Friday, March 25, 2005

Some cool day to day software applications

I have a pretty cool list of tools for network and systems (which I may post soon) but what about all that great software that you use day to day but don't think about - which is sort of funny if you think about it. Anyway, after moving onto yet another company laptop I had to go through the list of applications I use day to day along with the list of cool utilities.
Here are some of the apps that I use almost daily.

Trillian Pro, MindManager X5 Pro, SecureCRT, Pumpkin, PGP, Spybot Search and Destroy, Firefox, Remote Desktop, Skype, MS Office, MS Visio, Real VNC, MS Beta AntiSpyware

I might think of one or two more while I am at it but wanted to get them down to remember - since I am sure I will have to move laptops yet again sometime soon!
- Ed

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Cisco CCIE RS Written - Study References

I have been starting to put my study reference materials together for the CCIE RS Written Exam. Wanted to get some info posted up on some of the sites I am using (or thinking about using) to start preparing for the exam. I've always been a hands on and self study sort of person (lots of book reading) so I thought I would expand my study options a bit. As they say, practical hands on time with the subject is best. I guess that means I will be playing in j2 Global's QA Lab a little bit more. ;-)

Certification Zone


Cisco's CCIE Site

If you have any recommendations please post them up in the comments.
- Ed

Saturday, March 19, 2005

UOP Tigers

Well, UOP's men's basketball lost today against Washington 79 to 97. Congrats to the Tigers for making it into the second round in the NCAA Tournament. It is their second time appearing in the NCAA Tournament, lets hope the tradition continues. To make matters worse the San Jose Stealth lost a close match tonight against Calgary - ugh. Not a good day for my teams.
- Ed

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

DNS and IP Management Products

I have been discussing some of the Network DNS, DHCP and IP management products out there with some colleagues and thought I would list some of them out. This is sort of the short list that came up, there are a ton more products out there. When I get a moment I will expand the list some more.

IP DHCP and IP Address management software:,,CTID+2020-STID+10439-SOID+1456-LOCL+1,00.html

IP DHCP and DNS appliances:

Open Source IP address management software:

Some cool Network Monitoring / Management software applications:

Here is a cool list from the Stanford Linear Accelerator that covers most everything!

- Ed

Monday, March 14, 2005

First set of links for DNS issues

DNS Stuff is a great site for figuring out what is happening with DNS and rDNS issues. For those who are using SBC for dedicated Internet service it can be difficult to figure out who you are supposed to contact. Some links to make your life a little easier!
DNS and rDNS request pages:

If you have SBC DSL and can no longer send SMTP traffic outbound except to SBC servers then you need to opt out of their SMTP blocking. Here is the link you need for that.
Opt out for port 25:

Now I have to go and update all my powerpoint slide links with this new info!
- Ed

Sunday, March 13, 2005

It is finally time to start making some headway with the site. I have decided that the site will have some serious technical reference content to make it worthwhile to folks. I am going to narrow down the subject matter (draft thought) to:
DNS and specifically Reverse DNS issues.
Cisco routing, switching and content delivery
Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
Microsoft Network Optimization

First order of business will be to get a lot of the links I have organized and posted. Would love to have additional links for content if they are related to the above topics.