Random Links for the week of 6/2/2012

This is just cool, I have always been a fan of Batman. What geek isn’t considering all of the cool toys:

Attack of the Batmobiles! [Video]

No kidding:

http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/04/05/finding-old-friends-with-facebook-comic/

This is very cool:

http://code.google.com/p/ostinato/

This would have been useful information before the lunar eclipse that happened a few weeks ago:

http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Explore/Photography-Techniques/h1sctsrv/1/How-to-Photograph-a-Lunar-Eclipse.html?cid=eml-0612-lenewsletter-v1-featuredlm

Random Links for the week:

Sometimes fun, sometimes not:

This is such a cool idea why hasn’t someone thought of it over here:
http://wish.co.uk/zombie-shopping-mall/

These are on my list…. Now:
http://failblog.org/2012/03/28/epic-win-photos-win-life-goals-win/

Nice Tattoo’s

Hot Harry Potter Tattoos [Pic]

Really need to take a vacation:

Disney Fantasy – Staterooms and Suites

Important things:
https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/message/184717#184717

My son loved this site:
http://www.amazingpaperairplanes.com/

When to swallow your pride and when to leave?

I am facing a quandary in my career and I am not sure what to do.  I figured I would put this post together to see if I can come up with an idea as to what I should do.

First a little background:

About a year and half ago I was working for a distribution company when a Specialty Retailer Recruiter called me and asked me if I was looking for a position.  She spoke about the position and told me that it was going to be the Network Engineer who would be designing their network for the next several years.  They had a little under a 1000 nodes on their DMVPN and were committed to Cisco as their networking vendor.  I thought what the heck lets do the interviews and see where the position leads me.  I met with the then, Manager of Technical Services, Director of IT, and CIO.  During the interview process I told them about my wants and desires, I didn’t want to manage anyone, I had done that in the past and was tired of dealing with people.  They said no problem, we want someone who can troubleshoot anything we throw at them and can build our network for the future.  This included both the WAN and LAN.  After the 5 hour interview I was excited by the opportunity, the company seemed like it wanted to grow and it wanted to do things correctly moving forward.  I had an ace in the hole at that time in that one of the guys I had worked with at a previous company was working there and corroborated everything I had been told.

Flash Forward to now:

The company has hit some hard financial times.  All of the plans I had for the network were put on hold because of the financial issues for the company.  While I wasn’t happy with it, I understood that other company initiatives came first.  So I put all of my plans into a folder and set them aside for now.  Now is when it gets interesting, the IT staff has been cut in half, I am now managing a staff of 5 people and all of the people that hired me are now gone from the company.  We have a new CIO who has decided to bring in his own Network Engineering company and could care less about my designs.  The new CIO is less than interested in what the existing staff has to say, although he wants to keep us around to do the work.  The new Engineering Company while competent is only listening to what I have to say as it pertains to what they want to do and what they are comfortable doing.  My input is less than desirable and they only want me to maintain the existing infrastructure and then become the caretaker for the new infrastructure.

So my question is this:

Do I look for something new and then leave?  Do I stay where I am?  With the new CIO comes a lot of money and we are going to get Nexus 5k/2k and 5585x ASAs.  We are also getting some much needed money to do some additional logging and replace some of the older infrastructure.

Do I swallow my pride and give up design work right now, knowing that I will have a chance to learn new technology and get to implement new things?  Or do I pack up my stuff and start looking for a new job?  I still have my plans of getting my CCIE, which the company is not helping me with so that isn’t changing.

Resolutions for the New Year

I figured I would get my resolutions written down in one place. This way I have some where to go back to check on them and see what I actually accomplished if any of them.

1. get my CCIE, I passed the written back in July at Ciscolive. I have the lab scheduled and I am attending a bootcamp in a couple of weeks. I have wanted to complete this for a while and get this accomplishment under my belt.

2. Find some more clients for my fledgling consulting business. I do a little bit of work on the side now for a couple of people with their Networking and VMWare. I would like to pick up some more clients and be able to help them out.

3. Find a job where I can work from home, I am tired of commuting. I have a couple of things going right now where that might be possible. Have to see if I can make that happen this year.

4. Keep updating this blog more often with photos and posts.  I have been an avid/professional photographer at times and love to show my work. I really need to keep up with this and keep things updated. One it doesn’t let my photo skills get rusty, also writing posts won’t allow my writing skills to get rusty.

Lots of stuff to this year.  Aside from what is posted, I have quite a few other things  I would also like to learn like MPLS and do some voice work.

Lots to do, lets get this year going.

Hockey Stick Holder

I have been looking for a way to show my Hockey Stick signed by JS Giguere.  Unfortunately most things were way to expensive or I just didn’t like.  I found this and immediately ordered it:

http://www.breakawaydisplays.com

The product came in simple packaging and was really easy to install.  Here is a picture of the hockey stick hanging on my wall.

Looks beautiful on the wall.  Now I just need some more hockey sticks to show.