Tag Archives: general

One Year Later

Matt Schmitz/ January 2, 2018

2017 is over! Now we’re on to whatever 2018 may bring. The past year has been very interesting for me. For one thing, it was the first full year of this blog which started in December of 2016. While I didn’t quite accomplish everything here that I had hoped for, I still managed to do a lot more than I

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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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What’s your hesitation?

Matt Schmitz/ February 28, 2017

One thing I have found in IT is that sometimes the real question that needs answering is some form of: What is holding you back? Whether it be people who take longer to get to tasks they don’t like, or whole teams who think accomplishing something just isn’t possible. Change takes time, and we can get there one step at

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Why isn’t everything done “the right way”?

Matt Schmitz/ February 14, 2017

IT work is never truly black and white. There are thousands of possibilities, and thousands of ways that those possibilities don’t turn out the way you had expected. It’s easy to walk into a new job, look at the environment, and wonder “What were they thinking?”. But it’s another thing to be in the moment and have to make a

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Background Story (Continued)

Matt Schmitz/ December 20, 2016

This post is a continuation of last week’s “First, A Bit of Background” So once I had that magical CCNP certification, I finally felt like I needed to move on. I had gained as much experience from that first job as I thought I would, which meant that I needed to start looking. I got some help from a co-worker

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A New Start

Matt Schmitz/ December 6, 2016

Over the years I have made several attempts at starting a blog. A few on networking, general IT, or whatever came to mind. They all end up the same – I start off strong and fall off quick. Finally, I believe I’ve realized what my problem is: I always assumed that a successful blog had to be purpose-built and constantly

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