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11.4k points · 12 hours ago · edited 5 hours ago

“Does Halloween ever fall on Friday the 13th?”

Took my buddy a few seconds combined with our WTF stares to realize what he had just asked

EDIT: My bad everyone. Didn’t even consider the fact that other countries don’t celebrate Halloween. ELI5 Halloween is a set holiday that always falls on October 31st

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No, but it can fall on Friday the 31st!

Death by ladder. Now that's something I wouldn't want to see on my gravestone.

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2 points · 1 day ago

Death from snake up butt on ladder.

Congrats! Glad we could help. :)

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Ran into your people at Cisco Live this week, asked them where I could torrent the tests from. 😝

We have a torrent, but there's a price for each "torrent". ;)

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Lol! Saw your peeps at Cisco Live, they all knew who you were, had me cracking up.

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Hey guys! Starting to spec out gear for a home lab, and I have quite a bit of stuff (switches, UPS, software), but one crucial thing is missing, the compute!

Came across a deal with the above specs for $199 each, thinking of picking up 2-3 of these, wanted to know your thoughts on this for a vSphere lab.

Primary load will be a DNS/DHCP server and a virtual WAN appliance of some sort (pfSense, VyOS, etc). Would love to run NSX to improve familiarity, as well as some sort of GNS3/Eve-NG Network emulator.

What’re your thoughts on this platform?

4.9k points · 5 days ago

To answer the question, there seemed to be a growing number of what's called the "electric Amish." Being Amish apparently isn't about rejecting technology, it's about rejecting the pace at which technology has advanced recently.

Basically, the Amish that I know use their phones to: A. Call a ride. (Yes, from someone english who is allowed to drive.) B. Conduct business. (Such as bookkeeping and online payments.) C. Watch that sweet sweet English porn.

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You’re right in that it’s not about rejecting technology, the thought process is more about rejecting things that are not beneficial to the community. A pay phone, when they were common, was sufficient for the community, ergo, nobody needed them in their houses if they could walk down the street to the pay phone. I’d imagine the “battery phone” is the same idea here.

Same goes for many of the technologies they’ve adopted, they have a good for the community, and not just the one. Things that lead to vanity, wastefulness, and just have no real practical use are rejected, in fear that it leads to a life of sin, the devil’s path, etc..

Congrats on becoming a Disney Princess!

1.8k points · 5 days agoGilded1 · edited 5 days ago

A long, long story, but worth the read:

Just over halfway through the flight, all the coffee in my stomach feels like it's percolating its way down into my lower intestine. I hunker down and try and focus on other things. What feels like an hour, but probably isn't more than twenty minutes, passes. We then enter what turns out to be pretty violent turbulence. With each bounce, I have to fight my body, trying not to shit my pants. "Thirty minutes to landing, maybe forty five" I try and tell myself, each jostle a gamble I can't afford to lose. I signal to [the flight attendant] and she heads toward me.

"Excuse me, where is the bathroom, because I don't see a door?" I ask while still devoting considerable energy to fighting off what starts to feel like someone shook a seltzer bottle and shoved it up my ass. She looks at me, bemused, and says, "Well, we don't really have one per se." She continues, "Technically, we have one, but it's really just for emergencies. Don't worry, we're landing shortly anyway."

"I'm pretty sure this qualifies as an emergency," I manage to mutter through my grimace. I can see the fear in her face as she points nervously to the back seat. The turbulence outside is matched only by the cyclone that is ravaging my bowels. She points to the back of the plane and says, "There. The toilet is there." For a brief instant, relief passes over my face. She continues, "If you pull away the leather cushion from that seat, it's under there. There's a small privacy screen that pulls up around it, but that's it." At this point, I was committed. She had just lit the dynamite and the mine shaft was set to blow.

I turn to look where she is pointing and I get the urge to cry. I do cry, but my face is so tightly clenched it makes no difference. The "toilet" seat is occupied by the CFO, i.e. our fucking client. Our fucking female fucking client!

Up to this point, nobody has observed my struggle or my exchange with the flight attendant. "I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry." That's all I can say as I limp toward her like Quasimodo impersonating a penguin, and begin my explanation. Of course, as soon as my competitors see me talking to the CFO, they all perk up to find out what the hell I'm doing.

