Choose Simple Solutions

1 April 2019 | 1 Comment

In my experience, simplicity is not valued enough in software development. Instead, there is a lot of emphasis placed on flexibility. —Felix Replace “software” with “network,” and think about it. How often do network engineers select the chassis-based system that promises to “never need to be replaced?” How often do we build networks like they…

Social Media, Limits, and Productivity

27 March 2019 | Comments Off on Social Media, Limits, and Productivity

If there is one question I get most often, it is “how do you get so much done?” One answer to this question is: I limit my use of social media. There is, another angle to social media use which is a bit more… philosophical. Some of you might know that I am currently working…

Bridging the Gap

12 March 2019 | 3 Comments

Mike Bushong and Denise Donohue join Eyvonne, Jordan, and I to discuss the gap between network engineering and “the business,” and give us some thoughts on bridging it. Outro Music: Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

The Revenge of the Ancillaries

28 January 2019 | Comments Off on The Revenge of the Ancillaries

Have you ever tried to make water flow in a specific direction? Maybe you have some particularly muddy spot in your yard, so you dig a small ditch and think, “the water will now flow from here to there, and the muddy spot won’t be so muddy the next time it rains.” Then it rains,…

When Metaphors Fail

21 January 2019 | Comments Off on When Metaphors Fail

We often use metaphors to describe a particular part of a thing or the thing itself. For instance, we might say “I’m as hungry as a horse,” to describe how much we think we could eat (although a more appropriate saying might be “as hungry as a bird,” as it turns out!). Network operators and…

Short Take: Nerd Knobs

17 December 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: Nerd Knobs

Attitude and Gratitude

23 November 2018 | Comments Off on Attitude and Gratitude

I don’t often let my studies in philosophy and worldview creep into these pages intentionally. I don’t think it can be helped, of course, because the more I study philosophy, the more I see just how practical it is (contrary to popular belief). On the other hand, sometimes an observation about our world jumps out…

Thinking Differently

14 November 2018 | Comments Off on Thinking Differently

Imposter Syndrome

24 October 2018 | Comments Off on Imposter Syndrome

Short Take: It’s always been done that way

9 October 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: It’s always been done that way