Show 02 – Attack of the Packet Pushers

This is the second podcast by the PacketPushers crew. We’re slightly more prepared this week, and had more of an idea what to expect. Hopefully that’ll be evident in the podcast!

Today Dan Hughes, Greg Ferro, and Ethan Banks discussed some newsworthy events of the week, including :

Removal of OEQs from the CCIE R&S Lab, why they were there in the first place and wondering what they actually achieved.

F5’s release of 10.2 software, and the addition of support for IP tunneling, allowing further integration with VMware and supporting the moving of VM’s between datacentres.

Slashdot’s story that a black market for IPV4 addresses may appear, which turned quickly into ‘why is everyone ignoring IPv6’?

The BBC’s recent article claiming we can only manage two things at a time, and that multitasking beyond that is not possible.

And finally to finish up, we looked at the new Universal Network Cable product from ThinkGeek.

Hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please feedback, and let us know if there’s anything you want to hear discussed! Please contact us via packetpushers at gmail dot com, or via twitter

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Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • Stuart Howlette

    Good episode, or whatever they are called, I enjoyed.

    In regards to the universal network cable tool, where I work it would be great, as we have just as many WAN circuits as LAN circuits, and its all dependent on a customers budget. Whethers its E1/T1, Metroethernet, serial, or whatever, something like this would cover nearly all our circuits in terms of local loop testing, making sure the carrier (of the 2 billion different ones we use for our circuits it seems) uses a certain type of hand off

    You never know whether it'll be E1 straight, E1 cross, or some pin out that they made up out of boredom, so a device which can be used to check all at once would be great.

    If it can be paid for by the company rather than on personsal expenses too….

  • Paul Paradiso

    Excellent Podcast! It's great to hear you guys go over the latest happenings in our world. Also a nice change from reading you in my twitter updates.

    Anyway, that cable is the ultimate of geekdom. For a cheaper alternative, albeit less geeky and useful, there is an adapter out there that converts a straight-thru to a crossover cable.

    $13.99 USD for a pack of 5

    until next time!…………….

  • LBSources

    Excellent episode guys – Thanks for giving us something great to listen to that matters to folks of the same minds :)

  • Matt Stenberg

    I'm really enjoying this podcast guys. It's a great one to listen to on the way to and from work. I'm just catching up on episodes, but wanted to offer a quick CCIE OEQ comment. At Networkers last year they discussed the fact that the first-time pass rate at certain CCIE lab locations was around 90%, while it was at 20% at all other locations. Just by adding the OEQ's to the test it dropped those other locations back down to a 20% first-time pass rate. I believe that the troubleshooting component accomplished the same objective of weeding out those that memorized the configuration scenarios and the OEQ's were consequently eliminated.

    Thanks again for a great show. I'm looking forward to getting up to date on my backlog of Packet Pushers episodes.

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  • Curious Yellow

    Guys, loving the podcast, but I'm curious about the statement you make regarding cheating and Asia. Have you got any stats/info to back this up? Else this could be quite easily misconstrued.

    • Greg Ferro

      Cisco has never made any public statements about this, however, it wass well known with the community at the time. Certain forums had people coming to tell their stories about how they achieved their 'results'. When we talked about it, I actually put some warning around it so that people would not feel maligned and that is not the intent.