Archive for March, 2013

Here on my recent trip to Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic I decided to hunt around the typical spots where a visitor may place his or her name for all eternity and I always find it in the most likely places. Of course I do the same but I finally asked, why? Perhaps it is in our genetic code to leave a part of ourselves anywhere we go to be remembered through history like the Egyptians and many others who roamed the Earth many moons before us. Maybe we have a conquering addiction and feel like we have staked some small insignificant piece of something that is kind of “ours” to claim. Or perhaps there is a more romantic reason, perhaps we hope to one day revisit the days of our younger years and hope that some marking we left back then still remains to spark memories of times once past?

Whatever the reason I suggest we always do it with taste and in places that wouldn’t harm the value or degrade another persons belongings. This is very similar to throwing a bottle in the ocean and getting that call or letter 20+ years later except, we expect to go back and hope what we left behind is still there to spark the memory of better and younger times once had.


I love this cute little town, lots of pubs and food. However, this is yes another reminder of how blessed I am to have been born in the United States. God bless America and all the freedoms and advantages we have compared to other people in different nations.


If you have an old HP Jet Direct card (perhaps an old dot matrix printer) and you’re looking to move from static IP configuration to DHCP you’ll want to telnet into the device and change the settings that way. I am not going into detail about how to do it because the menu is very basic to navigate via the CLI. Just know that you’re better off using telnet to access the menu-driven CLI as “root” and you’ll be happy.


I have seen a lot of these courses go up online and you find people flocking to them for this super easy way into a big salary IT networking job overnight. I don’t believe one can go from the skills of a CCNA to a CCNP in X number of weeks. The vast difference between the skills you’ll need in the CCNP is so far from the CCNA concept it isn’t funny. In fact, I have long said I would love to see Frame Relay disappear in favor of configuring for more real world scenarios like: MPLS and Metro-E. However, they keep churning out Frame Relay information because it is easy to learn. Perhaps this is the reason why we have so many white board interviews that can last hours upon hours because we’re churning out CCNA/P certified engineers with little to no real world experience. I believe in the long term approach by gaining valuable work experience and studying along the way. If you’re looking to get ahead you should also purchase lab equipment and learn at home when you can, nothing at all replaces learning the hard way by trying to build it yourself and test all kinds of scenarios. If you’re looking for a quick way to get certified without experience these classes will help you get there, just don’t expect to do that well in white board interviews. If you’re a seasoned vet and just want to make sure you pass the first time because you’re a busy IT professional, these are good too.


It has come to my attention that some people aren’t familiar with some of the terminology when they’re new to network or have used different terminology their entire life. I find a lot of people are confused with the terms: MDF and IDF (as they can be murky at times) and some people aren’t familiar with building networks to understand cabinets and racks. Finally, I see a lot of beginners don’t seem to understand power requirements. Thus, I am going to start a new section of my site dedicated to the basics: ccna.robertparten.com – Look for it soon.