Network Dictionary: Technical Debt

Define the term “technical debt”

Network Dictionary – Bias Update

This week is the second time I’ve seen an employer change called a “bias update”. It says, I’ve quit my current employment and moving somewhere that will also pay me to say things they want me to say. All of my opinions will now be tainted by the new company that will require me to […]

Network Dictionary: Sonic Screwdriver

Network Dictionary: Sonic Screwdriver


Network Dictionary – Finger Banging the Network

I use the term “Finger Banging the Network” to describe the process of configuring network devices at the CLI. Note that “Finger Banging” is a polite conversational version of the original term “Button F**king”

Network Dictionary – Organogram

The fancy name for a “who is who in the zoo” organisation chart.

Network Dictionary – Remanence

Define Remance


Network Dictionary – Four Legged Salesman

Define “Four Legged Salesman”

Network Dictionary – Delaminated

Define Delaminated

Network Dictionary – oVLAN and uVLAN

When working in overlay & underlay networks, it’s a requirement to be able to differentiate between software VLANs in the overlay, and hard VLANs in the underlay.

Usage of Overlay and Underlay Networking

I’ve started using the term “Underlay Networking” when working with network overlays. Yeah, confusing.

Network Dictionary – Updegraded & Updegrading

Defining Updegraded & Updegrading

Network Dictionary: Bio-Feedback

Explain “Bio-Feedback” in networking

Network Dictionary – Opporchanceties

Define “Opporchanceties”

Network Dictionary – “challenge solving”

Define “Challenge Solving”


Network Dictionary – Liquid Feedback

Define “Liquid Feedback”

Network Dictionary – “shoulder sagging”

Define the usage of “shoulder sagging”

Network Dictionary – wakeophasia

Defining “wakeophasia”

Network Dictionary – Squashed Sausage Effect

Define “Squashed Sausage Effect”

Network Dictionary – Tribal Knowledge

Define “Tribal Knowledge”

Network Dictionary – HiPPO

HiPPO = Highest Paid Person’s Opinion Used to describe the decision from the opinion or point of view a senior manager instead of using data or technical knowledge. Not necessarily derogatory IF the HIPPO’s opinion is well informed and a choice between available options of equal value or capability. More commonly, a senior executive will […]

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