MCI/Worldcom fiber cut in NY?

Forrest W. Christian forrestc at
Sat Sep 18 08:49:02 UTC 1999

Couldn't help adding some "dealing with cold" stories to this thread.
Being in Montana you learn something about cold.

1)  The state had a computer installation in the basement of the national
guard armory.  The COOLING system died a few years back and they had to
shut down the operation for something like 2-3 days (not sure the exact
duration) while they got someone in to fix it.   The funny part:   This
occured the same week as our winter "cold week" which generally has a HIGH
of about -10F.   Yes, thats 10 degreees BELOW zero.  You'd think they
could have figured some way to get some OUTSIDE air in so they could turn
the thing back on.

2)  We cool our (ISP) installation during the summer with building AC
(Small installation, not many btu's).  The problem occurs during the
Winter when they turn off the AC and the heat on and the BTU's generated
in the room added to the heat causes a heat problem. We fixed this a few
years back by adding a fan which brings in fresh air from outside.  I'm
not sure what we were thinking but we initially DIDN'T have a thermostat
on it - it ran all the time.   I decided it was time to add one when I
came in one day and the computer room was cold enough I could see my
breath in the room (close to if not freezing).

3)  Not exactly related but quite a few years ago I was doing some work
for a radio station in Central Utah.   They had a mountaintop transmitter
site (10,000 ft or so).   We had to specially design the cooling system
for the transmitter to increase airflow past the transmitting tubes, etc.
because the air was so thin.  At 10,000 feet the same "High CFM" fans
which work wonders at 5,000 feet just don't move enough air through the

-forrestc at

On Sat, 18 Sep 1999, Deepak Jain wrote:

> Joke - Forgot the smiley face. Picture a room with open windows at the 
> top of a mountain. You just need wall fans.
> I don't want to know the cost of lighting up a mountain top.
> Deepak Jain
> On Sat, 18 Sep 1999, Nathan Stratton wrote:
> > 

> > On Fri, 17 Sep 1999, Deepak Jain wrote:
> > 
> > > Or Mount Washington. 
> > > 
> > > If the next is exchange is located in a cold enough location (naturally) 
> > > we don't even have to worry about HVAC redundancy.
> > 
> > Uh, why? I have built many datacenters, you need redundancy in your HVAC
> > systems even if it is 30^ outside.
> > 
> > --
> > Check out the new telecom tools site
> > ><>
> > Nathan Stratton				Telecom & ISP Consulting
> >	 		nathan at
> >  
> > > Deepak Jain
> > 
> > 
> > 

- Forrest W. Christian (forrestc at KD7EHZ
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