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July 8, 1993

BOOTING UP OR BOOTING OUT?

By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc knows why Brazil is known to its native inhabitants as the kingdom of the ants – it got an electronic mail message from its local representative down there asking how to get rid of bugs – ants nests to be precise: seems a user had turned his workstation off for a few days and on returning to power the thing up was greeted by some nasty crunching and popping sounds; opening the lid he was greeted by an army of ants whose nest-building had been rudely interrupted by his machine’s Sparc CPU and disk subsystem coming to life; pest control was hurriedly dispatched and the system was soon up and running – Sun knows its stuff when it comes to bug-fixing.

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