I’ve been thinking a lot lately about if I still want to pursue a CCIE. If so, which one? There are so many to choose from. Today I spoke to a wise, senior associate of mine and asked him about this question of mine. His advice was invaluable. His suggestion was to study for a CCIE in a speciality that interests you. Why? Because you need some really good motivation to keep working towards it on a constant basis. Excellent advice!
Although I have my CCNP in routing and switching, the CCIE that really interests me is CCIE Data Center. This is because it it contains many of the things that interest me and that I already work with on a day to day basis:
Anyhow, I need to do more research about what the best way is to prepare for taking the CCIE written exam for datacenter. If you have any suggestions, please post them as comments to this article.
Speaking of articles, I also ran across this great one regarding whether or not it’s still worth trying to get the CCIE. If you read the article, make sure you take time to read the comments too. There’s some really good stuff there.
I’ve been following the political wrangling between Mainland China and Google since the first hacking episode was announced, back on January 12th.
Now, Google has announced that they have effectively removed all censorship from it services in Mainland China. To top it off, they have done it in a totally legal way. The article explains that they they have instituted a redirect. Essentially, google.cn now redirects to google.com.hk. The site google.com.hk does not censor it’s data. The language in use is Simplified Chinese. It sounds like Google is concerned that the Chinese government might simply block access to google.cn. Therefore, they have created a web page that reports on the status of Google services in Mainland China. I plan to keep an eye on it regularly and see what move the Chinese government takes next.
I’m glad to see that Google has finally decided to not play along with government imposed censorship. Freedom comes with knowledge!
Yesterday (October 10th, 2007) there was a shooting at a Cleveland School called “SuccessTech”. This school is located in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
It has been reported that the shooter, Asa Coon, was none to have been mentally disturbed. His official record shows that he was locked up in Juvenal Hall twice for domestic violence. This violence was committed on his part against his mother. Also, he was hospitalized at a Psychiatric Hospital as well, where he threatened to commit suicide. He also refused to take psychotropic medication that he was prescribed. It was clear and documented that he was mentally disturbed. Yet Cleveland Schools continued to allow him to attend school as if he did not have a mental condition. Also, the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Health allowed him to live at home in the community.
At one time those who were or could be dangerous to themselves or others due to mental illness were kept in a safe place until they became well. These facilities were known as State Mental Hospitals. These facilities would keep someone as a resident and give them treatment and a safe place to live. Not only would they protect the patient, but they also protect the community at large from things the patient might do as a result of their illness. However, the states have since abandoned these facilities and no longer provide adequate care for these patients. Instead, now they are sent to freely live in the community with a prescription for some medication that a doctor suggested that they take on a regular basis. No supervision, active treatment, etc. We wonder why things like school shootings, bizarre murders, etc occur. Yet we forget that there are seriously mentally ill people living among us who are not being treated. There is no longer a place that will force them to get the help that they are needing and look after their well being. Read the rest of this entry »