No good deed goes unpunished

This pilot fish writes a program to check activity on a particular server, then starts it up and leaves it running.

"I had a feeling it was not working properly, so I decided to start checking," fish says.

Turns out the software to monitor the server for errors has stopped working two months earlier.

And the software that watches the server for intruders has stopped working four months earlier -- and no one noticed.

And the server has several rogue sessions on it that are slowing it down. And the e-mail system has a stuck message in it. And the network has an intermittent fault.

"The only thing working properly was my program," says fish.

"A number of teams had to sort out the errors and explain how they were not picked up.

"Let's just say I am not the most popular person with them at the moment."

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