Things that make you go “hmm”…

Evidently, a couple nights ago at 2:30am or so, my datacenter box grew an extra ~1GB of RAM for about 10 minutes:

Myrelle - Physical Memory Usage

Unfortunately, the magical mystery RAM (for lack of a better word) disappeared after about 10 minutes. Too bad, more RAM would have always been welcome…

It seems that there’s some sort of strange bug with either Cacti or the SNMP utilities that it is using to query data, which occurs when the box is under load. At the time when the anomalous measurements were returned, there was a transitory jump in load average on the monitoring system (if the Cacti graphs are to be believed this time around):

Valera - Load Average

(Did I mention that things have a general tendency to break in strange and mysterious ways while in my presence?)

Anyways, now I have to wonder how reliable my other Cacti graphs are after this little discovery. This time, at least, the discrepancy was fairly obvious…

3 Responses to “Things that make you go “hmm”…”

  1. You have a talent for breaking things too? …

  2. Skywing says:

    Some people would describe it thus…

  3. “Did I mention that things have a general tendency to break in strange and mysterious ways while in my presence?”

    It’s a very interesting phenomenon. Just one touch from our hands and things are magically starting to work, and possible failures come to light. It’s a type of magic skilled and devoted people are building up over the years through experience.

    My logical explanation for this is because your consciousness is attracting
    the soul of the object that you are working with it establishes communication. Every object has a soul, which means consciousness. The more simple the object, the more primitive the consciousness of the soul of the object.

    The Light of God shines though and stretches thus far that it gives a consiousness even to objects. It’s called Deus ex Machina.

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