About Keith Tokash

Keith Tokash, CCIE (R&S) #21236, began his career in 1999, and has spent the last decade running around large content and small ISP networks. He spends his spare time with his newborn son, on the mat at the local Jiu-Jitsu gym, and trying to keep his fat yap shut.

A Single Architect for Your Network

I finally got around to reading The Mythical Man Month (MMM), a famous book on large-scale software development projects … [Read more...]

Helpful Concepts for the Fresh New Geek

Someone recently asked me to be a professional mentor, an occurrence that becomes more surreal the longer I consider it in … [Read more...]

Ageism and your career in I.T.

I recently decided to commit to my current company.  I don't mean work harder or focus more, though that's implicit.  I mean … [Read more...]

Fighting Stale Documentation

In my continuing series on the decidedly boring, I would like to discuss the subtle, yet paralyzing, evil of stale … [Read more...]

When Am I Going to Use This?


I imagine that prior to the industrial revolution, people didn't struggle with niche skillsets that didn't transfer. They … [Read more...]

Scalable Versus Noisy Configurations

It's a funny fact of being a network admin that you might need to focus for half an hour to come up with a 3-line … [Read more...]

Avoiding Bikesheds and Spotting Phonies

"A reactor is used because it is so vastly expensive and complicated that an average person cannot understand it, so one … [Read more...]

The Consultant Attitude: Making It “Go Time”

I mentioned working with an architect in my previous post; one of his fellow consultants taught me something in about three … [Read more...]

The Importance of Diagrams When Building A Network

Years ago, I had the opportunity to work with a real network architect. I'll call him Rani Doisman. :) I'm talking about … [Read more...]

The Unbalanced Life of a Champion

I just watched a documentary called "Jens Pulver: Driven." It is about an ex-UFC champion who eventually loses his last shot … [Read more...]

Three Types of Networks – Choosing a Career Path

I am going to do something annoying: I am going to classify computer networks into three broad types and discuss the … [Read more...]

Managing Your Job Versus Managing Your Career

I'm between jobs right now; I'm not much for downtime so I ended Friday and start the new gig Monday. But the last year has … [Read more...]