Why not GIF a Cisco config like its 1987 ...

Compuserve introduced the GIF (graphics interchange format) in 1987 ... it has seen its own rise, fall and is now back in vogue. Able to support single images and animation by virtue of a flipbook slide show - it is able to transmit the moving image via a short low bandwidth solution when data rates were at a premium.

Almost 30 years later - enter the world of social media. In June 2015 - Twitter introduces more video formats to their feeds. Ok, so I never in a rush to run with the crowd, preferring to observe before I engage.

So here is the idea, there are many free web site based GIF creators - just ask the interweb you will find them. There are also many great screen capture applications - I found CaptureIT in less than five minutes and worked out how to configure a control key sequence to capture the active window.

With a little bit of trial and error - in ten minutes I had the following result:

Adding a Loopback (using Packet Tracer)
For the Cisco inclined in my readership - this is no technological marvel. However - we do not have short config loops in our common pantheon of technological teaching tools. A GIF animation, such as the above can be used on a multitude of social media and eBook platforms with few compatibility and bandwidth demand issues.

In effect, we can tweet a short video show/tell - I have to work on timing (delay) between frames - otherwise the idea is good to go.


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