Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 28 Jan 11:
- Supplementary Study Resources – Packet Life – As always, Stretch has some good points about learning. I think marriage might be settling him down.
have noticed a trend among newbie networkers to assume that limiting their education to what is provided in textbooks is acceptable. Often I'll be asked to expand on a topic which was not fully explained in a study guide, or I'll encounter a complaint that a configuration example given in print does not correlate with real-world behavior. What bothers me about such inquiries is that the petitioner has made little if any attempt to search for answers beyond the space between the front and back cover, instead opting to offload the burden to another individual. It seems as if they assume this other individual possesses, perhaps, a slightly bigger book containing the answer they seek.
- Quickly opening multiple sessions with Putty « Daniels quest for CCIE – Daniel has a script to open multiple Putty sessions from teh command line. Simple and sweet.
- Jeff Doyle on IP Routing: IPv6 Address Design | Network World –
Although you can discard much of your concern for address waste, existing IPv4 address management should be assessed. There are two sides to this consideration. On the one hand, the more you can integrate IPv6 addressing into familiar practices, the easier you make life for your operations personnel. On the other hand, if your existing address management practices have been inadequate, this is the perfect time to make changes.
My own experience has been that many if not most of my clients are happy to abandon what they see as an inadequate, inefficient, or barely existent IPv4 address management workflow.
Jeff Doyle makes a number of good points. But this one is particularly relevant to discussions from this week.
- Be A Part Of History « The Network Therapy Blog –
New blood will come into the field. You’ll be able to guide them and mentor them and show them your scars from the IPv4, every server was physical, no wireless, TDM PBX, Frame Relay was king days.
Matthew gets very creative instead of studying. But a great post.
- Egypt Leaves the Internet – Renesys Blog –
But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.
The Internet is continuing to grow up. Governments can take control of the Internet – but they have to work a lot harder to make that happen compared to the old days of national telecoms provider. But, cutting a whole country of eighty million people off the Internet doesn't sound good at all.
A lot of people appear to be getting hurt. I hope they work out a solution real soon.
- Catching My Breath – Chuck’s Blog –
One thing that people have noticed, we've dramatically stepped up our marketing game recently. I can safely give 100% of the credit to Jeremy Burton, who isn't your usual marketing person. Forbes recently did some nice video interviews with Jeremy which give you a good sense of his personal style.
For those of you who have expressed displeasure or distaste on how Jeremy is going about his new role (primarily competitors, but a few others snarking as well), well — there's not much I can give you in the way of hope. It's very effective stuff, and you'll undoubtedly see much more in the future.
Chuck Hollis is talking about EMC's recent masturbatory marketing with motorcycles and pretty girls in leotards in cars.
Translation: The marketing guy got to promote himself and his career on Forbes and somehow the CEO loves it. I think it's a bust and I having nothing to do with it * giving him 100% of the credit. I don't like it but we are stuck with it.
- Cisco IOS Hints and Tricks: VMware cluster: up and running in three hours –
I have zero hands-on experience with blade server platforms from other vendors, so it’s a bit hard to guess how good we were … but I can tell you I was mightily impressed.
There is much to like about Cisco UCS (except the 'reassuringly expensive' price¡ ) and I can only recommend it as an overall solution. Although Cisco appears to be moving away from FCoE and embracing IP Storage more fully, the tight integration of FCoE to the Nexus 5K switches is a great feature.
- YouTube – The Day The Routers Died… –
Saw a man with whom I used to peer
Asked him to resuce my career
He just sighed and turned away
Timely resurrection of an olden but golden YouTube rendition of The Day the Music Died as The Day the Routers Died.
- Jon Still » Blog Archive » The Network Engineer’s Manifesto –
When your kit goes wrong, I don’t expect to spend 3 days going back and forth between vendor and VAR trying to prove that it’s definitely a hardware fault (I’m looking at you Check Point). New kit, now please.
Laugh because it hurts. So bad.
- Labels Should Only List Properties of That Particular Object : Bob Plankers, The Lone Sysadmin –
Some examples and my thoughts:
Cables with IP addresses on their labels.
Cables with DNS entries on their labels.
Cables with MAC addresses on their labels.