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Picture of relay rack setup during 1999-2000 school year
Picture of relay rack setup during 1998-1999 school year
1999-2000 school year 1998-1999 school year

The Rack

Well, my friends call me eccentric, and this is one of the reasons. I mount all of my computer and electronic hardware on 19-inch aluminum relay racks. The main reason I do this is because it makes a huge amount of equipment fit into a small space. The other reason is because it looks cool. :-)

Rack History

I have had the computer relay rack since half way through my freshman year of college. I bought it at an auction at OSU for $15 US (the shelves cost quite a bit more however). I have a 6 foot rack from my high school days. I purchased this rack (new) the summer after my sophomore year in high school when I started moving from electronics hardware to computers (and thus started accumulating a lot of old computer hardware (starting with a large portion of a data general mainframe)).

'The Rack' as pictured above

  • Nakamichi cd player
  • power amp for the "Rumble Futon"
  • HP DDS2 tape drive
  • HP Deskjet printer
  • Canon BubbleJet printer
  • Afga SCSI scanner
  • Allied Telesyn 10Mb ethernet hub
  • Belkin OmniView KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch
  • 3 rack mount power strips
  • lots of wire
  • 6 computers (more info)
  • stuffed pig named Harry