Friday, February 10, 2006

The wild cry of a dying computer

One institute has been doing research on ways to represent server usage as sounds, based on the idea support staff may respond better to music than a bunch of graphs on a screen. As soon as the servers get near capacity the music changes from, say, classical to heavy metal (though some younger admins may prefer metal to be the normal condition :)) Reminds me of many years ago when I used to administer a bunch of Solaris servers. Every time one of the servers would reboot it would play the theme song of a TV show. Mission Impossible was the theme I heard the most (faulty CPU in that server).

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