The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

What a fluke

From: Sean Conner <sean@conman.org>
To: Bunny XXXXXXXX <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>
Subject: Re: The cable
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2006 05:35:27 -0500 (EST)

It was thus said that the Great Bunny XXXXXXXX once stated:

Nice save on that cable. Very intuitive. Most of us would have looked for zebras. I recently changed out an outdoor light fixture (see attached), and when it didn't work, I almost didn't think to try a new lightbulb …

Helps to have a $5,000 network analyzer that can be used to test cables (even tell how long they are!).

Bunny and I (and yes, Bunny is her real name) have been exchanging emails about the network cable I recrimped. She seemed impressed that I would admit to making such a mistake, but hey, as mistakes go, it beats adding an external SCSI drive to your primary business computer without turning it off (a mistake an old boss of mine did).

[About 15 nanoseconds for the bits to schlep through this cable]

So I figured she might get a kick out of what a $5,000 network analyzer looks like. And I think it can do more than just measure the continuity and length of network cables, but darned if I've used it for more than that.

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