[rescue] needed: u1 NVRAM chip

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Wed Sep 24 09:57:40 CDT 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 07:45:13AM -0700, Rick Hamell wrote:
> Sounds like it's time for you to stop waving the magic wand and making  
> things happen. Seriously, we've all been in situations like this. The  
> company needs to realize that sometimes you've just got to spend money  
> to get things working. 

Yes.  When stuff like this happens, I usually end up waving the magic wand
again, getting it working, and then telling them "You need to move this
function to a newer machine, otherwise the next time this happens I'm not
going to touch it."

In the past two days I've fixed or brought back to life two different
machines that were 8+ years old.

Our policy is "If it's a production machine, it needs to be a
production-class machine, not someone's old desktop, with a service
contract."  However, if an ancient machine dies or goes down, I *cant*
refuse to try to fix it; that's my job.


Bill Bradford 
Houston, Texas

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