• Ben (unregistered)

    First twich first twich first!

  • Someone Important (unregistered)

    And that's why coffee should be banned!

  • Ali Bongo (unregistered)

    I bet Ricky was a lot less happy about the network refurb after the CEO read the ad in the back of his magazine about those RS232-based networks.

    After all RS232 has much bigger numbers than 10base2, it HAS to be better!

  • Ali Bongo (unregistered)
    Quango:
    > coffee coinsurer

    WTF!

    What, you only single-source your coffee insurance?

    You have to co-insure your coffee for that genuine double safe taste.

  • pegr (unregistered)

    "unlike switches, which intelligently route packets to the appropriate destination"

    No. Switches direct frames. Routers route packets. Yes, people who don't know any better use the terms incorrectly, but we know better, right?

  • ParkinT (cs)

    "People don't cause network outages...people who drink coffee do!"

  • Mr. Spock (unregistered) in reply to pegr

    "A difference which makes no difference is no difference."

    Yup, we know the difference between routers and switches. We also don't need to prop up our fragile egos by pedantically harping on the contextually-trivial difference. How's that for a WTF?

    CAPTCHA: saluto. We saluto all the pedants in the TDWTF community.

  • DOA (cs) in reply to pegr
    pegr:
    "unlike switches, which intelligently route packets to the appropriate destination"

    No. Switches direct frames. Routers route packets. Yes, people who don't know any better use the terms incorrectly, but we know better, right?

    Nominated for this week's nitpicking award.
    Mr. Spock:
    pedantically harping on the contextually-trivial difference
    This is the first time I've seen TDWTF forums so accurately described in so few words.

  • some noob (unregistered) in reply to DOA
    DOA:
    pegr:
    "unlike switches, which intelligently route packets to the appropriate destination"

    No. Switches direct frames. Routers route packets. Yes, people who don't know any better use the terms incorrectly, but we know better, right?

    Nominated for this week's nitpicking award.
    Mr. Spock:
    pedantically harping on the contextually-trivial difference
    This is the first time I've seen TDWTF forums so accurately described in so few words.

    actually the originaly statement is correct in the context used. in comparisson to hubs, switches are intelligent.

    also, in comparisson to the ON (original nitpicker), I am intelligent.

  • Voodoo Coder (cs) in reply to Mr. Spock
    Mr. Spock:
    We also don't need to prop up our fragile egos by pedantically harping on the contextually-trivial difference. How's that for a WTF?

    Pedantic harping makes up at least 1/3rd of the posting here, on a slow day. Heck, just look at the thread from a few days ago that takes a page and a half to discuss whether "IBM" qualifies as an acronym, or it is just a meager abbreviation.

    And people wonder why us nerds get picked on...

  • Satanicpuppy (cs)

    I was trying to trace down a network problem in this old building once. Ancient coax, strata of cat3,4,and 5, and this crazy muzak system that was so poorly wired that you could shock yourself touching the volume knobs.

    I went to the central switch and started testing lines. Never could find the exact line my repeater was on, probably because about 1 in 10 lines played muzak right out of the tone wand, from the ethernet lines being laid across the tops of the speakers in the ceiling.

    Can't imagine what the problem was.

  • Voodoo Coder (cs) in reply to some noob
    some noob:

    also, in comparisson to the ON (original nitpicker), I am intelligent.

    Glad you found a bar low enough to fit under...

    (Sorry, you set that one up way to pretty to leave be)

  • Andy Goth (cs) in reply to Voodoo Coder
    Voodoo Coder:
    And people wonder why us nerds get picked on...
    Only nerds wonder that. Ordinary people already know.
  • Quango (unregistered) in reply to Ali Bongo
    Ali Bongo:
    Quango:
    > coffee coinsurer

    WTF!

    What, you only single-source your coffee insurance?

    You have to co-insure your coffee for that genuine double safe taste.

    Why did they delete my comment? Are you censoring comments now to avoid embarrassment??

    From Mark - Whoops! Actually, I had meant to add a "fixed!" but ended up hitting the delete.

  • Asiago Chow (unregistered)

    Coffee DRINKS should be banned. I actually kinda like chocolate covered espresso beans.

    I'm convinced working with 10base2 was a bigger cause of PTSD than the first gulf war and the Jackson 5 combined. That stuff bred nightmares. every install had some solid core coax, some RG-59, three terminators (?????), coax taped to a wall somewhere, cable draped (unprotected) across rooftops, and that's just a short list. They all had "bad net days" nobody understood. They all penalized everyone for individual mistakes.

