IT pilot fish is called to this business's main building. Problem: "Network is out!"

"On the walk over, a smell hits me -- like a barbecue gone wrong," says fish. "Ugh!

"But network duty calls. Walking into the building, I see a clue: The lights are out. I go to the main user's office and see lots of sunlight from the window, but room lights are off. PC is running and the UPS is beeping.

"Thing is, key users and the in-house server are on UPSes, but the hallway hubs and the link to the rest of the world are not, thanks to 'budget lag.'

"I calmly explain that when power goes out, things go wrong and users should shut down their PCs gracefully, before the UPS runs down. I've explained this before, but they forget.

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