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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Social networking

I work for one of the biggest consultancy firms in northern europe but in my region there's not a lot of networking guys around. I very rarely get the chance to just sit down and rant about networking stuff. It's mostly VMware, Server, Storage and stuff like that. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy these areas as well. After all, I'm a networking guy with a background in server administration (oh the years of all-night-linux-HOWTO-reading). Keeping track of all areas is extremely important if you want to be a good network administrator. Every IT function depends on the Network but the Network really doesn't depend on any other function. It's autonomous, so to speak. But just like any other support function the Network would not exist without all those servers and clients. We need to know how they work to be able to support them.

So how to fill the void?

I've had a twitter account since..since.. I'm not sure, I'd like to say since 2006 but I'm not even sure twitter was around back then. Anyway, the point is that I've had an account but I've never really gotten into it. Last week or so I've been looking around and I'm hooked. There's just so much information. Today I found a link to a great CCIE mindmap in #CCIE.

Another extremely good thing is the Packet Pushers podcast. Listening to this just gives me a big smile on my face. It's like those times when I go to meetings with the national specialist group of IPC-consultants. I'm reminded of all those things that tends to slip away while talking about the latest VMware features. It's like coming home. That sounds a bit sad but I don't care! :P

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