High voltage

I’ve had to make a few small repairs here as a result of a lightning strike and some other acts of nature.

From the now-deceased dendro weblog:
Zap! Boom! I was sitting on my front porch with my wife and daugher this evening, watching a storm roll through, when a lightning bolt hit the ground about 15 feet away from us, just on the other side of our big sycamore tree. Heard the boom, saw the flash at the same time. Dirt, rocks, and grass got thrown into the air and across the hood of our neighbor’s car. The tree appears unscathed (for the moment).

However, my router and venerable old Cisco Catalyst workgroup switch have departed for the heavens, as has the Ethernet adaptor on my Mac Cube. There was no other electrical damage in the house–we had to degauss some monitors, but otherwise things seemed OK. The damage appears to have been caused by magnetic field induction on some of my longer Ethernet runs; they fried the ports on the LAN hardware.

Way, way, freaky. I’d upload pictures, but I can’t right now. Have to pack for my trip to NY for CeBIT tomorrow.