I couldn’t understand why I was near tears. It was only a computer server I was shutting down, not pulling the plug on a life or saying goodbye to faithful pet. Nonetheless, my eyes were moist.
This Babbage has run his own server hardware since 1994, first hosting other companies’ sites as an early web developer, and later my own operations. The first servers lived in my basement, connected by a dedicated 56 Kbps line to a much smaller internet. The current set of five are rack mounted in a co-location data centre, where I pay a monthly fee for space, electricity and bandwidth. They’ve hummed away there for years, chunking through millions of database queries each day, occasionally seeing one of their number replaced with a faster model. One of them is pictured there to the right. — via dungbeetlemania.newsvine.com