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2010 in review – Thanks you all

January 2, 2011 Leave a comment

This an email I just received from WordPress:

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 54,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 129 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 131 posts. There were 128 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 26th with 660 views. The most popular post that day was New CCNP – Official Announcement.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for new ccnp track 2010, ospf bgp lab, netdom.exe, new ccnp, and eigrp variance.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


New CCNP – Official Announcement January 2010


Cisco VPN Client for Win7 64-bit (beta) March 2010
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New CCNP track – Countdown started January 2010


Labs February 2010


BSCI – BGP Lab February 2010


Invitation: My new Exchange blog

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I started a new ‘study from scratch’ Exchange blog.
Read all about it here: and bring your friends 😉

OFF TOPIC – Surprise tetris

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I must share this surprising tetris game I saw here:


June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Squeezed between my new job and the World Cup I hardly got on-line this week.

One cool thing I did see is a web site that offer a notepad platform that you can save and even password protect it. This is a great way to share ideas with friends and co-workers and even better, keep personal notes that would be available anywhere, anytime.

Check out this example:

Last day – new beginning

June 11, 2010 3 comments

Four weeks ago I wrote about the end of an era in my career. After eight years with my company I found a new job with a great start-up, leaving the financial industry.

So today, after a long 4 weeks wait my last day finally arrived and this whole thing become reality. After a small cake party (Chocolate Mousse Cake & Fraisier from my favorite Patisserie) I left the office for the last time and it didn’t go as I expected. Leaving the office that I built from scratch few years ago was weird and I must admit it was overwhelming, more than I could imagine.

Coming Monday I start my new job and I cannot be more excited. I’ll use the weekend to relax and watch as much soccer as possible and join the World Cup fever that even here in the US get to a surprising level.

I want to thank my amazing wife for her support. I couldn’t get to this day without her!

OFF TOPIC – PAC-MAN is 30yr old!

Check this cool Google doodle. You can actually play on Google‘s home page doodle!

End of an era

May 15, 2010 4 comments

You can call it a coincidence, luck or destiny but the day after my CCNP completion I noticed a job post that two weeks later became a signed contract.

Back in June 2002, during the FIFA world cup held in Korea\Japan I started working for my current employer, a broker dealer.
In exactly 4 weeks, June 2010 – 8 years, 3 kids and 1 CCNP later the world cup is here again and I am about to start my new job. Coincidence?

In my new job I’ll join the company’s support team and after few month of intensive training I’ll start working on customer tickets. Since they work with enterprise level customers I’ll have to adjust my thinking and use my entire set of tools.

I’m very excited about this new opportunity and going to use the time I have before I start working to improve some of my skills, starting with SQL. Expect some SQL notes in the coming days.