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Unintended Features

Thoughts on thinking and life as a network engineer

About the Book

This book contains some new material, and some old. The foundation is a set of blog posts published on Lost in Transit and ‘net Work, edited and extended, so some of these essays will seem familiar if you read either these two blogs. Beyond these, however, there is new material that hasn’t been published before in the same area. Some of this material has been developed from presentations, and some from completely new areas of thought.

About the Authors

Russ White
Russ White

Russ White has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Across that time, he has co-authored more than forty software patents, spoken at venues throughout the world, participated in the development of several internet standards, is currently co-chairing the I2RS and BABEL IETF working groups, helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and has worked in Internet governance with the ISOC. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn, where he works on next generation data center designs, complexity, security, and privacy. His most recent works are The Art of Network Architecture, Navigating Network Complexity, and the Intermediate System to Intermediate System LiveLesson.

MSIT Capella University, MACM Shepherds Theological Seminary, PhD in progress from Southeastern Theological Seminary

CCIE #2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr

Daniel Dib
Daniel Dib

Daniel Dib is a Senior Network Architect at Conscia Netsafe. He works with creating scalable, modular and highly available network designs that meet business needs. Daniel started out in implementation and operations and got his CCIE in 2012. In May 2016 he became the second person in Sweden to get CCDE certified.

He often acts as a subject matter expert for his customer with deep expertise in routing, switching, multicast and fast convergence. Daniel has designed and implemented some of the most demanding networks in his country where both people’s lives and large amounts of money can be lost when the network is down. He firmly believes in giving back to the community and mentoring up and coming engineers. For his efforts he has been designated a Cisco Learning Network VIP and a Cisco Champion.

Daniel writes a blog about networking but has also been published in Network Computing, Cisco’s official blog and various training sites.

University Diploma with specialization in Computer Networking Technology from School of Engineering, Jönköping University

CCIE #37149, CCDE 2016:0011

Reader Testimonials

Nicholas Russo
Nicholas Russo

Network Consulting Engineer CCIEx2 #42518

Simply outstanding advice from two of the finest engineers I know. The book covers some critical gaps in the network industry and provides non-technical advice on thinking, relationships, analysis, and basically everything else an engineer should care about. I was this book’s first customer and also the first to finish it; I couldn’t put it down! Some of these stories are things you will never hear anywhere else, especially adapted to the networking community.

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Career
      • How to be Successful in IT
      • New Ways of Thinking
      • How to Build a (People) Network
      • Staying Updated in the Networking Industry
      • Hold the Line: SDN Isn’t Always on Time
    • Section 2: Culture
      • General Howe’s Dog
      • Take Them Seriously
      • Saving the Web, Saving Community
      • False Dichotomy
      • Data Can’t Lie?
      • Percentage Driven: Should IP Telephony Die?
      • Skipping the Hype Cycle
      • Good Enough
      • Micromanaging Networks Considered Harmful
      • Network Scale is More than Size
      • Out with the Old: Make Removing Old Technology Part of Your Culture
      • Should Technology Mirror Business?
      • The Pie Problem: Growth and Ratios
      • The Problem with Peanuts
      • The Right Tool for the Job
      • The Tinker and the Geek
      • No Cape, No Wand
      • Overvaluing Experience
    • Section 3: Education
      • The Degree or the Certification
      • Interviewing the CCIE Program Manager
      • Certifications: the Good and the Bad
      • An Apple a Day
      • Why You Need to Learn to Code
    • Section 4: Life Skills
      • Assuming the worst is not the best assumption
      • Controlling Information Inflow
      • Cultivate questions
      • Fear itself: Thinking through change and turmoil
      • In Theory…
      • It’s About Time
      • Jack of All Trades
      • Jim, I’m an Engineer, not a…
      • Multitasking, Microtasking, and Macrotasking
      • On being different
      • On Losing
      • Own the Problem
      • Personal Integrity
      • Rule 11 is your friend
      • The Odd Hours Solution
      • The Silo of Focus
      • Waste Not a Moment
      • Why You Should Blog
    • Section 5: Thinking Skills
      • Engineering Sense
      • Intellectual Virtue and the Engineer
      • Leaky Abstractions
      • Liskov Substitution and Modularity in Network Design
      • Talk to the Dummy
      • The Facts, While Interesting, are Irrelevant
      • Half Split Troubleshooting
      • Getting Inside the Loop
      • Engineer Versus Complexity
      • The Design Mindset
    • About the Authors
  • Notes

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