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CCNA Lab I’ve been slowly progressing through CCNA for a while now, proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. ICND1 was mainly basic theory and an introduction to Cisco IOS command line – I surprised myself by passing 604-822 at the first attempt.

Here is my lab – a selection of switches and routers. These should allow me to do all the simulations I need for ICND part 2 and maybe beyond…

I’ve learned and implemented some new (to me) concepts from this, although practical applications have not been with Cisco equipment, I’d prefer to call them vendor neutral so far. The most interesting project was converting  a FreeBSD ntp server that used multiple network cards.  I updated this to use 802.1Q tagged vlans using an Allied Telesyn switch.

I’ve even discovered that you can do RIP and OSPF routing in Windows :0

Retrieve your Geocities content with WGET


Back in the early days of the web, long before Web2.0® there was Geocities free web hosting. You had to write everything the hard way in html and you only got a few megabytes of storage. It’s limped along since being acquired by Yahoo! but now they are finally closing it. A great pity as peoples’ early web masterpieces will now vanish. Despite the space limitation, you could have multiple accounts per Yahoo ID by registering each of the different international accounts (uk, ca, fr, as, au…).

Even worse, they removed ftp access so it’s a pain in the ass to get your old material off there (unless you have a backup)!

Good news is that you can retrieve all your old sites with WGET.

I’m using the wget option but you need to limit the rate otherwise the site will give you “Error 503 – over capacity”.

wget --limit-rate=5k -m -w 2 http://uk.geocities.com/yoursitenamehere

is working for me.
-m = mirror site
-w 2 = wait 2 seconds between each get
–limit-rate=5k = limit bandwidth to 5k

Good luck!