WW: Colo Vending Machine

Leigh Porter leigh.porter at ukbroadband.com
Sat Feb 18 09:35:49 UTC 2012

On 18 Feb 2012, at 01:46, "Owen DeLong" <owen at delong.com> wrote:

> I have, on occasion been away from my laptop and gotten the call to go to the colo and deal with XYZ hardware problem and the colo was either: A in the opposite or orthogonal direction from  my house and significantly closer or B the colo was between my present location.
> In such cases, I will occasionally stop by the colo without going home to retrieve the laptop. 90% of the time it works out OK. 10% of the time I end up leaving the colo, going home, retrieving the laptop and returning to the colo. Obviously, if there was a loaner laptop available for a $15 rental in the colo as described, it would probably be worth $15 to me and/or my organization to avoid the delay and bother of the round-trip between colo and home.
> Owen

Yeah done that a few times.. Now all our colo sites have a kit with laptop (that boots win 7,  XP and Linux) serial USB things, USB ethernet things and that has a DVD/cd burner and a stock of blanks and a 3G dongle thing.

I.e. everything I have ever had to go home/office/nearest-shop for..

So now when our guys to go colo, they can usually take anything and have most  things they need there already.

Now we need to nail them down so people DON'T BRING THEM BACK TO THE OFFICE.


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