Given my jovial nature and fun-loving attitude thus far on the roadshow, almost everybody thinks I'm joking. She, however, knows right away that I am anything but and jumps up, moving quickly to where I had been sitting. I now had to remove the seat top – no easy task when you can barely stand upright, are getting tossed around like a hoodrat at a block party, and are fighting against a gastrointestinal Mt. Vesuvius.

I manage to peel back the leather seat top to find a rather luxurious looking commode, with a nice cherry or walnut frame. It had obviously never been used, ever. Why this moment of clarity came to me, I do not know. Perhaps it was the realization that I was going to take this toilet's virginity with a fury and savagery that was an abomination to its delicate craftsmanship and quality. I imagined some poor Italian carpenter weeping over the violently soiled remains of his once beautiful creation. The lament lasted only a second as I was quickly back to concentrating on the tiny muscle that stood between me and molten hot lava.

I reach down and pull up the privacy screens, with only seconds to spare before I erupt. It's an alka-seltzer bomb, nothing but air and liquid spraying out in all directions – a Jackson Pollock masterpiece. The pressure is now reversed. I feel like I'm going to have a stroke, I push so hard to end the relief, the tormented sublime relief.

"I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry." My apologies do nothing to drown out the heinous noises that seem to carry on and reverberate throughout the small cabin indefinitely. If that's not bad enough, I have one more major problem. The privacy screen stops right around shoulder level. I am sitting there, a disembodied head, in the back of the plane, on a bucking bronco for a toilet, all while looking my colleagues, competitors, and clients directly in the eyes. "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" briefly comes to mind.

I literally could reach out with my left hand and rest it on the shoulder of the person adjacent to me. It was virtually impossible for him, or any of the others, and by others I mean high profile business partners and clients, to avert their eyes. They squirm and try not to look, inclined to do their best to carry on and pretend as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening, that they weren't sharing a stall with some guy crapping his intestines out. Releasing smelly, sweaty, shame at 100 feet per second.

"I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry" is all the ashamed disembodied head can say…over and over again. Not that it mattered.

Edit: I didn't write this story, y'all, but I wanted to share it because it gets me tickled every time. I originally had someone share it with me from here: (as someone linked below)

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27 points · 5 days ago

This also isn’t the first time this has been on the internet...

344 points · 5 days ago

Wonder what their typical hardware is.

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When we did the Firing room refresh, it was mostly Dell precision workstations, as well as optiplexes. They have roughly 3 computers in each station, 1 for what’s called “office automation” which is your email, word, excel, etc. and the others are used for mission critical tasks.

3 computers, hence the many monitors. This was 7-9 years ago, so I’d imagine the hardware is today’s equivalents to those lines.

Source: I worked on the team that did the hardware refresh for the firing room @ KSC between 2008-11.

Original Poster1 point · 6 days ago

Hey Scott and Nick, you suck!

I haven’t chatted with Anthony in ages! I’ll have to try to bump into him

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Original Poster1 point · 7 days ago

Super cool dudes, I was that guy, totally star struck and geeked out with them!

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As the title says. Driver for this is the cost hiring others, if I can learn to frame in a wall, patch drywall, put up crown molding, replace the shutoff valves, minor things, etc, on my own I feel like I’d take more pride in the house.

Youtube is your friend. Like redddit, be wary of promoted or sponsored content. Watch lots of videos and Google search for specific help. Never be afraid and always ask questions before doing something new or something that seems daunting. Somethings are, in fact, out of your league, but there is no harm in learning about somethings before hiring a pro, this leads to meaningful conversations, understanding about prices, and learnable/teachable moments. Also, always try to negotiate pricing, the worst they can say is no.

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Original Poster1 point · 8 days ago

Thanks. I understand some things will always be out of my league, good examples are slab leaks and electrical work. But putting up drywall, patching holes, flooring, etc shouldn’t be all that bad. Thanks again!

Original Poster6 points · 16 days ago

Excellent point. I run into a lot of younger or less experienced infrastructure guys that don't really understand there's a lot more to being successful than having a few Cisco certs, and they have that sense of entitlement you're describing. I've worked with some positively brilliant network engineers/architects who command obscene amounts of money, but there's a lot more they bring to the table than certifications. Certs are great for opening doors at different stages, but when you're on the job or in an interview when the rubber meets the road, certs become a footnote.

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There’s a lot more to bring successful than just Cisco, Microsoft, or any other ONE manufacturer. A proper solution is vendor agnostic, and brought together to address a set of needs, not just because the vendor told you you need it.

