In before “I accidentally the whole datacenter.”
I used to work as a tech at Best Buy prior to their addition of the “Geek Squad”. Items similar to this were not entirely uncommon there, and were considered to be tools of the trade.
What’s notable is that we would use such things to *help* the customer. When the service center would return an under-warranty device after failing to properly fix it for the third time, we would use these tools to ensure that there would no question when we returned it to them whether to attempt another repair or to replace it.
As a result, I have seen a repair estimate of over $800 on a $250 minidisc player, and a repair estimate for a computer on which the service center tech noted, “the only part that doesn’t need to be replaced is the case.”
I hear they have the Internet on computers now.
This is basically a reworking of the old Blotto Box, of Jolly Roger fame..
Yowch. Reminds me of Gord’s GameShark: http://www.actsofgord.com/Wrath/chapter03.php
If that happens please nominate me for a Darwin Award ’cause I am so going to do this.
Strangely, I am having trouble sourcing Camlock to RJ-45 adaptors. I guess I will have to make them up myself…
Hmm.. I’ve got an old 10mb hub that has been lying around out of service for like 10 years. I think I could SneakerNet data faster than it could. I am very tempted to hook up it’s Ethernet ports to a 30 ampere 220 volt outdoor service I happen to have access to, just to see what would happen! I’m thinking of tying all 8 pins of three ports to each phase of the 220 for maximum carnage.
If I ever get around to it I’ll post a link to video of the result…
Power over Ethernet (PoE) ur doin it wrong!
I think this was confiscated in a prison for computers.
Likely one of the inmates would use it on the other in some kind of squabble over bandwidth or something.
I bet that sends a hell of a magic packet.
This is an old BOFH joke.
David C: So if you suddenly stop posting, we know what happened.
This is how a former employer of mine recommended we treat speakers with intermittent faults in the crossovers. No longer were the faults intermittent. And the ozone smell is lovely.
Also, watching a 15″ sub driver dance across the floor to 60Hz at 120VAC is pretty fun (until the circuit blows).
Ethernet is supposed to have 1500 V RMS isolation across the coupling transformer.
Supposed to. This will find the ones that don’t.
Known in our shop as the Act of God jumper.
funny till your three year old gets their hands on it
That and a timer would make a kill switch for the terminally paranoid.
@ David C. #13: Now you’re just going for bonus points!
This should probably come under HOWTO AND DIE.
DIDYMOS – if you didn’t manage to scorch or melt the case a little, you weren’t trying hard enough!
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