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Another story from work [Feb. 3rd, 2005|03:34 pm]
William
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I was digging through my pictures directory and found one with a story to share. Some may have heard it before, but it's a good story, so neeeah! Bear in mind that I was not directly a part of this; it didn't occur on my watch, so to speak.

I shall now revert to my rambling writing style:

Over the weekend (long long ago) E and Mumbler caught their first vandal at EHS. The two were out of town returning from a Frys expedition or something when they stopped to get some gas in Williams. At this time, E elects to turn on his work cell phone.

Now, we are fancy in the tech dept, and have a piece of software, appropriately called big brother, that watches over the critical infrastructure and sends SMS pages to cellphones when all is not peachy. Hence, E receives 4 pages, one each saying that the core router, core switch, server, and UPS have stopped responding.

The timestamp says about noon-thirty on saturday, and it is now about 10 am on sunday, so they decide to stop by EHS and check it out. Based on previous experience, this series of pages could mean that either the DS-3, one of the routers on either side, or the EHS site power has failed. Given the amount of remodeling going on at EHS (and the unique non-UL approved method of getting current to the UPS), all bets were on power.

Upon arriving at EHS, the interior (which has been under extensive renovation for several weeks) looked even more like Beirut then is typical. Think orange (wash-off) construction spray paint with obscenities written throughout the halls, fire extinguisher dust everywhere, 5 foot high letters on the roof that spell "fuck you" & etc.

Also used was several gallons of pant, once in 5 gal buckets, which was thrown across the attendance office, spattering into the monitor of a pc, and walls and such. The crown was the case of oil that was for the tractor, which was poured into the pool. Concrete mix was made and poured down drains, salt poured into keyboards, monitors spraypainted over, then coated again with spray adhesive.

Then they found the safe.

They must have spent several hours using hammers, screwdrivers, and other assorted tools to attempt to open the safe.

They managed to peel the metal off the door slightly, but then had to crack through the concrete type stuff used for fireproofing said safe.

It must have been late, so they went home. I forgot to mention the UPS was running off of a long extension cord which was severed with an axe (Why didn't they use the axe on the safe?!). I hope the 220v scared the shit outta the bastards. Anyway, the UPS failure caused the rest of the equipment to fail after an hour or so, hence the pages from big brother.

So there E and Mumbler are, in the midst of this destruction, and they make some phone calls. The director of maintenance comes over, cursing as only a 60 year old sailor can. The three of them are looking at sawdust that was poured into an air conditioner when they hear footsteps.

The three break up and trap the kids in the main hall, with Max (dir of maintenance) on once side and two nerds on the other. The kids make a break for the nerds.

Mumbler tackles the 15 yo group home escapee and E takes care his 12 yo friend. Police are called. Arrests are made. The safe remained unopened, not that it was really designed to stop anyone, mostly we got it for the fire protection.

But what was so important in the safe?

Backup tapes. Backup audit logs. A couple pens, some rubber bands, and a small post-it stack. Incidentally, we also found a phillips screwdriver, which they had apparently hammered all the way through the door.

It's a good thing they didn't get it open to discover that, otherwise the school would be in flames or something. I'm pretty sure they'd be pissed that there wasn't money or a digital camera or something in there.



The safe safe

After about four hours of inexpert attention, this safe has suffered from the classic "peel" attack.
The safe safe


How did we recover our precious backup tapes? A flat crowbar and about ten seconds of force popped that door right open.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-03 05:36 pm (UTC)
aaahahahaha... that's fucking classic. Fucking morons and EHS... go figure... the two go hand in hand. hahahaha...
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-03 05:54 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* I saw stupidity at every site. EHS was one of the most common, though. Many good stories come from that one. That and PHS. God, how I lothed going there to fix something.

You tok that ROP computer class with me at EHS, right? Most worthless thing ever. Flip flops and truth tables, then turning around to write in basic. Dear lord, that was an utterly worthless class. On the plus side, Warcraft(II?) and Rise of the Triad was fun.

Ooh! and the multiple PCI video cards sticking out of The Machine With No Case. That was also blastlike.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-03 06:07 pm (UTC)
yeah, EHS and PHS are both pretty bad hehehe...

yeah, i took that ROP class with you, Kenny, and Jon (for a while lol)... That shit was both retarded, and greatness. :D WarcraftII, Starcraft, ROTT... oh yeah...

And man, i SOOO wish that i'd gotten a pic of your Machine With No Case... I still tell people about that shit.

and remember my machine ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY hating installing Linux? LMAO!!
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-03 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I don't think linux knew what to do with such unreliable equipment. I seem to remember linux actually doing a kernel panic and saying something along the lines of "AIEEEE!!! killing inturrupt handler!!!" while installing. Maybe it only happens when you install using language=redneck :)

Yeah, since the Machine had No Case, I must capitialize references to it, thus it will Have Case. Can't do that trick as easily with newer hardware, tends to cause problems because of the frequencey of the EMF. Back then, just set the mobo on something nonconductive and plug shit in. Now, do that and expect your phone to not work. Any maybe the coast guard to stop by, saying something along the lines of "Quit broadcasting on the international distress frequency." I'm just sayin'
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-03 09:56 pm (UTC)
haha no shit... that's pretty much EXACTLY what happened on the install attempts (in many multiples. haha)...

oh man... haha... that's funny... the Machine That Had No Case has case. oh man... :D funny.

And i'm pretty sure it's still doable with current hardware. i saw someone do it not too long ago. lol
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[User Picture]From: vandil
2005-02-04 08:26 am (UTC)
It wasn't that it hated installing Linux, it's that the teacher didn't like leaving computers on, and it wasn't fast enough to install Linux during the class.

On an unrelated note, that was the second class that I got kicked out of that school year. I don't think I could have gotten enough credits if I tried during Senior year.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-04 08:28 am (UTC)
no, we DID leave it on one day... and it fucked up as well. it just always hung itself lol...

haha, that's right, i forgot about you getting kicked out of that... hahahaha... that class was so fucking lame... but we did have a shitload of fun! :D
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[User Picture]From: vandil
2005-02-04 08:56 pm (UTC)
It was probably Bill's fault.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-04 09:03 pm (UTC)
lol i think so too. :D
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-04 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'll ban you little bastards!

Actually, it probably was my fault; both the pc hating linux and the kicking out of class. Ah, well, I'm apparently such the little goody two shoes. I suspect that I was the only tech to not have letters of reprimand on file.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-05 12:33 pm (UTC)
lol i think that's what it was, really...

are you referring to just the ROP class, or EVERYTHING? lmao
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-05 12:36 pm (UTC)
lol i think that's what it was, really...

are you referring to just the ROP class, or EVERYTHING? lmao... man... there was some fucked up shit in hs... :D
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-06 09:36 pm (UTC)
well, everything. The authorities first answer is to censor it if it hurts their little feelings.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-07 05:02 am (UTC)
true true... heh.
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-04 10:33 am (UTC)
's okay; you got the teacher fired. Never again did Rick Connor teach a class for ROP or SUHSD.
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[User Picture]From: vandil
2005-02-04 08:56 pm (UTC)
And I got a CHSPE anyway, so the fact that I got kicked out is on no record anywhere. Except the internet.
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-04 09:04 pm (UTC)
however, it still didn't stop him from getting a job at Simpson College. oh fucking god.. hahahaha... :D
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-04 09:18 pm (UTC)
serves 'em right
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[User Picture]From: tf5_bassist
2005-02-05 12:32 pm (UTC)
no shit, eh?? :D
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