automation, networking, worklife
New Role with Valve
I have started a new role as a Network Engineer with Valve Corporation. My period of unemployment was short-lived, and I am gainfully employed once more.
19 Sep 2019
This blog is now hosted via Netlify, rather than GitHub Pages. It is still built using Jekyll, but I updated the theme to Mediumish.
18 Aug 2019
CCIE Renewed Once More - Exam 400-101 v5.1
I’ve given in to the Sunk Cost Fallacy once more: I’ve renewed my CCIE. There was a lot of foot dragging this time around, and I only had four months...
01 Jun 2019
CLI Still Sucks for Automation
Using network CLI for automation has always been fragile. But it keeps surprising me with the way it breaks. This time, it was a combination of Ansible, Arista, replace: config...
09 May 2019
Our Green Card Journey
We are now Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States - aka Green Card Holders. It took a few years to get to this point. Here’s our timeline, why we...
14 Apr 2019
Replacement Strips for Screen Privacy Filter
I use a Privacy Filter on my laptop screen when traveling. I’m doing a bit of time on planes these days, and it makes a big difference. Most of my...
03 Mar 2019
New Year, New Home
We have left the Bay Area, and headed North. We have moved to the Greater Seattle area - specifically the Eastside, between Bellevue and Redmond. We’ve given up the old...
20 Jan 2019
CircleCI, Docker and Systemd
I have been battling to get the combination of CircleCI, Docker and systemd to play together. After much frustration, I have a workable solution. Machine Executor, privileged: true, cgroup passthrough,...
01 Jan 2019
More Ansible Modules for Extreme
We published Ansible modules for Extreme SLX devices earlier this year. Now we have modules covering all the main Extreme Switching & Routing product families - SLX, VDX, MLX, EXOS,...
26 Oct 2018
Ansible - Don't be Afraid of a Little Python
This year I’ve written several Ansible modules. It wasn’t that hard, yet some people claimed they had been waiting “years” for those modules. There was nothing stopping anyone else doing...
29 Sep 2018
CCIE - Should I Renew?
It is 6 years since I passed the CCIE Lab Exam. The dreaded email has arrived:
22 Sep 2018
IXP Graphs are an Eyesore
Too many IXPs (and networkers in general) are using horrible outdated methods of graphing data. These are an ugly eyesore, and should be updated to something from this century. Big...
17 Aug 2018
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