Joe's Blog

And Now for Something Completely Different

2007-06-28

Every once in a while my non-programmer friends give me feedback about my site like "the blog posts are good, but when it comes to all that SQL stuff, well, it's a little over my head ... SQL sure seems to rely on that SELECT command a lot though."

So, I thought it might be good to take a break from SQL tutorials and spend time writing about something a broader audience will find useful. I looked through my archives and found some notes I made a few years back when I rewired the telephone cabling in my home and installed some LAN jacks. At the time I was surprised how difficult it was to get simple, straightforward answers to questions like what kind of cable to use or what kind of distribution device to buy. Even learning the proper names for connectors and figuring out which coloured wires go together proved more complex than I expected.

The amount and quality of information on the subject has gotten better over the years, but I still haven't found a source that presents all the home wiring information I need in a practical, systematic way. You'll find my stab at sorting it all out starting at Residential Telecommunications.

Be forewarned though, if you thought SQL was complicated wait until you learn about the 11 different ways to wire a telephone jack! :-)




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