Thursday, January 21, 2010

CCIE Flyer January 2010 Edition

The CCIE Flyer January 2010 edition is out now at This month, yours truly had the honour of gracing the front cover thanks to Eman, my chief at the CCIE Flyer. I probably should consider being a full time StormTrooper teaching CCNA classes to the young Darth Vader-wannabes ;-)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

CCIEs Making History

This just came in from Emmanuel Conde of CCIE Flyer



(Really I don’t Make This Stuff Up!)

I wrote about how dumb I am getting in my old age when I mentioned that kids are helping me along with that degeneration. (called the Eman Effect) You see kids are like little Einsteins today and I discovered that through the “Dumbing Down”, or as they call it “Renormed” IQ scores that are used today. What is commonly known as the “Flynn Effect” proves that over time I am being made dumber!

From Wkipedia; IQ tests are re-normalized periodically, in order to maintain the average score for an age group at 100. In fact, the necessity for this re-normalization provided Flynn with an initial indication that IQ was changing over time. The revised versions are standardized on new samples and scored with respect to those samples alone, so the only way to compare the difficulty of two versions of a test is to conduct a separate study in which the same subjects take both versions.[3] Doing so confirms IQ gains over time. (

If Einstein had taken an IQ test it has been estimated his IQ would have been about 160 and that was in 1920. So according to the Flynn Effect the score of the average child in diapers with an average IQ today is actually as smart as Einstein!

That is why the next generation of Network Engineers is smarter than the first was right out of the starting gate! So it comes to pass that more cool work is being created for these young minds to be challenged by.

Why do I share such tidbits with you?

Because I have this thing about spilling my unrestrained thoughts out to you, that and I was excited to learn about roles supporting what may be the coolest project I have been asked to provide CCIEs for ever. Back in the 90s I was providing IT staff as part of the Human Genome project and those IT guys really were psyched about being a part of the endeavor. Today I was asked to help staff a huge government initiative called Einstein3 with engineers who hold Top Secret/SCI, Homeland Security and Full Scope/Lifestyle Poly clearances.

The Einstein Program is an intrusion detection system that monitors the gateways of US government agencies in the USA. There have been various phases of this program and now we arrive at Einstein3. Talk about your cyber wars and the ether strewn with data carnage! This is cool stuff. I mean, how long would you have to look to find a job where you would literally had a chance to grin all day and do real cool stuff that would make your resume look like Arnold shared steroids with it? As long as it took to call me or shoot me an email actually!

Several companies are asking me to help provide staff for some of the coolest work a CCIE or IT professional could ever find. So if you are a developer, Project Manager, CCIE, IT Security professional or CCIE (I know I said CCIE twice didn’t I?). What are you waiting for shoot me an email and let’s tal these roles are piling up with over 80 that I am aware of in and around Washington, DC.

What you need to do is remember kids stay away from drugs, don’t whine, make sure you are Santa Clause worthy, keep your criminal record clear of anything but tickets, and most of all (drum roll please) contact your local CCIE Agent™.

If you take my advice and study real hard in school passing a few Cisco certifications along the way you too can make History. Those folks who get a chance to work in this history making cyber security program will have added to their resumes inclusion into an arena that will push their careers for the foreseeable future. Ok well maybe just until they retire.

[edit] Einstein 3: Version 3.0 of Einstein has been discussed to prevent attacks by "shoot[ing] down an attack before it hits its target".[24] The NSA is moving forward to begin a program known as “Einstein 3,” which will monitor “government computer traffic on private sector sites,” with AT&T thought of as being the first. The plan, which was devised under the Bush administration, is controversial given the history of the NSA and the warrantless wiretapping scandal. Many DHS officials fear that the program should not move forward, because of “uncertainty about whether private data can be shielded from unauthorized scrutiny.”[25] Some believe the program will invade the privacy of individuals too much[26].

No longer a passive hardening of sites, Einstein3 is actually charged with going on the offensive. How coo is that? Going out and “Shooting Down” offending sites is part of the goal of Einstein3. Still got your attention huh?!

Let me know if you have any of the important clearances needed to be a part of this awsome program and I will be happy to pull you away from that really boring security role you are in now. Make big bucks and kill stuff now that’s real cool!


