[Wolves] Shooting yourself in the foot

stephen welch stephenwelch at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 6 17:02:29 GMT 2007

I blew up a server mother board and fried the scsi drives of the main school 
curriculum server recently -  to this day I am not sure how - somehow I 
ended up passing some sort of reverse voltage through the system while 
fiddling around with a UPS, well that is what the guy told me before he had 
recovered the data and told me that it would cost £750!!

Of course we had no backup and my xcopy script which was working at some 
point had of course failed to work.  I still have that hung drawn and 
quartered feeeling in my inept stomach!


>From: Adam Sweet <drinky76 at yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: Wolverhampton Linux User Group <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk>
>To: Wolves LUG <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk>
>Subject: [Wolves] Shooting yourself in the foot
>Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 12:18:47 +0000 (GMT)
>While perhaps not the best idea, demonstrating
>incompetence on an archived list, I wondered if anyone
>else has some good stories.
>My own well-told one is of using ifdown on a mchine
>while SSHed in and also not being able to work out why
>I couldn't talk to my home server for 3 months or so
>until I realised I'd used a crossover cable to a
>switch by mistake. These of course were a long time
>ago when I was learning about Linux and networking in
>my own time. No, that wasn't a lie :)
>I also remember one told a by a popular (un-named) LUG
>member who was a member of a team which used to leave
>rm -rf /* at a shell prompt as a joke to startle
>people when they woke the terminal up. This was
>apparently funny until one team member used Enter to
>wake up the terminal on a production machine. I think
>it deleted boot, bin and half of dev by the time they
>stopped it and they had to work out how to repair the
>Anyone else care to step up and have tomoatoes thrown
>at them? Feel free to say it was a friend of a friend
>if you don't wish to compromise your future employer's
>google searches about you :)
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