How do you eat an Elephant!?

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      When I was in school I had this math teacher that was teaching us, well…………math. Every so often the whole class would get frazzled and not understand what the fah-knob he was talking about. Panic set in, oh no. Gotta keep my grades up,  what’s he saying? What page are we on? Who am I? !!!!!!!close up of text


      He starts banging on the chalk board and we all are “dear in the head lights” looking at him. Startled and confused, like a bunch of idiots. (Which we were.)

      “Ok class, calm down. It’s not that difficult!” He starts shouting a bit. Let’s go over it again. (and then 20 more times if needed, right?) I started mocking him in my head. 
Little did I know he was about to ask one of the most “dumbesteded” questions that had NOTHING to do with math! Seriously,  how did he get this job again!

      “How do you eat an Elephant?”  In the middle of math class he wants to talk about food? We all murmur a bit and giggle. 

      He asks again, “How do you eat an elephant!?” That was the assignment for the night. He wanted us to bring in a 3 paged essay describing how we would do that. Ok, easy. I’ll get an “A”.

sand dust wildlife elephant Class was dismissed early.  Great now, he’s trying to teach “fillosofy”…..(as if I was super smart and edmujacated)      Next day, we turn in our comical papers about how we would eat that huge beast. I can’t remember exactly what “I” said in my paper. It was probably something along the lines of cooking and seasoning.      He showed up in an apron with a chefs hate. Some carving utensils and plates.  A culinary show now?   


      Out of nowhere he pulls out a shredding machine! 

………Aaaannnd what do you think he starts doing?

    Yep, he starts shredding our papers in front of us. One by one, piece by piece. Little by little. Wait! STOP! What’s gonna happen to my “A”!?

     He might have been the math teacher but, he educated us in some quick philosophy in patience and endurance. Frustration even. (I worked hard on that Elephant recipe!)

      He asked again,  “How do you eat an Elephant?” The answer was simple. Little by little, bit by bit, slowly……….with time you will consume that beast. With time you will understand these math equations. They might be frustrating and confusing but, it’s all just simple math. Take them slowly and work at them a bit at a time. Enlist others to join in the feast with you and everyone eats.

      Networking, configurations, and engineering can be very tedious work. If you don’t have a full enough understanding of what it is you are doing or what needs to be done, or at least just some basic ideas, you’re not going to be able to eat that elephant with out some help. 

      It’s easy to get angry, frustrated with ideas and topics. But, once you start breaking the beast down, in time you will consume all of it.

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Achieving Your Dream: How to Take the First Step

      Do you have a dream deep in your heart that you want to pursue? If you do, have you taken the first step necessary to achieve it? Taking the first step is perhaps the most difficult thing to do in achieving a dream. There are a lot of mental obstacles that make it difficult to take that first step.


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      Since so many people were in the same boat, I appreciated the reminder that eating an elephant can only be done one way: one bite at a time. Trying to gulp it down in one sitting is asking for severe indigestion

Part 2 “Intruder Alert!”

ospf2     We did a lot of work yesterday trying to fix the network. The Information Security Specialist at the county sheriff’s office informed us that the intruders got into the network by “TELNET”

 Unfortunately, our previous network engineer didn’t use SSH also known as (secure shell) and we have been open to the internet for some time! I guess it was only a matter of time until someone infiltrated us? As network engineers, make sure you LOCK IT DOWN with passwords, logins, and encryptions. Another way to help secure your networks are by using firewalls, ACL’s, restrict ports, and physical connections.

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Lab – Configuring OSPF PART 1


    Oh no! It seems as if some one has destroyed our network! Our previous Network Engineer wasn’t too experienced and forgot to set some passwords and secure the networks from intruders!

    Not only did they mess with our configurations they rearranged some of the wires! Now we don’t know what goes where! They also stole a hub and I believe they have my stapler!

    All is not lost, I found the field operations manual (FOM) and back up logs from our previous Network Engineer that kept diligent details of the Logical Topology and IP Address Schemes!!ospf

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Static Routing & Trouble Shooting. {LAB}

Static routes are an easy way to connect a few nodes together!

How ever, it can become extremely tedious work if your network grows into a larger enterprise!

Wanna play?

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To be a Network Engineer or not to be?

“All roads lead to Rome…” Routes,  infrastructures, hidden passages, tunnels……railroads.

   As I’ve mentioned before, I love Packet Tracer. I love playing with the commands and building new and interesting networks.

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Routing & Switching, VLAN, EIGRP, IPv4, DHCP

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I love Packet Tracer. 

You can be as creative as you like. You can purposefully destroy your creation and rebuild it, with a new or existing foundation. It’s like a never-ending puzzle, it can go on forever! 

It’s not to difficult to master, as long as you can memorize some coding and commands. Everything else is up to you, you choose how you want to connect. There are open and closed doors, locks and chains, clicks and  cliché’s! I’m not just talking about packet tracer any more either, I’m talking about computer networking and network engineering. 

Click Here  to download the Packet Tracer Topology/File on “Routing & Switching, VLAN, EIGRP, IPv4, DHCP”.  It’s fully configured and ready to go! 


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Can you Subnet?

subnetbinaryIf you’re like me, you can’t. Well I couldn’t anyways………I was a mess at it.

I tried everything, videos, forum after forum, blog after blog, nothing made sense.

No. I didn’t find some magical cure nor some special equation. It just took time, patience, and Advil.

Eventually I got it, it clicked. The light enumerated!

I’ll show you which sites worked for me and how I was able to master binary/subnetting.

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