    It is a shame so few today have experienced the joys of multidrop coaxial network topologies. My opinions about collectivism (socialism, communism, et cetera) were forged in the fire of 10base2 network hell. That single cable threading through everybody's life really showed how fragile an overly interconnected world would be. One person's innocent failure would cause all to suffer. One little mistake...the choice of solid core instead of tinned stranded core, would degrade all lives. One nervous tic... someone shifting a cable or fiddling with a connector, would cost so much. When you were using 10base2 you were part of a collective in the purest meaning of the word.

    Interconnected means fragile.

  • jim (unregistered) in reply to Quango
    Quango:
    Ali Bongo:
    Quango:
    > coffee coinsurer

    WTF!

    What, you only single-source your coffee insurance?

    You have to co-insure your coffee for that genuine double safe taste.

    Why did they delete my comment? Are you censoring comments now to avoid embarrassment??

    I'm afraid that they seem to delete comments in here a lot, too much if you ask me ~ I'm considering giving it up ~ and it's not as if the comments that get deleted are offensive or anything

  • CaRL (unregistered) in reply to Asiago Chow
    Asiago Chow:
    Interconnected means fragile.
    Congratulations, you explained the cause of the global economic troubles in just three words!

    But let's just keep building bigger corporations, bigger governments, bigger bailouts, bigger plans and programs. What (more) could go wrong?

  • CaRL (unregistered) in reply to jim
    jim:
    I'm afraid that they seem to delete comments in here a lot, too much if you ask me ~ I'm considering giving it up ~ and it's not as if the comments that get deleted are offensive or anything
    The random comment deleter uses the same WTF algorithm as the random blue hilighter.
  • danixdefcon5 (cs) in reply to Asiago Chow
    Asiago Chow:
    Coffee DRINKS should be banned. I actually kinda like chocolate covered espresso beans.

    I'm convinced working with 10base2 was a bigger cause of PTSD than the first gulf war and the Jackson 5 combined. That stuff bred nightmares. every install had some solid core coax, some RG-59, three terminators (?????), coax taped to a wall somewhere, cable draped (unprotected) across rooftops, and that's just a short list. They all had "bad net days" nobody understood. They all penalized everyone for individual mistakes.

    It is a shame so few today have experienced the joys of multidrop coaxial network topologies. My opinions about collectivism (socialism, communism, et cetera) were forged in the fire of 10base2 network hell. That single cable threading through everybody's life really showed how fragile an overly interconnected world would be. One person's innocent failure would cause all to suffer. One little mistake...the choice of solid core instead of tinned stranded core, would degrade all lives. One nervous tic... someone shifting a cable or fiddling with a connector, would cost so much. When you were using 10base2 you were part of a collective in the purest meaning of the word.

    Interconnected means fragile.

    Worked with 10base2 back in 1991-1993, and I really have to agree with that. That installation involved a very long coax cable going thru the roof, which fortunately didn't have much problems.

    The endpoint connections, however, would frequently disconnect, and I had to go through all the PC's, checking which one was the first to have NE2000 errors.

    Oh my, you just brought back nightmares!

  • TarquinWJ (cs)

    Any other ex-BNC-ethernet users looking at that stock photo and thinking "Aargh! Unterminated connectors, no wonder half of the computers can't connect, and the other half are dropping 70% of their packets."?

  • Leo (unregistered) in reply to Voodoo Coder
    Voodoo Coder:
    Mr. Spock:
    We also don't need to prop up our fragile egos by pedantically harping on the contextually-trivial difference. How's that for a WTF?

    Pedantic harping makes up at least 1/3rd of the posting here, on a slow day. Heck, just look at the thread from a few days ago that takes a page and a half to discuss whether "IBM" qualifies as an acronym, or it is just a meager abbreviation.

    And people wonder why us nerds get picked on...

    Who thinks IBM is an acronym? Obviously it isn't. Not sure why that takes a page and a half.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Leo
    Leo:
    Voodoo Coder:
    Mr. Spock:
    <snip>
    Pedantic harping makes up at least 1/3rd of the posting here, on a slow day. Heck, just look at the thread from a few days ago that takes a page and a half to discuss whether "IBM" qualifies as an acronym, or it is just a meager abbreviation.

    And people wonder why us nerds get picked on...

    Who thinks IBM is an acronym? Obviously it isn't. Not sure why that takes a page and a half.
    GOD NO, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? DUCK AND COVER!!!
  • sep332 (unregistered)

    "And people wonder why us nerds get picked on... "

    Obviously you meant "And people wonder why WE nerds get picked on... "

  • WhiskeyJack (cs)

    Gosh, here I thought that the rhythmic "thump thump thump" noise was going to signify something quite different.

