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Basics: Explain Concepts of Network Abstraction In Simple Terms

I was asked to explain the concept of abstraction in software and IT infrastructure to a group of people who had limited technical capability. It needed to be simple and relevant to every day people.

Here is what I came up with.

10 Safety Tips on Electrocution for the Network Engineer

Short version – I’d like you to read just these if nothing else.

  1. A data centre uses a lot of electricity. It’s dangerous.
  2. Just in case you didn’t pay attention – Electricity is really dangerous. Right, can we move on ?
  3. You should be scared of being electrocuted. That will keep you safe.
  4. When electrocution happens, the muscles in your limbs contract. This causes arms and hands to wrap around or clench objects.
  5. Someone who is being electrocuted can’t let go because of this
  6. If you touch a person being electrocuted, you will get an electric shock too, and may also be injured.
  7. The BEST thing to do is to turn the power off.
  8. Know where the power kill switch is for Data Centre. Or at least the breaker for the area that you are in.
  9. Don’t work in the Data Centre alone.
  10. Learn resuscitation. People who have been electrocuted are likely to have breathing problems and heart failure.

People shouldn’t die at work. Think seriously about going home everyday and what you can do to make that happen.

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Top 20 Practical Cabling Tips for Network Engineers – Part One

Most engineers think that cable is simply plug and play. And mostly, that true. In recent years, Ethernet standards and manufacturing Here are 20 things that Network Engineers have forgotten or don’t know about network cabling in a two part series on things I have learned in twenty years of looking after networks.

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Basics: What’s the Difference between STP BPDU Guard and Root Guard

BPDU Guard and Root Guard are enhancements to Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enhancements that improve the reliability of the protocol to unexpected events ad are primarily to ensure design enforcement ( integrity / security). There they must configured in specific locations in the networks.

Can Fibre Optic Ethernet Cables Be Longer Than The Standard ?

Short Answer is “It depends, but usually yes.” Long answer follows with a discussion of launch power, receiver sensitivity, and cable losses.

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