Network diagnostics are not a strong point of mine, so when things get screwy at work I’m pretty helpless.
Today, for about a half an hour, the network completely forgot I existed. I lost access to servers, code repositories, email, and a number of internal apps. Some of my co-workers suggested that I should check that my passkey still worked, but others pointed out that I might just leave if it didn’t.
To stay sane (and because IM still worked) I chatted with a co-worker while struggling to get my access restored.
Me: You know how you had network problems the other day?
Me: Now I can’t log into anything.
Me: My computer locked me out, and I could only get back in by restarting it.
Me: But anything that requires a password is hosed.
C-W: Freak week.
13 minutes later…
Me: It’s exactly as though my password expired, only it shouldn’t have.
Me: I didn’t get 1000 reminders. 😉
Me: Aaaand now it works again.
C-W: Lucky you!
Me: Someone must have fed the elves.
C-W: Or farted.
Yup. Farting elves are the cause of so many of our problems. If only there were a way to treat their tiny little flatulance.