Friday, May 02, 2008

Working Late

So anyway, I am still at work. Why you ask?

Well there is a hospital somewhere in America that God decided needed an upgrade. So he sent down a bolt of lightning and sent several circuit cards to their fate.

Now, don't think I am blaming God or mocking him because this phone system has served it's usefulness and should have been replaced as it hasn't been made in 12 years or so. It was time to move on, but any unplanned outage is painful.

Now this happened a week or so ago, but the wheels just now got to getting everything rolling along and the parts going out the door over the weekend. My job is to prepare the existing database for the new system. It's an easy conversion, the problem is the guys taking care of the site do not have a backup.

None, not one, nothing... Nada...

Did I mention this was a hospital?

So I am backing the system (which is limping along) over a 1200 baud modem. I am about 4 and 1/2 hours into the backup right now. Then I have to do the conversion and get it emailed to the guy who is flying out to do the upgrade.

Go ask your phone man when he last did a backup to your system. If it was today, buy him/her lunch. They are making your life much better when the worst case scenario becomes real life.

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