This is a list of books that I’ve published so far.
LeanPub – Self Published
I enjoy self-publishing because of the freedom. I can write, edit and publish within days of getting an idea. More important I can continue to edit, update and release the books to my readers.
LeanPub Author Site – full details.
Network Diagrams With Visio
Faster, Better Network Diagrams with Visio 2007 – Want to get Network Diagrams done faster and
quicker ? Want tips & tricks on how to get Visio to do your bidding ? Want to get some tips from someone who has done it before ? This is the book for you.
I have been working in Data Network Engineering and Design for about 20 years. Over that time I have been using Visio to draw network diagrams for all areas of networking. Originally, it was the implementation details, or for documentation and then for the design of the network.
Recently, while working on a diagram, a fellow worker asked me to show him how I did certain things in Visio. I thought this a bit strange at the time, but when other co-workers started asking the same questions I was surprised. I started toblog on some topics for drawing which were enormously popular, but came to the conclusion that small book would address this in the best possible way.
So I wrote this as if I was sitting next to you, showing how to get things done. I have used practical examples, and put all the menu options in and worked through practical examples on how to create diagram elements that are useful for networking. It is highly visual so that you can work through the book very quickly because you need to get things done, not because you want to understand the theory behind it.
I don’t claim that this book is a definitive guide. It’s just the way that I do it and people told me that these tips are good advice. So I wrote it down, and here it is.
White Box Networking in 2014 – EtherealMinds Design
The Data Networking Market has been significantly changed in 2013 by the market process of commoditisation. Whitebox products will change your network in the next few years. Want to know more about whitebox products and how things will change ?
The Data Networking Market has been significantly changed in 2013 by the market process of commoditisation. This report looks at key aspects of commoditisation in the form of Whitebox products and how they will change your network this year.
The report starts with a short review of commoditisation in industrial & economic terms. Commoditisation is normal for maturing markets and widespread across IT Infrastructure markets sych as software tools and server hardware. Understanding the market fundamentals will help to measure the impact of commoditised network products on your infrastructure strategy and operations.
Then we cover key product components that make up a typical network device. Identifying the components that make up a commodity product leads to insights in the final products and how they will perform. Consider that a desktop computer is purchased by the type of CPU, memory and storage. In the near future, networking equipment will be purchased according to the Fabric Processor, NPU and SOC chips. I’ll explain these concepts and introduce many of the elements.
In the final section we look at the impact this transition will have on the engineer in the field. What changes are happening to products, why thye impact a certain market category and how you can understand the transition from low volume, custom-built products to standardised and mass market products.
Arse First Method of Technical Blogging
Why write this book ? Well, um. My guilty secret is simply that I am tired of being asked. Co-workers, readers and friends are constantly asking how I find the time to write ? What tools do you use ? How do you know what to write about ? I’m tired of answering the same question over and over so I just decided to write it down instead. Many of my own blogs posts are simply documentation of questions I’m asked more than once….
That’s a tip right there.
I started the EtherealMind blog in January 2008 and since then I’ve published more than 1350 blog posts at a reasonably regular pace. My journey in “media” continues today as I’ve expanded to include podcasting at http://packetpushers.net (over 10000 downloads per week), public speaking, presenting & semi-professional writing into my fun bag of things to do when not working for my day job. During that time, I’ve worked out many different methods or systems for keeping myself on track, to keep focussed and keep delivering more writing. This book presents the systems that have stood the test of time for me. Hopefully, they will help you to start blogging too.
I’ll be covering my very special “arse-first” writing method that makes short form technical writing easier & achievable for anyone. I’ll discuss your attitude, help you find the technical voice that brings your inner nerd to life. I’ll provide some suggestions on things you should do & some tips on what not to do. They are both equally important. Finally, I’ll offer some of my more advanced tips on the technical writing process and ways you can build your own style.
The OpenFlow Book – Network Engineers Introduction to OpenFlow and Its Usage
This book aims to provide insight into the OpenFlow protocol and it’s fundamentals by walking step by step through the technology.
Once OpenFlow is described, we consider Software Defined Networking (SDN) in terms of controllers and their applications. As a Network Engineer who configures networks everyday, this is the book that I would want to read so I could learn a bit about how and why OpenFlow/SDN works, and what impact it will have on the marketplace, vendors and the next generation product cycle.
It’s early in the technology cycle for OpenFlow/Software Defined Networking and there are few products or even companies that are implementing these technologies. Even so, the impact on the networking market and vendor product has been significant in terms of future products and strategy.
This book looks at the fundamentals of OpenFlow without any particular product or technology approach in mind. In a future book, I’ll consider how the SDN might be used to provide new services and features that will change the way that networking works and the business impacts.
This book is currently under development by Brent Salisbury ( http://networkstatic.net ) and myself. We are nearing completion.
You can register your interest by signing up at LeanPub – The OpenFlow Book and we will notify you when it is published.
About Lean Publishing and Book Updates
The book is planned to receive updates on an occasional basis. Unlike a traditional publishing, I have chosen to use Agile project methods to write the book. The basic idea is to Publish Early and Publish Often. Most publishers require authors to endlessly polish a 600 page epic that is out of date by the time it is published. I’ve decided to adopt Agile methods and cut down the scope of the book to the bare minimum and publish early and often. I expect to update the book occasionally throughout the year.
Book is only available electronically and you can always return to the Arse First Method of Technical Blogging on LeanPub website to download an updated version from your account. There is no DRM. This book is available in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats so that you can load them to your preferred eBook reader. If you have obtained the book from a friend, then you can help me update this book & publish other books by purchasing a copy.