Friday, November 20, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Working remotely is one thing - I have done that exclusively since 2016. But that does not mean that I've done everything remotely. For example, I have always gone onsite to bring up new equipment and therefore I've spent very little time building our remote deployment capabilities. Now, like everyone else, I can't travel so the time has come to spend some cycles on that.
One of the things that always causes problems onsite is that transit provider ports are either configured wrong on the transit provider's side, or the cables are connected to the wrong patch panel or switch ports. I can't do much about incorrect transit provider configs, but I can hedge my bets against the wrong cable/port issue. We use Arista switches, and Arista EOS supports multiple "secondary" IP address allocation for each interface. I know the IPs we've been assigned from our transit providers and usually we assign one per optical port. But this time. I am assigning all our IPs to the only optical port I can configure in my home office/lab. My reasoning is that while it is likely the cables are not connected to the correct switch ports, it is also unlikely that none of the cables are connected to the first optical port on the switch.
This type of thing:
ip address 18.104.22.168.1/30
ip address 22.214.171.124/30 secondary
ip address 126.96.36.199/30 secondary
ipv6 address 1:1:1:1:1/126
ip access-group uplink-in in
ipv6 access-group uplink-in6 in
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
I've been interested in switching to the Dvorak keyboard layout for some time. Today, I was looking through my phone's keyboard settings for other reasons and saw that it supports the Dvorak layout. So I turned it on.
The premise of the Dvorak keyboard, invented in the 1920's, was that it puts the most used keys on the home row. Studies show that 70% of the keys typed in a Dvorak layout are in the home row, whereas the number drops to 32% with our traditional QWERTY keyboard. Obviously, I am slower than crap at the moment because only the 'A' key is where my brain expects it, but I will get better.
I ordered a few sets of keyboard stickers so that I can change the layout of my existing hardware keyboards without spending too much money on a dedicated Dvorak keyboard. I may end up not liking it, so I don't need an expensive unused keyboard lying around.
Although, come to think of it, I have a mechanical keyboard so I can just move the keys around.
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