SAM's First Law of Topics
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After a decade of scouring social media for IT topics, I have discovered that topics and problems come in waves. A topic, such as IPODs, RAID selection, use of FakeRAID, virtualizing domain controllers, using ZFS for everything, selecting a bizarre non-production consumer product, etc. can go years without being mentioned anywhere and then will suddenly inflict many organizations within weeks, sometimes even hours, of each other.
SAM's First Law of Topics: Obscure common sense IT failures have some correlation resulting in companies facing issues in temporal clumps.
It's almost always topics that are extremely well known and documented and require only the slightest IT knowledge and application of common sense to have avoided. It is specifically what we would call "being weird" issues that come in this pattern.