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Happy quiet day

Aside from a half hour with the boss, I spent my entire day in one computer room or the other. Granted, the first 90 minutes (de-worming www.hartfordschools.org) wasn't all that much fun, but laying hands on a sick server is still more interesting than going to a meeting. For the rest of the day I was in our primary computer room getting things setup to bring our new Internet connection on-line (a 100 Mbps feed from Fibertech). That entailed racking and configuring two new DNS servers; racking two new firewall appliances (Fortigate 800s); switch configuration; changing out some pieces-parts (wire managers, rack-mount power strips); and labeling, labeling, labeling.

Let me just say, Dell's first generation cable management for rack-mounted servers sucks. The newer stuff for their new servers is much better designed. But, DNS is not high-horsepower work, so I pulled a pair of old veterans for the job and thus got the pleasure of wrangling cables into the old death of a thousand sheet-metal cuts cable management arms.

It always makes me wonder when I get that surprised look from people. The noise level in a good-sized data center is substantial. I have tinnitus, probably from fifteen years' exposure to machine rooms and network closets. So, when I'm by myself in a computer room for any length of time I slap on a pair of sound-deadening ear muffs. I have these nice deep green Winchester muffs. And every time some else walks into the room they get this Oh! look on their face. I mean, how hard is this to figure out? But, getting people to use personal protective equipment is always an uphill battle. (Spraying pesticide? Nah, this respirator's too hot. I'll just breath the gunk, thanks.) Oh well, in 30 years I'll be able to hear my grandchildren call me grampa, and the rest of my coworkers can say "What? Say that again?"

Any way. I was a nice day. It could only have been improved by the addition of a good partner to work with.

Soon I'll be off to archery with ashacat where we'll meet up with taichigeek. matociquala is off to Readercon.

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kriz1818
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Speaking of archery, do you know anyone who'd be able to teach it at a children's camp? The person who was going to do it at N's camp backed out at the last minute.
netcurmudgeon
Jul. 6th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
You might go down to Hall's Arrow (West Middle Tpk, underneath Pet Supplies Plus) and ask around -- one of the guys or gals who works there might be interested. Over the years I've seen all of them teaching kids and adults, and all of them seem like decent people.
industri_1o8
Jan. 30th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
Server rack cable Management
Power rail mounting options will vary also with some providing easier installation and more clearance than others. In Server rack cable Management Cable management refers to an important step during the installation of building services (i.e. electrical services) and the subsequent installation of equipment providing means to tidily secure electrical, data, and other cables. Cable management is important in many fields, such as IT, communications, power distribution, facility wiring, local area networks, etc.
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