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Fool of a Kirk! - John C. Kirk

Feb. 23rd, 2004

11:38 pm - Fool of a Kirk!

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Last week, the UPS attached to my server was making unhappy bleeping noises, so I decided that it was time to replace the battery. I was hoping it would last until after I moved, but 'twas not to be. Anyway, the replacement battery arrived at work today, so I carted that home. When I came to actually install it, I discovered a minor problem.

Spot the difference:
UPS batteries
(the one at the back should replace the one at the front)

Dammit!

Oh well, I have now ordered the right battery (I hope!), and that should arrive later in the week. On the plus side, I'm sure it's good exercise for me to be carrying blocks of lead across London. The upshot of all this is that my server is basically out of action for the time being, so I can't access my archive of files/emails. I can send/receive new emails fine, but if you emailed me before last Friday, and I haven't replied, then I won't be able to until this weekend.

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From:elvum
Date:February 23rd, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Surely power cuts in London aren't *that* common? Or is there a fundamental reason why you can't run the server without the UPS working?
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 24th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)
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The main practical issue is that the UPS was also acting as a 3 way adapter (plugged into a 4 way adapter on the landing). So, now that I've used the UPS's power cable for the switch, there's no spare socket for the server unless I unplug something else (telephone or shower). That would inconvenience my flatmates if I left something else unplugged for the rest of the week, and it would be a hassle for me to keep booting up/shutting down to swap plugs around. So, in theory I could get at files if I needed to, but in practice I think it's easier to wait a few days.
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From:shuripentu
Date:February 26th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
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You can buy 4 way adapters pretty cheaply at Argos. Or 6 way adapters. *hugs her 6 way adapter bought at a poundstore in Cardiff*
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 26th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip :)

Actually, I was very impressed by APC's service - I ordered the new battery on Monday evening, so they processed the order on Tuesday. This was sent by standard delivery (3-5 working days), but actually arrived yesterday (Wednesday). So, I now have everything up and running again, yay :)
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