Jan
11
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Hey you there… yeah you! The one reading this blog!

We have started a weekly blog in pictures to recap all (well, at least a taste of) the awesome stuff that’s happened here at CK during the week. Every Friday we will post new photos to recap the awesomeness, so stay tuned and enjoy the ride!

CK Football

The rematch of the century (well maybe not quite) Office vs. Warehouse flag football game took place on Saturday. The Office dominated with the

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Oct
17
2012
Written by: Jonathan Stover

Core Values…We talk about them around our office.  Phrases like “What’s at your core?” can be heard and repeated until they blend into the background noise.  Sadly, sometimes we simply dismiss these phrases because we assume what they voice are present.  In this case, association does not result in manifestation.  In order to embody our Core Values it requires taking the words off the page and living them out.  It involves getting hands dirty and tough conversations.  This is how you differentiate an idea from a lifestyle.

Among the values we hold at CK, the one that’s more central, pivotal, and resonates the deepest and loudest within me is Service.  The act of serving, loving, supporting and just being there for those around you, both inside and outside your immediate circle of influence, is a way to demonstrate and live out Service.  At CK we put action to our beliefs through projects and initiatives designed to express this.  Projects like the one we recently completed with Street Grace.

Street Grace is an organization that fights the commercial sexual exploitation of children. They mobilize resources, advocacy, prevention, and restoration. Prevention is always better than a cure. That’s why Street Grace maintains a network of resources, mainly in the form of facilities which provide environments and situations designed to mitigate the chances children will end up on the streets and in the sex trade. In part, the organization does this through homes that provide safety, securi

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Sep
10
2012
Written by: Cris Anzai

Once again, CablesandKits has hit another milestone in growth…our best sales month ever! Whether it’s having a cookout that ends with sumo wrestling competitions or zip-lining 50 feet up in the air, the leadership team at CK always finds unique and fun ways to celebrate.

On this occasion, the CK crew played pirates at the Laser Voyage Café. Unlike the pirates of old, we were armed with lasers and fought our cutthroat-style battle in a shadowy and foggy arena. I don’t know what was more fun, shooting at co-workers or watching our CEO Craig run around tagging employees like a madman!

Along with enjoying bouts in the laser arena, we entertained ourselves in the arcade and relived childhood games such as Whac-A-Mole, Skee ball, racing and hunting simulators and hoops. There was even a timed “Laser Maze” that looked like something straight out of “Mission Impossible.” The objective is to get to the other side of a room full of lasers and not trip one. To make it even more challenging, once you reach

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Sep
05
2012
Written by: Jason Gazaway

What’s red, white and cool all over? Our totally decked out “experts in awesome” wheels, which rolled into our company meeting on August 1 and rocked everyone’s world!

If you live in the ATL, look for our “awesomeness in motion” at industry events or just zipping around town. It’s kind of hard to miss…and the best news is, it’s only the first of many cool things to come from CablesAndKits.

Oh, and by the way…you may have also noticed a new face on our car, our website and in our e-newsletters. It’s the fantastic CablesAndKits flying robot monkey!

As developed expressly for CablesAndKits by our friends at Mighty 8th Media, our robot monkey is the personification of our “experts in awesome” culture: Slightly mischievous, yet fully engaged in serving our customers’ needs.

He was made to be a friendly, approachable friend who’s technologically savvy and always there for you…just like CablesAndKits.

Sometimes he’ll be front and center to draw your attention to great deals—and other times, you’ll notice him just frolicking in the background.

As he and his jetpack landed mysteriously at our warehouse recently, we really don’t know a whole lot about him yet. We DO know that he comes from a faraway place and possibly a different time, but really that’s about all for now. Stay tuned and we’ll all get to know him in the days to come!

And hey, if you are not following us on FacebookTwitter, Google+ or Linked In, please do, so you can stay up-to-date with all of the latest and greatest shenanigans around the office, and cool deals and specials we keep rollin’ out for you!

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May
15
2012
Written by: Jason Gazaway

That’s right!  You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth…well, maybe not a real horse but you get the idea.

In January, we asked for opinions on what you liked most about CablesAndKits – to give us the good, the bad and the ugly, if necessary. You responded with adjectives such as engaging, responsive, trustworthy and knowledgeable…words that made us smile, sing and cheer! However, it also made us realize that it’s time to freshen things up a bit, so we did!

