Twice over the last few days, I caught the faintest whiff of that burning electronics smell that we vintage computing folk sometimes know all too well. It was so faint, and so brief, though, that I thought either I was imagining it, or, since my office windows were open, maybe it was something coming from outside. In any case, I didn't spend much time investigating.
This evening, I noticed a whining/buzzing noise coming from near my window. It sounded like the kid next door playing with his RC helicopter, so I didn't pay much attention. When I realized that it was getting louder and louder and wasn't coming from outside, I walked over to investigate more closely, and I realized it was coming from my Fuel, even though the Fuel was powered off. I pulled the plug, and the noise stopped.
Phooey. I'm not going to have the time to poke around to try to fix it myself any time soon. I wonder what the damage to my wallet will be when I try to take it into the local specialist computer repair store. The place is staffed by guys who know their away around motherboards, power supplies, capacitors, and soldering irons, but I doubt that any of them have seen an SGI box before.