The Forgotten skill of technical writing

May 4th, 2011 Wael Osama Posted in Off Topic | 5 Comments »

It’s a beautiful sunny day that puts a big smile on my face and I want to share it with you, so please put a big smile on your face now and before you continue. Your smile will make my day even brighter.

OK, back to our post but keep smiling :)

If you are reading my blog then you are related to networking one way or another, and if you are related to networking then most probably you write technical documents and this means this is for you.

In our daily lives as network engineers we involve in technical writing activities very often; we write emails, case resolution, tutorials, blog posts, technical documents and reports. We always strive for the best, enhance and polish our technical skills by reading, training or certifications. However we almost forget to develop this very important skill as we develop other skills, writing is a form of communication and sometimes it’s all you have to express your ideas, being technically good does not make you a good technical writer or communicator.

I made some modest effort on this subject which I will be happy to share with you, I made a special report on this subject of technical writing which I hope you find useful and my aim is to bring your attention to this forgotten skill and add one tool to your tools.

Just subscribe below and you will get an email with the download link:

Technical writing Cover


My friends I am trying to add value here by different ways, so point me to the right direction. Please drop me an email or a comment to give me your feedback, all I am asking in return is your feedback and please keep that smile on your face, it makes you look better.

Have a nice Day

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IPv6 Tutorial: IPv6 Unicast Address

April 20th, 2011 Wael Osama Posted in IPv6 | 10 Comments »

To refresh our memories, we started our IPv6 tutorial  with an overview then we moved to IPv6 addressing in general and in this post I am moving deeper into IPv6 addressing types. As promised I will keep things simple and clean for you and for me, so let’s begin.

Generally speaking IPv6 unicast addresses play the same role unicast addresses used to play in IPv4 networks. There are plenty of different IPv6 unicast types this post will focus on four of them.

Global unicast address:

Global IPv6 unicast addresses are equivalent to the public IPv4 addresses, this means they are routable and reachable over the internet. Global unicast addresses are identified by the binary prefix of 001.  The global unicast addressing was designed to fit the hierarchical scheme of the internet. The following format is common for that reason: Read the rest of this entry »

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Life Follows a Plan, but the Plan is not Yours !

April 7th, 2011 Wael Osama Posted in Off Topic | 8 Comments »

70 days passed since I wrote my last post about IPv6 Addressing. Long time, however I didn’t feel it. Maybe I even forgot what I was doing here or planning to do, those 70 days actually carried a lot of unplanned events.

My last post was on 24th of January and on 25th of Januaray it all started with protesters in Tahrir square asking for justice and equality for all the Egyptians, that was the begining and it ended by me now writing this post from Amsterdam, Netherlands where I currently work.

Those revolutionary days had a lot of lessons, challenges, emotions to all those who lived in Egypt within this period. I learned and changed a lot in so many ways,this revolution did not just change the history of Egypt, it also changed us the Egyptians and it may expand and change the world one day.

I don’t really know whether the change is going to be for the better and I will not claim that tomorrow will be better than yesterday but I can certainly claim that tomorrow will be different than yesterday. Six months ago  I wrote a post titled It’s time to make a change because I believed we are in a turning point in human history, the whole world is changing to something different than what it used to be, but I didn’t know then that the change would be such fast and dramatic in my homeland Egypt.

Tunasia, Egypt then Libya and who knows what is next, all of this in addition to the earthquake in Japan and its consequnces. I was lucky for beening in Egypt during those 18 days from 25th of January 2011 to 11th of February 2011, for my own good I was there sharing all the Egyptians this transitional period, participating and writing a new history with them.

In such unrest conditions that interrupts your normal life, you start to notice things that you have never noticed before. I was really lucky to pass through this experince at least I will have stories to tell my children and grandchildren one day :)

But there  is couple of lessons I want to share with you here:

Live NOW, don’t wait or delay your dreams. Do what you feel like NOW, its all you have.

Dare to face your deepest fears. This one only will give you the FREEDOM you deserve.

And finally the title of this post. Life follows some plan but this plan is not indeed your plan.

Now, I think I will be back gradually at least writing again about those technical stuff that I almost forget and many other issues very soon. Nice to meet you again :)

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IPv6 Tutorial: IPv6 Addressing #1

January 24th, 2011 Wael Osama Posted in IPv6 | 5 Comments »

I am back again with the second post in this series, in the first post we had an overview of IPv6 and the need for it in the near future. In this post we will start breaking the technical ice of IPv6; I am going to discuss basic IPv6 addressing. This will need more than one post to finish.

My philosophy for this series will be “Cut the jargon and keep things, simple and straight as possible”. That’s why I will try to keep it short and to the point . Let us begin:

IPv6 Address size and space:

This is the major change that were made to IPv6 vs IPv4 and was the biggest reason to create this thingIPv6 from the beginning. The need for more address space; but how many will be enough?

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IPv6 Tutorial: The overview

January 19th, 2011 Wael Osama Posted in IPv6, What Is ? | 15 Comments »

I will start from the beginning; two weeks ago I wrote a post claiming that IPv4 is depleting and IPv6 is coming soon; and since we are considering deploying IPv6 soon in our network, I thought it might be useful to write about IPv6 migration and transition strategies. Although, this is important but I think the readers of this blog including me will benefit more if we start at the beginning even if it takes longer to get where I wanted to start.

I will start small and build up as we go toward the new IPv6 internet. Get yourself a cup of coffee,relax and lets start slowly. I promise it will be a nice journey.

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7 Actions to get your network ready for IPv6

December 29th, 2010 Wael Osama Posted in IPv6, Industry News, Network Design | 2 Comments »

IPv4 is depleting so fast and time comes to get ready for IPv6. IPv6 may come to real life by 2012/2013.

I am making a big claim here and I think I need to back it up with some facts:

      I suggest the following actions to get your network ready for IPv6:

      1. Orient yourself with IPv6. I recommend you start familiarizing yourself with IPv6, addressing, routing protocols, discovery protocols, etc.
      2. Start Playing IPv6 in your LAB scenarios, if you are testing a technology that can be tested with IPv6, use IPv6.
      3. IPv6 is originally designed to coexist with IPv4, use IPv6 in addition to the existing IPv4 wherever possible in your network. Use it on capable routers, hosts and servers.
      4. Buy only devices that support IPv6 in addition to IPv4. If you are buying new devices/applications or replacing old ones, make sure they support IPv6, this is very important to protect your investment.
      5. Connect to service providers that have clear plans and time lines for supporting IPv6. Ask your service provider explicitly about their plans for IPv6.
      6. If  you work for a service provider or something similar, make sure you recommend IPv6 capable devices to your customers. Specially for broadband users.
      7. Attend seminars/webinars, join groups and forums and keep moving with the world in this smooth transition, so far.

      Start getting ready now. I wish you an easy and smooth transition.

      1. Start Playing IPv6 in your LAB scenarios, if you are testing a technology that can be tested with IPv6, use IPv6 in your tests.
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