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Nothing amazes me anymore, even when I provide detailed step by step instructions how to install and use the software we write they somehow manage to do things wrong most of the time.
Guess it's too hard to read the instructions
A telephone switch was installed in Alaska to carry calls between Asia and North America. It connected to the North American network by satellite. It was so far north that it could barely see the satellite in its orbit, low over the horizon.
A satellite dish is usually mounted on a tower, but posts conduct heat into the ground, melting permafrost and creating a Leaning Tower of Pisa look. So the dish stayed on the ground.
After some uneventful months, the switch suddenly went insane. Thousands of links simultaneously failed and reconnected shortly afterwards, and the cycle would then repeat. Each failed link resulted in a message for the maintenance software, which began to diagnose the problem. This used up a lot of CPU time. And each link reestablishment resulted in a call origination message for the call handling software.
The switch couldn't handle the intense message flood. Call originations timed out and were retransmitted, exacerbating the problem. Then the links would crash again, causing another message flurry for the maintenance software. The switch got so far behind that it couldn't even handle calls on the links that had actually remained in service.
Eventually the links came up and stayed up, but it still took the switch quite a while to recover from the message flood.
The next day, the same thing. This continued until some field engineers took a snowmobile to go and inspect the satellite dish. It was in perfect working order. But one day while they were out there, they experienced what felt like a mild earthquake. A great herd of caribou (reindeer) were crossing the horizon on their yearly migration. The satellite dish was mounted so low that the dust cloud kicked up by the caribou broke the microwave beam between the satellite and dish, causing all the links to crash. The gaps between herds would then allow the links to reconnect before the next herd took them down again.
In the early days of email, a colleague of mine reported that he had received a rush of emails from his wife, working with another company, some of the messages weeks and months old - messages that had "disappeared" for unknown reasons now reappearing.
They found the reason: At my employer, we still did offline backup, taking down the machines at midnight to make backup copies. At the company of my colleague's wife, their email system tried to send the mail when submitted, but if unsuccessful (which wasn't uncommon in those days), the mail was put into a backlog for a retry after midnight ... when our machines were offline for backup. So the midnight retransmission failed, night after night. Then our mailserver had a major crash at nighttime. It was restarted right before midnight, without being taken down for backup. Then the whole rush of backlogged emails where accepted.
In the UK, a telephone subscriber is signalled by sending 90 volts across one side of the two-wire circuit and ground. When the phone is answered, it switches to the two-wire circuit for conversation. This method allows two parties on the same line to be signalled without disturbing each other.
An elderly man called British Telecom to say that his telephone nearly always failed to ring when his friends called. On the few occasions when it did ring, his dog always barked first. A technician dispatched to the premises climbed a nearby pole, connected his test set, and dialled the house. The phone didn't ring.
On investigation, it was found that the dog was tied to the telephone system's ground post via an iron chain and collar, and was receiving 90 volts of signalling current. After several jolts, the dog urinated on the ground and barked. The wet ground then conducted and the phone rang.
A friend of mine has two tickets to the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, box seats. He paid $11,500 each.
They come with limo service from and back to the airport, lunch, dinner, and up to a $400 bar tab.
Also an authorized pass to the winner's locker room.
He did not realize last year when he bought them, that the game was going to be on the same day as his wedding.
If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place.
It's at St. Paul's Church in Ocala at 3 PM. Her name is Ashley.
She's 5'4", about 125 lbs., and a good cook. She loves to fish and hunt.
She will be the one in a white dress.
Most of the apps i can think of that would be useful require connection to some sort of DB or service. I'm assuming you're going to host something for that? Like a DB and a webserver, or a some sort of cloud deployment
If so, how about something that automatically shows your closest friends/family? and allows you to set up radiusus for what constitutes "closest"?
you could do group chats and/or organize meets using it.