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CCNA book amusements, part 1

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Dec. 20th, 2009 | 07:32 pm
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This is going to be long, I expect. The book in question is CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, by Todd Lammle, 6th edition, Sybex.

"Cisco became the defacto standard of routers because of its high-quality router products, great selection, and fantastic service" -- not that you're biased. This is in chapter 1, which is about the basics of networks.

"Besides, FTP is faster than email, which is another reason to use FTP for sending and receiving large files. In addition, because it uses TCP and is connection-oriented, if the session dies, FTP can sometimes start up where it left off. Try that with your email client!" -- ... I'll just leave that alone. Chapter 2.

"I've gotta be honest--if you don't know what a /27 is at this point, you'll need a miracle to pass the exam." -- Chapter 4. Admittedly after the chapter about subnetting, but still.

"Thank God this hospital has all Cisco routers and switches and that CDP is enabled by default on all Cisco devices. [...] So, use CDP -- you never know when you may end up saving someone's life. This is a true story." -- Chapter 5. ... No, no marketing people involved with this text at all.

And this is what's going to get me through the test?

There will be more of these posts, I'm sure.
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DocJeff

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from: docjeff
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
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It would be rather amusing to find some of that minutia on the test :)

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Bill Weiss

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from: houdini_cs
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
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If I get a "what proprietary Cisco protocol saves lives?" question on that thing, I'm walking out.

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hamster

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from: cavehamster
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
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The day CDP saves a life instead of totally fucking up a network is a vanishingly small ratio, I'm sure. It's right up there with a flapping BGP route being broadcast and taking down a corner of the internet.

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Bill Weiss

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from: houdini_cs
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
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But it's a true story!

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wolf359nmt

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from: wolf359nmt
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
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fact: CDP causes SIDS.

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hamster

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from: cavehamster
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
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I didn't kill any babies today, true story! Hamsters: making the world safer for babies every day, just saying...

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Baron El Dorado, First Earl of Dorkitude

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from: baronj
date: Dec. 21st, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
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See, this is the hillarity I didn't get when I took my CCNA (v2); Our books were chiseled from the discarded scales of the Teal Dragon by legions of enslaved CCIEs who were concerned only with the impartation of knowledge to their soon to be minions, for once they completed the scribal task, they were unleashed into the world with their Individually Numbered Identification Cards proving their worth as a Captain of Gondor.

Also, I was taught these secret by a dwarf, who hadn't gone through this indoctrination period, and had simply stolen a copy from the gods themselves to bring intellect to the community college students of TVI. He'd been the one who installed their FDDI ring, so no one dared question the cunning and "Config T".

I'm glad to see versions further down the line got infected with marketspeak. Probably the CCIEs revolted and made someone else do their job, and marketroids are easy to program.

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Bill Weiss

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from: houdini_cs
date: Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
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This was a third-party book. The official ones were drier.

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Bill Weiss

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from: houdini_cs
date: Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
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I think (from my freshly-minted cert!) that there's a ROM version of the IOS that will let you load a new one. If you can overwrite that, there are other problems :)

No, you didn't show it to me. You should have while I was in the class >:)

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