Why yes, now that you mention it

It's a hot day in the un-air-conditioned building where this IT pilot fish works, and the temperature is getting to everyone.

"Everyone on the upper floors, that is," says fish. "It was quite cool and pleasant in my basement office-cum-workshop.

"Then the telephone rang -- one of the bright young men in the marketing department. 'Sorry to be a nuisance,' he said, 'but my screen's just gone dead and I'm on a bit of a deadline.'"

Fish trudges up to the open-plan office this user shares with half a dozen others. It isn't exactly cool up there, but there is some air movement from a floor-standing fan.

It only takes fish a few seconds to diagnose the problem. But fish figures he should lead the user to it gently.

Nice fan, fish says. Is it new?

"Scrounged," user says. "Got it for the afternoon from H.R."

Where is it plugged in? fish asks.

"The six-outlet power strip under my desk."

And did you have to unplug anything to make room for it?

Short pause.

Sighs user, "I've unplugged my monitor, haven't I?"

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