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Network Engineers for Peace

CCIEs without Borders

Information Technology has not always trod upon the glory road. It rose to prominence as companies began to realize that Information Management was eclipsing the paperbound capabilities of their staff. Searching reams of paper to locate a piece of archived data became nearly impossible especially as a cross reference might be needed. So IT/IM became a blessing for companies to streamline and make swift the ability to access data and to create information stores. Slowly, very slowly we the IT folks were beginning to justify our expense to our companies. We were still considered a group of professionals with no cost justification. I recall trying to work through the expenditure matrixes created to purchase furniture and making it relevant to Servers, Wiring Closets and Desktop PC Operating Systems. It was not unusual for a bean counter to ask me to quantify the value of my department. What was it worth to keep the CIO, AP/AR, Secretaries and staff connected to the servers and the applications they needed running? Heck, to me it was a no brainer, I strongly believed, in fact I knew that nothing could get done without IT. One day one of my wiring closets lost a hub and with it went the CIO and President of the company’s ability to send email. Suddenly IT was important and just as suddenly I was given my first real budget.

Fast forward not to today, no, just to the 80s. We started seeing the predecessor to electronic commerce as ATM or Telephone Banking. After ARPANET closed out the end of the 60s holding out no real hope to those of us still in High School like me, but the 70s and 80s started getting me all worked up. PC software was just starting to take hold at least where I was working. I was running mainframes from IBM and Amdahl feeding mountains of paper into printers as I mounted platters and tapes into drives for the Credit Union back in Dallas. Then in the mid-90s the news was out when Yahoo, MSN, Amazon and eBay started drawing hits and Internet traffic eclipsed a quarter of a million.

Just 15 years ago we saw the beginning of a revolution, a revolution of information access. What followed was a new freedom of speech as people began to socialize and exchange even more than just hard facts, but social realities.

The sharing of data propelled the human genome project and is providing information critical in the tracking of pandemics. No longer was the internet’s reputation base upon chat sites and pornographic images. The internet became a vehicle for change a Cadillac driven by many many independent wandering gnomes who were not afraid to cross the borders. Today thousands of URLs are cropping up daily these masses have been given a freedom of speech that are not supported by their own countries laws or actions. So we have arrived at a place in the evolution of the internet where we can intentionally make a difference, not just collaterally as was sometimes the case.

The work done by network engineers and IT professionals all over the world has engineered a nest in the ether like many birds have done for centuries to nestle and bring up their prodigy. We have had woven beneath us a place, safe from laws that are forced upon the masses at borders they cross.

No borders, no reason for war, right? No restrictions on information, no wars right?

There are real places and real things happening outside the virtual space we are so comfortable in. There are remote clinics treating the displaced, treating the sick and treating the victims of HIV/AIDS as well as schools treating the minds of children where books are hard to find. You can make a difference and peace can be the outcome. I ask you to be a network engineer for peace in 2010 as I extend free support to some of these very needy institutions and people making a difference without enough funding. Won’t you join us here in the CCIE Flyer to donate your time to reach across borders to help keep them on-line? I am looking for volunteers and those who may need more experience to add to the resume while making a noble effort to reach out and help others.

I will not use anyone’s information who volunteers for recruiting or other purposes.


Peace in 2010!

Eman Conde,
CCIE Flyer

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year from Narbik Kocharians

Happy New Year people :-). This just came in hot from the oven and it's a New Year message none other from Narbik Kocharians.


Hi All,

I hope that you all have a peaceful, healthy, and wealthy new year. We saw lots of changes in the routing and switching labs in 2009 and I believe we will see similar changes in the SP, Voice and other tracks as well in 2010.

I would like to assure you all that I will continue teaching the tracks like I have been, I just added more material to what I already have in order to make the learning easier and fun.

I have been extremely busy writing new material, writing material in different tracks, starting my VODs, and God willing soon we will be offering online classes.

I worked with Maurillio Gorito to tech edit the “CCIE Routing and Switching certification Guide Fourth edition”, an excellent book by Wendell, Rus, and Denise for the written exam.

I finished the 2500 page 2.0 advanced CCIE R&S. I've worked on the SP work book with Paul Negron (who has tech edited the previous version of the CCIE R&S cert guide and many other Cisco press books). I've worked on the Security work book with Piotr, an extremely knowledgeable person who happens to also be a Dual CCIE (Soon to be Triple). I have not seen a match when it comes to security.

