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I’m a Different Horse

I think I’m the company geek. At least I’m the first person who is called with anything geek related. Today I was asked if I could do a “termination of fiber optic cable.”

I didn’t know if I could, so I researched it (which means I did a Google search). The following is my email response to the party who asked if I could complete said project:

I’ve never done nor seen anyone do a “termination of fiber optic cable,” but I’m an adventurous young (okay, not-so-young) lad who is willing to take on something new. So I did an internet search on how one would go about it. I didn’t get past this quote from the first paragraph of the first site I visited:
Manufacturers have come up with over 80 styles of connectors and about a dozen ways to install them. There are two types of splices and many ways of implementing the splice … Different connectors and splice termination procedures are used for singlemode and multimode connectors, so make sure you know what the fiber will be before you specify connectors or splices!

I’m out. I can’t do it. Find a different horse to ride.

This answer wasn’t quite what was anticipated. The VP asked if I’d look into a little further. I’ve just called our networking people and, in the end, I think I’m going to learn how to splice fiber optic cable.

Not bad for a Director of Therapy Operations, eh?


Ray said:

That's frightening.

Who had to re-work MT after you butchered the Comments system?

I weep for the future.

Posted on Aug 05, 2005 08:59 PM

Brian said:

Good for you...I used to run fiber optic cable all around Indiana -- my first job out of college (amazing what they'll let you do with an engineering degree). They wouldn't let me terminate fiber, however...they specially trained folks with special tools -- I remember them polishing the connectors (the "male" ends) after putting them on the fiber.

But, this was back in 1992, when fiber was a big deal -- running 2.4 Gb/s long distance in a single fiber was a big deal, too (laughable now) -- I'm sure that there's kits that the fiber manufacturers provide to make it easy.

After all, it was only 1998 when installing DSL in a house required 2 trips from 2 different telephone company employees -- by the time I got DSL in 2002, they shipped me a box and told me to install it myself.

As for me, now I'm in financial services (no telling where that engineering degree will take you!)

Glad to see you're still on the net, Jim. I've been reading on and off since 2001.

Posted on Aug 05, 2005 09:02 PM

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