I’m Tom, I live in Chicago, and I cooked up this website in an effort to fight pandemic boredom by spending more time blabbing about the following 3 topics & less time scrolling on social media:

  • Homelabs where I’ll be writing up some of the things I like on my way-too-overcomplicated home network. Target audience of other network nerds like myself.
  • Ham Radio where I’ll try to share some experiences that illustrate why this hobby is a perfect fit for anyone interested in technology. Target audience of everyone.
  • CCNA Candidate Toolkit where I’ll be sharing some various non-technical things I wish I had learned back in the days when I was an 18 year old CCNA candidate. Target audience of technologists either preparing for CCNA or thinking about starting the CCNA journey.

I’ve been motivated to build this space thanks to the amazing content produced by other self-publishing technologists at PacketPushers.net, Duffney.io, network-node.com, voidrealms.com, gns3vault.com and many others not listed here. I’m seeking not to “compete” with these fine resources, but rather to write about the 3 above topics in a way that supplements the resources others have already created. Best case scenario, people like what I have to say, and I’ll keep writing. Worst case scenario, nobody actually reads this, and I’ll sunset some/all of it. Regardless of what happens here, building this website is sparking joy for me during the pandemic, and is infinitely better for my health than wasting time on a Facebook + smartphone addiction!

Lastly (and perhaps most importantly), all content on this website is strictly the views & opinions of myself, and not that of any organization I am currently affiliated with or have been in the past. I’m not responsible for any network outages you cause from the homelab section, and take all my ham radio & CCNA writings with a grain of salt. If you like what you see, please let the whole world see it here in the comments! If you don’t like something, even better! Tell me what’s grinding your gears either in the comments or contact me via the resources in the about page, would love to hear differing viewpoints about this stuff.

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