Tag Archives: advice

What is Risk Acceptance?

Matt Schmitz/ February 14, 2018

You can’t always get what you want. As an engineer though, it’s your job to determine what’s best for the company and recommend it to management. What happens if your suggestion gets turned down? Well certainly your proposal must have been mis-understood, right? Maybe the decision-makers don’t truly understand the risk involved in not following your recommendation, whether that be financial, security,

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You Should Automate Something This Year

Matt Schmitz/ January 9, 2018

Maybe 2018 isn’t off to quite the best start. Recent processor vulnerabilities have people scrambling to patch and update systems. Stuff like this ends up being a fairly large sink of time for any systems/network administrator. The worst part is that we have practically no control of when this stuff happens or how much time it’s going to take to

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How to Improve: Stop Doing, Start Understanding

Matt Schmitz/ November 28, 2017

There is a key to being successful at just about any IT job: Stop just doing work, and start understanding what you’re doing. Might seem like an odd thing to say right? But this is something that I have seen confuse engineers at earlier points in their careers. In a lot of jobs, the initial training you receive is fairly

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How to Write a Better IT Resume

Matt Schmitz/ June 21, 2017

I’ve really been meaning to write this out for a while – but since I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing recently, I figured it’s about time. I’ll be completely honest here, the first few iterations of my resume absolutely sucked. I had a family member help me put one together, and I slowly modified it from there – but

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How to Prove It’s Not the Network

Matt Schmitz/ April 11, 2017

If there is one thing you learn very quickly in networking, it’s that everything is always the fault of the network. Two systems cannot communicate? Yeah, that’s always a network problem. Something is inaccessible? Probably the network. What about that broken toaster? Definitely a network issue. Starting off as a less experienced network engineer, this can easily get overwhelming. A

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You’re Not Perfect: Admit Your Mistakes

Matt Schmitz/ April 4, 2017

Working in IT is always quite an interesting experience. You get to work with a ton of different people from varying backgrounds and skill sets. Sometimes you work with people who have been doing IT their entire life, and sometimes it was a complete career change for others. However, it never ceases to amaze me how many people from any

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College vs Certification – Which is better?

Matt Schmitz/ March 28, 2017

As of the beginning of this month, I have officially completed my four years of trying to balance working full time and going back to school. I finished up my last college classes and now I can sit back and appreciate having some free time to myself again. I’ve never been really into the concept of school, but ultimately I went back because

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Why Have a Home Lab?

Matt Schmitz/ March 21, 2017

If you really want to become great at something, you practice it a ton, right? Well networking and IT work exactly the same. You’re not going to become an expect by just reading a ton of tech books and blogs. While those certainly help, there is nothing better than simply getting your hands dirty. Having a good home lab setup

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Port Security: Worth the effort?

Matt Schmitz/ March 14, 2017

Port Security. Always seems like one of those things covered in Cisco exams, yet how many businesses actually use it? For those that aren’t implementing it, should they? Or is it too much of a headache? So the concept of port security is fairly simple – We want to secure each individual switch port to a physical layer 2 MAC

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Want Change? Make it happen!

Matt Schmitz/ March 7, 2017

Too often, it seems like a common component of office culture is complaining about the issues. “Why do we always do things this way? It’s not the right or best way.” Even when things are running smoothly to most, there will always be someone who believes that things are not being done right. Occasionally you might get lucky and someone

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