds, something
pops, and you get oil spraying everywhere, just waiting for s spark. And
there will be one. See http://184.108.40.206/frames/longarc.htm. Of
course, Big Electricity is very interesting stuff, even when it isn't
arcing, sparking and exploding.
> I suppose I should call in and see if our building was affected.
> Not that I'm all that concerned about the corporate datacenter -
> I manage the "production systems" which are downtown, and I
> figure _someone_ would have called if they needed my help with
Look on the bright side. Maybe the power is so "off" the phones don't work,
so they can't call you.
> Damn, I have developed such
> a bad attitude in my old age. :-)
What took you so long?
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