Accomplishment report: Getting in touch with my inner networking geek

| adphoto
Reorganized network in lobby and Internet room

  • Prepared and printed instructions for connecting to the Internet and
    configuring one's mail client. Posted on wall of Internet room.
  • Discussed network configuration with Jun and networking technician.
    They were both pleased at the reduction of work in my proposed star
    configuration because adding a switch downstairs means not having to
    rip out a cable every time something got broken. While I was out
    buying equipment, they laid a new line going downstairs and removed
    lines that were not responding. As a result, the hub is less
    congested now.
  • Bought 2 8-port switches, 2 extra LAN cards and 20 RJ45 ends.
    Paid cash and submitted receipts.
  • Helped network technician crimp 6 lengths of 3 meter patch cable.
    Chatted with him about networking and mentioned that I was planning
    to put one of the switches downstairs even though they had fixed the
    broken intranet connection already, as I would need another port
    anyway. He helpfully installed it, keeping in mind which line was
    straighter than the other. Nice person.
  • (Here's the fun part.) Overhauled wiring in Internet room by myself.
    Removed the DSL router. Connected the 8-port switch with the DSL
    router. Arranged the new cables. Successfully browsed.
  • Panicked when Mac and Kathy couldn't send mail through Globelines.
    Frantically tried to configure mail before giving them a direct
    connection to Destiny as a quick workaround.
  • Successfully sent a test message from Microsoft Entourage using after spending a total of almost an hour on
    the phone with Globelines tech support trying various combinations:
    with authentication, with SSL, etc.
  • Configured Mom's laptop to send mail through Globelines. She
    successfully sent mail from her main account, but then got “relaying
    denied” errors as her old accounts weren't configured yet. Finished
    configuring her laptop. No complaints so far.
  • Neatly bound most wires with twist ties. Removed unnecessary things
    from Internet room shelf and piled them outside.

  • Installed new LAN card in server. Wiped off most of the dust inside
    the case. (We have dust bunnies. Eek.)
  • Successfully turned on server. (It's always a scary thing, turning on
    a computer with no monitor in sight…) responded to both Web and login.
  • Pleasantly surprised to see scheduling application still alive.
    Reset scheduling application database and successfully tested job
    creation and and view/search.


  • Bought cat litter and dog food. Paid cash and submitted receipts.
  • Helped Miguel Paraz with a computer science parsing problem.
You can comment with Disqus or you can e-mail me at