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Airports and Delays

I hate connecting flights. My flight from Newark to Austin is via Chicago. The first leg, no problems. The second? Well that’s another story. Flight is delayed nearly two hours because United can’t find a First Officer. His flight into Chicago is delayed. And now begins the domino effect of problems and frustration. Oh well, this too shall pass! Luckily I’ve got plenty of electronics to keep me occupied, aside from some snacks and beverages.


Cisco Nexus 3000 and VTP

If you want to use VTP on a Cisco Nexus 3000 series switch, you can just forget it. They only support transparent mode. That’s only useful if you have a VTP server somewhere else. I don’t understand why Cisco doesn’t support server and client modes in the 3000 series, especially when they support SVI. It’s not a license issue either. Cisco TAC confirmed this all, and the engineer that I spoke with is just as confused by all of this. Moral of the story is, don’t use 3000 series switches as your core layer if you wish to have them manage VTP. Oh well, my loss is your gain.


CCNP Security, Half Way There!

Last Friday, I took the second of four tests to complete the CCNP Security certification. And I passed! Cisco is changing the tests on April 21 this year, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cram in two more tests by then. I won’t lose any credit of what I’ve done so far, but all the testing material will become obsolete by then.


pwSafe & Dropbox

Access your hybrid cloud-based password database file anywhere! Works great in Apple iOS and Mac. Next is to set it up in Windows. You gain the security of Dropbox and a password-safe file without actually typing your passwords into an actual cloud based password-holding website.

The pwSafe program costs a couple dollars, but it’s well worth the cost.


CCNP Security – Test 1 of 4 Complete!

Yes that’s right, test 1 of 4 completed for my CCNP Security! The added bonus to taking this particular test was that it came with a mini-certification for IOS Security Specialist!


The Road To CCNP Security

It was nearly 3 years to the day that I completed CCNA Security. So coming down to the expiration, I had to prepare to retake a previous exam or move onward and upward with another exam and certification. Obviously it makes sense to go up. I prepared for the CCNP Security SECURE 642-637 exam and passed! Part 1 of 4 tests to take to get the CCNP Security. Here I come!


Cisco Live 2013, Maybe Next Year

Each year in June, Cisco holds their annual geek-dom for conferences, lectures, labs, you name it. Each year I try to get myself sponsored via my job, but unfortunately it doesn’t work out. This year I may not even try because I am having ACL surgery in April and recovery by that time will be tough.

There’s always next year…


Hack Chrome, Win $60k!

This is what I love about Google. They put out a hit on their own Internet browser to the tune of $60,000 to help make their browser safe. And once the exploit was found, the patch was made and updates sent out within 10 hours. Now that’s how you keep protected! Read more here: cnet link


Ultrabook Laptops For IT Professionals

I’ve been on a hunt lately to find a new laptop for work to replace my 4yr old Dell Latitude E6400. There have been a slew of new models available from various manufacturers, but being an IT professional, I had some specific requirements.
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Citrix and Mobile Phones

With Citrix becoming more and more prevalent in the work-place, their product support to run on mobile devices is coming just as fast. However, trying to use an application through Citrix that is designed for a computer (full size monitor, keyboard, etc), it makes using those applications on a mobile phone very difficult. Finger gestures, “right-click” options, and the overall application experience on a mobile device that is not optimized for mobile viewing makes it very difficult to use. Even when using a tablet such as an iPad or Android, the added screen real estate helps, but there are still limitations and end-user frustrations. Many tablets offer full keyboard and mice accessories, which dramatically helps.


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