Whacking Your Computer

The third-bit.com server has gone down overnight Saturday for the last three weeks. It's a rogue cron job of some kind, left over from our meddlings with mod_python or maybe the Tomcat installation. Enter Nathan Harrington's knockAge, a piece of software that lets you control the computer by whacking it. I was reminded of Niven and Pournelle's novel Inferno, in which a science fiction writer finds himself in Dante's Hell, and discovers that sections have been set aside for sins that haven't yet been invented. I wonder if "computer abuse" will be one of them...
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