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1891: What a Year – One Undertaker’s Story of Telecom Invention

By Steven Shepard, Contributing Columnist

By anyone’s estimation, 1891 was an eventful year. It saw the birth of a plethora of people who would go on to change the world: David Sarnoff, who would lead the invention of video. Earl Warren, who would sit on the US Supreme Court as its Chief Justice. Erwin Rommel, who would (albeit reluctantly) lead the Axis powers in North Africa during World War II. Fanny Brice, singing comedienne. Henry Miller, author. And Sergey Prokofiev, composer of extraordinary music.

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Automate Getting the UCS SNMP MIBs

March 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm PST

I like the command line, I’ll admit it, it’s old-school but l am old-school. Clicking around a graphical interface is all well and good but if you want to get something done the command line is the way to do it. My high school years, college years and early career were a variety of Unix flavors, VMS, DOS, CP/M with an assortment of editors, programming languages and shells.

What I love is when a graphical interface can be managed via a command line.  This way I know that I can use all my favorite tools (old and new) to get done what needs to be done. What needs to get done sometimes is taking the point and click out of a task. That’s my focus today.

Here’s the scenario, download SNMP MIBs for UCS. Go to that web page and you need to get very clicky, perhaps even right-clicky and select the “save as” option. More clicks, with potentially over 100 MIBs to download that’s 200 plus clicks, and the repetition is as mind numbing as a top 40 radio station.

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Meet Russell Byrne: Founder of an Internal Corporate Community

March 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm PST

This is the story of Russ, a Networking Consulting Engineer on the Cisco Advanced Services (AS) team, who took time aside from his regular day job to lay the seeds of an exceptional resource on the IWE QUAD Community, an internal social platform. As a result of his efforts, the AS team’s work efficacy has increased and Cisco’s rapport with customers and partners has improved immensely.

Southern California Edison (SCE) is one of the Advanced Services (AS) team’s largest clients with over 10-15 service activities usually going on at one time. The advent of bringing people in and out of working with this client proved to be a recurring issue because these individuals had little to no knowledge about SCE, and there was no official training route they could go through in order to be brought up to speed about the client’s needs.  

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Cisco Unified IP Phones earn FIPS Certification!

March 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm PST

The Global Certification Team is proud to announce the FIPS 140-2 Crypto certification of the 6900 and 7900 Series IP Phones.

The phones received FIPS certificate #1647 for Models 6901 and 6911 and Certificate #1650 for 6921, 6941, 6945, and 6961.  Finally the 7906G, 7911G, 7931G, 7941G, 7942G, 7945G, 7961G, 7961GE, 7962G, 7965G, 7970G, 7971G, 7971GE, and 7975G were awarded FIPS certificate #1689.

Take full advantage of converged voice and data networks while retaining the convenience and user-friendliness you expect from a business phone. Cisco Unified IP Phones can help improve productivity by meeting the needs of users throughout your organization. Advanced media endpoints in this innovative suite of Cisco Unified IP Phones enhance the end-user experience.

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FIPS-140 is a US and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is defined as “the set of hardware, software, and/or firmware that implements approved security functions (including cryptographic algorithms and key generation) and is contained within the cryptographic boundary.” The cryptographic module is what is being validated.

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I Patched my Car Over the Weekend

Actually, I did it on Saturday afternoon, that way I had time to test the patch and roll it back if necessary and still have the car ready for Monday.

So… when do you patch your car? Interesting, albeit fictitious, conversation that will relatively soon become reality. New cars are sophisticated artifacts. They look nice and enable you to travel from point A to point B in great comfort (well, most of them), and they are packed with electronics. Inside the car there are multiple processors and computers executing hundreds of thousands of lines of code to ensure your safe journey. The programmers who wrote that code are as equally adept as the ones writing modern operating systems and applications – which means that there are some errors in the algorithms that monitor and maintain many aspects of your car, and in their implementation.

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