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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

David Shaw

Re: Finger of death

point her finger at the screen from a distance of a number of centimetres and it would die.

I saw this happen to a live System-X (telecom) switch in central London, I'd taken my team of 20 budding engineers to look at the room filled with humming boxes, and an operations engineer pointed to the nearest PCM Concentrator unit. The other Concentrators and the cross-connect switching seemed to carry on - but all hell broke loose as a few thousand trading calls stopped.

I'm quite sure it was a gesture from around 3-feet away, I think the floor was correctly dissipative, dunno what underwear/pants were involved but Cable & W certainly stopped 'tourism' after that.

The O&M was rather fantastic getting new cards in & working within ten-minutes. Also late 80s.

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