Vendor Stuff

January 13, 2011

When Cisco or Microsoft invite you to a technical presentation you always leave with a lot of great information. I feel educated. I feel really excited about the technology. But what I learned about other vendors (looking at you Symantec and Quest vRanger), what ever their invite reads, it’s a pure sales pitch.
I seriously don’t mind they they pitch the product, by all means. Do! But if you invite engineers (as in, not sales staff) to TECHNICAL presentation I don’t care about your stock price. I don’t care about your sales model. I don’t care about your merger. I don’t care. Tell me what problem you are solving, how to install it and how to fix it.

One more thing, if you give me a free t-shirt I’ll love you for at least a year. Or until your competitor gives me t-shirt.


Is Microsoft, really driving me away?

December 31, 2010

I have never been a Mac vs PC vs Linux guy. I like messing with technology in general. So if you toss DOS6.22 in front of me I have a blast messing with it!

That being said I have had to manage a lot of Cisco router and switches lately and I HATE putty. Seriously Microsoft, all you freaking need is a CLI version of SSH. Improve your copy/paste from the cmd.exe and finally, how about some color? That old DOS screen hurts my eyes after 5-6 hours. So I have found I have not used Windows once in the last month or so. MacOS and Ubuntu only.

You would at least think with all the smoke getting blown around about the powershell command line we could at least get ssh there?

So Microsoft, just look at what Apple and Ubuntu are doing for their terminals. And copy it! Toss it in a Windows update and you won’t loose a customer.


November 8, 2010

Alright! Just excited to post my success yesterday. Nearly 3 years in the works and I passed my 70-298 exam! I am officially an MCSE with Security specialization. I know it’s an old cert. But really it was soooo much information and it took years to get the experience in ISA, VPN, IAS, Security Templates, Services optimization, Exchange, PKI, IPSec so on.

But I got it! Next step is to get more Cisco. Hoping to knock out CCNP’s Route exam by the end of the year. I’ve already put 200+ hours into studying last year. I quit when they changed the exams out. So hopefully 3 months is enough time. Anyhow, 3 months, 3 years. Keep moving forward and hope it pays off someday.