Missing In Action

It is time to hit that RESET button again for me as I have been away too long. I missed writing blog posts, sharing information, and it will be nice to make the time to write them again.

So where have I been – well that is simple, head-down in study mode. I am working obtaining my Juniper JNCIE-SEC certification since last year and have been studying like crazy – yet not enough to pass the lab. At this point I have taken the JNCIE-SEC lab three times, first two times I was ill-prepared and this past time I felt like I almost had it. So, back to study mode and will be focusing on that for some time yet. Will let you know more on that when I pass the darn thing – not giving up!

Life has also gotten in the way a bit, work has been steady and challenging (that is a good thing), minor injuries from overexerting myself, and raising my family. You know, a thing called life 🙂

Well, time to get back to studying! Will be back soon!

Cisco Live 2019 – Social Media

As many long time attendees know, Cisco Live back used to be called Networkers. It was a conference about networking with your peers and making new friends. Today this tradition lives on in the Social Media aspect of the event where we are able to meet people that we interact on-line with.

Whether that interaction is via forums, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, SnapChat, Reddit, YouTube, etc – we all virtual friends in this industry that we follow or interact with on a regular basis. Conferences like this allow us the opportunity to meet those individuals in person and sometimes get a chance to know them a little better.

The main social gathering for Cisco Live tends to be around Twitter. If you are curious to know who from Twitter will be attending Cisco Live , Tom over at The Networking Nerd has you covered there as he is keeping a list. Be sure to go check it out and add your name if you are attending Cisco Live this year.

One of the first social events at Cisco Live is the annual arrival Tweetup. This year it is scheduled for Sunday, 9 June 2019 at 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM in the at the Social Media Hub. Just make sure you have your badge with you as it will be needed.

The Social Media Hub (SMH) will be located in the upper level of the San Diego Convention Center, thankfully not in the World of Solutions. If you have ever been to the SDCC you know the stairs that everyone runs up and down at for exercise, it is at the top of those. I doubt that those doors will be open, so you will need to enter through the main conference entrance and take the escalator/stairs up to the upper level.

To attend you do need to be an attendee with either an Explorer pass or better to attend and you will need to register for session SOCGEN-1000 when the scheduler opens up. Again, make sure you have your badge when you arrive to the event.

To celebrate the week of introverts being social, there is a closing Tweetup that is scheduled for Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 4:25P4:25 PM at he Cisco Live letters. The letters this year will be located on the Marina Lawn near the back of the convention center. Interesting side note, the header picture for this post was from the Marina Lawn when Mike Rowe was there!

Again, to attend the closing Tweetup you should sign up for SOCGEN-1001. And like the opening Tweetup, it is open to anyone with an Explorer pass or better.

Cisco Live 2019 – Big Ideas

Ahh, the time is almost upon us for CLUS and I know I have been a been quiet lately, more on that in another post though. This Cisco Live will be my 15th consecutive Cisco Live that I have attended – my first being Las Vegas in 2005.

This year we are heading back to San Diego, CA Conference Center near the historic heart of San Diego – the Gaslamp Quarter. The last time the conference was in San Diego was 2015, not that long ago but feels like an eternity! The Gaslamp Quarter has some amazing food and bar joints, it will make for some memoralbe times for sure!

So it is time to cover some of the things that I am aware of for Cisco Live this year. Returning this year are the Big Idea Talk Speakers, Tweetups, DevNet, Walk-in Labs, Certification Testing, and the CAE to just name a few.

In this post I will chat about the Big Idea Talks. These are talks giving by a diverse group of speakers who bring to light topics of interesting. This year we will have four speakers, with the three below being officially announced as of today (5-April-2019). I have included some information on the speakers as well as associated videos below.

On Monday (10-June-2019) Janet Stovall will be speaking on How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Tuesday (11-June-2019) brings us a yet to be announced! I will update this post when I find out more. In the meantime, please enjoy this video as a placeholder.

Kate Darling graces us on Wednesday (12-June-2019) on The Future of Human-Robot Interaction.

And on Thursday (13-June-2014) Ben Nemtin will be presenting on The Buried Life.

See you at Cisco Live 2019 – there is always still time to register, so go register!