Short Take: Customizing Your World

1 May 2019 | Comments Off on Short Take: Customizing Your World

Practical Simplification

22 April 2019 | Comments Off on Practical Simplification

Simplification is a constant theme not only here, and in my talks, but across the network engineering world right now. But what does this mean practically? Looking at a complex network, how do you begin simplifying? The first option is to abstract, abstract again, and abstract some more. But before diving into deep abstraction, remember…

Network Collective: The Value of Labs

17 January 2019 | Comments Off on Network Collective: The Value of Labs

The Network Collective: The Value of Labs

20 December 2018 | Comments Off on The Network Collective: The Value of Labs

Problems and Solutions

23 October 2018 | Comments Off on Problems and Solutions

Short Take: Time Management

18 September 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: Time Management

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.

Growing and Selling

4 December 2017 | Comments Off on Growing and Selling

A lot of people say just to save money, and watch it grow. There is more to life than just growing, though—you need to figure out what to sell, as well.

Learning to Ask Questions

13 November 2017 | Comments Off on Learning to Ask Questions

One thing I’m often asked in email and in person is: why should I bother learning theory? After all, you don’t install SPF in your network; you install a router or switch, which you then configure OSPF or IS-IS on. The SPF algorithm is not exposed to the user, and does not seem to really…

The Perfect and the Good

27 February 2017 | Comments Off on The Perfect and the Good

Perfect and good: one is just an extension of the other, right? When I was 16 (a long, long, long time ago), I was destined to be a great graphis—a designer and/or illustrator of some note. Things didn’t turn out that way, of course, but the why is a tale for another day. At any…