Shark Tank: Who STILL says IT guys get special treatment?

It's 1990, and this postal worker pilot fish is having trouble with the huge new hard drive on the server he maintains.

"The first big SCSI hard drives were coming out -- they were still only 600MB -- and I would lose the server drive periodically," fish says. "I finally started tying it to the temperature of the computer room where the server was located, because it always felt a little warmer than normal when the crash would occur."

But when fish reports his suspicions, the facility's maintenance manager isn't buying. That room is air conditioned, and the thermostat is at 70, he tells fish. It's not our problem.

"So I had to take matters into my own hands," says fish. "I bought a thermometer and put it on the wall next to the server, and charted the temperature every couple of hours. Sure enough, when the temp in the room went to 73 degrees or above, the hard disk would crash."

Fish tracks the temperature through several more failures, and then goes back to the maintenance manager with his evidence.

"He still wouldn't believe me," says fish. "The room was kept about 70 degrees most of the time, it was never supposed to get warmer than 70, and they had just put in the air conditioning for the room and had spent a lot of money in the process."

But the next time the temperature begins to rise, fish gets an idea. He watches it climb from 70 to 71 to 72, then runs out to grab the maintenance manager and bring him to the computer room.

"We watched the temp go to 73, and about a minute later, sure enough, the drive crashed," says fish.

"The maintenance manager shrugged, said it must be a hardware problem -- and left.

"I bought a floor fan and pointed it at my server," sighs fish, "and kept it just barely cool enough for another year or so until we upgraded the server and got rid of the drives."

Copyright © 2002 IDG Communications, Inc.

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