69 thoughts on “Home Networks”

  1. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, except maybe the bird froze to the power line…. good post, but I agree with AlexB, some of these arent russian, but thats common on ER.

    • Russia is a weird country. army and rocket technology is first world country, everything else is second world country, but people act as if they live in a third world country. Combine those 3 and you get Russia.

  2. The mass of wire and cable is an old KGB technique used to prevent British agents from identifying, tracing, or tapping into secret lines of communication. It was a very common tactic.

    Now the former KGB technicians are employed by internet and television service providers, in an attempt to prevent thieving Russians from hacking or tapping into these services without paying the subscription fee.

    It is a classic case of how Russia has made the transition from communism to capitalism by utilizing people’s (in this case, the KGB technicians) “transferable skills.” It was a favorite program of Putin. Since many of his former KGB comrades had no real skills, he was forced to put them into unskilled jobs in which brute force and power were adequate, such as taking over numerous Russian state-owned industries, repressing the urge of members of the press to say critical things about his administration, and flying old junky bombers close to foreign borders in an attempt to intimidate the West.

    So far, the program has been very successful.

    • Obviously, you do not know much enough.

      I tell you, very many of former KGB and military officers became very successful businessmen in Russia.

      • Yes, well, I know “much enough” to know what type of men were passing themselves off as “businessmen” in Russia for years after the breakup of the USSR, and many of them were former KGB. Isn’t it interesting how control of so many state-owned assets and financial accounts just happened to fall into their hands and become “venture capital” or collateral? In western countries and countries with similar economies, they would use other terms for those guys.

        Now that a number of younger Russians have the benefit and advantage of a western education, such as MBAs and other degrees, the trend has turned.

        Now excuse me, please. I have an appointment with a Russian friend for a “business lunch.”

        • Frankly speaking, I would be ashamed to demonstrate own ingnorance the way you do. Your statement regarding Stalin and GULAG clearly shows that your knowledge of this period of Russian/Soviet history is equal to zero.

          So if do not mind I would just ignore your blah-blah in this respect.

          BTW, you even can not imagine what a real buttheads among Russian younger “beau-monde” graduated Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale and other famous European and American universities. Well, thanks for sharing my opinion that those ones suck too. :)))

  3. That’s some pretty damn ugly cabling. I’d like to offer up my simple, cheap and easy remedy: TWIST TIES! They’re cheap. Actually, most of the patch panels shown are fairly typical for a network. You can see it’s well cabled behind the patch panel, and the mess of wires in front of the panel is a typically inherent mess you see in allot of networks. In that picture, those cables are going down to switches and whatnot, and it’s typically the place where physical change is most frequent. For instance, a new employee is set up at a desk and needs a network connection. The administrator would then have to go make that physical connection if not allready done. Twist tieing everything in front of the panel doesn’t always work well if you’re always making changes of that nature. #2’s panel just looks like it need a rack to rest on. #3 isn’t that bad either, just a typical patch panel. The big yellow mess on #4 looks ok as well. It appears the cables are all pretty well supported. The PC pictures don’t count.

  4. A 65-year old should shave the pubic hair because it is gray. Unless, of course, he has a strict interpretation of Islam like Osama, and prefers to allow his pubic beard to grow as long as his facial beard.

  5. The problem with most of people who aren’t familiar with some of profession’s aspects or nation’s mentality is “prejudice”. Furthermore, when we deal with lots of cabling such mess happens. Especially when there is an amateur approach envolved in private networks.

    Unfortunately this site has lack of common sense. Therefore it doesn’t offer valuable information where at least half of it is being taken from a junkyards of nenosense and fabricated facts (such as fishki.net or others) 😉

  6. Could any Russians tell me if things are really this bad?

    Considering that hundreds of millions of people live in Russia, it’s no surprise that a few of them have done a shoddy job of assembling their networks. (Heck, everything I do seems to end up that way.)

    Is everything like this, or are these just random examples?

    • I am Russian and I can tell you that such things are not usual despite of what is written in the original message.

      This is the same situation as with regard to Russian cuisine. The one who has made that post knows completely nothing about Russian cuisine. The same is here…

  7. I used to work as an installer for a cable broadband company in the UK and saw plenty of stuff equally as awful as these pictures.

  8. I only comment because I not believe anti-spam (security) word is ‘stalin’ 😉

  9. The one with the massive mass of yellow cables is Sun’s portable datacenter-in-a-shipping-container. Not Russian, not located in Russia, not having anything to do with Russia. Last I heard, it was in Redmond, WA.

  10. All of this is easily found in any city on the world. I used to be a business class cable tech and this is no stranger then seeing the sun in the sky.

  11. No solo en Russia ocurre esto. O sera que hay rusos en otros paises.
    Not only does this happen in Russia. Or, maybe have some russians in other countries 🙂

  12. That’s part of our outreach program to make the Russians who moved here from Brighton Beach feel more at home.

  13. Wow! This really motivates me to clean up the area behind my computer.

    Second picture looks like my desk at the office, because I am putting up this call centre solution on testing. So there is a small tangle of RJ 11 cables.

    The CAT 5 pictures looks like the server room in my office. Lift up the floor panels and there is the tangle there too.

    But motherboards caked with dust is too much, and a hub/router inside a first aid kit? Whatever for?
    The rotten environment the entire setup is in also. Looks like it never finished construction and they put everything in.

    Poor little birdy, poor little ratty.

  14. Privatization of state-owned assets is a different story. In fact this was a crime of Jeltsin’s team. And he should have been shot instead of installing monuments to him. Western countries would hardly find themselves in the situation Russia did in early 90s and that’s a real fortune for them

  15. Surely the wives of western diplomats would be well used to wiping their pretty little arses with soft toilet tissue? Maybe they were looking for the intense pain caused by the cheap Russian sandpaper type stuff.

  16. In my job we have computers more dusty than these…sometimes we wear masks to blow them with air! And they work 24/7!

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  20. Nothing unusual there. I’ve seen wiring nightmares in american buildings just as bad. I’m a network administrator so I’ve seen it ALL.

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  22. I saw a much more awesome picture set like this some years ago. It was a cluster of telecom/internet operators located near by each other (former military base?) somewhere in former soviet union (o maybe another ex-communist country in east europe).

    They did internet exchange by basically pulling rj-54 wires over air from one operators building to another.

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