If there’s one thing the internet definitely has too many of, it’s idiot network engineers writing blogs about knowledge they’ve half-learned, during their studies for certifications that most recruiters haven’t even heard of. Well, lucky for everyone that I’m here to add yet another blog to the pile!
WHO AM I?
I’m Chris Parker, a network engineer from London. I’ve worked in the ISP sector for around 13 years, in a variety of roles from 1st line support up to core network engineer. But it’s only very recently that I’ve truly fallen in love with networking.
In the past couple of years I’ve absolutely thrown myself into studying. Along the way I started to use Junos, and got so excited that Im now a JNCIP-SP, 2xJNCIS and 3xJNCIA.
This year (2019) I also had the incredible privilege of being invited to become one of 26 worldwide Juniper Ambassadors. It means I get to be involved in cool projects and get direct access to Juniper engineers, in exchange for sharing the knowledge and the passion that I have for Junos, and for networking at large.
For example, this year I was lucky enough to be involved with contributing chapters to the Juniper Ambassadors’ Cookbook 2019. It’s a collection of “recipes” showing you how to solve specific problems. And guess what – like almost all Juniper books, it’s completely free! My chapters were all about MPLS. Give it a read!
My particular passion is learning routing technologies – BGP, MPLS, OSPF, IS-IS, IPv6, and all those funky things. As such, I’m now on the journey to try to become JNCIE-SP certified. And that’s where this blog comes in.
WHAT IS THIS BLOG?
I love to study, and I love to share my new-found knowledge with others. And that’s exactly what this blog is: round-ups of new knowledge I’ve learned, summarising the facts, adding in jokes, and hopefully telling it with a bit more charm than then average documentation!
Because here’s the thing: we all know that 99% of networking blog posts as dry, dull and tedious. They’ll either suck away your enthusiasm, or they’ll leave you so confused that you end up with more questions than answers. Sometimes even the official documentation will contradict itself, or be almost impenetrable. And I’ve lost count of the number of blogs that literally just copy and paste the Wikipedia article on the topic!!
This blog tries to do something different: I want to teach you the concepts in an enthusiastic way, with tons of jokes and silliness. This website isn’t written for the corporate world – it’s written for humans, who want to learn and progress, but also smile and laugh. If that sounds like you, then gosh darn it you’ve come to the right place!
Whether it be explanations of networking theory, or examples of real-world problems, hopefully this blog will end up being a collection of useful knowledge that folks at all levels will enjoy browsing through.
WHAT DO I DO OUTSIDE OF NETWORKING?
I’m a big fan of Japanese things – I’m trying and failing to learn the language, and I’ve always loved the pop culture of the country. I love reading novels, going to the theatre and cinema, keeping up to date with politics, listening to new music, playing Super Mario games, and doing things to make people happy. I sometimes think I have too many hobbies!
I really enjoy cooking, and especially baking – I love milkshakes and sweets, as you might guess from the photo! I also try sometimes to volunteer at my local food bank.
WHY DO YOU KEEP MIXING BETWEEN THE US AND UK SPELLING OF WORDS LIKE NEIGHBOR/NEIGHBOUR?
Two reasons: partly in case it helps increase my Google search rankings, but mainly because then everyone gets to feel welcome here. Or, maybe it will make everyone furious. Either way, at least everyone is equal.