TechRepublic contributor Shannon Kalvar recently pointed me
to RFC 1925, which many of you no doubt already know about. Nestled between RFC 1924
(A Compact Representation of IPv6 Addresses) and RFC 1926 (An Experimental
Encapsulation of IP Datagrams on Top of ATM) lies this list of "The 12
Networking Truths," which seem to be right on the
money. It's hard to pick a favorite, since so many resonate so strongly (ohmigod, I said "resonate"), butconsider, for instance, number 3:
- "With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However,
this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going
to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they flyoverhead."
Or number 6:
- "It is easier to move a problem around (for example, by
moving the problem to a different part of the overall network architecture)than it is to solve it.
But I guess if I had to embroider one of these precepts and hang it in my cube, it would be number 11:
- "Every old idea will be proposed again with a different name and a different presentation, regardless of whether it works."
Shannon also provided his 10
New Year's resolutions for IT managers, which has someexcellent reminders about what we should be focusing on as we head into 2006.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.