Interview with the 5000th IPv6 Sage

Last week, Hurricane Electric was happy to accredit the 5000th IPv6 Sage. We have long anticipated reaching this milestone, and given that Sages currently represent 104 countries around the world, we were curious to see who the 5000th Sage was and which country he/she was from.

Without further ado, it is our pleasure to introduce you to Daniel Harzenmoser, the 5000th person to achieve the rank of Sage at Hurricane Electric IPv6 certification. Daniel hails from Switzerland, a fact which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Switzerland ranks 9th among other European countries for IPv6 Sages and 13th worldwide with 93 total Sages.

A few days back, Hurricane Electric had a chance to catch up with the 5000th Sage and ask him some questions. Here’s what Daniel had to say about the certification.

Hurricane Electric (HE): Congratulations on getting to Sage and thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions.
Daniel Harzenmoser (DH): I will try to answer them. It was a lot of effort for me to achieve the Sage level, so why shouldn’t I answer a few more questions? 🙂

HE: Why did you start thinking about IPv6?
DH: I was already thinking about IPv6 some years ago, when it became obvious that IPv4 address space would run out in due course.

HE: How did you hear about Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 Certification?
DH: A friend of mine told me about June 6th, the day of IPv6 World Launch, and that HE’s certification achievement gets you an IPv6 t-shirt.

HE: How much time did it take you to complete the certification?
DH: About 8 hours over 2-3 weeks’ time.

HE: Did you need to use any other resources from Hurricane Electric to complete the certification?
DH: Yes, the free DNS and the IPv6 Tunnel Broker.

HE: Do you know any other IPv6 Sages?
DH: Good question… Just the friend who told me about the t-shirt and IPv6 World Launch.

HE: What advice would you give to someone starting out with IPv6?
DH: Patience, perseverance, and an appropriate router (and any accompanying software).

HE: Would you recommend the certification to friends/colleagues?
DH: Of course!

HE: What is your next challenge/lesson/certification to take on?
DH: Swiss “Amateur Funklizenz” to be capable of further experiments in data communications.

HE: What could we change, add, or take out of the IPv6 certification?
DH: Leave it as it is … it is almost perfect.

HE: Do you have any favorite networking/geek jokes to share with us?
DH: “Unix is user-friendly, it’s just picky about its friends.”

A big thank you to Daniel Harzenmoser for chatting with us about the certification. For those of you who haven’t yet reached Sage or who have friends and colleagues who might be interested, we hope Daniel’s story motivates you to try the IPv6 certification. We wish you all good luck and we look forward to accrediting the next 5000 IPv6 Sages.