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2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment

The year 2002 was one of correction. Optical networking equipment companies bought and made waaaaay too much gear in 1999 and 2000. So, when the great telecom recession kicked its way through 2001 and 2002, the companies that overbought and overproduced (in other words, everyone) felt like a man who just parachuted into a live volcano.

Some, such as ILX Lightwave Corp., took a creative approach to the problem of being overstocked with no buyers in sight. They cut prices to the bone, and the firm's two top executives took part in a silly/humiliating sales challenge (see WDM: Ready to Wear).

Not everyone is so creative. That is, in part, why Light Reading's editors and several of its loyal readers have developed this list of top uses for obsolete optical networking equipment.

With no further ado, here are the top suggestions:

No. 10 (tie): Send it all to Jack Grubman's estate, C.O.D. – John Adler, InterWest Partners

Use it for very, very expensive flashlights. – Alex Greenberg, Nomura International Plc

No. 9: Use the gear as boat anchors or sink it and create stunning artificial reefs. – Kris Shankar and Dana Hartgraves, Metro-Optix Inc.

No. 8: Include DWDM lasers in every box of Cracker Jacks. "Collect all 80 lambda!" – Anonymous

No. 7:

Packet Design LLC's Bill Carrico was the first of dozens who suggested ways to create holiday decorations using laser lights and fiber optic Christmas trees.

"Put some interesting glass or prisms in front of the lasers, mount it to the ceiling, and spin it, baby," writes WiFinder chairman Scott Rafer.

"Every home needs a few racks of CWDM equipment to power the holiday lights in beautiful, synchronous, optical harmony. It's Christmas Wave Division Multiplexing!" writes Warren Packard of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. "I'm sure [fiber optic Christmas trees] are cost effective with cents-on-the-dollar components bought from defunct companies," writes Jim Witham of Genoa Corp. [Editor's note: Jim should know. He works in sales for an optical component startup.]

No. 6:

"I think we can give the gear to midwestern U.S. carriers. They're all going out of business and China, Korea, and Japan will only buy the latest gear right now." – Greg Tarr, GT Ventures No. 5:

"We once used an old Cerent chassis as a punch bowl at the company Christmas party." – Patrick Guadalajara, LayerOne Inc. No. 4: "A service provider told me recently that he was trying to turn up a New Generation Digital Cross Connect but couldn't get it to work. He said the labs were usually cold and that these DXC's were 'the most expensive fan heaters he'd ever bought.' " – Paul Harrison, Xtera Communications Inc.

No. 3:

Use it as a paperweight for your WorldCom Inc. (OTC: WCOEQ) stock certificates. – David Williams, NextWeb Inc.

No. 2: Re-engineer DWDM systems to enable multi-patient Lasik surgery. ("You can do 16, 32, or 64 operations simultaneously!")

OR

Donate some OC192 lasers to UC Berkeley to help alleviate the terrible suffering of graduates that are looking to remove embarrassing tattoos. – Stephen Kamman, CIBC

No. 1: "There is no such thing as obsolete equipment, but rather equipment that has been written off the books and now can be sold for pennies on the dollar." -- Anonymous.

— The Staff, Light Reading
www.lightreading.com
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gea 12/5/2012 | 12:57:29 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment "Packet Design LLC's Bill Carrico was the first of dozens who suggested ways to create holiday decorations using laser lights and fiber optic Christmas trees.

"Put some interesting glass or prisms in front of the lasers, mount it to the ceiling, and spin it, baby," writes WiFinder chairman Scott Rafer."

Nobody who actually knows anything about Fiber Optic telecom would even think of this as the lasers are infra-red and show absolutely no illumination whatsoever.

Want to know MY suggestion? (And it ain't just comedy, we REALLY did this...) DWDM transponders work well in games of horseshoes, particularly as your factory is getting shut down!
jamesbond 12/5/2012 | 12:57:25 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment Gazillion 802.11(WiFi) and storage companies will meet the same fate as optical companies.

Lucent will shutdown.

Juniper will acquire atleast one optical networking company most probably Atoga.

Nortel stock will do well.

Cisco will acquire Ciena.

Petaluma Fab 4 will die - Calix, Mahi, Turin, Gluon.

Job market will get worse. Unemployment will
rise to 15% in the silicon valley.

Average CEO compensation will rise whereas
engineer's salaries will decrease.

Hillary Clinton will announce that she is running
for the presidency.

There will be a lawsuit against Telecordia for its
monopolistic practices.


waiting to get laid off,

your's truly,

bond, james bond


lrdr 12/5/2012 | 12:57:22 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment not Berkley.
I hate that.
photon_mon 12/5/2012 | 12:57:15 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment " No. 2:

Re-engineer DWDM systems to enable multi-patient Lasik surgery. ("You can do 16, 32, or 64 operations simultaneously!")"

________________________________________________

Shhhh! Someone from the HMOs may have strayed
onto LR!

We don't want to give them any ideas as to how
this may save $ on the other laser-assisted
surgeries that they typically do cover.

Very inventive, though.
lightpimp 12/5/2012 | 12:57:12 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment "Great Telecom DEPRESSION"

Folks, i know people who have worked in this business for many, many years and have never seen it this bad. It will get worse unfortunetly. The good news is when the real bottom does come, there will be a much greater demand for telecom folks as so many will have left the industry entirely.

Don't get your hopes up for stock market recovery either! 2003 will be another down year for sure.

BUY SOME GOLD & HOPE 4 THE BEST!
st0 12/5/2012 | 12:57:10 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment gea said:
"Nobody who actually knows anything about Fiber Optic telecom would even think of this as the lasers are infra-red and show absolutely no illumination whatsoever."
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agree. However, if the up conversion take place, you might see green! (it would be even night vision compatible ;-).

On the other hand, regarding the use of equipements: Someone should use Raman Amp system to lid cigar or cut a CEO's tie. Trim to perfection for sure...;-).

The other use should be sending all the equipments to University undergrad lab for reverse engineering and parts re-use. I am sure the kids can creat better things within next few years.

Still feel deeply sad about all the good chaps quit in disgust of the state of the industry, and favour the "traditional" jobs (the good guys never short of options for sure). It is a great lost of knowledge from North America Telcom industry....hopefully, kids will picking up some good "tips and tricks" from the skeleton and carried on the good work in the future (not many mentor left in the field to teach them soon).

-st
ThurstonHowell3rd 12/5/2012 | 12:57:08 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment Hey here's one you can try this year!! Now that dwarf tossing is illegal in most states...

Optical Switch Toss!!! The winner gets a whole pile of overpriced Veleo chips!!

And if your a CFO of a company that makes optical switches you can give yourself another million shares for no apparent reason whatsoever!!!
BuckStopsHere 12/5/2012 | 12:57:04 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment Anyone that doesn't realize that the Cracker Jack idea should be #1 doesn't deserve a job in this industry anyway! "Collect all 80 lamba." Now THAT is funny!
pipesoflight 12/5/2012 | 12:56:48 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment I propose that we could take some of the modules and make hot plates to keep our coffee warm. One for each of the top executives as a xmas present.
pipesoflight 12/5/2012 | 12:56:47 AM
re: 2002 Top Ten: Uses For Obsolete Networking Equipment Another idea I had was to have a system and/or module bash.
You remember back in school when you got an old car and allowed people to bash it with a sledgehammer for a fee ($1). We could set up sites all over the place and charge $1 per whack. We probably could make some good money.
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