US judge slaps Facebook over alleged poaching of 'trade secrets' from UK data center builder: The week's top stories

March 3, 2017
Also: Real live cabling spaghetti; 3 mistakes some electricians made installing data cables at our jobsite; Watch this time-lapse untangling of a data center rack
A Silicon Valley judge has ruled against Facebook’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a British data center builder in 2015, alleging that the social network misappropriated its trade secrets. The secrets in question are designs and methods for building modular data centers.

2.) 3 mistakes some electricians made installing data cables at our jobsite

A recent Youtube video from HSM IT Services (Edmonton, AB) notes how "electricians are often contracted to run data cable (Cat5e, Cat6) while installing electrical wire. Many times, they do a bad job and we have to clean up the mess," opines the Canadian structured cabling installer firm. (We highlight this video with a certain awareness that this assertion is tantamount to "fighting words" for many skilled electricians who are also proficient in network drops, of whom there are of course many.)

3.) Check out this start-to-finish walkthrough of a VoIP network cable and Cat 6 wiring installation job

In video from a recent jobsite, Philadelphia's Bridge Cable touts the talents of its cabling installation team.

4.) Watch this time-lapse untangling of a data center rack

Via Youtube capture, one data center cabling installer documents his meticulous untangling of this particular IT wiring nightmare. Quite instructive to watch.


5.) Watch what happens when a counterfeit cable undergoes a burn test

The Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) recently produced a video that includes footage of counterfeit cable being subjected to a burn test, with drastic results.

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