All posts by "Kurt Bales" →

Midnight in Silicon Valley

February 17, 2013 | 7 Comments

The Setup So there I was, setting up my “command centre” for the 15 hour flight from Sydney to San Jose via San Francisco. I had my Macbook and my iPad fully charged, as well...

Read More →

Be My Valentines

February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Im not sure how many of you follow my wife, @MrsJanitor, on Twitter but we met 7 years ago today. When I asked about our plans for today she surprised me with some information. Ever the...

Read More →

New Year, New Layout!

February 12, 2013 | 2 Comments

Well, now that we’re into February, I guess I should probably do a post about the new website layout I worked on over the Christmas break. Hopefully if your viewing this from my website, as...

Read More →

I have a bee in my bonnet. After my last post full of love and bromance, this one is full of hate and vitriol – and I don’t apologise! We have all seen many presentations...

Read More →

Mentoring your way to better career happiness

December 4, 2012 | 14 Comments

Yesterday was possibly one of the proudest days in my professional life. My very good friend Anthony Burke sent me a text message just after 9am to tell me that he had passed his JNCIA-Junos exam....

Read More →

Pessimistic Engineering

September 6, 2012 | 9 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I am regularly told “You worry too much” or “You don’t need to worry about that”. Sometimes its “What are the chances of that ever happening?”. These are things...

Read More →

As many of you know, I had the honour and good fortune of being able to take part in beta testing the JNCIE-ENT lab in August of 2011. The day completely wiped me out and...

Read More →

Of all good things…

May 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Well it appears that I am well on my way to holding onto the title for two years running, and once again, I haven’t posted anything for a couple of months. There have been a...

Read More →

SlackArse of the Year – 2011

January 6, 2012 | 1 Comments

Hey All, I know I have kind of been MIA for the past 3 months. Ivan reminded me recently that I haven’t actually published a single post since September, so I wanted to give a...

Read More →

Pin the taildrop on the NetDonkey

September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

  Hey everyone, this is just a short blog post to let you know that my good friend, Nick Ryce (@NetDonkey) has moved his blog over to He has recently featured as a guest...

Read More →