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westcoast guy | posted 12-16-2007 | Number of Votes: 72  |  Current Rating: 4.67   

Another true story:

I was at a new client's site, hooking up a new workstation they'd ordered. The Office Mgr asked if I knew much about networks (I'm a network architect by trade & training, 25 years experience). I cautiously said something to the effect of "Ah ... yes, a bit. What's up?".

He took me to the supply room & pointed out a brand new HAL server, still in the box. He tells me that the last crew in servicing their systems (my esteemed competitors) told him that they couldn't connect this new server as the network was too fast for it (Ethernet, 100Mbps, Cat 5E cabling).

(brief blink into "twilight zone" after hearing that statement)
So, I worked over the lunch hour hooking up this server.

After it was up & running, I told him that by lifting the network cable from the floor -up- to the server, the network packets slowed down enough for the server to operate okay.

He slowly worked that statement over in his mind & then asked if the previous crew were ID-10-T's - a very perceptive statement from an accountant.

To this day, I have no idea why those guys left a $30,000 server just sitting there. They hadn't even sent him an invoice for it.

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