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Creating a Useful Network

How often do you think about scissors, and how often do you use them? I'd be willing to bet that you use scissors at least once or twice a day but never actually give the scissors themselves a thought—unless they're ill-fitting, squeaky, or dull. When you use good scissors, you're thinking about what you want to cut, not the tool itself.

I see computers exactly this way: They're nothing more than big, overgrown scissors. When they're doing their job properly, you shouldn't notice them. You should be able to look right through the glass on your screen at what you're working on. When a local area network (LAN) is involved, it shouldn't be any different. When I design and install LANs for my clients, my goal is to make the LAN reliable and functional but not noticeable—in other words (and I make no apologies for this), boring.


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