#108346 - 04/23/0406:31 PMRe: The Printer is not working.
Ha! I have seen neater piles of scrap wire. This reminds me of countless service calls for powered office furniture systems where the furniture folks have said " Oh no power to the cubes? Well the power must be off." It never is and is always a lose connection in the modular wiring system. It's just gotta be the electricians fault, right?
#108347 - 04/23/0411:02 PMRe: The Printer is not working.
This isn't an extraordinarily bad "IT Special" patch cord job. Seems like if it starts in the right jack, and ends in the right jack, many IT guys don't much care what is in between.
What really gets me, though, is to go into a room like this one to add something, and be told that I can't use any surface mounted conduit or boxes because it "doesn't look good". The IT guy wants a cut-in box with a stainless plate, and seems like about 1/2 the time, they want it cut into a fire rated wall.
#108349 - 04/25/0409:35 AMRe: The Printer is not working.
Looks like there is some IBM token ring mux units hung from under the center of the first picture. Its too bad that your client will not let you remove that to reduce the clutter. I can almost guarantee they won't be installing cash registers using that wiring system.
Probably at the bottom of this mess is some coax or twinax cable from the first generation of IBM cash registers depending on how old the store is.
On the plus side if your being paid by the hour to sift through this mess, its better than working in a hot attic.
#108351 - 04/27/0410:15 PMRe: The Printer is not working.
This is a perfect example of why I have no love for IT types. Doesn't matter how neat and organized you make it for them, after they get done this is what it always looks like.
Unfortunately they don't teach neatness in those Microsoft certification courses. These guys need to learn how to get their hands dirty. Lose the white shirt and tie and carry more than that little tool case!
Some pictures make you want to scream out loud. The amazing thing is the whole facility relies on those rooms working perfectly. That room dies and they can't sell a thing, they probably can't even turn the lights on or off because the energy management computer is there too. Suits who stumble by these quickly close the door and just "don't want to know". I've been on both sides of the fence and I still cringe at the work some of my network compadres do. I've been known to stand at a patch panel for an hour trying to make it so you could service it if needed.
#108353 - 04/28/0406:54 PMRe: The Printer is not working.
If one of those stores have a fire, in that room, there is a good chance that someone working that fire could become tangled, and trapped in that mess, I guess they don't get fire inspections where they are.