When it rains it pours…

Have you ever heard the old saying, “When it rains it pours”? My Dad used to say it all the time when I was young, and sometimes it really does feel like that. Recently we were at a client site and they had a power outage/surge the day before. Some of their machines simply needed to be restarted. But others, they seemed fine for a while until the next day when several of them started to fail (hard drives, power supplies, motherboards, you name it). Why would they come back up and then fail? Our answer is, electricity does some strange things. I remember sitting at the table as a young kid eating breakfast with our family during a thunderstorm. In the Midwest, storms don’t have nearly the lightening that a Florida storm does. Well, that morning it did as it struck our CB antenna and a ball of fire came out of the end of the cable and rolled across the table! It was the most amazing site. Didn’t hurt anyone but it was something we have never forgot. When we went into the living room, the VCR was on and would not shut off. Even when you pulled the power cord from the outlet, it stayed on glowing for hours. My point, electricity does some strange things.  Be safe out there and have a great weekend!

Brad Howerter – The I.T. Guys – http://www.theitguysinc.com

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