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March 13, 2010


Well, it's been a while without an update. Basically, I've had to hit the Reset button. I ended up sick - the cold that just wouldn't go away. Of course, just before I got sick I had run myself down with staying late a LOT and studying. And now I finally feel like I'm on the mend. Back to the lab!

Meanwhile - the lab I was using is going to be reorganized. I got the head's up and grabbed the stuff I was using...uh, I mean...got my things out of the way. It ended up being a good thing. Now I have my 'rack' in an area where I can access it from the comfort of my desk at work. I think it's going to be a lot easier and less strain to come in early and stay late that way. I have total access to all of it and don't have to go upstairs to a hot lab and hope my books are still there, or hope I can get in the open door, or worry about eating/drinking in that area. Even though the guys on the other side of the wall would break for 'lunch' and there was evidence of other people bringing drinks in the area - still, I felt uncomfortable with a drink up there (and it was way too dusty and cramped to even think about eating anything). At my desk, I'm much more comfortable with sipping coffee and eating supper while I work on labs. It's all good.

The other thing that happened while I was sick -> INE updated the Vol 1 Routing and Switching Workbook. I downloaded the new version and I'm going to start over from the beginning. Reinforcement never hurts and the practice might be good for confidence-building.

Also - as I was studying, the account that I'm assigned to decided to 'insource' the work we're doing. There was a lot of stress and distraction associated with all that. But I was made an offer and accepted - so now I can focus again on my studies. Of course, whenever one distraction leaves, another rushes in to fill the void. >> We got several Nexus 7000 switches in the Data Center. So now I have to/want to squeeze in some learning on those and the NX-OS... It never ends.

I updated my Safari account again so I could get at the Rough Cuts of the Nexus book. On top of that, we were invited (by the client) to attend a 2 1/2 day Cisco class on the Nexus. The class is scheduled for early April. I'm really looking forward to that!

Posted by BlueWolf on March 13, 2010 12:30 AM