Python Day 1

So trying to learn some python. I had a couple of people recommend this course.

So I started to run through it on Friday. First two lessons were not that bad. Basic “print” statements to start followed by “comments/#” usage.

So far so good right? In comes lesson three, math with python. Most of the basic functions were easy to pick up. Multiplication, division, addition, subtraction and of course the proper order of operations. It also goes into > greater than, >= greater than or equal to, < less than, <= less than or equal to, and finally % percentage/remainder. Or at least I think it’s supposed to be remainder.

It is this final piece that has been kicking my butt. So I get that the modulus (%) is for remainder, I can’t figure out how it works.
The formula for the exercise is ” 100 – 25 * 3 % 4″ the answer is 97.

So I’m still trying to figure out how this works before I move on. Of any of you out there can point out a good explanation feel free to let me know.

Or once I figure it out I’ll update.




Ok, so with the help of a coworker it looks like I’ve figured this out. ┬áSo the “%” means divide by following number, but use the remainder for the next piece of the equation.

So what that means for the above equation:

100 – 25 * 3 % 4

100 – 75 % 4 ( which means 75 / 4 which is 18.75, but not using floating points yet, so it’s 18 remainder of 3)

100 – 3



And I’m sure my Algebra I teacher would be happy I showed my work…

Cisco Live 2013 aka Geeks in the Swamp


So being my first blog post, cause you know I heard somewhere this was the thing to do between tweets..thanks Amy (@CommsNinja) decided I’d revisit why I didn’t blog in the past, and why I’m going to be doing it in the future. So why is this titled “Cisco Live 2013 aka Geeks in the Swamp”? Well the picture above has a lot of tweeps and bloggers that finally made me rethink, and it’s where I was last week.

The Why I Didn’t

Basically, I could call it laziness and that would be a part of it, but not the whole truth. The biggest reason I didn’t blog was I couldn’t really find anything that “I” found interesting enough to blog about.

Let’s be honest, I work with wireless and oh yes it is definitely an interesting technology. But after ~5 years in TAC there wasn’t a whole lot I haven’t seen, broken, fixed, played with or snarked about. It was multiple conversation at Cisco Live this year, Tom (@networkingnerd) Andrew (@revolutionwifi) Colin (@colinmcnamara) Amy A.(@amyengineer), and way too many others to realistically list here, that made me realize it’s not what “I” find interesting, it’s what I can share to help others grow!! *facepalm* It really is that simple

The Why I Will

There are two main reasons why I decided I should kick off a blog, one is to share knowledge around wireless/BYOD which is kind of a passion of mine, and to help me document my learning of scripting (Python, Puppet etc).

Cisco Live 2013

Let’s call it what it is, Geek-vana! A bunch of really really smart people all getting together to share knowledge, see old and new friends, and let our Geek flags fly.

In years past (2006/2007/2008) I was stuck in TSC (Technical Solutions Center), and last year sitting in session after session. wHile I did learn a good bit during the sessions, this year I took a different tact. This year, it was all about the social aspects of the conference. I spent a vast majority of my time in the Social Media Hub. Chatting with new friends I met on twitter over the year, old friends I met at other events, and listening. Yes, I listened, amazing right!? Funny thing is when I did I heard the same thing. Blog, Bacon, Blog, Cloud, SDN, Blog, Unicorn and Bacon.

But being in the Hub also allowed me to be agile of calendar. I could go to the side meetings and briefings, there were a few where I thought I’d just listen and not have anything to share…turns out that I was incorrect about that.

To sum up, I learned a lot during the breakouts, where the network is going, why Engineers need to learn some scripting, what cloud can do for me, how many others enjoy bacon (really who doesn’t!), and that I should blog.

I call it a net win for the week.

So the long and attention kiddies.