Don't forget the Dell Outlet. You get great deals on hardware with the same 3-year NBD warranty as new systems. I've purchased from the outlet for 6 or 7 years now and I've never had a DOA system -- anything from thin client Optiplex workstations all the way up to $20k database servers.
Think about it... if you're intent on hacking someone, what's your motivation? Do you want to just move their cursor or would you rather deliver a payload that has some benefit. It's far more likely that what you are describing was not some furious hacker attempting to befuddle you, it's just...
Throw on an appropriate daughtboard for your usage, add some memory and storage and you're good to go. I'm using several of these with the Realtek modules running Untangle and it keeps my remote locations running just fine. If you don't want to...
I just picked up a few new parts to build a new VMWare ESXi box to consolidate some servers... here are the specs:
Intel Xeon E3-1230
2x Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333
4x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
There isn't going to be...
I've used AVTech in the past and it gets the job done. This should work just fine: http://avtech.com/Products/Temperature_Monitors/TemPageR_3ER.htm. It includes an internal sensor and an external sensor with a long cable to place somewhere else.
This thread has me confused... what are you doing with the cat5 from the smartjack that it needs to be broken out into pairs like that? Who is bonding the T1 circuits, your telco or you? Are the smartjacks terminating to a router?
With 30-40 users and 1 IT person, I wouldn't even be concerned about fixing hardware issues on the workstation level. Keep your systems up-to-date and in warranty and let your vendor handle any hardware issues that arise. Dell has next-day on-site warranties that are dirt cheap!
If the IT...