Ruckus (Brocade) all the way, I have supported HP ProCurve (Now aruba) and Aruba switches, as well as Brocade/Ruckus. If you're comfortable with Cisco, you'll have no issues with Ruckus or Aruba, get your head past access/trunk and remember tag and untagged, and you'll be fine. They also are similar in VLAN assignment

The guys at Ruckus also seem to really care and want to make sure the customer is happy. The cost for performance, Ruckus has this hands down. One thing I really like about this is the primary and secondary partitions, if you have a code upgrade go bad, you can roll back to the secondary partition.

If you have any questions regarding how to do anything on the ICX, back when it was Brocade, I helped write the certs and training material for these switches, feel free to reach out.

Original Poster1 point · 13 days ago

Cheers - thank you for the even more positive feedback. Feels good man

Yeah - i'll be comfortable has have cisco experience as well as other guys here. All our core is Cisco.

I do like the fact of the prim/secondary partitions - I was reading about that. I can apply firmware to secondary and boot to it and if all is well, i then copy to primary.

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Yup, also, this guy will make your life easier! He’s a friend of mine, but works for Ruckus and does these videos:

It depends on your application. Is it a traditional wired network with a thousand hosts? If that’s the case, then yes, probably not a good idea.

Is it a wireless network? Probably not a problem seeing as the APs/Controllers handle broadcasts differently.

Is it an IPTV network? Depending on what you have there, it may or may not be an issue.

The concern here isn’t your switches in many cases, it’s the added processing and or overwhelming of the NIC card on end devices. They’re not designed to handle volumes of traffic that your data center rated network cards are.

As I and many others have said, it depends on what you’re trying to do.

Welcome to Florida, around 3PM every day

Windows stuff you did:

Basic windows client troubleshooting and support. Cite examples if you want (malware removal, software installation, anything else that goes here.

Linux stuff you did:

Basic Linux support, and list the stuff you’re familiar with. Note that sudo is not necessarily a skill, it’s assumed if you’ve installed anything on a Linux box in the last 3 years you’ve used sudo.


Troubleshooting and problem solving skills, leveraging multiple resources researching complex issues. Be prepared to give an example of something you’ve had to research.

Android custom rom:

Mobile OS support and familiarity.

Should be a good place to start. Also, look up helpdesk job descriptions, see what you can find in those and equate to your own experience.

People skills:

Comfortable working in a team environment, and interacting with end users requesting support.

You can list your Office Depot experience, just be prepared to answer why you moved away from something technical, and why you want back in.

Original Poster1 point · 22 days ago

Thank you, this definitely helps! Never thought about giving examples.

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Telling someone you know something, is easy, but does nothing to show you know how it works. Citing an example, and going into a little bit more detail - just a little, too much will get you passed up - will show you have a basis of understanding. you can put your legs in the AISLE?
you monster

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Only when the aisle is clear clear, where else am I supposed to put them when I’m 6’5?

Have you ever asked to be moved (to business class etc) ? They do it for fat people, seems like your problem is even more worthy.

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LOL... this is the US, they don't ever do shit like that without $$$

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Wasn‘t „write-host“ evil?

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It’s a tattoo...

Original Poster1 point · 24 days ago

If we had kids yes. Totally would be awesome. I think we are going child free though. Mostly because we love kids ... when we can give them back to their owners lol

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Another idea:

while ($True)
     write-host “I love you!”

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I think you mean Dagg

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Nope, Tauren Rogue. People have seen Dagg, but have you ever seen a Tauren Rogue? Exactly.

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1 point · 22 days ago · edited 22 days ago

huh? The 40gbe QSFP+ stacking cables brocade themselves sell are passive twinax DAC. Using plenty of 2 meter qsfp+ twinax DAC's for 40gbps interconnects in ICX6610s, zero problems. Also have probably at least 75 or 100 OEM optics in the field in brocade devices (mostly OEM finisar), never had a single issue

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Correction: the 10G twinax needs to be active.

Nope, I make that in a month. Not taking a 66% pay cut.

This, learn python the hard way. Repetition, until you get what’s going on.

3.2k points · 25 days ago

I have never both hated and loved a man more than John Morgan, of Morgan & Morgan, For The, offices Orlando. Helping the people get their weed, but also dominating every single fucking second of the radio with his commercials. I feel conflicted.

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Who remembers Morgan, Colling & Gilbert?

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