Well, long time no post.
I recently landed a job at my local ISP as a NOC Technician (their Tier III department).
It’s one heck of a learning experience and I’m learning a lot of stuff a text book simply doesn’t teach you.
Anyway, I’m going to stat blogging again, and I’m getting back into the study routine. Balancing time for blogging, studying, social life, R&R, and work will be a bit of a challenge, but:
I will be starting with some basic configs switch and router security, setting up the ‘comfy config’, telnet setup and move into RIP, VLANs/VTP/STP, and trunking concepts, and later get into some OSPF and EIGRP. I will add some other stuff along the way obviously with PPP links, authentication, frame relay and I’ll do some Wireshark captures, etc.
Well, I passed my CCENT! This is the ICND 1 Portion of the CCNA. So I’m half way there. I was hoping to have my CCNA by now, but medical complications changed that. Nonetheless I will be studying the ICND 2 portion and updating my studies on my blog now. I barely did any for the ICND 1 because I just needed to hurry up and get it done.
Another, but even more, terrible loss in the tech community. Dennis Ritchie, the pioneer of Unix and C programming passes away at 70. He was a true genius who’s passing has gone widely unnoticed. This is quite sad, that while millions of people would mourn the loss of Steve Jobs, almost none of them even know who this man is. If it weren’t for him, there would be a lot of technological innovations not seen today.
R.I.P. Dennis Ritchie.
Apple Founder and Former CEO Steve Jobs dies at 56
I am no fan of Apple, but I did have a lot of respect for Steve Jobs. He was an innovator, a visionary, set industry standards, and built a great empire. He had a dream and was not afraid to go after it, and in doing so, he succeeded. R.I.P. Steve Jobs.
Cancer took it’s toll on him and its sad to see such a thing happen.
(It might even happen to me one day too, if my cancer decides to show itself.)
From packetlife.net. This is a pretty neat poster from Packetlife, a lot of quick reference material on it about Cisco Interior Routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, EIGRP and IS-OS).
Makes a nice poster for the cubicle at work or your home lab. (If you can find a company to print it for you!)
Cisco Interior Routing Protocols Poster on Packetlife.net
So the Battlefield 3 beta is out right now (Get started with the beta if you haven’t yet!) (Also get that pre-order in!) . I am completely enthralled with it at the moment.
I’ve been playing this for PC, and yes I have Origin. If you feel like joining me in a game, hit me up, my ID is GorathKaiga.
So far I’ve been loving it. People need to realize, ITS A BETA, so don’t judge how much you like or dislike this title based on the beta. Of course you’re going to see bugs of course you’re going to see imbalance, and of course you’re going to experience problems playing the game overall on your hardware. You may experience problems with ATI/Nvidia cards? Thats fine, go download the beta drivers they have out.
I am currently running an MSI GTX560Ti, with the beta driver, and have so far had no crashes. I’ve run into a few bugs with the game, but not with the game crashing on me or performance issues.
(Don’t ask me about ATI/AMD drivers.)
But I will say, Dice has done a hell of a job with this game. I’m loving it, and can’t wait for the final release. October 29th
Networking-forum.com has a really good section with CCENT/CCNA sample test questions. They provoke you to think like a networking engineer, the way Cisco wants you to be thinking when you sit your exams. There are 4 sets of questions here, I suggest you try them out.
CCNA Sample Questions