…some critter chewed through the (mostly underground) Ethernet cable leading from the house to my office. For what possible reason? I still can’t figure it out. Anyway, since the repair involved a $200+ service call fee payable to AT&T, I decided to take on the job myself. All those fussy little wires inside the cable (there are eight of them) had to be individually soldered back together, the solder joints individually shrink wrapped to avoid potential shorts, and the whole mess tucked inside a big piece of heat shrink tubing and sealed. What a pain in the neck! But the effort paid off: I can post again. Am I now an honorary telecom engineer? Evidence points to yes. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, AT&T!