Stories by Sandra Gittlen

Today's focus: Don't stop talking

I don't need to tell you that we're in one of the toughest economic periods our industry has been through. And the tendency right now is to put your nose to the grindstone and work, work, work. And that's a great policy. But remember to keep talking to people around you, both inside and outside the industry.

Your training preferences

We've tallied up the answers to our quiz about your educational preferences and I have to say it's been quite the experience. Some things that I expected panned out, but others threw me a bit. For instance, I was sure a lot of you would answer that you are "too busy" for training, when in fact, you said one-day seminars top your list of educational opportunities.

Your ideal educational experience

In answering the quiz I set in a recent column, you gave me some valuable insights into what frustrates you most. But you also shed light on what educational experience would propel your career.

Get hands-on

I can tell you to take a million classes and get a bazillion certifications, but that would only work as long as you have a network to manage.

Your Life Before Networking

Talk to Clint Miller about traffic and he'll ask you which kind: network or highway. An expert in both, Miller likes to punctuate his daily grind as IT director at TIS Insurance Services in Knoxville, Tenn., with tales about his days driving a semi.

IETF, ITU Agree on Convergence Standards

Longtime adversaries the International Telecommunication Union and the Internet Engineering Task Force have called a truce.
Speaking at the 45th IETF meeting here in Oslo, ITU Director Houlin Zhao said the two standards bodies would work together on emerging telecom protocols.
"The ITU is totally changing as of May 2000," said Zhao, who heads up the telecommunications standards efforts at the ITU. "We are looking at a new structure."

Net gurus ponder future of advanced Nets

The Internet's deep thinkers gathered in San Jose last week to hail and fret over the fate of a next-generation Net they hope will be for everyone, not just the technologically privileged.

A slow touch for domain names

Speculators on the prowl for potentially lucrative domain names are choking the domain registration system.
Over the past week, users seeking to register domain names with Network Solutions Inc (NSI) have complained of increasingly lengthy delays.

IBM to Cash In on QoS Patents

IBM Corp. raised industry eyebrows last week by telling the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that the company will charge licensing fees for pending patents that pertain to the Multi-Protocol Label Switching quality-of-service specification.