Can’t complain about equipment uptime..

Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) C2900XL Software (C2900XL-C3H2S-M), Version 12.0(5.2)XU,
Copyright (c) 1986-2000 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Mon 17-Jul-00 17:35 by ayounes
Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x00301F3C

ROM: Bootstrap program is C2900XL boot loader
switchname uptime is 4 years, 42 weeks, 4 days, 20 hours, 
46 minutes

System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is "flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz-120.5.2-XU.bin"

cisco WS-C2912-XL (PowerPC403GA) processor (revision 0x11) with 
8192K/1024K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID FAB0519Y004, with hardware revision 0x01
Last reset from power-on

Processor is running Enterprise Edition Software
Cluster command switch capable
Cluster member switch capable
12 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

I should probably upgrade the IOS image on this switch (this is what it shipped with), but I don’t have a Cisco CCO account with access to download the latest version.

Blog Personality Analysis

According to Typealyzer, this blog is:

ESTJ – The Guardians

The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they┬┤ve made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things.

The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players.

I don’t entirely agree, as I’ve gotten commended at work in the past due to my innovative ways of solving problems.

When taking an online Meyers-Briggs test, I usually get identified as an ISTJ.

Network wiring is expensive.

I’m looking around for places that can do a very simple network run – I need to connect two rooms of the house with Ethernet, in order to get rid of a wired/wireless bridge setup that I’m using now. The cheapest I can find so far is $100/jack.

Any recommendations for places that do ethernet network wiring in Houston?

Why Cancel Good Products Volume 2 – The Logitech G3 Laser Mouse

I’ve ranted before about how good products get discontinued or cancelled.

Last time it was the Trackman Marble FX.

This time, it’s the Logitech G3 Laser Mouse.

I bought two of them in September of 2007, after getting fed up with the Apple Mighty Mouse and its inability to be easily cleaned without destructively dissasembling the mouse and then having to be glued back together. The G3 was a perfect replacement – fit my hand great, had a good weight to it, and had a scroll wheel that wasn’t dirt-prone.

A couple of days ago, I noticed that the scroll wheel on the G3 at home (I have one at work as well) had started to “drop” scrolls. Every third or fourth scroll “click” wouldn’t have an effect. I tested the mouse on two different operating systems and two different computers – its scroll wheel was going bad. Scrolls up worked, but down would “miss”.

I contacted Logitech via their web page, filled out the serial and model numbers of the mouse and explained the problem and asked what my options were under their five-year warranty on the G3. After jumping through multiple hoops (and having to provide proof-of-purchase for a product they only introduced in 2006), I finally got a response.

“The G3 is not manufactured by Logitech anymore. The replacement that will be shipped to you is the G5.”

Why do I have the luck of always picking a product to like that gets discontinued shortly after I adopt it? In addition, I checked out the G5 last year and specifically bought a G3 instead of a G5. I’ll take the offer of a working G5 over a broken G3.

Logitech wants me to return my faulty mouse before they’ll send the replacement. I’m thinking of picking up a LS1 Laser Mouse to see if it might be a worthy (and cheaper) successor.

Update: I picked up a LS1 today and it will work for now. It seems to be Logitech’s answer to the Mighty Mouse – the size, shape, and “feel” is very similar. The resolution is a LOT higher than the G3 Laser Mouse, and I had to crank the tracking speed in OSX almost all the way down to be usable (I hate the bloated Logitech driver software).

Second Update: I’ve been using the G5 for a couple of weeks now. After tweaking the “weight cartridge” (which is rather silly) and getting used to the right-handed design, it works rather well.

Trying to learn to relax

It’s been a busy three months at the office.

A coworker had an extended two-month absence that increased my workload. Right after he finally returned, I was the primary contact for a big project that just wrapped up this past Friday after three weeks of preempting everything else I was working on.

I’m finally starting to be able to relax; I was wound up, stressed, and tense for the past three months and went from “happy go lucky guy” to “grouchy jerk”. Those people that know me well realize that it takes a LOT for me to start getting visibly angry, and I was so stressed that I was starting to snap and yell at my house pets.