* Posts by Brian Kelsay

2 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007

BOFH: A tragic accident

Brian Kelsay
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They fall down stairs, alone or in pairs....

..."Some people are like slinkies; They are not really good for anything, but still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs."

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BOFH: Chilling the bearings

Brian Kelsay

Chillin drives

Back in 2002, I dealt with a bunch of Gateway machines with 10-20 GB Maxtor drives. We had an extra PC with the lid off and guts out, that we could slap these drives in to pull off data. We used a different disk as OS drive. We'd put these drives in the freezer for 30 min to a couple hours.

They had a chip on them that got wicked hot when they were going bad. So hot that once, while working on one of the dodgy drives, I laid the help ticket on top of the drive and the paper ignited. Yes, folks, flames erupted from the paper on the chip. Luckily it was a small fire. Another time it was just the chip, without paper that burst into flames.

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