Power tech

I’d forgotten about this power outage in Auckland.  link.  (From comments on this article on repairing a high voltage power line in the LA area.  Link.  [via Hacker News]).

I can’t think of anything in the world of Software Engineering that comes close to the “boom, bang, flash” stuff you need in the Real World to, say, blow out an arc in a 230KV circuit breaker.  The machines in a server farm just keep humming, even when they’re being slashdotted or something; maybe the lights on the router go solid, but that’s about it.

There’s this classic story about a little Vax in a shop where it didn’t belong, but still no flash-booms…

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0 Responses to Power tech

  1. Mike Souza says:

    Yeah, in an attempt to disprove your theory and find an example of something blowing up on Google… I found this:

    http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/523434-0-0-0-121.html

    Eh, I guess you’re right. Hah.

  2. Simon Cocking says:

    Reminds me of the north-eastern US outage in August 2003. The report makes for interesting reading..

    ftp://ftp.nerc.com/pub/sys/all_updl/docs/blackout/814BlackoutReport.pdf

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