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Chapter 1. Why Network? > What's the Point of Networks and Networking?

1.1. What's the Point of Networks and Networking?

In a way, this chapter is penance for my youthful misdeeds.

When I was in the seventh grade, I had a math teacher named Mr. Schtazle. Seventh-grade math was a kind of potpourri of mathematical topics — I recall one chapter that took pains to drill into our heads the difference between precision and accuracy — and I'd plague the poor man at the beginning of every chapter by asking him, "How will we use this?" — a slightly more-polite version of "Why do we care?" Well, nowadays I find that when I'm teaching a room full of people about Windows Server, I've got to be careful to answer the question "Why do you care?" even if it isn't asked. Because if I don't answer that, then many people in the room will leave the class with a pretty good notion of how to accomplish a bunch of tasks but not a really good feel for why they'd do the tasks in the first place. And you know what? Answering the "Why do I care?" question can be pretty rough some times.


  

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