Back in the swing of things

After nearly 6 months away from most forms of content creation, I am finally ready to jump back in. Here’s what I’ve been up to

    The twins were born prematurely, ahead of schedule by almost two months. They had no issues at all – they were just small, and had to spend a couple months in the NICU. They came home, and my wife and I enjoyed paternity and maternity leave.
    The biggest of shoutouts to CBT Nuggets for providing me with **6 weeks paid paternity leave.** I needed it. I needed it bad.
  2. Adjusting to life with 3 kids under 3
    You know what? It’s chaotic. But it’s not as chaotic as I thought it would be. When my paternity leave ended a few weeks ago, I had relatively no friction with returning to work. That being said, this is the first time in years that I have not EITHER worked 2 full-time jobs, or also had children who were quarantined at home (the kids will be in daycare). So I have only 1 full-time job, and I have (mostly) a whole day to focus on it. It feels *wild*
  3. This is the year of Juniper
    I like Juniper. It’s what I worked with most in production networks back when I was a consultant. We actually almost never touched Cisco equipment. We really only worked on Juniper (the majority), UniFi (small clients), and Palo Alto. So when I looked at all of the certifications that Juniper offers, and then looked at CBT Nuggets (lack of) Juniper content, I decided that will have to change in 2021. We have since released new JNCIA-Junos, JNCIS-ENT, and JNCIS-SP courses. I am about 95% done recording the JNCIP-SP now (only VPLS and EVPN left), and I will tackle JNCIP-ENT, JNCIP-DC, and the JNCIx-SEC tracks next. I will potentially work on Palo Alto, SPCOR, and Azure content (I recently wrapped AZ-104 updates for Azure networking and Azure Storage).
  4. Hobbies – I am super interested in Blockchain tech
    I want to build my own blockchain this year. I already have a name picked out. No, it is not KnoxChain and does not contain my name in it lol. That being said, have you checked out the Brave Browser? I can’t recommend it enough. I am not switching back.