MVP disc giveaway from All Things Disc Golf

I won a full set of MVP discs from All Things Disc Golf!  Here's the box opening video...

Thanks again to MVP Disc Sports and All Things Disc Golf for the great discs.  I have been throwing the Anode for the last 3 months and I don't see myself changing putters anytime soon.

I'm looking forward to getting the Vector and the Amp on the course this weekend!  What are you doing this weekend?


Disc Golf Bag - Beginning of 2013

Here is a quick video with a view into my disc golf bag.  This includes what I carry in the pockets of my Fade Gear Crunch Box as well as my current disc selection.

The full list of discs I carry today are...
MVP Anode x3
Discraft Buzzz in FLX
Discraft Buzzz in Elite Z
Innova Star TL x2
Innova Star Teebird x2
Discraft XL in Elite Z
Discraft XL in ProD
Discraft Tracker in Elite Z x2

What is your favorite disc golf putter?


Some Hobbies

In an IT support career, work can be stressful and work hours can be long.  I have several hobbies that shift up and down in my list of favorite things to help me unwind.

With a toddler that wants to learn everything about life, and a new baby on the way, it can be hard to find time to devote to hobbies outside of work hours while still keeping up with real life as a husband and father, not to mention church callings and family time.

One way I hope to help prioritize my hobbies, push myself to take advantage of my down time, and improve my personal skills, is to set some goals for myself to work on in the upcoming year.

Here are a list of my top hobbies, and a few written goals I plan to push for in 2013.

Disc Golf
 - backyard putting practice for 30 minutes, twice a week
 - stick with fewer disc molds in my bag
Wood Working
 - build a table for my table saw and router to sit on
 - build a play kitchen set for the play room
 - find a method to be excited about running and do it
 - run in first 5k (spring)
 - run in second 5k (fall)
 - take my daughter geocaching
 - find 6 large caches
Ham Radio
 - work more satellites
 - record contacts made

To help me track these goals, I plan to strive to publish a video to YouTube about once a week and cross post on this blog with a more in depth explanation of my progress towards my goals.

What are your top 3 hobbies for 2013?


projects in 2013?

After over a year with no updates, I'm thinking of bringing the blog back to keep better tabs on my projects in 2013.  Here are a few projects I have in mind...

- wood projects
 - play room kitchen set
 - faux mantle shelves
 - work shop upgrades
- technology projects
 - ccna lab studies
 - video conferencing home lab

Stay tuned for more. Best wishes in 2013.


Stay hungry, stay foolish.

No matter who you are, or what you do, you know the name, Steve Jobs.  By now you've heard that Steve passed away this week and you might have heard a lot about him that you never knew before.  I will not tell you anything knew, but I would like to point out just how important Steve was to us all.

My daughter, who is one, will never know life without Google in our pocket.  She will never know how people once typed documents for school in an application usable when the internet is down and not in a web browser on a portable device that also happens to carry tens of thousands of songs and can stream an almost unlimited number.  My daughter will most certainly not how anyone could have ever had a computer the size of our living room.

Steve Jobs might not have brought us Google or the web browser or the first computers, but he did bring the first computer into our home, the first computer into our office that could run more than just a spreadsheet program, and the main stream interface of today's hand held computers we call call smart phones that started out as an mp3 player.

I don't think there is much use in me telling you about what Steve has done, surely by now you have heard it all.  However, I would like to share the following video that I found via the TED Blog.  This is a video of the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address given by Steve himself.

Rest in peace Steve.


the new north texas cisco data centers

Cisco just completed a new data center build out in Allen, TX that not only has the goal of being a production Cisco environment, but also has a Gold LEED Certification.  I totally geek out over this stuff... here's a video walk through of the new data center, just North of Dallas, TX.

This data center will be a redundant production site for Cisco, along with their Richardson, TX data center.  Cisco has also building out a third data center in Raleigh, NC to be a DR site for the North Texas pair.  Here is a short video detailing some of the components of the Raleigh data center to achieve a Gold LEED Certification...

Pretty impressive stuff that is really shaping our day to day 'cloud based' world without any of us really realizing it.

What do you geek out over?


when did this happen?

Back in high school I took a Network+ class that had just been put together for the then brand new test.  A few of us in the class where selected to go over to yet another new class and prep for Cisco certification; however, there where no teachers who had Cisco cert level knowledge just yet.  So, the four of us that moved over had a room full of Cisco 2514 routers, 25 food serial cables, and 1900xl switches to "learn" on... and so, we spent the better part of half a semester setting up a lab by following an old lab book, but never really learned enough about the CCNA test to get certified.

So, here I am, 9 years later; finally serious about getting my Cisco certification and I have a lab full of Cisco 2514 routers.  It's bitter sweet, knowing I had this at my finger tips so long ago, but I digress...

The lab has come a long way!  I still have the two 2514s I got from a coworker, but after snagging a 2950G (enhanced image) on eBay, I came across a guy who was unloading two basic 24port 2950s, a 2621 router, and yet another 2514 on Craigslist.   And so the lab grew...

I went back and ordered a WIC-2T and cables on eBay to turn the 2621 into a frame relay switch and pulled the 1721 out of the mix for now.

If I subtract the $60 cost of the 1721, including the memory upgrade, my CCNA lab is up to just under $300 in cost thanks to the AUI ethernet transceiver cost and eBay shipping costs... not too shabby for an eBay lab I guess.

So, there's the lab update.  What do you think?  What's in your CCNA lab?


router memory upgrade

Tonight I added memory to my Cisco 1721 router.  The 1721 ships with 32mb NVRam and 64mb Flash on board.  My plan was to add 128Mb Flash memory.  This is what I did...


personal cloud lab

It has been a while since I posted here on the blog and I figured now is as good a time as any.  I still use the CR-48 daily for surfing the net but I changed jobs and now rarely do any thing on the internet at home, except work.

After about a month at my new job, I was asked if I would like to move over to the network team and start working on getting my Cisco certs.  I have always had a decent understanding of the Cisco gear and how things connect, but I decided it would be nice to get my feet wet and actually know how to configure the gear instead of just talk about it.  So, a long with my quest for a CCNA, I started building a home CCNA lab.

The picture above shows my transportable lab that I can carry to the garage whenever I will not be working on it which is handy since my wife and I are trying to sell our house and have showings during the work day.  A coworker gave me the two 2514 routers at the top and the nifty lab rack whenever he heard I was going for my Cisco certs.  Down at the bottom is a 1721 router that I scored on eBay (pictured after I pulled the CSU/DSU card from the back), and an old D-Link Gigabit dumb switch that I plan to replace with a Cisco 2950G that I just won on eBay and hopefully to be accompanied by another 2950G and perhaps a 3500 series switch in the coming weeks.The white cable and blue roll-over cable at the bottom of the picture disappear to my Windows rig for uplink and console access.  I also run GNS3 on my desktop in order to use a virtual Cisco lab environment.  Never mind the messy jumble to the left of the rack, it's actually my power cable for my CR-48 that I was to lazy to hide for the picture.

My coworker also gave me these two guys, a Catalyst 5000 and a Catalyst 4006, that I'm not quite sure what to do with just yet.

So, there's my update for now.  Hopefully, I will continue blogging about my Cisco adventures and start getting some feedback on what to do next.


finally no more "cloud" talk

a chrome os commercial without the word "cloud" in it!!  introducing the new chrome book...