Re: How I learned networking
You just described my first network and hardware
My first network action was managing to take down our whole token-ring by short-circuiting the central bus. Walked out of the network closet to hear a whole roomful of PS/2 machines going 'click, click' as they tried to grab a token that was never going to be there..
Now add in a buggy server direct from the factory right out of the box
We (at the same company) bought a load of shiny new 386 desktops from Trigem in Taiwan. Took 6 weeks to arrive by boat. The first 50 were unboxed and set up on the build room bench, plugged in to all the usual gubbins, then the room power was switched on.
Cue 50 melted power supplies that had been set to 120V at the factory, rather than switched to 240V as per our order. Copious magic smoke, including the stuff coming from our managers ears! The sales droid was summoned and told they *would* be replacing the units for free, *RIGHT NOW*. Even if they had to withhold stock from other customers.
The rest got their power supply switched over to 240V and built successfully. We never bought any more because the build quality was fairly crap, especially compared to the IBM PS/2s we were then using.
Oh - and Compaq.. At the next company I orked for, we bought some shiny Compaq rack-mount servers and UPSes (and installation service from Compaq).
The installers put the UPS units in the *top* of the racks, making them fairly unstable. The on-site director took one look at the setup and made the installers do things properly. I've never trusted manufacturer-supplied installers since.