Woo, you're here (more or less)! Do you have time to get together for a beer before you leave? (I'll drop you a real note via email, but this will help remind me)Hardware
I purchased an Intel In Business 8-Port 10/100 "Switch" (I'll go into the inacuracies in that statement some other time) a couple of year ago. Hmm, probably about 3 or 4 years, now that I think about it. Anyway, at the time I paid $75 for the device, because somebody had sent out the MSRP as off by $200, or some snafu like that. It was a great deal, and since it's was manufactured by a large company, I figured that it would be decent quality. Alas, it dies this afternoon. Nothing catastrophic, but the PSU was suddenly outputing no volts. Gar, so that left me with a network connection for a while, and worse, my server without a network connection. Thankfully I have folks who run backup services for me.
I just find it a bit frustrating that this simple piece of electronics just up and dies, for no apparent reason. Worse, there are no screws holding it together. It appears to snap together, and get held there with glue. I can't even open it up and find out what's wrong. Of course, being for a piece of computer equipment, it is rated at 3 Amps, which is quite a bit more than any PSU available at Rat Shack can supply. I ended up wiring it up to a computer power supply (you know, the "old fashioned" kind that has a switch to turn it on or off), so that I could get up and running again. Horrible cludge, but better than not getting mail.