Posted August 15 2003 - 02:13 AM
Wow, that was some experience. I live in Staten Island, NY and work in Jersey City for a brokerage firm. I'm an IT guy (software developer).
We basically stayed up all night with problems at work. Our building's generator picked the wrong time to fail and when the power went out the generator didn't kick in like it was supposed to. Our whole data center went down. We're talking racks and racks of circuits, network hardware, servers, PCs, you name it.
It's a miracle we got things up and running by the time the brokers started coming in.
To make matters worse, the generator of this other building a couple of blocks from ours caught on fire around 10PM. It was un unbelievable sight. Everything was pitch black except for balls of fire on the rooftop of this building. Luckily, nobody was injured and the fire was contained in time. People have been able to go into work over there.
These have been some crazy couple of years. First I escape 9/11, now the "Blackout of 2003".