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By stretch | Friday, June 24, 2011 at 2:42 p.m. UTC

Sorry for the lack of new content this week; between personal errands and job interviews it's been a very busy week for me. I've been telling myself every day I'd sit down and write an article "tomorrow" and now it's Friday. Good news though: It looks like I'll be getting back to legitimate full-time work next month, ending my years-long status as funemployed. This will obviously mean less free time to work on content for the site, but it also affords me a much greater opportunity to work on real-world designs and the latest gear.

My wife and I will be on vacation next week, so I'm officially declaring this past week and the next a hiatus. Look for regular postings to resume after the July 4th weekend. I want to wish my fellow Americans a happy Independence Day, and for my British cousins a modest congratulations on having taken second place. I'll see you guys next month!

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June 24, 2011 at 3:28 p.m. UTC

Congratulations on the new employment and good luck. Enjoy the hiatus as you deserve it with all the work you do for this site. I know what it's like to be busy with a full time job after working as a consultant. Would you entertain user submitted articles? Thanks for everything.

June 24, 2011 at 5:13 p.m. UTC

Wishing you all the best with the job and thanks for all the resources you've made available via this site which have been useful in my CCNA studies.

Now if you are coming over here to the UK be prepared for a few culture shocks. Petrol (or gas as you guys call it) at the equivalent of $9 a gallon. We're metric, but not as metric as the Canadians!

June 25, 2011 at 10:43 a.m. UTC

Congrats on the new job, stretch. Please try and post once per week.

June 27, 2011 at 2:26 p.m. UTC

Congrats Stretch!

Oh, and don't forget about us canucks up here on July 1st!

June 27, 2011 at 6:20 p.m. UTC

Congrats Stretch on your new job, and thanks for all the time you for the dedication you haved had with this excellent site. Your contributions in various topics helped me achieve on friday my ROUTE exam towards the CCNP.

Wish you the best on your new job and will keep having the site as my second home page :)

regards from Puerto Rico :)

June 28, 2011 at 2:15 a.m. UTC

avid reader, non-avid poster... best of luck, hope you enjoy the new job!

June 28, 2011 at 12:47 p.m. UTC

Hi Stretch,
well done on getting the new job. Thanks for all your articles, they keep my mind sharp and forever learning.

have you any tips for the CCNP exams? I'm doing the SWITCH shortly.

Blessings from Ireland,


June 28, 2011 at 8:55 p.m. UTC

Hi Paul,

I passed the examen only by 22 points (812 of 790 minimum) with 4 simulations which included topics from Route Redistribution among EIGRP and BGP, OSPF and OSPF Virtual-Links, BGP ect... Had a few of drag and drops and a few configuration analyzing to do. All the rest was theory.

For study I used many topics and sheets from this excellent site, Cisco CCNP Route Offical exam guide from Wendell Odom, Cisco Quick reference Guide, CBT Nuggets, GNS3 simulator because of the lack of equipment and last but not least a few sites that provide gns3 lab scenarios.

I'm currently an independant IT Consultant and CCNA Instructor for New Horizons and really dont have that much of an ISP which mean that its doable as long as you get a real good grasp of the material in the book.

Hope this info helped you a bit and did not break any rule on the site..


June 29, 2011 at 10:53 a.m. UTC

Hi Luis,
thanks for the tips, I'll let you know how my exam goes.


June 29, 2011 at 12:21 p.m. UTC

Sure Paul, I myself am working on the SWITCH study as well, if any help you can email me for extra info.


July 2, 2011 at 8:41 p.m. UTC

Congrats Strech on the new job..(am still hunting for one myself!!)
Thanks a million for this great site and all the materials..

To Luis - thanks for the great recommendation for the ccnp study, I am doing the switch one at the moment...
To Paul - am in Ireland too :-) (but not Irish!)

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