My Networking Beliefs

EtherealMind Note: I found this in an old directory and, from the date stamp I can tell I wrote this post in July 2008. It amuses me how few of the details are unchanged in the last three years.

It still reads well, so I’m going to post it anyway.

What are my beliefs ? What is the foundation of my thinking for the moral quotient of your network ? How do you feel about our industry. 1

My Network Beliefs


I believe in the power of communication and that faster networks mean better business and that bigger networking budgets will improve the world’s problems.

I know that Networking Engineers are grossly misunderstood by everyone else.

I believe that FDDI was good idea before it’s time, that Token Ring really worked and Ethernet exists because its the cheapest, not the best.

I believe that Jeff Doyle probably brought Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 and 2 down from a mountain, and the earth shook while it was being printed. And that Cisco Press really hasn’t brought out a good sequel yet. Except for MPLS and VPN Architectures, which was really quite good.

I believe that firewalls are just routers that don’t work, that security is a process not a state of mind.

I believe that security is only possible once the network is actually working.

I believe that Network Access Control is addressing poor quality of Microsoft’s desktop software, and the real fix is to use Linux or, even better, Mac OSX on every computer.

I believe that IP Telephony has been a passing fad, and mobile voice is the next generation. No one cares about Voice mail and Video Conferencing is for people that can’t communicate like adults – they need pictures to work out what people are saying. I mean, how hard is it to talk ?

I believe that all managers should have on the job training, and no one should have an MBA. If you have an MBA and think it’s a good idea, you should be forced to work at McDonalds for six months so you can learn to how to “apply that business management expertise” before you come and apply it to me.

I know that managers who only manage and don’t learn what they are managing, are going to be crap managers. I also know that’s at least thirty percent of all managers.

I know that working for the government or the military will reduce my IQ by forty points, and lead me into depression.

I know that the next generation of technology …… ah, bugger it, who cares. It’ll be something.

I believe that all vendors tell falsehoods and misdirections, usually when they don’t mean it or even know that they are lying. Delivery times are always longer than promised and telcos say twelve weeks lead time because it takes eight weeks to do the paperwork. I believe that resellers have a role to play in the marketplace, but no one knows what it is and it’s hard to know what their value is.

I know that software will have bugs, but why do all the bugs have to be in my product ? I also know that all products are basically flawed because of the compromises made during the design and production process.  I just have work out where the flaws are so that I don’t use those features.

But most of all, yes, most of all: I believe in a network that stays up for a three day weekend without needing me to be on-call.

Well, I believe in the soul, the cck, the pssy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.


  1. This is partly inspired by the scene that I keeps coming back from the baseball movie Bull Durham when Crash Davis says

  • Jason


  • Haseeb Budhani

    I wonder what happened between you and some manager back in the day that scarred you this bad. :)

  • Will

    “I believe in a network that stays up for a three day weekend without needing me to be on-call”




    F’ YEA

    why are you in networking?  you should run for office.