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More Work Photos
14th December 1999
I already have some photos of the people at
work, but I wanted to show some of the technical side of work, so I
took a few photos of the computer room.
This is our connection to the outside world. Four T3s
bring in the phone calls.
The calls get passed through our Meridian switch. This sends
them to all the operators in the call centre who answer the
Call details also get passed to the Suns. They send details of
the call to the operator who answers that call.
When the operator answers the call, she types in a message. That
message comes down to one of the boxes on the right, which is
our Glenaire. This sends the message up to the satellite. That
sends the message down to a satellite receiver in the right
city, and that sends the page out to the pager the message was
destined for. From the time the call comes in, to when it hits
the pager is usually less than a minute.
The other bits and pieces here are hubs and routers and all
sorts of network stuff. Plus modems and all sorts of weird stuff
for ancillary purposes.
Those boxes at the end answer the phone, play automatic
messages, record details and send pages. Some also send faxes.
The ugly yellow cabinet on the far right is the Wang. This is an
ancient item used for accounting that is soon going to be
replaced by the sleek and sexy E450 shown below.
Now we are out of the computer room. This is downstairs in our
cubicle farm. I live behind that partition on the right. These are
our Oracle boxes in their nursery. The squatty grey-black thing on
the bottom is a Sun E450 called kingsmen. Above it are three Sun
Sparc 20s. They are called humpty, dumpty and kingshorses. Can you
fathom the system naming pattern for our Oracle computers?
These beasts make noise. The noise washes over my partition and adds
to my defective hearing by providing enough white noise to blur the
human voice even more. When people talk to me, I usually have some
trouble hearing them. Rob, good kind-hearted Rob, is a great
blessing. Not only has he attached a sign to my cubicle asking
people to speak up, if he detects any sign of my lack of hearing, he
will repeat what is said very, very loudly. It is quite helpful, if
a bit embarrassing.