What will you do if you die before me?

note that came with Cisco UCS chassis

If I die before u i gonna write your name on the twinkling stars to show the world how much i love u

I could just leave it at that but I’m sure you want to know more.  This was a note found in a Cisco UCS  chassis when it was delivered to the new Timico data centre in Newark. Funny  huh?!

Well with the same shipment came a UCS B200 blade that was DOA (Dead On Arrival).  Not so funny huh? Fortunately BT iNet replaced it with another in short order – well done BT iNet.

I would expect there is an investigation under way at Cisco. It is too much of a coincidence for it to be accidental.

It takes me back to my time in the semiconductor industry where chip designers used to leave little messages etched in metal in spare areas of silicon. One guy I know, who shall remain nameless, etched “live fast die young”. This was only discovered after they made the chip. Unfortunately it was on a high reliability product expected to last a very long time. They had to redo the metal mask. Expensive.

Being intelligent enough to hold down a job as a semiconductor designer he did get his grammar and spelling right unlike whoever wrote this note:)

I do quite like the idea of writing things in the stars though. The concept is doable. You just have to blank out the stars that you don’t want to appear in the writing. I leave it to you to decide how you go about doing that (micro-managing ain’t my thing).

The message would only be viewable from a certain footprint on earth but I’m assuming here that it is intended for a loved one whose location would be known to you. Let us know.  When you’re dead you can do anything, or not as the case may be.

If I were you I’d forget about it, live long and enjoy it while you can 🙂

Published by Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of trefor.net, writer, poet, philosopherontap.com

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  1. “If I die before u i gonna write your name on the twinkling stars to show the world how much i love u”

    So.. was that part of their guarantee or.. 🙂 ? Also I have a big problem with networking equipment expressing love for humans. Not that I’m a bigot but.. ok back to work..

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