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

Network Collective: Breaking Things

28 August 2018 | Comments Off on Network Collective: Breaking Things

Reaction: Nerd Knobs and Open Source in Network Software

20 August 2018 | 1 Comment

This is an interesting take on where we are in the data networking world— Tech is commoditizing, meaning that vendors in the space are losing feature differentiation. That happens for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is that you run out of useful features. Other reasons include the difficulty in making less-obvious…

Complexity Sells

18 July 2018 | Comments Off on Complexity Sells

Networks are complex. But why? There are two fundamental reasons. The first is complexity is required to solve hard problems, specifically in the area of resilience. The second is that complexity sells. In this short take, I look at the second reason in a little more depth.