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Who’s the Boss?

Even when you decide to work from home -- and your CEO is only eight-inches high -- cabling and telecom education are crucial to success.

May 1, 2002  

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You may recall that several months back I spoke about the state of the economy and some suggestions on how to get through the tough times. Recently I decided to take some of my own advice and after 16 years at the same company handed in my notice and started my own business.

It’s a strange feeling as I sit here in my new office, after a 10-second commute down the hall to my global headquarters. I have already had to call in the MIS guy (a local computer whiz kid that works for $40/hr.) to fix my other home PC that was networked to the one I am writing this article on. Its power supply shorted out to 110VAC and nearly burned down my house.

Actually, this is the second time I have written this article, since the first one resides on the no-name made-in-China PC that self destructed. Like every lesson I have learned in life, this one was the hard way. Next time I’ll back up my documents and buy a name brand product. (That’s two lessons if you’re counting)

On the positive side, working for yourself does have advantages. As mentioned, my commute has gone from 60 minutes to 10 seconds. I still wake up early so I have time to have a coffee and smell the roses before I start my day. Then I sit down briefly to discuss the days plan with my CEO, Mr. Mike Wozowski. (If Mike’s name sounds familiar to you, it is because he was the animated star of the Monsters Inc. movie). I bought Mike at a charity silent auction on a dare. He stands about eight inches high and has a synthesized voice. His vocabulary is limited to about 6 phrases (all very inspiring) and he runs on batteries which I provide free of charge to him in lieu of a paycheque. He also has the unique ability to hold my business cards in his mouth.

I have a corner office with my very own window, and a network running across a Category 6 cable plant. Life doesn’t get any better than this. Now, all I have to do is sell something.


Well, on to BICSI. Many people have asked if I will continue to stay on as Region 5 Director. I am happy to report that Mike has agreed to pick up the corporate sponsorship, even if he has to take a cut in pay (batteries). All joking aside, I know several people have expressed interest in running for Region 5 Director for the next term. I will keep you posted once the nominating committee has released a list of names.


With more and more people (like me) working from home, someone has to make sure that the people who are designing and installing these cabling systems are well-trained. As many of you may have heard, BICSI has been involved in setting up a residential program. And with every specialty also comes the dreaded exam.

The first exam for the program is scheduled to be held April 27, following the 5 day RES150 course held in Tampa, Florida. It will be based on the Residential Network Cabling Manual. The exam contains more than 100 multiple-choice or true/false questions. Applicants must pass both the written exam and three tasks of the hands-on performance exam.


BICSI also offers online training that provides a better understanding of the content and context of ANSI/TIA/EIA-569, Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces.

Designed as an introductory level course, BICSI’s Telecommunications Infrastructure Spaces and Pathways provides learning modules on horizontal pathways, work areas, telecommunications rooms, equipment rooms, entrance facilities, main terminals spaces, noise and special considerations, and firestopping. The self-paced course can be completed in approximately two hours. Students who successfully complete the online exam will earn two BICSI CECs.

BICSI’s first Web-based course, The Residential Telecommunications Cabling Standards – Understanding ANSI/TIA/EIA-570-A, is another option — a two-hour course based on ANSI/TIA/EIA-570-A. The fee for each of these interactive courses is US$100 for current BICSI members or US$175 for nonmembers.

Well, Mike is telling me to get on the phone and bring in some business as his batteries are getting weak. Now if I can get that computer whiz kid to reprogram Mike’s vocabulary…

Greg Porter, RCDD is Region 5 Director of BICSI and is Sales & Marketing Manager at Innotech Cabling Solutions Inc. He can be reached at (905) 939-2213 or at

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