CCNA/ICND2 studying has begun!

May 3rd, 2011 No comments

Ok, so I am a little late making this post, but I began studying for the CCNA exam about a week after passing the ICND1 exam (CCENT Certification). My wife requested that I take some time off as I was becoming a little excessive about studying.

So far I am about 1/3 of the way through the material on Topics covered include a full review of the ICND1 materials including some new basic management commands to make life a bit easier (I’m looking at you ‘do’ command). I’ve also covered VLANS, VTP and STP. This is the meat of cisco folks, the good stuff, time to dig in!

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The Results!

April 12th, 2011 No comments

I took the 640-822  ICND1, CCENT exam yesterday (on my birthday, woot!) and passed, with authority! I have been sailing around on cloud 9 since then.

Now onto the ICND2 exam/CCNA certification!

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Final day of Study

April 10th, 2011 No comments

Here is my plan for the last day of study:

a. hit the key topics in all the chapters

b. cover all the IOS commands at the end of each chapter

c. cover the terms in the back of the book

d. practice subnetting (see cbt nuggets printout)

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Topics to cover

April 5th, 2011 No comments

Here are the topics I need to cover in the ciscopress book before Monday:

Chapter 11 Wireless LANs

Chapter 15: Troubleshooting IP Routing

Chapter 16: WAN Concepts

Chapter 17: WAN Configuration

Chapter 18: Exam Preparation

update: completed all chapters by last night exam except the Exam Prep, which is reserved for today.

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IOS commands that need remembering

April 3rd, 2011 No comments

For some reason the following commands will not stick in my head, most likely because I have not used them much.

Port Security (sticky mac, security protect):
Switch(config)#int fa0/1
Switch(config-if)#switchport mode access
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security mac-address sticky
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security violation protect
Allow SSH Connections (telnet bad!):
Switch(config)#username philip password K33pItS@fe
Switch(config)# ip domain-name philipstraatsma.local
Switch(config)#crypto key generate rsa
Choose the size of the key modulus in the range of 360 to 2048 for your
General Purpose Keys. Choosing a key modulus greater than 512 may take
a few minutes.
How many bits in the modulus [512]:1024
% Generating 1024 bit RSA keys, keys will be non-exportable…[OK]
Switch(config)#line vty 0 4
Switch(config-line)#login local
Switch(config-line)#transport input ssh
Default gateway:
Switch(config)#ip default-gateway
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The bottom 4 layes of the OSI model

March 28th, 2011 No comments

All People Seem To Need Data Processing

I spent the weekend with the OSI model, fun stuff amirite? I am down to the last 2 weeks before the icnd1 exam so spending time memorizing the terminology is eating up most of my time. At this point I can configure a router in my sleep and the only thing that seems to be hanging me up are the tiny details in the Transport, Network and Data Link layers. The ciscopress book does a fairly good job going extremely in-depth into each layer. Even beyond what I imagine the scope of the exam goes to.

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March 23rd, 2011 No comments

My ICND1 Official Exam Certification Guide was delivered today, thanks UPS.

I had been studying for the ICND1 640-822 exam via and a few study practice tests I found on the interwebs. After realizing that CBT Nuggets was missing a few things (like RIP version 2) I began to get worried that I may be missing additional information found on the test so I picked up the office exam guide from Cisco to help seal the deal.

woot! a cisco book!


Anyway, I spent the night reading through the chapter on routing protocols and “forced” myself to setup the network configurations from the chapter inside of packet tracer (thanks cisco netacad!). I am feeling fairly good about the routing section of the exam, we’ll see if the information sticks on exam day.

Bonus question:

Which of the following routing protocols are classless?

a.RIP  b.RIPv2 c.IGRP d.EIGRP  e.OSPF  f.IS-IS

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Always show the tab bar in Safari on the Mac.

June 15th, 2010 No comments

One thing I always liked about Firefox was the ability to always show the tab bar even if you had only one time open at a time. Sadly since version 3 of Safari that option is no longer in the preferences menu. However you can enable this option in the property list file for Safari.

Close Safari.

Download and install PlistEdit Pro 1.5 from Apple for free (Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later)

Open your Macintosh HD and browse to Library => Preferences and open in PlistEdit Pro (should be the default action).

Expanded out Root by clinking on the triangle icon and click on the word Root to highlight it.

Hit the “New Child” button, enter AlwaysShowTabBar for the name, set the Class drop down to Boolean and the Value to Yes.

Select File in the menu bar and hit Save.

Open Safari and you will notice the tab bar is always open.

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Car hunting and the 2005 Ford Explorer XLT

August 18th, 2009 3 comments

Maria and I had been a one-car-family for over a year now, but that all changed this past weekend. Late 2007 my former whip, a 1992 Acura Intergra became increasingly unstable and eventually died.  Having stuggled with only one car to make it to work, conflicting appointments and events we decided it was time to upgrade the Straatsma family line of cars. Before we began the long search we sat down and made a list of requirements and a secondary wish list of ‘dream features’. Here is the final list:


  • Some form of traction control for winter driving
  • Significantly More storage space than the Camry
  • Medium to Large size with a high safety rating
  • Comfortable seating for at least 5
  • General Hotness

Wish List:

  • All-Wheel or 4-Wheel Drive
  • Crossover or SUV
  • Decent Fuel Efficiency (20+ City and 24+ highway MPG )

We initially started looking at the Buick Rendezvous but decided that they were a little overpriced and the selection was not that good. That’s when we stumbled across the Ford Explorer at a local dealer. We initially looked at a black 2002 and Silver Birch 2005. Amazingly the 2002 had less millage than that 2005. However, not only was the 2005 Explorer in better shape it also had AdvanceTrac traction control and a better gas millage all while costing less than the 2002.

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A night with the Source SDK

February 26th, 2009 6 comments

I have this crazy desire to know at least the basics about everything tech related and tonight was time to tackle game development. Having read up a little bit about the Source SDK (software developers kit) I figured it would be something I could jump into fairly quickly. The interface reminds me of and odd mix between 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio Max) and Adobe Photoshop. Using the excellent Valve Developer Community Wiki I came up with a simple alleyway map featured below:


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