Ethan Banks On productivity.

Heading To Narbik Kocharians’ CCIE Lab Bootcamp


I am all packed up to go to Narbik Kocharians’ CCIE lab bootcamp in Pasadena, CA. I have about 8 hours on a plane each way, so I printed off a lot of CCIE reading material. I also loaded my laptop with OpenOffice & Doc CD PDFs so that I can hopefully finish off the mini-lab solution en route. My laptop battery is getting old, so I’ve only got about 2 – 3 hours of juice. I’m hoping that’s enough to get the mini-lab solution done. I had no idea what a pain that would be to write. :-)

I was poking around with Google Maps & Google Earth, looking for what’s near the bootcamp site. Google Maps goes all the way down to street-level view for Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA. I guess that’s because it’s old historic Route 66, and maybe also because the Rose Parade route includes that street, AFAIK. It’s getting crazy the kinds of information you can find online. Besides the street-level view, I was also able to find and read reviews of the hotel I’m staying at plus a dozen eateries within a half-mile of the hotel. Then I went and printed off maps and directions to get from LAX to Pasadena. The services Google provides for free are extraordinary, yet somehow they turned all that information into a multi-billion dollar company. At least someone from the dotcom era made it.

I’ll try to do some day-by-day comments from the bootcamp. We’ll see how that goes. The schedule is 9a – 9p PST, so there’s not much slack time built-in. I might try to blog notes if that’s practical, but maybe I’ll just settle for a summary of the lecture and labs covered.

Wish me luck. This is “reality check” week.


  • Enjoy the bootcamp and let us know how you get on.

    I have been seriously considering a bootcamp to try and improve my focus, but the next one I see offered in the Brussels area is in June.

    I see that some training schools in the US are offering starts at 2-weekly intervals, but I’m not sure I can handle the jet-lag. How many time zones are you crossing?

  • Cheesecake with strawberries DENIED!

    It was great to meet you and I hope you enjoy the Class! Come out earlier next time and we’ll go to someplace nice to eat and make my company pay!

  • I’ll be at the 3/17-3/22 bootcamp in Pasadena. I still haven’t booked my travel so please (if you have the time) rate the Hotel you’re staying at.
    Good luck and keep us posted!

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