    Oops.

  • JD (unregistered)

    This is why I'm a tea drinker. Well, this and the fact that I'm in England and over here it's actually the law.

  • notromda (cs) in reply to sep332
    sep332:
    "And people wonder why us nerds get picked on... "

    Obviously you meant "And people wonder why WE nerds get picked on... "

    I'm thinking, "And people wonder why YOU nerds get picked on... "

    ;)

  • num (unregistered) in reply to pegr
    pegr:
    "unlike switches, which intelligently route packets to the appropriate destination"

    No. Switches direct frames. Routers route packets. Yes, people who don't know any better use the terms incorrectly, but we know better, right?

    There's packets inside the frames. Why does everybody need to know about the technical details of the second layer?

  • Lars Vargas (cs) in reply to Leo

    Who thinks IBM is an acronym? Obviously it isn't. Not sure why that takes a page and a half.

    I thought IBM was a company. :)

    BNC connectors cause me nightmares. In the early 90's, in Central Florida, in the middle of summer I was tasked to install network cable in a house trailer used as an office. The only way to easily do this, avoiding going through walls, was to crawl under the trailer and use holes drilled through the floor.

    Knowing the cables would be outside and that they had metal connectors, the owner exercised his right of paranoia and wanted all external connectors sealed. His solution was to use expanding foam in a bag with the connector stuck in the in the middle. (Don't ask.)

    I pointed out the problem with this, mainly inaccessibility to the connectors if anything went wrong, but he insisted. Whatever. I just wanted to get it done and get out of there.

    I did my best, but that expanding foam was nasty, sticky stuff. I got it all over me. Including stuck in the hair on my arms (I hadn't thought about wearing long sleeves). After the 2nd or 3rd cable, the burning started. I realized that I had rolled over a nest of red fire ants. And they were getting into the foam, which pissed them off considerably. Instinctively, I tried to brush them away, but that only spread the sticky foam and angered the ants further. It also cemented them to me, most within biting distance.

    Oh and did I mention the crawl space was big enough for me lie down, but not sit up, much less crawl? Yeah, it was a tight fit, which didn't help my claustrophobia much. So here I am, in a crawlspace under a trailer on my back, foam in my arm hairs, angry biting ants glued to me, trying to figure out where the drilled holes are for this cable I've got to install. It was easily a five-minute "scoot" to the edge of the trailer to get out.

    Which I did, as quickly as I could.

    I got about half done with the "external" wiring and told the owner that he'd have to get someone else to do the rest, but I could direct them. And he did.

    Oddly enough the "sealed bag" topology worked for a number of years without issue and was used until the old 386 workstations were replaced with newer machines that had RJ-45 connectors and used a switch. This time the trailer was wired from the inside.

  • Peter (unregistered) in reply to JD
    JD:
    This is why I'm a tea drinker. Well, this and the fact that I'm in England and over here it's actually the law.
    And I just thought that it was a good idea...
  • nobody (unregistered) in reply to pegr
    pegr:
    "unlike switches, which intelligently route packets to the appropriate destination"

    No. Switches direct frames. Routers route packets. Yes, people who don't know any better use the terms incorrectly, but we know better, right?

    Succinctly:

    You are a loser.

    Less so:

    Your standard is that one should not even make reference to function if you cannot correctly and completely describe the underlying machinations. You're not a mechanic, right, so how do you get your car repaired? You're not CIA trained, right? So, how do you cook food? You might be an electrical engineer, so perhaps you can insert electrical plugs because you can cite Ohm's law and drawing a system diagram?

    I'm willing to bet you don't act like this off the intergoogles and cyberwebs, because if you did you would most certainly have your teeth knocked in.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to jim
    jim:
    I'm afraid that they seem to delete comments in here a lot, too much if you ask me ~ I'm considering giving it up ~ and it's not as if the comments that get deleted are offensive or anything
    Come on guys, give the editors a chance to straighten out the articles. If someone notes a typo in the comments then usually the eds will fix the typo and update the comment that mentioned it. It's not a big conspiracy theory, it's just the editors keeping their articles up to scratch. Mark has already said that he deleted the comment in error and meant to just add an editor's note. The regular readers should be perfectly used to this - after all Alex's spelling and grammar almost always needs fixing!! ;)
  • farquat (cs) in reply to danixdefcon5

    Same time frame.... I cut my teeth (and often considered my wrists) on Token Ring.

    Loved beaconing adapters.

