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ArchiveMarch 2015

Is Juniper The Next Cisco?


Juniper flexed its muscles at the Innovation Showcase held in March 2015. What did they talk about? What does it mean for their customers going forward? I perform an introductory analysis.

Production Designs Are Compromise – And That’s Okay


During a bout of stress & jet lag induced insomnia, I logged onto Twitter in the wee hours to see what folks were saying. I found a number of twitpisses in my timeline. Twitpisses are arguments in which people assert that Someone On The Internet Is Wrong in 140 characters or less. After said assertion, a debate is held, using one of the worst platforms for intelligent discourse imaginable...

The ‘Why Talented Employees Stay’ Listicle – ORLY?


I’ve seen a list entitled “Why Talented Employees Stay” floating around Twitter. The list has been bothering me, because I don’t think it’s quite…right. The list is interesting, but I don’t believe it tells the whole story. Taken at face value, I think the list could even make it more difficult to retain certain people — not less.

What is the difference between throughput & goodput?


Throughput Throughput is the rate at which data is traversing a link. For example, take a look at the virtual router output below. The throughput rate is 643Kbps in each direction. CSR1KV01#show interface gi1 | include rate 30 second input rate 643000 bits/sec, 58 packets/sec 30 second output rate 643000 bits/sec, 58 packets/sec CSR1KV01# Goodput Goodput is the rate at which useful data traverses...

Review: Hosting WordPress with GoDaddy


GoDaddy recently entered the turnkey WordPress hosting fray, offering a one year trial for $1 a month. I had been toying with the idea of another blog, so I decided to give them a try. The experience of hosting at GoDaddy has been...sort of neutral.

Ethan Banks On productivity.

Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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