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September 02, 2008

The Neverending Answer

Okay, granted, there are people who cheat their way through certifications. And there are people who get certified and have no hands-on experience. They both make people who are certified *with* experience get lumped into this paper cert category until they can prove to each questioning individual that they know their stuff. But sometimes I think we are our own worst enemy.

Take for example the Neverending Answer on the Cisco Learning Network. Some guy asks for help. His tiny little 4 switch network is strung together all in VLAN1 and he needs to add a new switch. Some guy answered and told him he needed to *trunk* between the switches. Of course, I had to answer that because trunking involves multiple VLANs and everything in this makeshift 'network' is all in the default VLAN1.


Of course, genius boy has to answer back. Apparently to connect switches differently, you *don't* need to move the cables around -- you need to purchase a new switch, which apparently is not cost-effective. ??? Okay, so I see this guy is retarded and I let it go...

The original poster (probably confused by the first answer) never writes back. By now his people are on their patchwork quilt of a network and humming along. He probably fiddled with it the best he could and tried things until it worked (however inefficient) or got someone local to help him out. This was at the beginning of Aug.

There are still responses to his original question - today. The responses are redesigning his network over and over. They are answering questions formed in their mind or situations that they think may be on his network. The poster is long gone. What bothers me is that not too many are seeing this as some guy who probably has no training to speak of who is trying to solve a practical problem and keep on trucking. They take it like it's a test question to be answered with an elaborate solution.

We are our own worst enemy. No wonder people poke fun at 'certified idiots'... The world is a test question and we must provide the proper answer --

Reminds me of a time when I was eating in the cafeteria of a Health Sciences Academy. One of my friends said - whatever you do, don't choke on your food. You'll have 200 people instantly around you - all trying to 'help' you. You'll be smothered to death.

Posted by BlueWolf on September 2, 2008 07:07 AM