Networking – The Layer Model

Hi there kids, welcome to networking club. Here are the rules: Don’t talk about fight club. Annnnd that’s it. Ok, let’s get started then. So you realized you don’t know how dem old internet tube highways things actually work, and you thought you would get some learnings. You have come to the right place. This … 

 

Firewalls are tricky sometimes

Computer networking. Sometimes I think I understand it all, then I realize there was yet another thing I hadn’t learned yet. This was one of those times. I was swapping out somebody’s router with a brand-new, shiny one – specifically, the Ubiquiti Edgerouter X. I had a number of missteps while setting up this router, … 

 

Adventures with Verizon Phone Support

Sometimes, I call tech support. By the time I call tech support it is usually my last option, because in my experience tech support isn’t great – at least when you don’t have some sort of dedicated support contract. Maybe you call and sit in a queue for 30 minutes, or maybe you call and … 

 

20,000 Emails

You know that feeling you get when you receive 20,000 emails in an hour? I don’t. In fact, I don’t know if I have received 20,000 emails in total. What I do know is that last week, somebody received 20,000 emails in the course of an hour. Then, they asked me to fix it. And … 

 

A few ways to not install GPS

You know that GPS thingy? You know, the one that tells you your location anywhere on earth? Yes, that’s the one. So, your smartphone has GPS. But your laptop most likely doesn’t. And there is a reason for that. GPS in a laptop isn’t very useful. For one thing, GPS works poorly without a clear … 

 

The Invisible Character

It’s Stan. Peter Pan’s long long, invisible brother. Truly the longest. He doesn’t do much. Some say he doesn’t even exist. He plays the flute, or whatever, and it is beautiful. All the town mice follow him around. He flies, temporarily, if thrown off a cliff. Buzz Lightyear is his spirit animal. But nobody cares … 

 

Plugging Things in is Hard Sometimes

I solve a lot of problems with tech. Some problems are easy, some problems are hard, and some problems are trivial but you make them hard anyway. This is a story of one of those times. There are a variety of problems that can occur when things aren’t plugged in, or aren’t plugged in properly. … 

 

Urgency and Importance

Let’s say I set your pants on fire. Why? Doesn’t matter, that’s why. So this is a problem. Worst case, you will get a little too hot, and then… be kind of cold forever. You know, because you are dead. Best case, you stop, drop and roll like your life depends on it and just … 

 

Yak Shaving

Today, we are going to talk about yaks. More specifically, shaving yaks. I am speaking, of course, about metaphorical yaks. Much less messy that way, you understand. I came across the term “yak shaving” a few days ago. I find it a particularly useful phrase, because it gives me words to describe a concept that … 

 

Energy States

Guess what? Sometimes, I am tired. And sometimes, I am very energized. And the weird thing is, I don’t seem to have control over when I feel tired and when I feel energized. But it heavily impacts what I can do at any given moment. Energy States I call them energy states. Because, well… that …