This site is dedicated to my ramblings. I'd like to think I have something to offer, but would hate to come off preachy. There is everything from personal thoughts to references to things I find interesting. In some cases, this site is like a trailer I'm pulling with my brain because there's no more room in there. Brain swap space. If you find something useful, feel free to share it. If it is wrong, tell me! If it makes sense and is something you can use, awesome! In any case, have fun and enjoy...
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United States Gun Laws If you are like me you mostly take conversations about gun rights in the US with a grain of salt. You take them in stride and mostly worry with making sure you get your job done and keep your family provided for. In the heat of the moment we find ourselves Read more about Freedom to Bear Arms[…]
School Shootings: A Simple Problem with Complex Roots I am angry. My son is now finishing his senior year of high school and thankfully has not had to endure such horrors as have been selling newspapers lately. That doesn’t stop him from thinking about it and dealing with the phenomenon of school shootings alongside his Read more about Stop the School Shootings![…]
The Greatest 3D Printer in the World I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have to tell me. You’ve seen a million reviews of the Original Prusa i3 MK2S and previous variants and they all say essentially the same thing: the spool holder is the only problem. Well, they are mostly correct. I’ve had two Read more about Original Prusa i3 MK2S 3D Printer[…]
Google Calendar is a Godsend My wife usually plans everything. For me to put together an itinerary where there are choices to do anything you like is like herding a group of cats with a pencil and a wheelchair, blindfolded. That said, the task of vacation planning is turning out to be a little bit Read more about Vacation Planning :: London 2017[…]
A Little Background Recently, I was brought into a stalled project to migrate vendor invoicing to a new system. Started a year ago, the process had been stalled for months. When I came in I was anxious to produce results but was also concerned because the problem was beginning to impact services critical to our Read more about When People Drop the Ball[…]
Communication is Key Almost any business or personal situation requires clear communication. Good communication repels chaos and ensures success in any situation. What about those times when you are going to be out of the office and won’t be monitoring your email? Whatever has pulled you away from the office, it is a good practice Read more about How to Write a Vacation Auto-Reply Message[…]
BGP Shouldn’t Pass Extra AS #’s! I ran into an interesting issue that might seem pretty pedestrian to someone who deals with Internet peering on a regular basis. This is the first time I’ve had to deal with this using a Cisco IOS-XR platform running multiple VRF’s, however. My Internet providers were not propagating my Read more about Internet Announcements: When a private ASN Shows In Your Path[…]
Where is My Data? Application developers have to respect the boundaries of the systems their code runs in. Whether you are writing software to display a clock or analyze data, your code is restricted by the machines on which it is installed. Collaboration software has to take into account how much bandwidth exists between endpoints, Read more about Simulating Poor Network Performance[…]
Attitude is a Choice. Patience is a Virtue. I am not always a positive person and have never claimed to have a great deal of patience. In fact, I struggle with defaulting to a negative assumption as much as anyone might. I rationalize this shortcoming by proclaiming I am aware of it. Whether that offsets Read more about Practice Patience. Your Flight is Delayed…[…]
Notes on Reading Captured Data Using Flow-Tools Flow-Tools is a set of libraries and tools designed to capture, report and otherwise manipulate Netflow data. If you are unfamiliar with Netflow, check out the Netflow Wikipedia page. If you are unfamiliar with flow-tools you can search Google for additional resources. The site referenced as the source Read more about Flow-Tools: Notes on Reading Captured Flow Data[…]