Beneath the main admin building of the school is a colossal, labyrinthine cellar.

This is good in some ways, because it means a lot of ground floor wiring jobs can be run through the cellar, avoiding drilling through lots of walls in a showcase building. However, I still don’t like going down there, for two reasons:

  1. Monstrous spiders.
  2. Hideously monstrous cabling:

I spotted this running along the top of one wall earlier in the week. I’m pretty sure it’s actually not part of the Ethernet infrastructure, and is instead part of the telephone system cabling, which I thankfully have nothing to do with.

I’m also fairly sure one of the spiders did it.

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7 responses to “Subterranean”

  1. Joe90bass says :

    I’m not sure what’s more frightening, the bodged cabling or the size the spider that did it must have been!!!

  2. Claudio says :

    What if you were ICT and not IT? It would have something to do with you ;-)

  3. FobbedOff says :

    As there are no flies in a basement the only food the really big spiders have are other spiders. Imagine the impressive spider that’s top of that food chain. Mind you, if they can do cabling, even badly, that makes them more capable than some of the people around here. Probably less creepy too.

    I found an enormous house spider in the library last year, easily a good four inches across. It was that big and heavy I swear you could hear it walking across the floor! Maybe it was eyeing up the pile of IT equipment on the floor with a view to setting up a network but more likely gets a huge kick out of scaring the living daylights out of unsuspecting IT staff.

  4. Traps says :

    Massive spiders? Should see the ones in our sub-floors. If you believe some people they’re the size of a small dog!

  5. Dale says :

    At least the spiders aren’t colour blind.

  6. Duncan says :

    I have to agree with Dale, at least the spiders aren’t colour blind and corectally matched the twisted pair’s.

    Perhaps the next time you are down below you take a crimp, a few RJ45 ends and an RJ45 coupler….

    Purely so the next guy has no reason to even think this splice was your doing.

  7. ScottishTech says :

    Or a couple of the cable-ties that you can write on (as mentioned on this very site with the words “Nothing to do with me! Signed AT”

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