I've worked on the Troubleshooting labs with Dan Shechter (a Triple CCIE), what a gentleman, this guy knows his stuff. I mean he knows it and he knows it well.

I am still working on the VODs and online training.

Note to mention the fact that I taught 28 boot camps and bunch of custom classes. Sometimes when you are this busy, deadlines are NOT met, and sometimes I completed the book; but when I looked at it, I did not care for it, so I deleted the entire thing and started again. Some of my students are getting upset but I WILL NOT SELL CRAP, QUALITY MUST BE THERE or else I will not sell or put my name on it.

I am also looking into adding other tracks like CCNA (R&S, Security, and Wireless), CCNP, CCVP, and CCSP. But I offer these with world leaders; these are people that rule in this area and have no match. Once negotiations are completed, I will let everyone know who these guys are. If you have done any work in IT, you will know these gentlemen.

Starting end of Jan people who attend my boot camp will see a huge change, I have added around5 hours of additional lecture and I have added the following material to what my students get when they attend my boot camp:

  • Foundation – Upon registration, the students will get an E-copy of this work book. This work book will prepare my students for the BOOT CAMP and NOT the actual lab.

  • Advanced CCIE R&S 2.0 – This is a 2500 page work book that is technology focused covering every item in the blue print.

  • Boot Camp 2.0 – This is a brand new work book that contains mock labs, there is a mock lab for RIPv2, there is a mock lab for Eigrp and so forth. These are tough labs and they convey unbelievable amount of information a MUST have work book.

  • Troubleshooting 2.0 – Each student gets 2 eight hour troubleshooting labs. These labs are designed to cover the blueprint. You basically load the initial config file which configures the routers and switches for EtherChannel, Trunks, RIPv2, Eigrp, OSPF, BGP, Redistribution, Security, Multicasting, Ip services, IPv6, and etc…… and once the initial configuration is loaded, you will have 15 tickets to resolve. Unbelievable is all I can say about these labs.

  • 360 Program – These are 2 volume work books plus a lab guide.

We have added CCIE Service Provider and Security tracks to our schedule and you can see them on our website as of today; we are planning to offer these tracks on monthly basis soon. Remember once you purchase one of the tracks the other tracks will ONLY cost you $1500 each. For example, if you purchased R&S, the SP will cost you $1500, and if later on you decide to take the security track, it will cost you another $1500, as I have stated before, this certification should NOT cost you an arm and a leg. Remember, just because its $1500, the quality WILL NOT SUFFER.

We have added more racks for our students, and we have made the price affordable, ONLY $450 for the entire month, 24 hours a day for 30 days.

One big favor, when ever you attend a boot camp, no matter who the vendor is, be vocal, write about your experience, what happened, what was your expectation going in, and if they met your expectation. This is the best way to keep us vendors honest, if you liked the boot camp, write about it, if you did not like the boot camp you should also write about it.

Many times people attend these boot camps with vendors that have an excellent reputation and they don’t get what they were promised or they paid few thousand dollars for a week of slide shows, they should write about these vendors every where. People read these posts and they decide where to spend their hard earned money.

Don’t worry I have spoken to the owner of GS and other forums and they have absolutely NO problems with true posting of your experience with any product or boot camp. I get over 10 e-mails about some of the flame/arguments that goes on in some of the forums and blogs, but my new year’s resolution is to IGNORE them all.

I have made guys famous by getting into arguments with them, I am NOT mentioning any names here but this is the way it’s going to be, I will NOT participate in any of these useless and pointless discussions. I know…..I know….I am NOT being nice, but if you know me, you know that I am a straight shooter, I call it exactly the way it is and some have a problem with that, well……… that is their problem and no one else’s.

Teaching has turned into “lecturing”, chalk talks have turned into “Let me get back to you” or “Let’s check the doc-cd” or the instructor purely uses his/her artistic maneuvering to get out of it. O well………..enough of this and that…… I hope this gave you guys an idea of what’s happening in Micronics Training Inc. I hope to see 5 digits next to your names soon.


So there you have it folks, Narbik Kocharians' New Year 2010 Message. I am very interested how the other vendors will play catch up to this especially IPExpert and Internetwork Expert since I also own both of their products as well. Cheers!