Wednesday, February 25, 2009

rogue cables

So awhile back I started this mini project that turned into a beast of a project. For some reason the company, before I was hired, terminated all of the data cabling into this APC four post rack. Two 48 port panels in the front and two in the back. I was then asked to bring all of these connections up as live to the core switch that was mounted in the same rack. Needless to say this made for some interesting cable management.

Fast forward to my mini-project where I bought an APC 2 post rack with appropriate cable management troughs. My goal was to move all of the cables from the 4 to the 2. The only problem was the cables were too short to re-terminate them in the 2 post. Introduce a 110 block mounted in the ceiling as a middle man and you can rightly say, WTH was I thinking.

My problem is this. Halfway through this little project, I'm informed that our sales and accounting staff are moving to our new corporate office. Most likely we will give up this office space when the lease is due this summer. Having never experienced this phenomenon I don't know what to do with the abandoned cable. Assuming the building mgmt. re-leases the space, I'm pretty sure I want to rip out the cables to the offices in question. I don't want by accident one of those connections being plugged into our core switch. Or am I over thinking it.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rocketry Camping Trip

        Our camping trip to Lucerne Lake was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.  The launch event put on by the ROC was outstanding.  The boys got to launch their little Estes kits with the A and B motors we provided and then starting getting some Cs from the concession trailer.  The Discovery Channel's TimeWarp program was there filming a water rocket demo, a really frigging big model rocket (2 story) with I believe a M rocket motor and then a recreation of a famous V2 rocket explosion where the rocket tips over and explodes.  I'll update with some video we took as soon as I get it.  Some of our boys got on some b-roll footage for the show, so I'll have to check out the show in April to see if they made it on.
        The water rockets we made for launch on the next were not as big of a hit.  Can't blame them after the big boom and very testosterone pumping spectacle the day before.  We got some 2-liter bottles to launch 150'.  This was our first attempt at rocketry with this troop so we were pretty pleased with the results.
        Weather was great.  Saturday was a clear day without a cloud in the sky.  Sunday was a nice day as well with no rain clouds in the sky.  It was cold, don't get me wrong.  It dropped down in the high 20s but it was manageable for all except our newest scouts.  Pain is a great teacher however and I'm sure they will come to the next campout more prepared.  We decided to skip out Sunday night to beat the snow.  It turns out we made the right decision because they closed the 15 due to snow for awhile.

Friday, February 13, 2009


So I love to camp.  I go every chance I can get and it usually is with the boy scout troop my sons are a part of.  That being said, the campout this weekend that we are doing will probably rank as my least favorite of all time.  I'm hearing talk that the storm about to hit So. California will be the biggest we've had all year.  Wet, muddy and a long drive to boot.  Bring it on.

PS. The only saving grace to this event, aside from the quality time with my boys...yeah right, will be rockets, rockets and more rockets.