Since the very first Beacon issue
with its article
on what exactly Chebucto was, people have been curious what it looks like. Well, your
wait is over. Recently CCN-Tech started to move things around in the machine room in
preparation for adding more modems to the
Chebucto Plus graphical access service
and CCN-Tech volunteer Jeff Warnica rented a digital camera to document the machine
room layout. It looks only slightly different now; all the
Chebucto Plus modems and the PortMaster
are now in a separate rack.
So here it is, in all its glory! Around 3000 people a day
are logging into the Chebucto Community Net and this is what they
- This is Halifax, the main Chebucto machine. Directly below
it (you can just see a bit of the top with some loose modems sitting on it)
is Phoenix, which until September 1998 was the main machine. Phoenix
now just handles some archiving and housekeeping matters. Beside Phoenix
on the bottom shelf is the PortMaster, which administers the
Chebucto Plus modems. The blue rack
visible in the background to the left is the new home for the PortMaster
and the Chebucto Plus modems.
- To the right of Halifax are some external hard drives.
All the web pages and email on CCN gets stored on these and the
various machines' internal drives. Some external modems share the shelf.
This shelving unit started out life as a rack for holding backup tapes
before being recycled as Chebucto's home.
- These are two sets of rack modems, each holding sixteen individual modems.
- These are the older individual 14,400 baud modems that the text-based Chebucto service
is running on.
Here are a couple of SCSI Terminal Servers which are hanging on the
back of the shelves holding the modems. They each administer sixteen modems,
simultaneously sending signals to and from each modem to Halifax, the main
Chebucto machine. Behind them are the individual modems and their power bars.
And you thought the back of your computer was intimidating. This is just below
the terminal servers looking at the back of the shelves holding Halifax
and Phoenix, which are just off-camera to the right of the picture. This
is a mass of power cords, phone lines and SCSI cables, none of which are labelled.
The phone lines for both the Chebucto Community Net and
Chebucto Plus services.
Remember how much it cost to get that extension line installed in your bedroom?
The lights downtown flicker when the phone company prints our bill each month.