automation, networking, worklife
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Too many IXPs (and networkers in general) are using horrible outdated methods of graphing data.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
GitHub & Microsoft - It's OK
Microsoft buys GitHub, and most of the press has been pretty positive, even from those you might not expect.
20 Jun 2018
Don't Rely on Long Support Lifecycles
I hate long support lifecycles for hardware and software. Yes, you should be able to buy a new iPhone or switch and use it for 3+ years. But some people...
16 Jun 2018
Culture Shifts and Work Travel Learnings
I’ve seen a few Twitter threads recently about learning to live with the sudden plenty of working for tech companies. If you didn’t grow up that way, the adjustment takes...
16 May 2018
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