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Air conditioning? We don’t need no stinking air conditioning!

It has been hot out around here the last week or so. Somebody’s office server needed a little extra help:

Office server fan

Office server fan

I am not a fan (pun intended) of this type of thing.  Too often, we make do with things that are simply substandard.  In an emergency, I get it; you do what you have to to get things going again.  However, after the system is recovered comes the remedial phase, which includes making permanent repairs, replacing outdated equipment, installing things properly, making sure that wiring meets electrical code, documentation, labeling, etc.

The remedial phase is often neglected or forgotten altogether.   There are two reasons for this; the “saving money” reason, or the too busy to deal with it reason.  However, later on, we or the person that follow us, will have to deal with this again after some sort of catastrophic failure.  Then there will be the questions:  How did this happen?  How long has it been like that? and so on.

As far as saving money goes; you are not.  Cutting corners may save a few pennies in the short term, but long term, it only creates bigger problems which will have to be dealt with at some point.  Doing things the right way will shift the engineering effort from a reactive (e.g. fire fighting) to a proactive stance and everyone will be much happier.

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5 comments to Air conditioning? We don’t need no stinking air conditioning!

  • Dave Dybas

    Without doubt, penny pinching results in delaying the inevitable. Likewise and more often than not…the “temporary fix” becomes permanent until it too fails. Much of the stress and disdain in engineering radio is the result of the above. Getting the job done right from the beginning is a long term stress buster.

    While some engineers may think they are making the boss happy by getting things fixed on the cheap…it’s a very short sighted view. The boss won’t remember anything except the fact the something technical failed and it is the engineers fault.

    Play it wise and offer up a good long term solution.

  • Chuck Gennaro

    I recognize that box, lol.
    Dmarc era Scott Studios, probably with the twin power supplies. Windows 2000.
    The daughterboard on those was known for bulged caps.
    Somewhere a penny got pinched pretty hard to put that thing back in service.

  • Paul Thurst

    Chuck, you know your old junky computer cases well! 😉

  • Chuck Gennaro

    Thank you sir, I’m available for Parties, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs…

  • That stack of Western Digital drives looks like it needs a little air space, too. I’d be surprised if the Maxtors even last – I got burned several times in the early morning by Maxtors giving up the ghost in automation systems.

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