castle stone upgrades v.004

so today was kinda the death of a dream, as i sadly gazed on what was once the largest excalibur bbs in the world, and my first foray into providing dialup access to said bbs, and dialup internet, webhosting, etc.

this would be the late ’90’s

these are the last known photos of shadows of sanctuary bbs…

the board is actually still up, and accessible from the internet, if anyone really wants to hunt for it.

i still do internet services (you name it) i just don’t host any of it here anymore.

the 12 racks of servers are gone, colocated elsewhere now, the banks of modems are quiet, didn’t bother to try and sell ’em… the 18kva best ferrups has been offline for years, as i didn’t want to buy 20 new 8d batteries for it…

so today, with the price of network cable being as high as it is, i decided that maybe some recycling was in order.

maybe it’s time to pull the miles of networking cable out of my house…

unstring the huge bundles of cables that are aerial dropped throughout this place, uninstall the 10 line 24 extension comdial pbx, and make the place a bit more like a home and a bit less like the “heaven” set from johnny mnemonic…

i sat out back and looked at this for a few minutes, and my mind wandered back through all the people i had met through my board, all the things i had accomplished…

and how much nothing ever turns out the way you plan.

so remember those 27 runs of cat 5 that were strung down my back fence?

this is the business end of those drops.

yes, if you want it bad enough you too can get uswest (now qwest) to pull hundreds of phone lines into your house…

now this box is empty. i unstrung the wire from here to the network switching and modem rack in my office…

4725 feet of cable if anyone is keeping score…

the blue lines were data, the grey lines were modem lines…

so i reloomed the grey wire…

and sketched out a network diagram and me and aiden started pulling wire…
and pulling wire…
and pulling wire…

and i whipped up a set of brackets for my punchdown panels since i don’t really want to spend the money on rackmount rails for this small of a project…

a bit of stain and they look fine…

framed out a bunch more of the deck as well, in preparation for the ramp.

chris hooked up the hot tub, works as intended 🙂

i got a lot done today…
feel kinda sad about it though.
-stone

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