Long Day's Journey into <Bleep>
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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