Mexifries writes "I realize that scientists claim solar flares don't cause issues, but it's been my belief for years now, that they in fact DO cause minor hiccups.
To help make ends meet, I've held remote Network Support/Programmer sidejobs since I started my first in a long string of highly underpaid jobs (lol). Things are almost always smooth. However, every now and then, out of nowhere, an entire day of productivity is wasted putting out silly IT fires. The weird thing is, it so happens that between the support calls from ONE company, I get calls from the OTHER companies, too. They were quiet all month! Now all of a sudden, they're having similarly inexplicable issues. These companies don't know each other. They're never issues with programming per se, just the hardware it's built around.
Sometimes I would attribute it to ME being the only constant in their equations... Without realizing it, I cause the same issue somehow with my similar methods.
However, since I met my buddy Ray, we've compared notes and noticed that the same thing has happened to him with his customers, as well. In fact, now our "bad days" even COINCIDE! We'll know when it's gonna be a bad day when one of us gets a call at 5am... we just know things will keep happening all day around the country, inexplicably. Things that always just "work" suddenly "don't".
Today has been such a day. 6am we find out yard 5's voice T1 has been down. CenturyLink (nee Qwest) now says it's grounded somewhere on the street. After so long, just NOW? Hm. Then the ever-functioning terminal server (2003 R2 Ent) at yard 1 goes on the fritz. Then ALL OF Ray's customers experience at least one issue. As we speak, I can feel the vibration of his iPhone buzzing through the wall between us. Yard 2 called about their POTS lines and alarms...
from spaceweather.com: STRONG FLARE ACTIVITY CONTINUES:
On Sept. 8th at 1546 UT, sunspot 1283 unleashed an M6-class solar flare. This continues the active region's 3-day trend of daily powerful eruptions. Yesterday's blast, an X1.8-class event, produced a bright flash of extreme UV radiation and hurled an inky-dark plume of plasma into space. [...] Since Sept. 6th, sunspot 1283 has propelled at least three CMEs in the general direction of Earth. Glancing blows from the incoming clouds will commence sometime on Sept. 9th and continue through Sept. 11th, possibly sparking minor geomagnetic storms.
Another strange coincidence... It's almost always on a Thursday!"