While I can't speak to the veracity of this story, I can relate my own.
Back in '97, I was handed a work order for a small hospital in a tiny, rural
West Texas town.
They had a Novell server that was installed back in '94, and they had finally
run out of drive space, so they wanted to add another drive to the
The box had been running without pause since it was installed, and thus had a
little over three years of uptime. When I went into the telephone room to shut
down the server, I discovered the box was in an upright rack enclosure. Which was
locked. I mentioned this to their computer guy. He didn't even know
the enclosure was locked, much less where the key was.
He said no one had ever needed to open it before.
To make a long story short, I ended up removing a side panel from the enclosure
and popping the door open. To this day, though, I've yet to bounce another box with that
much uptime. I don't like Novell, but I have much respect for it.
Kuro5hin is full of mostly freaks and hostile lunatics - KTB