A Patch Panel that can be 1U too

Microsoft Visio 2007 Professional and 2010 Professional and Premium includes the Network / Rack Diagram template, which opens the Rack-mounted equipment stencil. This stencil includes the Patch Panel master which can be stretched from 2U to 25U high. However, I have often required a 1U patch Panel, so I decided to look into the Microsoft shape to see if it could be modified to allow it to be reduced to 1U without looking ridiculous.

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Holiday in Akbuk, Turkey

Time for a break from work, so we went to Turkey for the third time. Our previous trips have been to Icmeler, so we decided to try somewhere different. Akbuk is not as pretty as Icmeler, and we were a longer walk from the beach, but much closer for a visit to Ephesus.

It is hard to believe that Ephesus was a bustling port in Roman times because the coast is 7 kilometres away now, however it is an extremely interesting place to visit.

This first panorama was taken inside the theatre at Ephesus, with a 360 degree sweep. Again I used Microsoft Image Composite Editor ( see http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/ ) to piece these images together.

imageHD View : http://www.bvisual.net/views/EphesusAmphitheatre_stitch.html

This second panorama was taken from near the top of the seating looking back towards the sea in the far distance.


HD View : http://www.bvisual.net/views/ViewFromEphesusAmphitheatre_stitch.html

The coach trip to Ephesus from Akbuk was a little spoilt by the three retail opportunities (leather, ceramics and jewellery ) forced on us afterwards.

Ephesus in Bing Maps:

Map picture

We stayed in self-catering apartments at Mandalya Gardens (see http://www.mandalyaproperty.com/ ), where the accommodation and staff were very good. It would have been useful to have air-con in all rooms, since the bedrooms were just too hot to sleep in.

My family and me … sweltering in the heat!


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