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Admins are freaking out over this router: GreenBlue or BlueGreen?


Admins across the internet are freaking out about the color of this router.  Is it BlueGreen or Greenish Blue?  Although the debate has raged in datacenters for years, reliable sources including Adobe have weighed in on the matter, and indicated the router is in fact supposed to be PANTONE 7477, however Cisco has never taken a firm stand on the matter, more recently giving up entirely and gone grey with new systems.

It's believed that a combination of aging fluorescent lighting and overwork tracing dark Ethernet affects the color sensitivity of network administrators, leading to the heated disagreement.  Coupled with the erosive effects of X-Rays from CRTs before the arrival of LCDs, fluctuations in caffeine levels and temporary frustration with a device may also affect IT pro color perception.

And for the record I saw the dress as #838CC3 and #5D4C32

Level 11

simply brilliant

Level 15

‌when will NCM help me with my color constancy issues?

Level 16

Just a  green cisco "want to be a Juniper" :-)

Level 13

As long as it isn't a bright red or yellow firewall appliance then I'm happy.

Level 12

Who would do that?



Level 17

I see Turquoise!

Level 12

There's several things that affect color sensitivity. Possession of a Y and 1 X chromosome in a majority of cells predisposes a person to colorblindness:

Color blindness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It's also been anecdotally note by many spouses with 2 X chromosomes, that the ones with 1 Y and 1 X also "do not freakin care what color the drapes are." Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Salvadore Dali, and a few others have historically disagreed. Cisco has been known to hire color blind personnel, which has caused many esthetic disasters as shadeds of greenish-bluish-greenish-blue vary with the model and even serial number - and that's why we have to keep the equipment in closets with the doors shut.

But there's something even deeper going on - beyond the realm of pantone, light levels, and rods and cones:

Deep Dark Fears - Boing Boing

iPhone users cannot generally tell the difference, yet believe that they are safe no matter what. A few Android users can tell, but generally don't care.  Older people with rotary dial phones often can tell and care.

Freaky, huh?

About the Author
I'm the Head Geek and technical marketing director at SolarWinds, (which basically means I'm an mature geek in the services of the product team). When I say geek I mean Geek, with extreme prejudice. I started writing assembly on my Apple II, got a BITNET email account in 1984, ran a BBS @ 300 baud, survived X.25, abused Token Ring, got some JavaScript award love in '96, and my hack flight notification service still backs These feats of course made me quite the chick magnet for many years. Along the way in various jobs I’ve been a developer, SE, PM, PMM, and now principal evangelist. (Let us all join hands around the server.) Over 10 years at SolarWinds I’ve hatched our online live demo systems, managed the SolarWinds Certified Professional program, launched the Head Geek program, helmed SolarWinds Lab, and these days I’m focused on Cloud, DevOps and helping IT admins learn the new skills they’ll soon need not just to get ahead, but even maintain their roles. I’m always looking for new and more fiendish ways to use our products- just like our customers. And when I have a few spare minutes I fly a little, when the weather is good.