ArchiveJanuary 2012

Tips On Getting Things Done For The Person Already Stretched

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I am a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional stories about Middle-Earth. There are times where Tolkien paints a picture with words by putting down a phrase that leaves you with more of an impression than outright explicit description. Thus it is when Bilbo describes how his considerable years are wearing on him. “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter, scraped over too much bread...

Cisco Systems Logo As ASCII Art

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And, for absolutely no reason, the Cisco Systems logo as ASCII art! No, I didn’t create this myself. It was captured from an appliance I was upgrading at work today. ####### #::::::# #### ######## ###### #### #::###### #::::# #:::::::# #::::::# #::::::# #::# #::# #:::###### #::###### #:# #:# #::# #::# #:::# #::# #::# #::# #::# #::# #:::### #::# #::# #::# #::# #::# ##:::::# #::# #::# #::#...

Review: Monoprice.com Wireless 802.11N Router w/ WPS & WISP Function (300Mbps)

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This little consumer-grade wireless router from monoprice.com caught my eye because it supported 802.11n, and was only $25. I looked at the feature list, noted the external antennas, and thought to myself, “How bad can it be?” The answer? Pretty bad. I’ll keep this brief. Pros: It’s $25. It doesn’t get overly hot. Sometimes it works. The feature set is fairly robust...

A Fun Response To Recruiter Spam

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2011 was the Year of the Recruiter, at least in my world. They contact me all the time. A ping via LinkedIn is fair enough; I don’t mind that, and I even network with recruiters frequently. Unsolicited e-mail showing up in my inbox gets tiring, but I understand. Directly calling my office phone by requesting the front desk to route to me is simply unprofessional, but has happened often...

Ethan Banks is a podcaster and writer with a BSCS and 20+ years in enterprise IT. He's operated data centers with a special focus on infrastructure — especially networking. He's been a CNE, MCSE, CEH, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, and CCIE R&S #20655. He's the co-founder of Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC where he creates content for humans in the hot aisle.

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