WW: Colo Vending Machine

James Wininger jwininger at ifncom.net
Thu Feb 23 03:06:55 UTC 2012


Ahhhh sweet memories....the 3COM/USR screwdriver. Nice to see someone still has one.

Jim Wininger

On Feb 18, 2012, at 9:41 AM, "Joe Greco" <jgreco at ns.sol.net> wrote:

>> Do you guys ride your bike to the colo and show up in shorts and a 
>> t-shirt? Who goes to the colo without things like their laptop?
> Quite frankly, when the colo is 800 miles away and you've flown out
> to do something important, only to be tripped up by a lack of some
> stupid $something, and it's 11PM at night, you get a very different
> (*very* different) outlook on it all.  Especially with the way it is
> these days to fly, you don't want to be carrying odd stuff with you
> if you can avoid it.  We'll ship gear via FedEx or UPS.  We rely on
> existing on-site supplies to cover most unexpected stuff.
> It is easy to justify keeping a well-stocked toolbox with a ton of
> generally-useful tools, and also some specialty tools, for example.  
> Our Ashburn toolbox contains, among other things:
> Laminated maps of the area with distributors like Graybar located (now
> probably useless, 8 years out of date, anyone familiar with NoVA will
> understand, haha), Notebook and pen, pencil
> Precision flat & Phillips screwdrivers, Mini Maglite, Sharpie RGB Markers,
> Utility Knife (cutting boxes), Xacto Knife set, hex bit extensions, DB25 pin
> inserter/extractor tools, scissors, surgeon's clamp, metal nibbler, wire
> stripper, various general crimp tools, several pliers, several needlenose/
> bent-nose, flush cutters, adjustable wrenches, Victorinox Swiss CyberTool,
> Milwaukee Power Screwdriver #6546.  22" (not a typo) hex Phillips bit.
> Outlet wiring tester, telephone line tester, RS232 snooper, AUI xcvr (don't
> laugh, I actually used one within the last 5 years), wire wrap tool and
> wire, pencils and sharpener, anti-static wrist strap, logic probe, tool
> magnetizer, digital multimeter, soldering iron and supplies, electrical
> tape, punchdown tool, heat shrink tubing kit, hex key sets, socket drive
> sets, medium screwdrivers.
> Tap & drill set, 20' tape measure, hammer, rubber mallet, big pliers, big
> utility knife, torp level, various bit kits, large adj wrench, tongue and
> groove pliers, big wire cutters/needle nose, spare charger and battery
> for power screwdriver, small cordless drill, crimpers, first aid kit,
> big MagLite, test lead kit, serial adapter kit.
> Now I will concede that we've used a lot of this stuff only a few times
> over the years, and some of it maybe even never, but the point is that
> it really stinks to be on-site and in-need without an easy way to address
> the need.  It's really amusing that there've been people who have made
> it a habit to borrow tools out of our toolbox "because we have just
> about anything."
> Since you guys like pictures:
> http://www.sol.net/tmp/nanog/toolbox1.jpg
> http://www.sol.net/tmp/nanog/toolbox2.jpg
> http://www.sol.net/tmp/nanog/toolbox3.jpg
> We also keep some small roughtotes with:
> Fiber supplies
> Copper supplies
> Power cords etc
> Server parts
> Telecom supplies
> So, yes, sometimes I show up at the colo in shorts and a t-shirt.  Matter
> of fact, most of the time I do.  It's more fun that way.
> ... JG
> -- 
> Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
> "We call it the 'one bite at the apple' rule. Give me one chance [and] then I
> won't contact you again." - Direct Marketing Ass'n position on e-mail spam(CNN)
> With 24 million small businesses in the US alone, that's way too many apples.

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