  • gann (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    Alex's spelling and grammar almost always need fixing

    And yours too, apparently. ;-)

    (couldn't resist)

  • Duke of New York (unregistered) in reply to Asiago Chow
    Asiago Chow:
    MY OPINIONS
    All your co-workers hate you.
  • dpm (cs) in reply to Asiago Chow
    Asiago Chow:
    My opinions about collectivism (socialism, communism, et cetera) were forged in the fire of 10base2 network hell. [...] When you were using 10base2 you were part of a collective in the purest meaning of the word.
    Cluefired.
  • Anonymous Coward (unregistered)

    "When he emerged and peeked around the corner, he was met with the department's resident coffee expert. He could extol the virtues or curses of every kind of coffee made and every roaster in the area. And as it happened, he had just returned from percolating his morning dose."

    I smell BS. A coffee expert would NEVER percolate their Joe. Percolation requires boiling water and steam which is WAY too hot for proper bean extraction. Plus the liquid repeatedly cycles between the burner and the grounds, over-extruding the beans and burning the coffee. Sheesh, though you could pull one over on us, nice try.

  • Togashi (unregistered)

    I definitely read this article expecting quite a different outcome: Java the programming language, not Java the coffee, doing the damage.

  • Addison (unregistered) in reply to gann

    That was low :D.

  • ContraCorners (cs) in reply to Lars Vargas
    Lars Vargas:
    Who thinks IBM is an acronym? Obviously it isn't. Not sure why that takes a page and a half.

    I thought IBM was a company. :)

    BNC connectors cause me nightmares. In the early 90's, in Central Florida, in the middle of summer I was tasked to install network cable in a house trailer used as an office. The only way to easily do this, avoiding going through walls, was to crawl under the trailer and use holes drilled through the floor.

    Knowing the cables would be outside and that they had metal connectors, the owner exercised his right of paranoia and wanted all external connectors sealed. His solution was to use expanding foam in a bag with the connector stuck in the in the middle. (Don't ask.)

    I pointed out the problem with this, mainly inaccessibility to the connectors if anything went wrong, but he insisted. Whatever. I just wanted to get it done and get out of there.

    I did my best, but that expanding foam was nasty, sticky stuff. I got it all over me. Including stuck in the hair on my arms (I hadn't thought about wearing long sleeves). After the 2nd or 3rd cable, the burning started. I realized that I had rolled over a nest of red fire ants. And they were getting into the foam, which pissed them off considerably. Instinctively, I tried to brush them away, but that only spread the sticky foam and angered the ants further. It also cemented them to me, most within biting distance.

    Oh and did I mention the crawl space was big enough for me lie down, but not sit up, much less crawl? Yeah, it was a tight fit, which didn't help my claustrophobia much. So here I am, in a crawlspace under a trailer on my back, foam in my arm hairs, angry biting ants glued to me, trying to figure out where the drilled holes are for this cable I've got to install. It was easily a five-minute "scoot" to the edge of the trailer to get out.

    Which I did, as quickly as I could.

    I got about half done with the "external" wiring and told the owner that he'd have to get someone else to do the rest, but I could direct them. And he did.

    Oddly enough the "sealed bag" topology worked for a number of years without issue and was used until the old 386 workstations were replaced with newer machines that had RJ-45 connectors and used a switch. This time the trailer was wired from the inside.

    Congratulations, you just reached the coveted Second Place Slot on the list of "Jobs I'm Glad I Don't Have." So far, no one has managed to top my b-school OM professor who once told his class, in some detail, how to clean a rendering plant.

  • Cappuccino wins every time (unregistered)

    He's the coffee connoisseur, and he drinks percolated coffee? I think they have bigger problems than BNC connectors!

  • cconroy (cs) in reply to CaRL
    CaRL:
    jim:
    I'm afraid that they seem to delete comments in here a lot, too much if you ask me ~ I'm considering giving it up ~ and it's not as if the comments that get deleted are offensive or anything
    The random comment deleter uses the same WTF algorithm as the random blue hilighter.

    What's the over/under on whether that comment gets highlighted or deleted?

  • halcyon1234 (cs)
    tdwtf:
    "Alright! 11:02 a.m...Another five bucks for me!"
    If it wasn't for the betting pool line, I would have thought that Ricky made $300 an hour, and just shouted this out every minute.

    "11:03 a.m! Another five bucks for me, bitches! Lick the contract. Liiiiiiiick it!"

  • Franz Kafka (unregistered) in reply to Cappuccino wins every time
    Cappuccino wins every time:
    He's the coffee connoisseur, and he drinks percolated coffee? I think they have bigger problems than BNC connectors!

    Sure he is, just ask him!

