Mark Rittman is a data specialist from Brighton, the south of England.
Yesterday morning he tried to make a cup of tea with his Wi-Fi enabled kettle.
But he hit a hitch when he tried to connect the iKettle to Amazon's Alexa, a voice-activated system similar to Apple's Siri.
Later that morning the kettle still wasn't playing ball.
Rittman said his tweets weren't actually helping, as the number of RTs he was getting apparently caused his home network to fall over (Hadoop is a data set processing engine, indicating that Rittman's home network is more complex than average).
Nevertheless he soldiered on, but before lunchtime the kettle appeared to be becoming sentient and Rittman, presumably absolutely gasping at this stage, became increasingly exasperated.
Many hours of configuration later, and the kettle situation had escalated. And still, no cup of tea.
But then, in the early hours of this morning, victory! Rittman successfully activated the kettle with a voice command, meaning, half a day later, he was able to have that delicious cup of tea, and could finally get on with the important tasks of the day.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to Rittman to ask how sweet that post-midnight cup of tea tasted, and whether it was worth persevering with what appeared to be a complicated and unconventional network setup.
And as hundreds of people pointed out, maybe he should invest in a regular, back-up kettle next time.
Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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