Lost and sitting in cupboard ...

Somewhere nearby is a college with more equipment than most Cisco Academies could dream of, sitting unused in a cupboard - such is its state of decay.

It has been switched off for over two years.

With a little spit, polish a low cost memory upgrade all of this could still be used. Knowing when it was purchased, there is easily an original investment of £50,000. It isn't worth that now, but it could supply four separate Cisco Academies - such is the volume.

It was their Netlab+ appliance, we used to use it to supplement our teaching for college students as well as lease it on a not for profit per hour basis to my current organisation.

I understand that its demise came when a mismanaging leadership decided that the £2000 annual support fee for the Netlab+ system was an expense too much. In making that decision throwing away the £50,000 investment.

There is other equipment - equally as invaluable in racks in two classrooms, acquired by stealth and prudent financial management. Would anyone like a 12000 series shipped in from CERN?

If you think that they are morons, I can only let you guess what I am thinking. They want to become the great Cisco academy they once were, maybe they could start by putting this all to some good use or giving it away.

Switched off and doing FA

not even a purr of a single fan

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