Scott Bradner retired in late 2016 after more than 50 years in Harvard University IT. Along the way he worked in the IETF for 25 years – 10 on the IESG – and served on the ISOC & ARIN boards.
Archives for February 2018
Network asset scanning and detection tool. Open source.
In this post I discussed only a few features of NetShot. It is possible to contribute to the project, source code is available on Github.
Netshot is easy and fast to install and configure and provides a set of tools that help a network admin to manage devices configuration. It is not meant to be a replacement of products like Cisco DNA Center or Solarwinds Orion but it is a very useful tool.
NetShot · ifconfig.it : https://www.ifconfig.it/hugo/post/netshot/
Excellent piece on psychology of being a technology worker. MUST READ.
For those of us who work in technology, we pride ourselves in our rationalism. We deal in the territory of binary math, algorithms, and logic. Yet we often fail to step back and see ourselves as mere mortals. We acknowledge some disciplines suffer from irrationalism, but not ours. We are thinkers! Even as technologists, we’re not immune from the human condition.
The complexity of modern problems often precludes any one person from fully understanding them. Factors contributing to rising obesity levels, for example, include transportation systems and infrastructure, media, convenience foods, changing social norms, human biology and psychological factors. Designing an aircraft carrier, to take another example, requires knowledge of nuclear engineering, naval architecture, metallurgy, hydrodynamics, information systems, military protocols, the exercise of modern warfare and, given the long building time, the ability to predict trends in weapon systems.
— Read on qz.com/1200448/why-hiring-the-best-people-produces-the-least-creative-results/
This is, I think, a key success factor of public cloud companies. Teams are assembled to work on a product or solution, and them disassembled/supplemented as needed from people within the company. Multiple disciplines co-operating to produce a unified outcome.
Consider enterprise IT where silos are used to provide management control but actively prevent cost reduction. Cooperative efforts can unify technology solutions into new ways and dramatically reduce costs and time.
As a networking professional, I have worked in cross-discipline teams where my contributions were valued but the only things I could implement had to be approved by the silo. It was awful.
Hard data testing of keyboard to screen response time
I’ve had this nagging feeling that the computers I use today feel slower than the computers I used as a kid. As a rule, I don’t trust this kind of feeling because human perception has been shown to be unreliable in empirical studies, so I carried around a high-speed camera and measured the response latency of devices I’ve run into in the past few months.
If we look at overall results, the fastest machines are ancient. Newer machines are all over the place.