Thunderstorm + Computers == FUN!

We had a big thunderstorm last night, which is awesome (apart from the usual problems of dog going psycho, other members of household going psycho over psycho dog, etc.).

Now normally this wouldn't phase me all that much computer wise - I figure that if lightning is going to strike the house and my computers blow up, so will the TV, stereo, phone, fridge, etc. I do, however, stress out over power outages (and their effect upon my hard drive partitions).

So, last night, after 5 or so minutes of flickering lights signaling that Western Power may decide to drop out, I shut down all the non-essential boxes here - dev server, laptop, etc. and keep on with what I am doing. Doesn't bother me that much...

Anyhu, so I get up this morning. No net. Reboot ADSL modem. No net. Check for traffic between gateway box and modem. None. Reboot gateway box. No net.

Crap.

Even worse when I consider the modem being blown, seeings it was loaned to me by a friend. Double crap.

In the end, it turns out that the network card in the old P2 gateway box had mysteriously died - replacement was made and now everything is fine.

I breathed a sigh of relief, let me tell you!

Moral of this story: Whilst old computers make good server boxes, hardware failure is imminent.