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It's bad enough that Moon Child is so different from other children that he's never been able to play with them, but then his father suddenly disappears into Nothingness ..  
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by profession I am a "Cisco Network Administrator". that says about enough!

 …I byte 10110110 have entered the sub atomic biosphere of the TCP/IP universe, filtering through port #65214 of the ethernet, bound for an unknown network on the other side of the planet. Many known collisions have occurred on this path that I have entertained. Thank God for carrier sense multiple access collision detection! Or I could be doomed!


  Trapped in this pre set (by session layer 5) course that I must now endure, not preset by me nor for me, but by my master "the end user" outside the realms of the Application layer of whom I can not comprehend.


as I "10110110" enter the layer 2 portal of the open systems interconnection, via the "Greatly misunderstood by the average bit" Switch.


  My frequency pulse is FIRM! I feel Invincible! That I could endure any confrontation that enters my path. My Quality Of Service Rating is STRONG! My bandwidth is high.


...Suddenly out of nowhere, I have become encapsulated by some unknown form, I have become encased! The enscription on the wall reads... "Frame 182" ...something else i see, ahhh...


      ...destination, yes this must be Our destination…


       "frame: 16421         

      source: 15d2.a672.f97f

 destination: a4b3.57b7.a101"



[Suddenly from the corner… bit 2 speaks]


“Sir… what could this mean? What is this code”?


You have so much to learn! my 2 bit friend!


  it's the Mighty "Mac-Address" from the portal of the physical layer!


some say that nothing that is, is, without the mac-address!


but I byte"10110110" am brighter then most bits! I understand that for the bit world, no end device could ever exist without the mighty MAC…


               …and we bits?  We would have no where to go!  


Oh I shudder to think of life without it.


  I remember back in the womb of processor 3 core 2, yes back when I was conceived! Ras to Cas delay was naught, I remember it clearly, Row 15 column 112 was the birth place of bit 128, yes you are correct…  “I am bit 128 the Senior bit of the byte crew 182” my actual name is 10000000.  My crew is my life, and my existence. WE are One. Others refer to us as byte 10110110,

We were fused together by the great God of the bits who resides somewhere outside the application layer…


the purpose for which I was created is evident..


I am responsible for them, My Crew that is! Our one goal in life is to get to Open systems interconnection Layer 7 somewhere outside the limits of the TCP/IP Universe.


 I know that it’s hard for you to understand young bits, We bits must live by faith!


God only knows what wonders and dangers lie ahead for me and the crew of byte 182.







... OH NO! the Collision Detection alarms are sounding!









....”ohhhh great God of the bits!”



Other Frames are colliding all around us!! has CSMA been diabled?








...”ohh the humanity!” but I "10110110" am not afraid!

this frame will protect me. My information is much too valid, Quality of Service has determined my priority! and even so, this frame is equipped with cyclical redundancy technologies coupled with frame check sequencing and Class of Service!






I am not afraid! I have no fear!  what is fear… but a “humanoid” emotion.



I am a byte! bits respect me, they cling to me, The Application layer needs me! the great “End User” Needs ME!   I must finish my course!






… get a grip on yourself Byte 182…   GET A GRIP!!!


yes… yes, okay… Onward!!! Hoooooolllld OOOOON!!!









Sir… we are being “switched” via RJ45 port 24 of the 3750!!

systems protocol anyalization monitor reads… we are being tagged sir!

IEEE 802.1Q V-lan 116 … description reads… “Links to Router-ISP Autonomous System 43715 sir!”


… Roger that bit 32,  Attention!! all bit hands on deck! All bit Hands on deck, man your stations!!!


Bit 32 access SNMP Management port 161 reset MIB Syslog 191… Yes sir!


prepare for EAP Port security authentication bit 16…  “yes sir, I’m on it sir!”



Just hold on bit 2, keep your eyes peeled, your about to learn something here!   Sir yes Sir bit two says with a slightly unsure look!



Hold on gentlemen, were about to enter the DMZ…



God ... I love my crew! be continued!



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Reviewed by seriously dave 1/26/2014
thanks Ron, "I shudder rote that difrntly" is it shutter? :)

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/26/2014
Shades of Tron! Having had a bit of work in the network and Internet field I find your little byte quite interesting. Not everyone will be as interested as I am, but I respect your creativity and craftsmanship.

A couple of notes on the text:

I "shudder" to think of…. It might be better if all the streams of capitol letters were just capitalized on the first letter (except code). You could use italics rather than capitol letters to create emphasis.


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