The Hedge Podcast Episode 18: Programming Fundamentals for Network Engineers

Network engineers do not need to become full-time coders to succeed—but some coding skills are really useful. In this episode of the Hedge, David Barrosso (you can find David’s github repositories here), Phill Simmonds, and Russ White discuss which programming skills are useful for network engineers.

The Hedge Podcast Episode 17: Michael Natkin and Strong Opinions Loosely Held

According to Michael Natkin, “in the tech industry, with our motto of “strong opinions, loosely held” (also known as “strong opinions, weakly held”), we’ve glorified overconfidence.” Michael joins Tom Ammon and Russ White to discuss the culture of overconfidence, and how it impacts the field of information technology.

The Hedge Podcast 16: Pavel Odinstov on Fastnetmon Use Cases

In a previous episode, Pavel joined the Hedge to talk about the origins and architecture of the Fastnetmon open source network monitoring tool. In this episode, Pavel joins Russ White and Tom Ammon to talk about the many creative use cases to which you can apply this tool.

The Hedge Podcast Episode 15: Alistair Woodman on Supporting Open Source

Many companies rely on open source, regardless of whether or not they realize it. In this episode of the Hedge, Alistair Woodman joins Russ White and Tom Ammon to talk about not only why you should support the open source projects you use, but how you can.

The Hedge Episode 14: Ron Bonica and SRM6

Srv6 uses IPv6 header fields to perform many of the same traffic engineering, fast reroute, and other functions available through MPLS. The size of the header with a large label stack, however, can be problematic from a performance perspective. Further, adding the concept of actions to SRv6 would bring a lot of new functionality into view. On this episode of the Hedge podcast, Ron Bonica joins Russ White to talk about SRM6, or Segment Routing Mapped to the v6 address space, which compacts the label stack and actions into a smaller space, resulting in an easier to deploy version of SRv6.

The Hedge Podcast 13: Ivan Pepelnjak

In this episode of the Hedge, Tom Ammon and Russ White are joined by Ivan Pepelnjak of ipSpace.net to talk about being old, knowing about how things are going to break before they do, and being negative. Along the way, we discuss the IETF, open source, and many other aspects of the world of network engineering.

The Hedge Episode 12: Cyberinsecurity with Andrew Odlyzko

There is a rising tide of security breaches. There is an even faster rising tide of hysteria over the ostensible reason for these breaches, namely the deficient state of our information infrastructure. Yet the world is doing remarkably well overall, and has not suffered any of the oft-threatened giant digital catastrophes. ndrew Odlyzko joins Tom Ammon and I to talk about cyber insecurity.

The Hedge Episode 11: Roland Dobbins on Working Remotely

Network engineering and operations are both “mental work” that can largely be done remotely—but working remote is not only great in many ways, it is also often fraught with problems. In this episode of the Hedge, Roland Dobbins joins Tom and Russ to discuss the ins and outs of working remote, including some strategies we have found effective at removing many of the negative aspects.

The Hedge Episode 10: Pavel Odintsov and Fastnetmon

Fastnetmon began life as an open source DDoS detection tool, but has grown in scope over time. By connecting Fastnetmon to open source BGP implementations, operators can take action when a denial of service event is detected, triggering black holes and changing route preferences. Pavel Odintsov joins us to talk about this interesting and useful open source project.

The Hedge Episode 9: Nash King and Ethics in IT

Nash King (@gammacapricorni) joins Russ White and Tom Ammon in a wide ranging discussion of ethics in IT, including being comfortable with standing up and saying “no” when asked to do something you consider unethical and the virtue ethic. This is meant to be the first of a series of episodes on this topic.