We found an amusing and heartwarming story where someone claimed his server was like the Energizer Bunny. And kept going. And going. For years. So we thought it would be fun to see actual proof of such longevity. We invited our readers to send us a screen shot showing how long their NetWare server had been chugging along. Whoever had the NetWare server with the most staying power would become the proud owner of a Palm Pilot VIIx Handheld.
After all, there are numerous perhaps apochryphal stories of functioning servers being trapped inside walls and such, but one takes such things with a grain of salt unless one can see proof. Not that you guys would ever lie, but we've read a lot of creative resumés in our time...
Well, now that the contest is over, we must say, we're very impressed by the number of faithful NetWare servers that are quietly humming to themselves in darkened rooms across the globe, requiring little more than an air-conditioner and an uninterrupted power supply (no small thing in these troubled times) to keep dishing out files. Seems as if Y2K was the main reason a lot of people downed their servers, so we're betting that if we'd done this before December 1999, there would have been even more impressive numbers turned in.
As it was, some of you took a chance and left your servers alone during the Y2K madness, and happily discovered that things kept on ticking after all. Some of you have even discovered that if you don't need the patches for other reasons, an unpatched NetWare server can be a pretty tenacious piece of work.
The grand prize, a Palm Pilot, has been awarded to Bart Burkhardt, who has not had to worry about his box for over 2331 days.
Second prize, an ergonomic calculator, goes to Steven Jones, whose entry showed a whopping 1668 days without a hitch:
Third prize, an equally ergonomic calculator, goes to Olaf Necker, who clocked 1539 days:
All of you who entered the contest, thank you very much for playing. We had a lot of fun reading your entries. Here are some of our favorite excerpts from the e-mails attached to these entries: