Yesterday afternoon we had an issue with the network at work. The
number of broken packets went through the roof. The experts started
diagnosing the trouble. I started setting up a new machine in case we
needed it. They got around to separating rooms off the network and
figured out that there was one machine in one of the labs spewing
garbage over the network. I mean it looked deliberate.
It turns out to be some messed up hardware. The amount of time lost
is staggering. I tried to get some work done. Everything we do requires
the network. That is normal. How many software companies out there can
stand the network vanishing for three hours. Frankly, I'm surprised it
didn't take longer.
The solution was to unplug and dispose of the machine. I don't want
to say the name for security reasons, but it was both appropriate and
This is one time I think a baseball bat is called for in fixing the network.