Greetings. Welcome to my first blog post. I have to say, I feel a little out of my class in the esteemed collection of networking talent I see blogging on this site. I have never been the top tier of networking. I have never been the guy who just seems to know everything. I have never been the guy who seems to tune the network by intuition. I have always been able to be useful, and rarely make anything worse than when I arrived. I have been able to apply a lifetime of learning and experience to make things better and help out the team. For the past 25 years, I have never been the sharpest knife in the drawer, but at least I was sitting in with the knives.
I respect the level of accomplishment of the bloggers I see on this site. I would like to be pursuing higher levels of certifications, but I get to work with what I got. I can say for sure, it is a lot easier to get the next certification up than to let it lapse and start from square one. After getting my previous CCNA R&S, I did finish a BScIT and moved to Australia. I am happy about that. However, it doesn’t help extend the CCNA. The CCENT that I am studying for now is as difficult as the previous CCNA combined exam. I would have been better off if I had focused on any other Cisco exam as soon as I finished the degree.
One thing about myself that I have learned is I like learning. I am usually studying something. If it isn’t routing and switching, it will be programming, or BSD, or calculus, or electronics. I like problem solving. I like to draw out ideas. I like to write and I like to share stories. I want to understand more about MPLS and QoS tagging. I want to know more about virtualization. I suffer from “more”, but it isn’t always a bad thing.
We have all travelled, and we all have stories. We have all learned our lessons, some of them the hard way. We have all watched people around us doing amazing things with their talents, good and evil. The best part of traveling, from my experience, is bringing stories to the new place, and bringing stories back. My work history is varied. I have been an Electronics Tech, building and troubleshooting circuit boards. I have been a network installer, really for the past 20 years. I have been a satellite tech working in far-off remote places and in a nice warm equipment cage with a dish and spec an. I have worked in a NOC, troubleshooting layer 3 networks from afar. I have worked on networks supporting automation gear. I have worked and learned from some really smart people. I have earned my experience, but some of my lessons have come from people with far more talented than me. I may sometimes think I belong at the short table at thanksgiving for the amount of effort I need to put in to earn a win. Today however, those other guys are not the ones writing here. For all of their talent, wisdom, and experience, they are not sharing their best with you.
The CCENT does not require a huge amount of effort from me, but I am enjoying putting a huge amount in. I am enjoying making content for my website along the way, and wanted to share with my new friends on the packet pushers site some of what I am relearning. I am new. Again.
I have always gotten a lot out of the packet pushers podcast, and I would like to help support their success. Sorry if my first post was too long. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far.
“It is easier to do it right, than do it twice.”