We gave our site a facelift, tummy-tuck, and we even got our teeth straightened.  But, seriously, the changes we made to our site had you, our loyal customers and fans, in mind throughout the whole process.  We have cleaned up the site and made it a little bit more pleasing and easy on the eyes, so you can

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Dec
22
2011
Written by: Mandy Bentley

It’s rare… to come to work during the Christmas season and have a true Christmas celebration. Never have I been a part of a company that celebrates with such authenticity. Not only in camaraderie amongst co-workers but also in the true spirit of Christmas. I mean, we had a real-life Santa come by and I think everyone took a picture with him! (some of the pics below!) And on his way out, he reminded us of what Christmas really is about, the birth of Jesus. I am just thankful that

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Nov
18
2011
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Wow…where did this month go? (I think the better question might be, “Where did this year go?” ) Time certainly flies when you are having fun, and the CablesAndKits family sure has had some fun this year.

Today, as an office family, we stopped to celebrate Thanksgiving. Of course it is not a holiday around the office without a little craziness included, so we also had a Turkey Calling contest as well. This was hilarious to watch and listen to, as well! Congrats to our winners Mandy and Jon!

As you can see from the pictures below, we had all kinds of food to stuff ourselves with, and most of us regretted going back for the second (and some a third) plate-full.

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Nov
08
2011
Written by: Craig Haynie

(This blog is an updated and extended version of a post, by our CEO, we released in September 2009)

 

If you’ve ever installed a network, either for your home, office or business, you’ve probably asked yourself- With so many different types of network cabling, what do I really need?  Is it a CAT5, 5E, 6, 6A, shielded or unshielded, UTP or STP? Do I need a patch/straight through cable or a crossover cable?  With so many different kinds of network cables to choose from, which one is right for your needs?

What types of network cable are available currently?

Cat5 has been replaced by Cat5E as the general standard networking cable in new installations, with the improved signal carrying capacity being the primary reason.  A Cat5 cable can support Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. Cat5E (Cat5 enhanced) supports Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet speeds over short distances and is backward compatible with Cat5.  Cat5E cable also has improved durability, due to improvements in the quality of the PVC protective jacket. It is more than suitable for most data cabling requirements.

Cat6 is one of the newest versions of network cabling, and is very similar to Cat5E, but specifically designed to consistently deliver 1 Gigabit Ethernet. It is used in installations where a Cat6 Certified Network is required.

While Cat5E and Cat6 can support Gigabit speeds, Cat6A (Cat6 Augmented) is certified to 10 Gigabit speeds and is backward compatible with the all the existing standards, and is suitable for industries utilizing high-performance computing platforms to support very high bandwidth-intensive applications. 10G/Cat 6A applications would be server farms, storage area networks, data centers & riser backbones.

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Oct
26
2011
Written by: Mandy Bentley

This past Saturday the employees here at CablesAndKits had an opportunity to do something really amazing!  Susan, our HR coordinator extraordinaire, notified us of an opportunity to serve our community along with an organization called Compassion in Action / 12Stone.  What better way to spend a beautiful, October, Saturday morning and afternoon than serving the Gwinnett County Special Needs School?!?!?

Our team met at 12Stone around 8am to sign in and change into the t-shirts that  the organization provided us.  Then we met in the auditorium for some motivational music and speaking.  As I entered the auditorium, I was taken back with the amount of people (around 2,200 to give you an estimate) that all chose to spend their Saturday morning serving others in our community  through several different projects.  For me, personally, it was one of the most incredible things that I have ever been involved with, and that is an understatement.

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Aug
18
2011
Written by: Jonathan Stover

Navigating the jungle of terminology, acronyms and part numbers can be daunting in the field of telecommunications. Anyone attempting to determine and buy cabling can attest to this.  Improper data cabling will cause a logical error. With power cables, using the wrong type can cause physical failure such as fires and electrical shock. The stakes are higher. Luckily the abundance of documentation and regulation assure that anyone seeking direction to deploy the correct cord can find the information they need to choose the right cord and avoid common pitfalls, damage and injury that comes with electrical failure.

Common Terminology:

Amperage (amp): This term refers to the amount of electrons that are moving in the circuit. This is also “how much” electricity there is.

Voltage: This refers to how much force is behind the electrons, or how fast the electrons are moving.

 

Attributes:

When choosing a power cord there are (3) main attributes to be aware of:

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