Getting hot in the OneNote hallway

One of the offices we had occupied is getting converted into 2 new offices. The construction work started this week and will take about a month or so. In the meantime, this caused us a little bit of pain with assigning offices for testers. Two of our testers had to double up. While this is not unheard of, it has caused a little bit of an annoyance.

The two testers being moved in together both work on our server side components (SharePoint and SkyDrive). As such, they both have a few more pieces of hardware than some other testers - I just went by and counted about 10 total machines in that office. Now with 10 total machines, you can imagine a little bit of heat being generated. The testers filed a work request with our facilities department to get the thermostat adjusted.

The way offices work in our building is that each office does NOT get its own thermostat. Rather, we share them with up to three other offices. In this case, the thermostat is in another office. You can imagine that as long as the other office (whichever it may be) is at the "correct" temperature, no extra cooling will be sent to the office our testers share. That is exactly what is happening. If you stand outside the office, you can feel the warmth from it. This is why they filed the work request.

The engineer came by and here's the response:


I love that phrase: the "room is designed for one occupant and one computer." Heh - I can't imagine anyone at Microsoft only having one computer.

Anyway, it is now on to round two with trying to get a comfortable room temperature. We'll see what happens next.

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,


Comments (4)

  1. Mike says:

    Put a space heater in the room with the thermostat…? 🙂

  2. Pierre says:

    This sounds like a Dilbert cartoon!

  3. John says:

    We were thinking about moving some of the boxes to a "cold" office and remotely connecting to them…

  4. Stuart P. Bentley says:

    I would get a duct hose, with one end in the thermostat room and the other end taped to a fan in the room with the ten machines (or vice versa, really.)

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