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(13th year!)
email:Not public.
Forum Host:
·AT&T U-verse
Editor of these FAQs:
·AT&T Midwest/Ameritech FAQ
·AT&T U-Verse FAQ
Location:Dallas, TX
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Reviews:·AT&T U-Verse
Last seen:2015-04-19 03:12:55
ProfileMy first name:

my age:
297 in dog years

About my Avatar/Username:
I finally decided to update my avatar to a rendering of the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, from Stephen King's Dark Tower series of novels.

In 1991 I first started using IRC Internet Relay Chat on EFNet using a Unix shell I had access to in college. My local Unix ID I had chosen was 'rolande'. The IRC client defaulted to using that as my nickname. I initially used a different nickname and then people started constantly stealing and nick colliding me so I had to come up with something new. I just decided to default back to the persona of my actual User ID.

I happened to be reading the Stephen King Dark Tower series of books at the time and the lead "Gunslinger" was named Roland Deschain. I just added an e to the end of the User ID, since someone already had taken 'roland'.

I work in the industry:
I am a Lead Platform Engineer for Capital One in Plano, TX managing all of the design and product strategy and planning for the Network Services space.

Why do I like broadband?:
Why would anyone not like broadband? I use it daily for VPN remote access to work and multi-point video conferencing. It makes working from home much less painful when I have to move large files around but it especially enables the ability to do multi-point video conferencing which is critical to my job. I couldn't live or work without it.

I have a website also!:

my computer:
Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2009
Intel Core2Duo 2.93Ghz
320GB HD
8x DVD/CD Burner
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated video
NVIDIA 9600M GT discrete video
10/100/1000 NIC
Airport 802.11 b/g/n Wireless NIC
Apple 24" LED Cinema Display
Epson Perfection 1640SU Flatbed Scanner
Epson Stylus Photo R300 printer
HP Laserjet 1200 printer
OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Work MacBook Pro Retina 15" Late-2013
16GB RAM, 500GB Apple SSD
OSX 10.9.2 Mavericks

HP Elitebook 9470m
Intel Core i5 8GB RAM
Windows 7 Enterprise SP1

Dell 24" U2413 Ultrasharp display

My mobile phone:
iPhone 5s White/Silver
iPhone 4 Black

Photography Equipment:
Canon 5D Mark III + battery grip
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L ISII USM
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon 24mm f/1.2L USM

Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Canon 28-135 IS lens
Battery Grip

On TV I'm watching..:
Person of Interest
The Americans
Halt and Catch Fire
Better Call Saul

favourite recent film:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in IMAX 3D

Spending time with my wife and 4 kids, playing or watching Hockey, Downhill Skiing, Networking, tinkering with my home network and Gentoo Linux servers, my MacBook Pro, VoIP, playing Wii, watching movies...

Recommended books:
If you are in the networking field here are some good books to have in your library...

Cisco Press:
Routing TCP/IP Volume I by Jeff Doyle
Internet Routing Architectures by Sam Halabi
BGP Design and Implementation by Randy Zhang and Micah Bartell
Cisco ISP Essentials by Barry Greene & Phillip Smith
Cisco LAN Switching by Kennedy Clark & Kevin Hamilton
Developing IP Multicast Networks by Beau Williamson
IPv6 for Enterprise Networks

Beyond networking, almost anything by Stephen King, especially the Dark Tower series.

My home connection
Chatsworth 19 equipment rack
Ortronics CAT5e 48 port patch panel
Panduit Horizontal wire management
Motorola NVG589 U-verse Residential Gateway
Cisco 3825 router 1GB DRAM 2GigE
Cisco AP1220 a/b/g wireless access point
Cisco 3550 24 port 10/100 switch
Cisco 3524-PWR-XL 24 port 10/100 switch
APC MasterSwitch AP9225 w/AP9606 SmartCard 8 port rack mount PDU
APC SmartUPS 1500 RM2U 1440 VA

Speed down/up:

AT&T Uverse

Kudos Received

  • Thanks for the helpful information!. sparek See Profile, 208 days
  • Yes! Someone who understand the pyschotic nature of 2Wire firmware. Good Wife See Profile, 323 days
  • Thanks for your idea to check on TV and voice service available. defleppard See Profile, 1.4 years
  • For posting the Motorola NVG589 administrator's handbook, which was originally available on the public FCC application. daveyeager See Profile, 1.4 years
  • For bearing with me on this wireless IP camera fiasco I created! LOL Thanks!. Wildrat See Profile, 1.5 years
  • For answering a bunch of questions about iNIDs and helping out in the U-Verse forum!. whamel See Profile, 1.6 years

Kudos Given

David See Profile whamel See Profile

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