Our hero, Mr. Bobvious, the IT Ops guy who automatically turns off idle AWS instances using ParkMyCloud, was texting with his teenage son not long ago. Afterwards he realized that the challenge of getting his company’s developers to remember to turn off their AWS instances was the same as…well read on and you’ll see:
Mr. Bobvious: Jake? Are you home?
Mr. Bobvious: What’s sup?
Teen: Not much, howboutchoo?
Mr. Bobvious: No I mean what does sup mean?
Teen: What’s up?
Mr. Bobvious: Can you just give me a straight answer pls?
Teen: sup means what is up
Mr. Bobvious: Oh, sorry. Are you home?
Mr. Bobvious: Just make sure you turn the lights off in your room, the bathroom and the hall before you leave.
Mr. Bobvious: And the kitchen, mudroom and any other room you were in today
Teen: Oh. I’m not home. Sorry.
Mr. Bobvious: Did you turn any lights off before you left?
Mr. Bobvious: How many times do we have to discuss this? Electricity is not free.
Mr. Bobvious: What if I left your iPad on all day and the battery was drained when you got home?
Teen: I’d plug it in. I guess.
Mr. Bobvious: Anyway.
Teen: Dad, I’m just a teen. Teens aren’t wired to turn stuff off.
Mr. Bobvious: You know our software developers leave our computer servers on all night.
Mr. Bobvious: Do you know what my boss would do to me if I let that happen?
Teen: Fire you?
Mr. Bobvious: No, no. He’d just be mad that I’m wasting electricity and money.
Teen: So what’d ya do about the computers?
Mr. Bobvious: I bought software that turns off the computers automatically. We’re saving a fortune.
Mr. Bobvious: Thanks!
Teen: Are you on the way home?
Mr. Bobvious: Why?
Teen: Just thinkin about how good some Chipotle would taste right about now.