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When CCIEs Get Bored

February 9, 2013

Now that Ryan Werber (“Scrye” on Freenode #cisco) has passed the CCIE exam and became #38168, he apparently has some extra free time on his hands. Update: This “Star Wars Traceroute” has been propagating (see what I did there?) like wildfire in the nerd-o-sphere since I first published this post. Since then, Ryan has originated […]

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99 Problems But A Switch Ain’t One

November 2, 2012

Tom Hollingsworth laid down a nice little rap in the Day 1 Wrap-Up Video at Network Field Day 4, but it looks like he may have some competition — from inside Cisco, no less! From the video description: The group of new hires at cisco were told to make a parody music video for fun. […]

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October 18, 2012

In a previous life, I worked at a .edu and lived, roughly, across the street from the building that housed IT. I don’t recall what it was that caused me to go to work that Monday evening, the third day of a three-day (holiday) weekend, but as anyone who works in IT would likely agree, […]

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Choose Internetworking

October 27, 2011

Choose no life. Choose no career. Choose no family. Choose fucking big routers. Choose switches big as trucks, modem racks, bridges, repeaters, and coffee makers, all networked. Choose no sleep, lots of caffeine and no time off. Choose no friends. Choose black clothing and long hair. Choose tons of mail and wondering why the fuck […]

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No, You Route the Packet!

August 11, 2011

Great job, Qwest (from Reddit):

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May 13, 2011

Here’s a (partial) transcript from an IRC session last night. I am in awe. 21:54:13 -!- fluter [~fluter@unaffiliated/fluter] has joined #cisco 22:01:22 <fluter> hi, can I choose any one port to be the uplink of a switch? 22:01:37 <jlgaddis> no 22:01:47 <jlgaddis> take the total number of ports, divide by 2 and add 4 22:01:52 […]

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An ASR 9000 for your wedding?

April 26, 2011

“Planning your royal wedding and not sure what telecom gear to use to connect your castle to the TV station for the global broadcast of your nuptials? More royal wedding planners choose the industry’s leading Edge router.”

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Fun with sudo (or how to scare a co-worker)

April 20, 2011

Inspired by a thread on Reddit, I decided to have some fun with sudo. This could also be known as “potentially scaring the crap out of a co-worker”. This screenshot should be self-explanatory to those of you familiar with Linux: What the above shows is that I made a modification to the /etc/sudoers file on […]

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Lorem ipsum dolor to you too!

April 1, 2011

Notice anything a little “different” in this e-mail I received several months ago? (click for full size image) P.S. This is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

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The problem is due to…

September 30, 2010

If you’ve been hanging out on the interwebz for very long, chances are good you’ve heard of the Bastard Operator From Hell. “The Bastard Operator From Hell (BOFH), a fictional character created by Simon Travaglia, is a rogue system administrator who takes out his anger on users (often referred to as lusers), colleagues, bosses, and […]

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