August 17th, 2005

Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Skittles networking

Got up at 5 am today to head into work insanely early so I could

Turn this:       Into this: 

Ooooh, pretty colors!

 If you're wondering why this was necessary, it's because the Genius who originally set up the network used a mixture of about 50% crossover and 50% straight cables, in just two colors, 6 feet long so they had to be wrapped up and down the sides, all nice and neatly bundled together to make tracing a single cable impossible, and completely unlabeled.  Needless to say, this made even the simplest maintenance a total nightmare.  I replaced all the cables with 100% straight, in 8 different colors, 3 feet long (I'd have gone with 2 if I could have found any at a decent price), all going directly from jack to switch as directly as possible, and all with a number label on each end.

I then had to go to each office and replace all the crossover cables that the Genius had used to 'fix' the connection problems caused by using crossover cables on the patch panel in the first place!  DUH!

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    "Party Machine" by Bruce Haack
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The Devil's Music!

I noticed that my MP3 player just happened to come up with the following songs one after the other:

Mean Old Devil by Bruce Haack
Sympathy For the Devil by The Rolling Stones
The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden

So I figured why not make this an Evil Theme, so I tossed in:

Highway To Hell by AC/DC
Hell On High Heels by Mötley Crüe
Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf
Devil's Gun by CJ & Co.
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    "The Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden
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Demolition Man!

Garbage man hauled away the bookcases that I nearly amputated my foot to destroy, so I set about breaking down the exercise equipment. I'd left the stuff out in the driveway since Saturday with big FREE signs all over, but there were no takers.

The rowing machine was easy to break down, it was just bolted together to begin with, so disassembly was just a matter of loosening the bolts. That took about 15 minutes.

The hard part was the treadmill. Several of the pieces were extremely long (4-5 feet) or welded together, and many of the screws had rusted. I'd brought a portable bandsaw home from work to cut through some of the pieces, but discovered there wasn't a blade for it! So I had to do it the old fashioned way, with a hacksaw. Fortunately the material the treadmill was made of was very soft, so the hacksaw made quick work of it. Still, it was quite exhausting. I was able to break down most of the machine, but the heaviest piece of all, the particleboard platform, still needs to be broken up. Since the garbage can was getting full and quite heavy, and I'd already spent an hour working on the treadmill, I'll have to wait until next week to do anything with the last piece.