It's the 1990s, and this small startup needs to get online on a tiny budget — which means a pilot fish there has to cobble together a Linux server from leftover parts.

"Things were working swimmingly for the first few weeks," says fish. "The server ran our corporate email and served up a simple web site.

"But suddenly it developed a bad case of the 'bouncies.' Someone would complain that the server was down, I'd verify and reboot. This happened multiple times in the same morning, and each time I left my desk and walked through the QA department to the corner of the open office where we stashed the 'server farm,' where potential investors could marvel at the blinky lights.

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