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The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra

File this one under "Weird News."

An email making the rounds of optical networking companies reports that a cobra has evidently been bested by a Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) line card in a telecom equipment room somewhere in India. We knew bandwidth is a powerful thing, but we had no idea it could dust off one of the world's most feared venomous reptiles.

A series of three photographs depicting a dead snake wrapped around a line card of some sort have made their way to Light Reading after being bounced all over Nortel offices in Mumbai (India), Hoofddorp (Netherlands), and elsewhere.

What really happened? Well, we're not so sure. Calls to the Nortel employees who sent the photos around haven't yielded an explanation. "Clearly these are spoof pictures," wrote a Nortel spokeswoman who was asked to comment on what happened to the poor creature in the photos.

Hoax or strange-but-true? Has anyone out there got a clue? Submit your thoughts – serious or silly – in the message board below. If you do have information that can shed some light on the origin of these (ahem) unique photos, please send a note to [email protected].

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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maryhadalambda 12/5/2012 | 12:29:45 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra looking to devour more money from Nortel.
CRC_Check 12/5/2012 | 12:29:44 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra Hey! Isn't NT gear is DMS brown or Fiberworld gray? Blue equipment is more likely Ericson, IBM or startup I would guess. Looks like the snake got cooked while it was in there maybe looking for bugs or a warm place to snooze ;-)

C
Belzebutt 12/5/2012 | 12:29:43 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra We see these types of forwards occasionally, I got this Cobra one maybe a month ago. I remember one of a DMS that was still working after the entire CO burnt to the ground, the DMS was knocked over and looked like a complete wreck but when power was restored it was still working. Now that's carrier-grade!
erbiumfiber 12/5/2012 | 12:29:42 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra I think this would make excellent subject matter for a caption contest with an opportunity to wax poetic on the state of the optical industry. Unfortunately, I can't think of a good one myself other than something along the lines of "Another Optical Start-Up is Squeezed Out of Business" (and, hey, that blue was the color of my former-now defunct-employer's equipment...)
gumbydammit 12/5/2012 | 12:29:41 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra
Can anyone else see the Ericsson "E" below the pulled card in pictures 1 and 2?

I used that T-puller on many (Ericsson) cards!
Check with the ericy reps, maybe *they* will comment on what happened to poor Roth the snake.

Put him on the barbie, good eatin!
gd.
gumbydammit 12/5/2012 | 12:29:41 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra
Guys, check your colors here, thats an ERICSSON switch. I worked for them a number of years ago. I even recognize the board connectors. Did Nortel ever make a BLUE switch? I don't think so.

So...we have a new winner....ERICSSON!
yeah, right.

gd.


Hey! Isn't NT gear is DMS brown or Fiberworld gray? Blue equipment is more likely Ericson, IBM or startup I would guess. Looks like the snake got cooked while it was in there maybe looking for bugs or a warm place to snooze ;-)

C
slimjim 12/5/2012 | 12:29:41 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra I worked in field support for a while, and saw lots of mice, bird and rats trying to live in RF gear. Usually I'd get a call when the animal urine caused a short, or they found their way into a power section and exploded. Scrape off some fur and guts, pull out the bedding, and back on the air. This guy looked like the warmth of the power supply may have attracted him.
Sisyphus 12/5/2012 | 12:29:40 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra
...on the last pic, off to the left? Did it come crawling out of the snake's belly before it exhaled its last little breath?

And hey, maybe this open the door to trying to sell our telecom gear as a terrarium for exotic anlimals! Heaven knows we need markets to expand into. Get you pet snake a NEBS-graded telecom shelf, they really like it!
brahmos 12/5/2012 | 12:29:36 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra look at the neck, its narrow. cobras hood even in
repose makes for a thick looking neck. must be a common rat snake ?

parts of india have the 6m long King Cobra.
its THE most fearsome creature around and only one that attacks without provocation. in museums if you see one stuffed, it TOWERS about 4 feet off the ground when raised hood *shudder*
arak 12/5/2012 | 12:29:34 AM
re: The Mystery of the Line-Card Cobra This is neither a cobra nor the indian rat snake. It is a south indian russell's viper. Hmm, for yall white boys, anything out of India is automatically a cobra ... By the same token are all indian brown skins automatically Gunga Dins' or Appoo from The Simpsons? ... LMAO :o))

The line card is from an Ericsson AXE-10 switch. My information is this incident was reported at a DOT (BSNL) CO in Mysore or Belgaum, Karnataka around late Dec '02. Got to look into my old junk mail folder to dig out the details.
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