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Cisco Linguistics & The Grumpy Old Router

Traveller

I’m a first time traveler to another country. I’m aware of multiple languages, but I don’t know how to speak any other than English. It’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to learn, but just never got around to. So, I’m aboard an aircraft to Germany, and the first conversation I had on the plane was with a flight attendant. It went a little something like this:

Her: Ist das Ihre rote Tasche dort?
Me: … <wishing I knew what she was saying>
Her: …
Me: English?
Her: Is that your red bag over there?
Me: Nein

It started out weak and embarrassing, I didn’t know what she was saying. There was a very brief moment, just a second or two, where my brain was attempting with futility to decipher the foreign tongue, returning a meandering blank stare, followed by the simple one-worded question: “English?”. The flight attendant immediately responded in my native language, and I clearly understood her. I responded confidently with a German “nein”. She smiled. (more…)

5 Reasons not to go to Cisco Live

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Cisco Live US 2015, the largest networking conference in the world, is right around the corner, June 7th-11th in San Diego, CA. This year is promising to be ever larger, with more training sessions, bigger events, futurist keynotes, and a massive World of Solutions expo. But think about it – do you really want to go? Let us consider┬ásome reasons not to attend this year’s Cisco Live. (more…)