You Should Never Send to Know “For Whom the SYN ACKs”

February 17, 2014 | By Tyson Supasatit | 6 Comments
Ben authored the For Whom the SYN ACKs poem, which is available to as a poster.

Ben authored the For Whom the SYN ACKs poem, which is available as a poster. Watch the video below for a dramatic reading of the poem.

One of the reasons that I like IT Operations is because of the people. On the whole, IT Operations professionals appreciate the need to work together to solve problems. True, prejudices and egos can get in the way. But when things break or slow down, there’s a tacit understanding that everyone in IT shares a responsibility to make things better.

A few months ago, one of our software engineers shared a poem with the office that perfectly communicated this sense of camaraderie. He borrowed an idea from John Donne, the 16th century English poet, that in the same way that the demise of one person impacts all of mankind, so too does the failure of one part of the IT environment affect all the rest.

No packet is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the payload,
A part of the flow.
If a frame be dropped by a switch,
The network is the less.
As well as if a server rack lost power.
As well as if a VM of thy coworkers’
Or of thine own were shut down.
Any packets’s drop diminishes me,
Because I am involved in IT.
And therefore, never send to know
For whom the SYN ACKs,
It ACKs for thee.

We made a poster of the poem that you can get for free. Just follow ExtraHop on Twitter and DM our account with your mailing address.

Some of our IT staff and engineers also starred in a For Whom the SYN ACKs video. Watch it below and share with your colleagues!


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About the Author (Author Profile)

Tyson helps to educate the IT Operations Management community about what is possible with real-time analysis of wire data. Prior to ExtraHop, Tyson worked as a technical marketing writer for Microsoft, Seagate, and the Association of Computing Machinery, where he wrote for and edited the TechNews e-mail newsletter from 2000 to 2005. You can find him on Twitter under @tsupasat.

Comments (6)

  1. Tried to follow you on twitter but when I DM you it says I can’t send it because you don’t follow me. ????

    • Tyson Supasatit

      Hi, Dean and Troy. Sorry about the snaffu, guys. Our Twitter response was a bit delayed. I’ve reached out to get your mailing addresses. Thanks.

  2. How about you just send me the poster, I’m following on Twitter as asked.

  3. TroyC

    not able to DM; Extrahop needs to follow me to do so; FS_TroyC

  4. Matt L

    I am having the same problem as others, I followed ExtraHop on Twitter, but cannot DM since ExtraHop has not followed me. I waited a while too…

    • Tyson Supasatit

      Hi Matt, I’m sorry about that. We wanted to get more people to follow our Twitter account but it’s proven difficult to keep things from slipping through the cracks. You can also request the poster by filling out this online form:

      Thanks again in your interest in the poster. It’s really cool and I hope it gets on your office/cube wall very soon!

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