When I first started working here, I asked for some test box. I had that at AOL ever since stodgycat helped me set up “MSUTILTY” (remember that one, sc?) back in 1999, and I wanted one here, too. My new job gave me some beat up 1u unit, P3/500 with 256mb RAM and a 20gb hard drive. What got me was that the time it took to get the hardware, have it racked, IP access, and OS installed, ready to go was 2 hours, and an hour of that was me installing the OS (Fedora Core 4). At AOL? By the time I’d left, things were so complex, I’d have to submit a plan, which needed approval, which got approved, then forwarded, then costed out, then a form filled out, then the approval by purchasing, data center, networking, and we had to use a pre-issued OS image with no modifications allow, no root access allowed, and then it took a while to get the hardware, ship it to the racks, set it up, and have it running... and I never saw the hardware during any of this. Turnaround time was usually 3-4 months, 2 weeks if it was critical. Some installed took 6 months or more, and often got canceled as the waves of project managers came and went.
Anyway, I just want to brag the uptime, which is ironic, because long uptime can also mean unsafe, unpatched systems, and thus is a combination of conflicting “yay, it stayed up this long” and “ooh, it’s probably hackable in this state!”