Response: Georgia & Verdana – typefaces for the screen – www.will-harris.com

It seems to me that many people do not understand that the fonts used in your documents are specifically designed for printing or use on a computer. Many fonts that look great on a printed page look fuzzy and ill defined on a computer screen. The typefaces you normally read have been designed to be […]

Do Cisco Certified Internet Engineers (CCIE) Get Special Privileges from Cisco ?

I’m regularly asked the question: What privileges or special access does Cisco give to people when they pass the CCIE™exam ?

Short answer: None. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zero.

Read on for the “Longer Answer”

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My Knowledge Management Process with PDF Files – Part 2

I’ve been asked a few times about how I organise my PDF files and keep track of documents. This post looks at my workflow for capturing, storing, tagging and organising my Knowledge Management system. This is Part 2

Rant: Screen Reading – Comparing Windows and MAC

In the last couple of years, I find that I rarely use physical books to read something new. I recently started a new role that requires me to use a Windows 7 laptop and I’m finding it unreadable. Either there is something wrong with Windows or Apple have done something exceptional with screen displays.

Switch Fabrics: Fabric Arbitration and Buffers

In the article, “What Is the Definition of a Switch Fabric ?” on Switch Fabrics I looked at how a Crossbar switching fabric allow for concurrent circuit forwarding and how this is used to build a fabric. In most cases, frames would be received and forwarded from an input to an output, as show in […]

Review: Cisco Press Books in ePub format

I went to my Cisco Press account today ….

Cisco Learning Network Announces Lab Access based on IOS on Linux

Cisco Learning Network will announce their Cisco Learning Labs today, which offers a full remote lab of networking equipment targeted students in authorised Cisco training.

Cisco Press Textbooks – PDF, DRM Free and usable on the iPad, Kindle etc.

Cisco Press textbooks are available in PDF format from O’Reilly but don’t buy them from Cisco Press website because the Adobe DRM will cause you pain and problems.

DSCP QoS over MPLS Thoughts

I have been working on the edge of MPLS networks for several years and had a basic understating of DSCP QoS values that I was sending into the cloud and expecting them to pop onto the LAN at the other side the same. The QoS queues on the CE’s were already setup and I have had no reason to change then until recently for a new VOIP project; this and my studying for CCIE SP written has prompted me to understand DSCP in depth but also understand how this LAN QoS maps to MPLS QoS.

Internets of Interest:16 Aug 10

Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 16 Aug 10:

So You Want to be a Network Consultant

Having spent over twenty years in I.T. and over seventeen years in networking, Iíve worked with a lot of Network Engineers. Career progression has always been a hot topic. Iíve always been interested in learning how people have found themselves in the job they now do. Here are ten tips from a Technical Services Director (or Vice President) on how to work for a Reseller.

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Show 8 – Something on the Light Side – Part 1

A collection of topics this week and joined by Jeremy Stretch from Packetlife and Amy Arnold (a woman in networking no less!!) to cover the news in the Networking Industry.

Mental Case on the iPad : Memorising and Refreshing Information

Mental Case for the iPad was released today, and I am well impressed. Looks great, feels great and improves my revision time.

Teach a man to fish – On Learning to Learn and Certification

Musing on “learning something” as opposed to “learning to learn something”. I believe this is a vital part of understanding certification.

Techtorial: BGP Redistribution with OSPF and Statics

Joe Astorino says : Today I would like to share with you all a few obscure specific details related to both BGP and redistribution. Having things like this down will be important to your success in the lab. I know that some of the details I will be discussing were surprises to me when I first learned them, so hopefully it will help you guys out!

Control CPU usage in GNS3 / Dynamips with Process Lasso

have been a user of Dynamips/GNS3 for several years now and I canít imagine what I would do without it. I use it for doing Proof Of Concept work and for Studying. This tip looks at managing CPU utilisation on Windows.

How long does it take to become a CCIE from 0?

I donít have the answer but in this not so brief post I can show you how long it took me and tell you a little about my journey.

Has IT certification become nothing more than a racket?

Has IT certification become nothing more than a racket? Something I heard this week made me really start to wonder?

◎ Musing: On Permananent and Ephemeral Knowledge and Exam Study

Like many tech-workers, we need to ingest vast quantities of knowledge to get started in our jobs. Without that knowledge, there is no working in our business. What is unique, however, is that we continue to ingest knowledge for the remainder of our careers – often consuming large portions of our personal time and energy. Worse we even get tested on it by sitting formal examinations.

How can we manage this process to be more effective ?

Internets of Interest:16 Mar 10

Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 16 Mar 10:

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