[sf-lug] little electrician help?

Jeff Bragg jackofnotrades at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 17:38:57 PDT 2007

Do they have any blueprints that might include the electrical system?  I can
probably read them well enough to figure out where the breaker boxes should
be (assuming the prints include the electrical system) if they can produce

On 9/10/07, Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com> wrote:
> As some of you know, there is a nice experiment in FOSS in education
> unfolding at a public middle school in the Western Addition in San
> Francisco.  They have paid for a Linux file server; they have FOSS boxes in
> the classrooms for kids to use for googling and basic word processing; and
> they have a Linux edubuntu thin client lab.
> But we are kind of feeling our way along with the Linux thin client lab.
> We are really just a bunch of novices trying to provide them with a Linux
> lab, for the most part.  One example of our newbie status is that we
> apparently overloaded the electrical circuits in the room to which our thin
> client lab was moved this summer.  And so now our bright shiny little Linux
> star is down due to the fact that we can't find the circuit breakers.
> The principal has said that she will call out the San Francisco Unified
> School District, but we shouldn't expect a reply in less than 30 days.  We
> think that we have found the circuit breakers, and we flipped the switches
> back and forth, but no joy.
> The problem actually only exists with half of the thin clients on the
> network.  The server and half of the boxes are on a different circuit, so
> that when the circuit when down, we lost only half the thin clients.  Well,
> about 60% of the thin clients, so over half.
> It would be kind of sad to have gone to all of this work to get this lab
> up and running, only to have lost it due to something as banal as a power
> outage.  If there is anyone in the Bay Area who would like to help with this
> effort, we would really appreciate it.
> It's really sad that our school system is so badly underfunded.  But 75%
> of our students come from households below the federal poverty guidelines.
> The kind of inspiring thing about our school is that this underfunded school
> came in first last year in academic testing.  So the kids and teachers are
> doing their best with a really limited situation.
> Thanks either way in advance.
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