Are Walled Gardens the Future of the ‘net?

19 August 2015 | Comments Off on Are Walled Gardens the Future of the ‘net?

From the very beginning, the walled garden has been the opposite of what those who work on and around the ‘net have wanted. The IETF, and the protocols it has developed over the years, have always been about free and open access to anyone who wants to learn networking, coding, or even just what the…

Engineering Lessons, IPv6 Edition

14 August 2015 | Comments Off on Engineering Lessons, IPv6 Edition

Yes, we really are going to reach a point where the RIRs will run out of IPv4 addresses. As this chart from Geoff’s blog shows — Why am I thinking about this? Because I ran across a really good article by Geoff Huston over at potaroo about the state of the IPv4 address pool at…

The Future of Network Engineering

12 August 2015 | Comments Off on The Future of Network Engineering

Two different articles caught my attention this last week. They may not seem to be interrelated, but given my “pattern making mind,” I always seem to find connections. The first is an article from Network Computing discussing the future of network engineering skill sets. It’s a new day in enterprise technology, with Chuck Robbins at…

It’s About Time

3 August 2015 |

I guess I’m semi-famous. Or maybe I’m a moderately sized fish in a rather small bowl. Whatever the reason, a lot of people reach out to me for career advice. Which is okay, of course — I make it a personal policy to answer every email that’s addressed to me, individually, that I receive. It…

Testing to the Cut Score (Certifications)

29 July 2015 | Comments Off on Testing to the Cut Score (Certifications)

Tom has an interesting post over at The Networking Nerd on one of my favorite areas of discussion — certifications. To give you a sense — Perhaps raising the cut scores to more than 900 points isn’t the answer. Maybe instead more complex questions or more hands-on simulations are required to better test the knowledge…

Good Enough

27 July 2015 | Comments Off on Good Enough

Looking at my desk in the late 1990’s, that little haven where I came in early in the morning, and left ealry’ish in the afternoon, you’d see a catalog rack. Only it wasn’t full of catalogs, it contained a full set of the latest Cisco IOS documentation. We whined when a new version of the…

Saving the Web, Saving Community (Heavy Topic Warning)

22 July 2015 | Comments Off on Saving the Web, Saving Community (Heavy Topic Warning)

Is the ‘web losing it’s populist (and/or democratic) spirit? Hossein Derakhshan, at least, thinks so. he argues that the ‘web is dying because the hyperlink is dying — The hyperlink was my currency six years ago. Stemming from the idea of the hypertext, the hyperlink provided a diversity and decentralisation that the real world lacked.…

On being different

20 July 2015 | Comments Off on On being different

The METNAV shop at McGuire AFB was hard to miss, if you could get into the right area, and you know what you were looking for. Out across the flightline, across the old 18 runway, and across a winding series of roads, a small squat building sat — no antennas or other identifying marks. Just…

Commercializing Community

16 July 2015 | Comments Off on Commercializing Community

No online community with a collective identity has successfully become a large business like the segregated, follower-based communities of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Strangely, it is the retailer Amazon (proprietor of acquired communities Twitch, Goodreads, IMDB and DPReview) who has the most sophisticated understanding of collective identity online communities of any modern mega-corp. C.S.…

The Tinker and the Geek: Information Technology

1 July 2015 | Comments Off on The Tinker and the Geek: Information Technology

Imagine you’ve just woken up and found yourself in a small kingdom someplace in Europe around 1200 AD. You wander outside, interested in your surroundings, and find yourself in the middle of a fair. Taking stock, you see a man standing in a tent across the way who appears to be tapping on something with…