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Complexity – My Friend, My Enemy
Over my years of network engineering, I've learned that the fewer features you can implement while still achieving a business goal, the better. Why? Fewer
Brief Me At Interop?
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Book Recommendation: Wasteland Blues

I am a fan of any sort of post-apocalyptic fiction. Movies. Books. Anime. Weird Al songs. You name it. If it posits a future after the world we know is gone, I’ll give it a try. Thus it is that I recommend Wasteland Blues to you by Scott Christian Carr and my fellow Packet Pusher Andrew Conry-Murray.

Resolve is easy. Planning & execution are hard.

When we fail, we pity ourselves, have a consolation cookie or three, give up, and go back to a moribund contentment with the status quo. Maybe next year, we’ll be more serious, we think. More determined. Yes, we’ll try it all again at some future point when we can muster up the will to give it another go. This is all wrong. For me, difficulty in realizing goals has never been due to a lack of desire or will.

Would I take Wireshark training?

If the buck stops with you when it comes to troubleshooting strange and bizarre application behavior, you’ll want to be able to use a packet capture tool effectively. Wireshark is ubiquitous; most network engineers use it. Wireshark has an active user and development community. Plus, there is a commercial variant through Riverbed if you care to go that route. Therefore, I view Wireshark as a safe packet analysis tool to spend time learning intimately.

Google Plus Is Mouldering

A quick search for “Google Plus is dead” reveals a number of recent articles about the pending death of the social media platform. It’s not fair to say it’s dead as yet. But it’s certainly mouldering. I took an informal survey on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Slack, asking folks if they were still using G+. Here is an anonymous compilation of those results.

Citizens of Tech Podcast Has Re-Launched!

My friend Eric Sutphen and I started the Citizens of Tech podcast using some spare capacity on the Packet Pushers platform to see what folks thought of the idea. We received lots of positive comments from the audience. Several of you stated that Citizens of Tech quickly became one of your “must listen” shows. With warm, glowing feelings of audience love in mind, we’ve opted to give the show a site of its very own!

http://citizensoftech.com

IF { you like this blog } THEN { donate to my annual charitable campaign }

I am raising money for the Mt. Washington Observatory (MWO), a non-profit organization engaged in weather research in New Hampshire. I am joining the 15th annual Seek The Peak fundraiser for the MWO. The idea is simple: hike to the summit, with pledgers backing the adventure. If you’ve gotten value from the Packet Pushers podcast or this blog, I’d appreciate it if you’d donate to my Seek the Peak campaign. For the first three networking vendors that donate $1,000 or more, I’ll have my picture taken at the Mt. Washington summit sign with your wearable and thank you in a blog post here.

Network Engineering In A World Of Data Center Haves & Have Nots

If we assume economies of scale, eventually, it may become silly for a business to own lots of IT infrastructure. Why not lease it from cloud providers? They’ll be able to do it cheaper, and besides…they’re experts. I think it’s possible that businesses will eventually migrate most (if not all) of their applications to the cloud.

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.

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.

Let’s Meet at Interop Las Vegas 2015

I will be at Interop Las Vegas this year from Tuesday, April 28 through Thursday, April 30. If you are a vendor who would like to brief me, someone who would like to explore consulting opportunities, or if you just want a word, let’s connect. I’d be happy to swing by your booth, meet for coffee, or simply hang out.

It’s About Application Delivery, Not Networking

@DrDust tweets:

@packetpushers – at the beginning you appeared very Cisco centric. Now not so much. What do you guys “like” working on?

Be warned, @DrDust. This is probably not the post you’re looking for. But it’s where my mind went after reading your question. ;-)

On Early Cisco-centrism

I don’t especially remember that early Packet Pushers podcasts were or weren’t Cisco-centric. We’ve been doing the show for almost 5 years (!),

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3 Months With Little Streaming Boxes

You might recall that I dropped Dish Network a few months back, using a Roku 3 and Apple TV instead. How’s it been going? Just fine, really. No regrets. Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. We use the Roku 3 for almost everything. The Roku has a clean, intuitive, simple, responsive interface. Plus, the Roku has Amazon Prime streaming, while the Apple TV does not. We watch a good bit of Amazon Prime.

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Not Raising Red Flags While Looking For A New Job

A reader wrote to me, explaining that they were unhappy in their current job situation, and queried how they might be able look for a new job without raising any red flags with their existing employer. Tricky, but I have a few thoughts, having done this a time or two over my career.

Unhappiness

This is a preface, and has nothing to do with red flag raising. At the risk of sounding too zen,

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How Marketers Use Social Media Evilly

In my role as co-founder of Packet Pushers, I do some amount of sales and marketing of the show to sponsors. Our philosophy of sponsorship is very simple. The audience knows when content is sponsored. Period. We don’t hide it. We don’t disguise sponsored content as non-sponsored content in the hope that the audience doesn’t notice. Why not? Because such tactics are evil.

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Packet Pushers began as a grass roots podcast — a bunch of engineers having a good time talking about networking.

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Replacing Traditional TV & DVR with Little Streaming Boxes

After nine years with Dish Network, I’ve replaced it with an AppleTV and Roku 3 ($99 each, last time I looked). Having done that, what’s life like without traditional TV & DVR? In a nutshell, it’s just fine. My kids watch a lot of YouTube, and did before I retired Dish. I was bored with most of what I was watching on TV. My wife is only vaguely interested in TV. So, it’s not as if it was a big deal for our family.

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