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What would you do with a T3 line ?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Tptoe, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. Tptoe

    Tptoe

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    Our school will be upgrading to a T3 line soon.

    We will have a beefy server and up to 60 desk tops connected to it.

    I am wondering if there is some project/commerical use of this system when the school is not using it.

    Some suggestions have been for us to bulk e-mail for local companies.

    Are there any ideas out there ?

    Thanks
     
  2. chrismartin

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    You might want to double check with your financial/procurement folks. Reselling services through your publicly funded possibly e-rate discounted services could get someone in trouble or get e-rate funds for your school dropped. Of course if you are a private school, never mind, but still your line may be e-rate discounted, so double check.

    As for services to offer, web hosting (or even email) for local biz would be an easy one. I'd personally never get into bulk email, because I hate the stuff.
    Make sure you set up good DNS servers that are in your control so that you can add other peoples DNS domains to your servers easily.

    If you do get into bulk email, be aware of the RBLs and keep an eye out for your IP addresses and domain name(s). If your IP's get on a list, it could block real email to your school.

    Chris
     

  3. briantf

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    I'm having a hard time figuring out why a single school, as opposed to a giant school district, would need a T3. I think the local school district, with 25K students, has a T3 for Internet access for the whole district. You do realize that with only 60 users, a 45 Mbit drop will feel no different from, say, an IMA with 2xT1's, right?

    Setting up a spamming service will get ugly real quick. I'd suggest you tread carefully if you have elected board members as a public school - ALL SORTS of conflict of interest arises. The point about Federal eRate monies being used is quite right, and they are auditing the heck out of district's right now because of all the bad press about widespread fraud.

    Federal prisons aren't all country clubs.

    Regards,
    Brian in CA
     
  4. hwyhobo

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    Tptoe, is that a public or a private school? I'm just curious if the school is contemplating getting into a criminal scam on a taxpayer's dime, or if it's a privately funded racket.

    I guess my feelings on this subject are pretty clear. :upeyes:
     
  5. Tptoe

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Not looking to do anything out of bounds ... not my style.


    Just feeling around the edges.


    I don't like having resources in idle mode.



    (edited for spelling)
     
  6. Alex_Knight

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    If it's legal..............

    You could block out a segment of resources and host:
    (You'll need some extra PC's for this stuff.)

    1. Online Gaming (pick one, Joint Ops, Call of Duty, Battle Field, etc...Charge Monthly and per user blocks. ie, 16/32/64 etc...)

    2. Provide Team Speak Services for online gamers. (Charge Monthly and per user blocks.)

    3. Provide an FTP service for storing files and pics. (This will cause you to spend more money for backups.)

    4. Provide a folding service to medical and science research facilities. Kind of like Seti@Home but for some serious scientific number crunching. (Don't know if you can charge or not for this.)

    The problem is that once you enter into providing any service, it probably should remain in place even after your gone.

    Plus this stuff takes time and money to maintain.


    Hope that gives you some ideas.
     
  7. Altaris

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    If I had a T3 line, I would download lots and lots of porn :supergrin: :devilishgrin:
     
  8. Hillikus

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    Google compute is one of what the above posters was talking about. Allows your computer(s) to crunch numbers to assist in a non profit academic research project at Stanford University that is trying to understand the structure of proteins so they can develop better treatments for a number of illnesses. In the future Google Compute may allow you to also donate your computing time to other carefully selected worthwhile endeavors, including projects to improve Google and its services.

    Taken from this website-

    http://toolbar.google.com/dc/offerdc.html
     
  9. njl

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    Who's your provider and whats your IP range?

    But seriously, if you're "just a student", you likely don't have the authority to do anything unexpected, especially a commercial venture, on the school's T3.

    T3 is an awful lot of bandwidth for a school with only ~60 computers. Are you sure it's not a fractional T3 with just a few Mbit/s of bandwidth? Are you sure it's a T3 at all? What model router does it terminate on at your end?