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Dumbass #55 - Submitted on 02-02-2002 by Chas
Okay, about 5 years ago, a buddy and I were hosting an old 486 at this little hole-in-the-wall ISP my buddy worked helldesk for.

Anyhow, this place was running 80 dialup lines (later upped to something like 120), a couple dozen ISDN lines for over 1000 customers. All from a single T1 with no backup plan whatsoever.

Not only this, but because it was basically a "Just a couple of guys" operation (their e-mail server was down over a week the one time because they had to wait for a hard disk RMA), but a couple of their friends had other things running.

1 - Quake server
2 - Usenet binary rippers (scanning for PR0N)
2 - Warez servers (well, one guy claimed that those 3 9gig SCSI disks in his system weren't REALLY for warez!)

And our machine, running an IRC server and a web server with all of about 10 pages.

But they kept harassing US, telling us that our little IRC server kept sucking down all their customers' bandwidth.

Indeed, the network administrator dropped me an e-mail once, claiming that, if it weren't for us, they'd have plenty of bandwidth left on their 1.544 megaBYTE T1. When I gently pointed out that a T1 was 1.544 MegaBITS, I was told I didn't know what the hell I was talking about.

Now, whenever my buddy and I refer to this place, we refer to it as "SufferNet".

- Chas
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