Whiteboarding From Home difficult?

Whiteboarding From Home difficult?

So many of us are working from home now; COVID19 has changed the way we work in a very rapid way and Work From Home has become a common fact for many of us. Personally I have been working from home almost since the start of my career , way back. Reason was simple, we had a home office and were a family business. One thing that has always made me want to go to a customer or talk with a team is to have the ability to whiteboard a design or solution to a problem.

And that is something which is in my opinion very difficult with Webex and Zoom. Sure, there are corporate solutions around, like Desk pro, Webex Board, etc. And I will be honest, they look great. But they just don’t work in a smaller work from home environment/situation.

 

And until recently I just accepted the fact that Whiteboarding from Home as a feature wasn’t going to happen soon, and just had to accept it. Well, until I asked around and my fellow Cisco Champion Matt Ouellette shared his solution with me. The solution is based on the Apple ecosystem and what you need are:

 

  • MacBook Pro with latest MacOS
  • iPad that supports an Apple Pencil
  • Apple Pencil
  • Your favorite drawing app on you iPad (I am using Paper, but you could use any tool, like MS OneNote)

And here’s how to do it:

  1. First connect (physically) your iPad to your Mac and trust the computer
  2. Now that the Mac is trusted, your iPad screen has become a media source within Quicktime, so launch Quicktime Player.
  3. Click File -> New Movie Recording and click on the small triangle just right next to the record button
  4. Select your iPad as source
  5. Now go to your favorite video conferincing tool and share your desktop or juist quicktime player
  6. Go back to the iPad, start your favorite drawing App and start drawing

Agreed, it is not a collaborative way of Whiteboarding, that someone in the meeting can co-whiteboard with me, but it allows me to draw designs and solutions based on what we are talking about like I am standing in front a virtual whiteboard . What I like is that you don’t even need to record it, you can just show it. Save the diagrams for after the meeting and you have great sketches to start writing documentation with.

I am really happy with this, because it allows me to create videos and explain while drawing in the courses that I am preparing too, so thanks Matt for the tip. I have been using this a few times already over the past days!

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while…

It’s been a long time since I’ve put a blog post up on my site. It’s not that I have not been busy, on the contrary. I have been working on my book (Transforming existing networks to Intent Based Networking), which is going to be published later this year, exciting, DNA Center and several other projects. However, pushing to meet my (own) deadlines for the book has left me somewhat “empty”. After finalizing the first draft of the last chapter, I had great difficulties writing up anything, whether it was a blog post, a low level design, or something else. It’d almost appear that I reached my annual quotum for writing documents. Nonetheless, I am very proud of accomplishing this feat of writing a manuscript. It was truly an advanture which will absolutely get more attention over the coming time when I write down my experiences..

Now, besides having difficulty with writing, I also had the time to (finally) work with Divi on a test-site. One of the Cisco Champion Blogging sessions Divi was mentioned in WebEx teams as a sophisticated editor and theme that can be used to easily create professional posts. Over the past months I’ve put some of my spare time into this and created this new template and theme. It’s not completely finished, but most of it is there. I hope you enjoy the new, clean, look and feel of the blog. 

And now that the new site is up, there should be more time available on writing down my experiences, such as how I responded to a site hack, deploying the Catalyst 9800 Wireless Controller (Cloud version), writing up on API’s and swift, and much more. Keep looking at this site for new updates. I promise I will share more in the coming time..

And oh, CiscoLive US is coming up! Are you going to San Diego and would like to talk networking, Intent Based or not, or just share ideas, give me a shoutout and let’s see if we can meet! Preparations have started!

Using scrivener as a blogging tool

Using scrivener as a blogging tool

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. Time has just flown by and I can’t even believe that it’s almost October! I do have enough ideas to blog on but finding the time has been difficult. Today we had an ad hoc coffee hour with the Cisco Champions and the conversation was about which tool you use to write as well. Reason for this was of course also that I’ve started to author a CiscoPress book on Intent-based networking. (more…)

Cisco Champion 2017

Cisco Champion 2017


So, last thursday I received an e-mail from Cisco that I was selected as one of the Cisco Champions for 2017. I’m very proud and happy to be part of this program for this year and as far as I’m concerned, more years to come.  (more…)