Long Day's Journey into <Bleep>

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Thu Jun 9 18:53:18 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jun 09, 2011 at 11:33:04AM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 08, 2011 at 11:34:30PM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:
> > 
> > . . . but Cisco switches are overpriced crap.  We were disconnecting the
> > Netgear to replace it with a Cisco that offered a lot more functionality,
> > and administration turned out to be a fucking nightmare with that thing.
> > It's like replacing Postfix with MS Exchange because you want integrated
> > calendaring and all the other crap in the BusinessWeek full-page ad, then
> > finding out that you basically need a full-time employee just to manage
> > that one server.
> 	LOL, man.  But then, your troubles were at work, right?  I mean
> 	somewhere that has dozens or more people, users/computers going
> 	thru the switch [?]  Years ago I had as many a 6
> 	computers--including my daughter's ancient W2K on a Kayak and
> 	wife's work laptop and my several tower and laptops going thru
> 	the 16-porter.  *Still*, I don't care, the daamn thing should 
> 	have lasted longer than it did.  

Actually, that was when I was the first and only paid employee of the
Wikimedia Foundation.  Everybody else was Jimmy Wales, his assistant at
Bomis, and volunteers who "worked" with us remotely -- plus the whole
Internet using Wikipedia.  So, yeah . . . "dozens of people" sending
traffic through the switch is a gross understatement.

The switches I mentioned that I've had die off one port at a time,
though, were not at the Wikimedia Foundation.  They were my personal kit
for my home networks over the years and, in one case, the main switch at
a small consultancy where I was the Unix guru.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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