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.

Thoughts on Impostor Syndrome

17 July 2018 | 1 Comment

How many times, on reading my blog, a book, or watching some video of mine over these many years (the first article I remember writing that was publicly available, many years ago, was the EIGRP white paper on Cisco Online, somewhere in 1997), have you thought—here is an engineer who has it all together, who…

Complexity Sells

9 July 2018 | Comments Off on Complexity Sells

According to Roman philosophers, simplicity is the hallmark of truth. And yet, networks have become ever more complex over time. Why is this? Because complexity sells. In this short take, I talk about why complexity sells, and some of the mental habits you can use to overcome our natural tendency to prefer the complex.

Short Take: Culture and Technology

3 July 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: Culture and Technology