Holy cow, I wrote a book!
That colleague who gave me
the AOL CD that came with a big-iron server
later received a prototype Itanium computer for testing purposes.
The early Itaniums were behemoths.
They weighed a ton, sounded like a weed whacker,
and put out enough heat to keep you comfortably warm through
(If you opened them up, you would likely see several carefully-shaped
Styrofoam blocks with the label
"Do not remove! Engineering styrofoam!"
I never thought I would ever see the phrase "engineering styrofoam"
Note: Styrofoam® is
a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company;
consequently, it should be capitalized.
The generic term is "foamed polystyrene".
Mind you, the Dow Chemical Company
also claims to have trademarked the color Blue [see **].)
Never one to read all the safety labels before playing with a new toy,
my colleague took the heavy-duty double-capacity power cables
and ran them to the normal wall socket.
Then he threw the power switch.
And the power went out in the entire building wing.
The power surge from the Itanium overloaded the poor wall socket
and tripped the wing's circuit breaker.
Everybody went through the standard power outage drill,
while speculating amongst themselves what the cause for this one
It didn't take long for word to get out.
"Fred plugged in his Itanium."
(Not his real name.)
After the electricians came by to check that everything was okay,
they reset the circuit breaker and everybody got back to work.
My colleague re-cabled the machine to be more friendly to the building's
Then he sent out email to the entire team.
"I'm turning it on!"
And then hit Ctrl+S just in case.