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Linux Magazine: The State of the Penguin: IT

Sep 15, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In the summer of 2004, Richard Silver faced a hacking dilemma, literally.

"In the course of a converting a large, open air workspace to cubicles, a construction crew at Silver's East Alabama Medical Center had come up with a simple, albeit blunt, solution to a network wiring problem: instead of saving and labeling the pre-existing cables, workers simply chopped the entire trunk of incoming line at the ceiling and pulled new wire, even though keeping the existing wire would have added barely an hour's work to construction. Silver, the medical center's senior networking engineer, was then faced with the daunting task of hooking up 60 new employees with a similar number of dead lines still attached to the network. 'I had no way of knowing if a port was off or if it had been cut off,' says Silver, looking back..."

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