On Tue, 23 Jun 1998 08:48:53 -0700, John Lundgren
Heh... I'm in the middle of wiring a 96 port patch panel for the
"Advantage" division in Computer Room 5 when I get a call that
someone's floppy disk drive is dead (I also support the PCs in our
buildings along with doing the cabling and tech support(.
Turns out the guy wants to zip Netscape Communicator for the girl in
the next office instead of downloading it again. The file is over
18Megabytes, and it will probably take twice as long to zip onto
floppies than it would to just download it over the T1 directly from
Netscape, to say nothing about the time it's going to take for me to
replace his floppy drive first.
Their PCs are on the same LAN, but he doesn't know how to share their
drives. So I start a fresh copy of Communicator downloading onto my
D: drive and set it up to be shared.
Halfway up the stairs to show him how to connect to my shared drive
and get the file fast, I run into the manager of Network Engineering
who's frantic because the new installation in Puerto Rico today has
run into a snag. Everywhere else in the world connects the AS/400s
with UTP, but Puerto Rico uses thinnet and they sent the wrong kind of
I finally convince him that the RG59 I ordered for him to do ATM won't
work for ethernet (well, actually it probably would, but I don't tell
him that), and tell him not to worry, I'll make up a thinnet cable
with BNC connectors on it.
When I ask how long the cable should be I get a blank look. He
doesn't know. Just make a cable... half a meter, 10 feet, whatever.
Then the guy with the dead floppy drive says "Oh by the way, we forgot
to tell you, we're moving a bunch of people around on Friday, and
they'll all need different network connections." Oh.. and he won't
be in on Friday, and oh, he doesn't know yet who is going into what
office because he's waiting for the "big boss." who's on vacation this
week to call in and let him know what he's decided. Oh...
Meanwhile the hub on that segment is almost full and I've been telling
them that for the last few months.
Back down to Computer Room 5, the Hardware Coordinator for the "Claims
Solutions Group" notices that I'm finished putting nearly 100 cables
under the raised floor and there's still some cable left on the carts.
He tells me he needs 24 lines run in his area, like yesterday.
No problem, I just need to finish the 96 port patch panel, THEN punch
on 96 jacks at the other ends of the wires. I figure I'll get to him
some time around October.
It sure is nice to have a slow day for a change!