For those of you who work a lot with T1 media gateways like the ones we use to connect OCS and Exchange to PBXs, you are probably familiar with the connection of a T1 crossover cable between the gateway and the PBX. Sometimes the gateway comes with one in the box and sometimes customers have them on hand, but every now and then one has to be made by hand. This attached photo shows the outcome of that activity at a customer I worked with recently. Unfortunately the telecom guy that was doing the T1 connection didn’t have access to plugs and a crimper so a straight-through Ethernet cable fell prey to a pair of scissors and some electrical tape. From what I understand this took place around 1:30am.
To his credit it worked great and allowed us to finish the pilot. They assure me it will be replaced with a proper cable soon.