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OT: Given what you know now, if you were 21 again...

Saku nailed it.  Learn the networking basics and underlying concepts
(OSI!), everything else is an "application" that runs on that, and can
be picked up pretty easily if you understand what it depends on.
Wireshark (or your favorite capture tool) is your friend.

That said, I feel knowing some of the parallels like *nix and vendor
specifics (ie if you know Cisco IOS, many others follow this interface
like a standard) really comes in useful over time.


On Thu, 2011-07-14 at 00:28 +0300, Saku Ytti wrote:
> On (2011-07-13 14:08 -0700), Larry Stites wrote:
> > Given what you know now, if you were 21 and just starting into networking /
> > communications industry which areas of study or specialty would you
> > prioritize? 
> Again? Buy AAPL, INTC and MSFT with loan money and study *cough*, finer things
> in life.
> But in all seriousness, networking like I suppose most professions are not
> about knowing one thing and stopping. It's evolving rather rapidly so most
> thing you know now are irrelevant in decade or two. What you should learn is
> how to learn, how to attack problems and learn to love doing both.