New House, New City and New Job

Embracing Change, Automation, Sustainability, and Creativity.

Hello everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to share a major life update – I’ve just moved from the hustle and bustle of Frisco Texas to the serene and charming town of Melissa, where the morning is gently greeted by train horns and a couple of out-of-tune rooster’s crowing. The decision to move to this less developed area with a bigger lot was not an easy one, but it has opened up a world of new opportunities and experiences for me.

One of the most significant changes in my new home is the DIY spirit that has taken over. With ample space and a passion for gardening and fixing things, I’ve been diving into various projects. From tending to my blooming garden to taking on home repairs and improvements, there’s never a dull moment.

But the most inspiring aspect of my new home is the automation. I’ve transformed my house into a smart home, seamlessly integrated with cutting-edge technology. The garage doors open with a simple voice command, the sprinkle system knows precisely when to water the plants, and even an automated mosquito mist system protects me from those pesky insects using the dense vegetation as shelter.

Moreover, after extensive research and planning, I took a leap into sustainable energy and installed 39 solar panels on my roof. Witnessing my home’s energy consumption decrease while contributing to a greener future brings me immense satisfaction – or maybe the satisfaction is coming from the savings I will have after 10 years! or trying something new or maybe just having an app in my phone that tell me how much my house is consuming and how much I am giving away to the grid. Surely, I’m contemplating becoming energy independent with the addition of a battery or an EV with bidirectional battery capabilities. I’ll be sharing more details about my solar power project in future blog posts, covering everything from the installation process to the financial benefits. So, stay tuned for more insights!

Speaking of changes, my career path has also taken a new turn. In my previous role, I was heavily involved in open-source network automation technologies, focused on the nitty-gritty of basic operations and customizing commands for networking devices like routers and switches. Now, I’ve stepped up to a more advanced level, working with Nokia NSP (Network Services Platform). My focus has shifted towards automation at a higher level, tackling more complex and advanced use cases.

Heads up, some nerdish stuff coming in 3, 2, 1 … Just imagine controlling the core and transport networks with a PCE (Path Computation Element) controller and using APIs to bring in more NetOps experience. The possibilities are endless! I’m utilizing Python to create and optimize LSP (Label Switched Path) paths, employing thresholds for bandwidth and latency to ensure optimal performance. Additionally, I’ve been exploring options via profiles to achieve an automated disjoint mode across different paths, making network redundancy and reliability a breeze.

This transition has been a learning curve, but I’m embracing it with excitement. Currently, I’m working on creating example applications for various PCE-related use cases. So, if you’re interested in networking and automation, stay tuned for more in-depth insights!

My intention, something I may discuss with my team lead before investing more time, is to take advantage of NSP and its new hosting platform: “Kubernetes.” I’m eager to leverage its power to the fullest. Kubernetes can save valuable time by handling data persistence and provide a foundation to enable APIs for new apps faster, using Customer Resource Definitions as an example, making applications more resilient and leaving me with more time to focus on innovation and development of use cases and apps.

And there’s more to the story! I’ve reignited my passion for digital painting and plan to venture into traditional canvas art soon. Thanks to my new home’s dedicated workshop space (no more shared garage space), my artistic journey is set to take a new turn. I even used one of my recent study digital pieces as feature image for this post.

In conclusion, life has taken a wonderful turn with my recent move to Melissa, bringing with it a host of exciting changes. From gardening and DIY projects, and a solar power initiative, to network automation and Kubernetes exploration, I’m embracing it all with enthusiasm and determination. I hope you’ll join me on this incredible journey.

Thank you, and until next time.

See you soon!

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