May 28, 2004


Lunch break, recap. On the left, in the space that was empty yesterday morning, is a rack full of some sort of hi-cap D3 (45Mbps) stuff that will be feeding the pair of Cisco 8500's in the rack between it and my existing Cisco 5500. Meanwhile, on the right is the Avaya equipment that arrived this morning -- two pallets with the MGW's (whatever they are) a pallet with 140 phones, a pallet with a bunch of mystery boxes (might be cables, cards, terminal blocks, will find out when we open them.) And while the movers were unloading the four pallets a Fed-Ex truck pulled up and dropped off 140 headset adapters.

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May 27, 2004

Whatever it takes

Paladin standing by the Equipment.

Had a call yesterday, the replacement switch arrived and I am to install it this morning. Left you can see what I did a couple of weeks ago. The Cisco Ethernet switch dropped a couple times. Third call to reset it I brought along an antique Ungermann-Bass switch, moved all the clients over, and called in for a RMA on the Cisco. On the right is what I left behind today -- our Lan-in-a-box setup of a pair of Cisco routers to a Cisco switch to a cat-5 patch panel.

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May 20, 2004

More fiber in the diet

The tech from Omni is terminating the second 12-strand fiber between the floors. They fished the existing interduct and added the second strand to the first to give me 12 pairs of fibers. Six for use and six for growth and (more importantly) spares in case a fiber fails.

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May 19, 2004

Another OOPS

Had a trouble ticket today to look at the modem for one of the three Hi-Caps. Modem is part of the router so I have nothing except the wire from the snap-jack (left) to the router.

The snap jack was in the way of the new racks (right) so I moved it over and down a few inches. The cables swung without having to be disconnected so there was no need to call anyone.

Or so I thought.

Seems that Hi-Cap on the white cable went down about the time that I moved the block. I might have a light connection on that modular connection. Testing it might knock the circuit down again. Replacing the connection definitely will take the circuit out. I'll have to come in off hours so that I can play with it without bothering the clients.

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Add Cisco 8500

Next job coming down the pike is adding 140 Avaya telephones to the second floor. The Avaya boxes haven't arrived yet, but the two Cisco 8500 switches that feed them have. 25 inches tall, sitting on the cart, waiting for the equipment racks to be secured and powered up.
The routers are being mounted in the first floor terminal room, for non-extended access to the fiber feed from the central office. The output from the routers will go upstairs on the existing fiber patch panels.

Upstairs the Avaya box will be mounted right next to the rack with the fiber patch. It's output will be wired to a demarcation on the backboard, cross-connected back to the cat-5 patch panels and patched to each position out on the floor. Since they are only installing 140 positions I am making backboard space for 384 positions.


Because from experience -- if I provide enough room for what they ask, they WILL expand it past my design limits. If I make leave enough room for any possible expansion they will never expand past the original 140.

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May 16, 2004

Not your fathers Oldsmobile

Or Ford.

Back when I was a kid, if you bent a bumper you unbolted it and replaced it.

Daughter's friend drove daughter's car into her own car -- doing more damage to her own than to daughter's. But she did break the plastic covering of the front bumper. No problem. I can replace it.....

It's a 1994 Ford Escort. To replace the bumper all you need do is.....

remove the center grill
remove the parking/marker/turn lights -- housing and all.
remove the headlight housings
partially remove/fold back the front inner wheel well coverings
with a 14mm open end spanner reach blindly thru the wheel well to loosen the nuts on each side holding the bumper.
remove the three nuts per side that you can only reach if the headlights are gone.

the bumper just pulls off.

Since removing the bumper is the only way to replace the horn I take this opportunity to replace the stock Escort horn with the pair (hi tone/low tone) 133db highway horns that had been on the '76 LTD.

Slip the replacement bumper on and bolt it down. Spend about 15 minutes per side trying to blindly tighten the nuts that can only be moved 1/12th of a turn flip the wrench try to wiggle it on the nut. replace inner wheel well covers, headlights, parking lights and finally the little center grill.

Total time, about four hours.

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May 04, 2004


A percentage of accidents occur when driving a vehicle in reverse. Pacific Bell taught it's people to avoid backing a vehicle if possible; and when backing is un-avoidable to back into the least hazardous direction.

When parking in lot, that means backing into the parking space (which has very little traffic) so as to avoid backing into the traffice aisle (which has people racing up and down looking for parking spaces.)

There is always the exception, so unusual as to merit having it's picture taken.

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