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SysAdmin ESP

We were talking about on-call at lunch today, and many of us recounted that on more than one occasion we had woken up immediately prior to receiving a page that would have woken us up. I recounted an experience where I dreamed that a server was crashing right before I received a page about a server crashing. These could be random anecdotes, or perhaps premonitions. Maybe we understand the patterns of outages on some really deep inarticulate level, or maybe we just wake up a lot or dream of computers crashing but we are only apt to remember these incidences if the pager brings us to full consciousness. Who knows?

As I was sitting here with my headphones on just now not listening to anything I heard the blit blit blit blit blit of radio interference, probably my mobile device exchanging data. I had a fanciful idea that maybe, just maybe, people can actually sense radio waves in some manner and that those of us who have developed a strong Pavlovian response to a paging device might be able to connect a particular pattern with a particular outcome. When the pager near the bed starts to chatter at 2AM maybe there is some part of the human being that can see that pattern.

Probably not.

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  • I like your thinking…

    I’ve heard of people claiming they can sense Wi-Fi, and as mobile/cell phone RF isn’t far off in terms of frequency, I’d say it’s possible that on an unconscious level, we might be able to sense interference as some kind of disturbance. Heck, it might even mess with our brainwaves. There was a study a while ago that showed that using a mobile phone before going to bed resulted in poor sleep.