[CrackMonkey] Picking your collective brains
nutella at zork.net
Fri Aug 11 14:16:27 PDT 2000
List life seems quiet at the moment so I don't feel too guilty
about asking. Also, BALUG seems to have unilaterally dumped
me from the mailing list (big loss).
1) Friend asking about recommendation for small (eg. 8 port)
dual speed switches. Will be for networked printers and 3 - 4
Linux and Win9x boxes. I see prices over a 2-fold range
(eg. $100 - $200). Any recommendations or things to avoid?
My guess is that they'll need some kind of expandability
in the future but 8 ports should be fine now.
2) Also asking about recommendations for tower cases. I have
heard horror stories about not accepting standard motherboards,
crappy power supplies and requiring advanced degrees in engineering
to assemble/disassemble. Space for ATX board, Slot1 CPU,
and good cooling for fast SCSI drive(s). At least two full-size
external bays (more is a plus). Again, any recommendations or
things to avoid? A store in the Bay area would be a plus.
3) ...and now for me. I'll almost certainly be quitting this Burg
before the end of the year and will probably end up skulking
behind a firewall as I work for Da Man. I am wondering about
sticking a box in a colo to allow a little freedom and fun.
I know nothing about rackmout cases so, again, am looking for
some ideas. I'd probably buy it locally before I go while
I have the choice. Most facilities seem to host 2U racks
so that would probably be what I'm after.
What's Zork living in Nick?
Thanks for any information,
Bernard P. Murray, Ph.D.
nutella at zork.net (Department of Desserts and Toppings, San Francisco, USA)
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