March 28, 2006

Configure a switch

Yesterday John tells me we have a switch module coming in that needs to be installed and configured and he'll be off so I have it. I leave the house at 5:15 am, driving the cage 'cause it's raining. Arrive at work, have a cup of coffee while unpacking the module John placed on my desk. Borrow Wingo's laptop, grab the appropriate cable and adapter to connect the switch to the laptop's serial port, go over to the A building, call the NMC (except they had a name change and are not the NMC anymore but NMC is Network Maintanence Center which is what they do so that is what I call them.) Install the card and spend the next 90 minutes trying to get the switch to talk to the world. Since failure is not an option, we finally get it up and running.

Box up the old module and take it to FexEx and ship it back, head for breakfast (which is actually my lunch break.)

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March 27, 2006

Server Cabinet

With the abandoning of the 41 building the LAN servers that were there needed to be moved to the 81 building. When we killed the old training center I had them ship the server cabinet to the 81 building, just for this move. Since I had plenty of lead time I could do it right. For me, right involves having a small desk so anyone coming to work on the server can set up their laptop and access a telephone.

Note: I only provide upto the LAN jack. The cable and connections to the server were done by the server person. I may clean it up later when I straighten all of the other cables.

Previously we simply ran individual LAN drops to the cabinet. Which was cool when a server was seven inches tall and only required one LAN connection. These new servers, AKA Pizza Boxes, are only one rack unit high and take three LAN connections (don't ask me why, I only provide the space and connectivity.) In the 41 building the server rack was next to the LAN rack and we just ran patch cables direct to the switches. At the training center I ran four quad-4 cables terminated on four position Panduit surface mount jacks. Both were ugly. Now that I had the chance to do it my way I mounted a 24 position jackfield at the upper rear of the server cabinet cabled to a matching jackfield in the switch rack.

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March 24, 2006

Cable Pull

This one I needed help on....

Wingo called and asked if I needed any help. "Now that you mention it, yes. Could you grab a couple of reels of Quad-4 and a cable cart?" He brings them over and we set them up in the soon to be ex- conference room. The electricians ran me a 2" conduit back to the terminal room -- 160 feet from the above J-box. We tie/tape three quads to the pull string, I feed off the reels (so the tension of pulling off the reels is not added to the pull through the pipe) and Wingo pulls from the terminal room.

In the terminal room we pull in 30 feet of slack to run along the top of the red boards to the corner, down and under the raised floor, over to the rack and up to be terminated on the cat-5 patch panel.

In the conference room pull off about 30 feet of slack, feed individually to each of the 3/4" pipes to the wall outlet boxes where the cable is terminated on four Panduit jacks in a four position Panduit wall plate. Leave about three feet of slack up in the J-box in case either end ever needs re-terminating.

We also pulled a new pull string into that 2" pipe in case we ever need to pull additional cables over to the conference room area. There is another conference room next door that could get made into offices also.

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March 22, 2006

Primus Grasshopper Stove

If you told me that this handy little stove was no longer on the market I wouldn't have believed you. But it seems that sometime in the past 30+ years it has been taken off the market. Long enough ago that eBay is not selling any (as of now anyhow) and didn't have any images. Which makes it tough to link to an image so you can show someone what you are talking about.

It uses the long skinny 14.1 ounce Bernzomatic TX9 disposable propane fuel cylinder that is still used for the little hand held torch. The two legs fold down against the tank for a stowable package no bigger in diameter than the bare tank and half again longer.

Add the four cup percolator and you can have tea or coffee just about anywhere in a matter of a few minutes.

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Comment recieved in e-mail:
Delivery-date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 14:53:03 -0600

I got one of these little sweeties. I used to carry it hiking and
backpacking. In 89 we had a house fire, and the stove was the first thing I
rescued from the ashes. It never worked quite right after that. A
gentleman from the site said they discontinued them in the 70's.
I'm hunting down a LPG appliance expert to fix my stove. You'd think that
they'd release the design to some Chinese manufacturer. Well maybe not as
i'd buy 5 or so just to have one handy during outages. It's unhandy to have
to drag out a 3 burner stove just to heat water for
coffee-tea-ramen-oatmeal-canned soup....

Plus back in the day, I used to make things right on the table using that

BTW the 16oz propane tank will work just as well. It's an elegant design.

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March 16, 2006

Restack continued

Last entry was October 11th. Things get sidetracked. To the left is the 2nd floor as of Oct.11, to the right as of this morning:

I decided against the long cords in favor of swapping switches as I go. So far, three of the new switches have been moved into the left hand rack with the replaced Ciscos being remounted in the right hand rack.

The gaps in the left had rack left behind by the 24 port Ciscos being replaced by 48 port Foundries will be filled by jacks bringing dial-tone from the switch downstairs to be fed out to the floor positions on the blue jacks.

Closeups of the front and side of the Foundry (top) and Cisco (bottom) show the size difference. The Foundry is 1.5 RU high to the Cisco's 2 RU. But the Foundry sticks much further out the back and weighs a ton (or at least several pounds more than the Ciscos. As such, I did not feel good about front mounting, going instead to a center mount so that the weight of the Foundry is not trying to torque the brackets off the switch. Used pairs of old Cisco brackets bolted together to set the front of the Fondry even with the jack panels.

Joe should approve of it.

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March 03, 2006

I'm an Idiot

Left the house at 6:45 am, streets were wet, but it was not actually raining. So I rode the motorcycle to work. Arrive at work just before 7am, warm up the van, pick up the load, ask the boss how his retirement is coming, get word of a 9 am walk-thru at a garage that is being brought back to life, out the door by 7:25.

It is POURING. Drive to the Call.Center and the rain gets heavier.

On the plus side, the weather reports says it should clear by afternoon for my ride home.

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