I finally received the last part to my lab through mail and constructed it 2 days. It tucks nicely inside the closet (which makes the wife happy). Two nights ago on the rack's maiden voyage, I had connected the last of the Ethernet cables to the switch and powered it on. I turned the closet light off and let interface lights provide the glow. I stood and stared as STP converged and amber lights went to green. I put my arm my wife who was watching it too and said: "isn't it beautiful?"
BOOM....all the lights go out. Oh no...my circuits aren't big enough. My wife starts laughing at me. I think "how could this happen? I calculated that I would be okay..." I went downstairs and checked the breaker box. None of the breakers had tripped...that's weird. I walked outside and noticed our entire apartment building was dark, our sidewalk lamps were out and the entire complex was no longer lit. I thought to myself "oh !@#$". I called my emergency maintenance line who called ComEd (local power company). A guy showed up 2 hours later to inspect a metal box on the ground. It was around 1:30am local time and I could hear him. So I looked out my window as he lit up the area with portable lamps and opened the box. He stuck his hand inside to change something and BOOM! a transformer about a hundred yards away exploded. Thats when dogs really started to bark. Nothing like watching night turn to day in a brilliant electrical explosion. He cursed really loud and left his area. Soon, a bunch ComEd trucks show up to replace the unit. Power comes back on around 5am. Even though I find it impossible, I do feel like I contributed to a disaster. Oh well...
I do have a question however. My terminal server doesn't want to let me have more than 2-3 reverse telnet connections at a time. When I try and hotkey back into a tty line, I get a "Session closed by foreign host" or something like that. However, if I make several connections from my computer (192.168.2.3:2033, 192.168.2.3:2034, etc..), it works. Any ideas?