  • swordfishBob (cs) in reply to pegr
    pegr:
    "unlike switches, which intelligently route packets to the appropriate destination"

    No. Switches direct frames. Routers route packets. Yes, people who don't know any better use the terms incorrectly, but we know better, right?

    Of more importance in this story, is hubs (or "multi-port repeaters"). They don't repeat packets. They repeat electrical signals. That means incomplete and mangled packets pass through in their incomplete or mangled state. It also means an unterminated segment causing a reflection can make every transmission appear as a collision, which is then also repeated back to the other segments and no-one can transmit anything successfully. Some MPRs would isolate an unterminated segment, but still have a fault briefly while the segment went bad, such as when Mr Coffee kicked the cable.

  • Peter (unregistered) in reply to Asiago Chow
    Asiago Chow:
    Coffee DRINKS should be banned. I actually kinda like chocolate covered espresso beans.

    I'm convinced working with 10base2 was a bigger cause of PTSD than the first gulf war and the Jackson 5 combined. That stuff bred nightmares. every install had some solid core coax, some RG-59, three terminators (?????), coax taped to a wall somewhere, cable draped (unprotected) across rooftops, and that's just a short list. They all had "bad net days" nobody understood. They all penalized everyone for individual mistakes.

    It is a shame so few today have experienced the joys of multidrop coaxial network topologies. My opinions about collectivism (socialism, communism, et cetera) were forged in the fire of 10base2 network hell. That single cable threading through everybody's life really showed how fragile an overly interconnected world would be. One person's innocent failure would cause all to suffer. One little mistake...the choice of solid core instead of tinned stranded core, would degrade all lives. One nervous tic... someone shifting a cable or fiddling with a connector, would cost so much. When you were using 10base2 you were part of a collective in the purest meaning of the word.

    Interconnected means fragile.

    You've never worked with Token Ring, then, have you?

    Token Ring is what you'll find interconnecting the Devil's computers in the seventh level of Hell. It is an abomination. And 16 megabit, twisted pair Token Ring, is the nightmare of nightmares.

    Thanks for letting me vent. Shared media sucks, but Token Ring sucks and is 3x more expensive than its 10/100BASE-T counterpart.

  • Peter (unregistered) in reply to farquat
    farquat:
    Same time frame.... I cut my teeth (and often considered my wrists) on Token Ring.

    Loved beaconing adapters.

    Ahhh...a kindred spirit.

    Token Ring sucks!

  • Spectere (cs) in reply to halcyon1234
    halcyon1234:
    If it wasn't for the betting pool line, I would have thought that Ricky made $300 an hour, and just shouted this out every minute.
    *snicker* I thought the same thing when I first read that. :P
  • anothercontractor (cs) in reply to Peter
    Peter:
    You've never worked with Token Ring, then, have you?

    Token Ring is what you'll find interconnecting the Devil's computers in the seventh level of Hell. It is an abomination. And 16 megabit, twisted pair Token Ring, is the nightmare of nightmares.

    Thanks for letting me vent. Shared media sucks, but Token Ring sucks and is 3x more expensive than its 10/100BASE-T counterpart.

    At one contract job I had, they had problems with their token-ring network. Not only was the cable run pretty much over the maxiumum recommended length (100m IIRC), but the installers had run it down the inside of the elevator shaft instead of drilling a hole for it in a wiring closet somewhere. So when the elevator went by with a full load, the network would occasionally have a teensy weensy outage and all the connected PS/2s would have to reboot.

  • Duke of New York (unregistered) in reply to Peter
    Peter:
    You've never worked with Token Ring, then, have you?

    Token Ring is what you'll find interconnecting the Devil's computers in the seventh level of Hell. It is an abomination. And 16 megabit, twisted pair Token Ring, is the nightmare of nightmares.

    Thanks for letting me vent. Shared media sucks, but Token Ring sucks and is 3x more expensive than its 10/100BASE-T counterpart.

    Nonsense! What's good for IBM is good for the industry.

  • Pedantic Pedant Peda Pe (unregistered) in reply to Voodoo Coder
    Voodoo Coder:
    Mr. Spock:
    We also don't need to prop up our fragile egos by pedantically harping on the contextually-trivial difference. How's that for a WTF?

    Pedantic harping makes up at least 1/3rd of the posting here, on a slow day. Heck, just look at the thread from a few days ago that takes a page and a half to discuss whether "IBM" qualifies as an acronym, or it is just a meager abbreviation.

    And people wonder why us nerds get picked on...

    Shouldn't that be meagre (although I notice dictionary.com likes meager - maybe this is another Yanks vs the rest of the world...)?

    Although, I suspect you might have meant mere?

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