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Episode 11: If You Can’t Be Replaced, You Can’t Be Promoted

This week we’re joined by Aaron Conaway of ‘Aaron’s worthless Words’ fame, while we did our usual chit chat about a few things, the main subject was a conversation about career progression.

Networking Career progression

So many people are stuck in jobs they get nothing out of anymore, or don’t see a way out of, that we started looking at how you get promoted, when do you move, and how important are certifications in your career.

The only problem, is we ran out of time long before we’d finished, so we’re going to take off where we started next week! We’d love to hear your experiences, hints and tips on career progression, and we’ll get them into next weeks show.

Cisco IOS Educational Licensing

We also talked about Greg’s Petition for Cisco IOS Educational Licensing , which came out of Wendell Odom’s article on the possibility of educational licensing for IOS. This would be a huge benefit to all those out there studying and building labs, and could only be a plus for Cisco. Please go to http://etherealmind.com/petition and signup asap!

Audience Involvement

We have achieved one thousand downloads of the last episode and we think thats pretty great. But don’t let that stop you from telling your workmates, study classmates that we exist. More is just more.

Fact of the Week

We want you to send us a “Fact of the Week”. Every engineer has one trick, or one little fact that needs to be shared. So email your tip, trick or fact to packetpushers —at— gmail —dot— com.

IEEE is using Software Patents

IEEE Supports Software Patents — IEEE is not transparent, doesn’t answer to the community only it’s paid up members who are large vendors competing and fighting for market position. Now it wants software patents for technology that it shouldn’t own.


An interesting varient on the wireshark idea is a new service where you can upload your dumps via number of methods to Cloudshark, who will analyze and give you a wireshart-like output on the web. Handy for sharing, or when you can’t easily send the dump back to yourself. But what about the confidentiality aspects?

The Gestalt IT Tech Field Day

Ethan is off to the Gestalt IT Tech Field day in Seattle this week. We’re a big supporter of the Tech Field Days, as it’s a great way of getting the information that people want from big vendors out there, a lot more clearly than you ever do from your rep or reseller. In fact we’re such big fans of the concept, that we had a special announcement about the first PacketPushers Network tech field day to be held later this year. We’re all really excited about this (especially Greg)! More details to follow!

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Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers. After surviving 25 years in Enterprise IT with only minor damage, he uses his networking expertise for good in the service of others by deep diving on technology and industry. His unique role as an inspirational cynicist brings a sense of fun, practicality and sheer talent to world of data networking and its place in a world of clouds.

He blogs regularly at http://etherealmind.com and the podcasts are at http://packetpushers.net.

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