It was Inevitable…


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Why Internet Standards are Still Important

Vidya Narayana, in a piece at Gigaom, said recently: So, why did I actually stop contributing to standards definitions? The … [Read more...]

NAT saves the day!


Introduction NAT is bad, it breaks end to end connectivity. It's misused as a security tool. Using NAT kills kittens. Yes … [Read more...]

Are certifications tests still worth your resources in the day of Hybrid IT?


Let me start by laying out this disclaimer:  This is in no way intended to devalue or criticize any vendor or vendor neutral … [Read more...]

Out with the old, in with the new


A few weeks ago I was asked to help a client turn up and move everything over to a new network. I have done this many times … [Read more...]

Where Are All the Operators in the IETF Standards Process?

Network operators – service providers, enterprises, engineers, architects, data-centers, campuses, etc. – are responsible for … [Read more...]

Farewell to Networking

Almost twenty years ago, I began my career in networking.  HP hubs and routers, no VLANs, one router PHY port per subnet.  … [Read more...]

Podcast Planning – Got A Great Network Down Story?

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Greg and I want to record a "Nightmare Before Christmas" podcast, where folks come on and tell us their most grisly, … [Read more...]

A Bit of Irony…

There's something terribly wrong about this... RUSH hour in Nairobi can be a nightmare. "Most motorists don't follow … [Read more...]

Your Weak and Broken Heart


I can make you happy, I can give you everything you dreamed of. You already know that right? I've tried to make you … [Read more...]

Why so Rude?

The engineering world has a long standing tradition none of us should be too proud of: rudeness. There was, in fact, a time … [Read more...]

The Importance of Setting Expectations

One of my first experiences dealing with a technology customer involved a request to deliver and install a new PC and … [Read more...]

Make yourself a standout


As people manage their careers, it is common sense that they need to stand above their peers if they want to outperform them … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Daily Time Management

Those in technology realize that a day of work can vary greatly and can change without warning. Additionally, many try to … [Read more...]

Leading cross-functional teams: foot-in-the-door theory

Leg in door.

When I was at Juniper, my job was basically to sell internally those ideas that were deemed so controversial or hotly … [Read more...]