For anyone who may just be starting in their network automation journey and is looking to simply get their head around things a bit, this page is a curation / summation / collection of notes regarding doing network DevOps work that in some form involves Python.

If it helps save at least one person time, whether in learning, figuring out what not to spend time on, etc., then it will have served its purpose. (It is also for myself as a refresher, as nothing helps one learn like having to write it down or teach it to someone else.)


The Gravitas of Grav

/ 17 minutes / Grav, cms, Gantry5

Not long ago, I started this blog. I already wrote a post on how I researched CMSs and landed on using the Grav CMS for my own needs. But I would like to dig into this a bit deeper. With each passing day that I learn something new in this CMS, the more I love it.


The title says it all.

I think autocorrect is trying to gaslight me.

(The irony that my spellchecker is underlining the word in red, and offering me spellings of "auto correct", "auto-correct", and "corrector", is not lost on me. 😀 I have now added that word to my dictionary as the underlining is going to drive me insane.)


If you find yourself needing to install an instance of macOS as a VM within VMware Fusion (which itself runs on a Mac), then you sometimes run into this issue of needing a bootable image with which to work.

There is a long history to this, but in short, macOS has had the ability to create install media buried within it for a very long time. Here are the steps to take in order to build a bootable ISO image of macOS 11.x "Big Sur".


(a.k.a., "An example of what I do")

TL;DR: For my purposes... currently (April 2021)... it is Grav CMS using the Gantry5 Theme Framework. That's what is running this site. For others, as is the mantra in tech in general: "It depends."

Strap in. This is a long post.

So like me, you finally decided to start a blog/website. Now what?

Excellent question. Well, if you're most people, you go to a site like, Weebly, etc., create yourself a free account (or go whole hog and get a paid account), and off you go.

If, however, you are me, this is where you go off and do your research, which means you often go down a rather deep rabbit hole for a bit. And that's exactly where I ended up... in a deep, dark hole, wondering what the heck I was thinking.