jgundie, thanks for telling us that. I always find it interesting why some people notice certain patterns and others don't, and the circumstances surrounding what brings those patterns to the forefront.
Its not clear from the write up why no one noticed the lightning but thinking about it I realized that "99.9%" of lightning strikes caused "no" problem. The data got messed up but it was caught by the program and the data was sent again. So only "once in thousand times" did the lightning strike hit the narrow time window that caused corrupted data to be recieved. A crash would occurred only once every month or so which made the correlation harder and probably it happened at night!
This made me wonder how I figured it out(:|). Maybe a summer on a lookout in Idaho's primitive area helped. More recently I got envolved in analyzing the effect of lightning striking a satelite fueling facility and currents in a grounding line going through the satelite and causing some damage.
I think part of that depends on your discipline, Ann. As a test engineer it is critical to have a high awareness of both hardware and software operation...if you only think about one or the other you won't get very far. However, most folks do seem to be a bit better at one than the other - I guess that might be a function of how our brain works...while my husband and I do both hardware and software - he has more hardware expertise and I have more software expertise so when we do projects together he typically does the HW and I do the SW. So of course whenever there is a problem - it must be the HW :)
I find it mind-boggling that the engineers couldn't make the connection, and so many times. But sad to say, I have known many software people who don't seem, uh, connected to the physical world and how it works.
It's unbelievable that for 3 months the Computer Programming guys never noticed that the computers crashed only during thunderstorms. Surely, they should have. It's funny how technology makes us forget about nature. This proves how much the two are largely related.
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