Internets of Interest for 14th August 2012


Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 14th August 2012 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:

Bit Pilot: nping, a ping for more protocols – This is a genius tip. $ nping --tcp-connect -c 3 --delay 2s

How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Business | Vanity Fair – Enjoyed this article about Microsoft and it’s stagnation. Seems to cover all of the major opinions and views and lays the blame to poor management. The article comments are edifying too.

BOFH: Our Excel-lent new boss and the diagram plan • The Register – There are many great things about the Internet. BOFH is just one of them

The PFY’s first mistake was in getting involved in the discussion when he didn’t need to. The second, and larger, mistake was adding an analogy to someone who is patently overanalogised. It’s a bit like flushing a blocked toilet – you think the extra water might help clear things out, but in reality you just end up dealing with someone else’s crap.

My CCIE Story – Part 3 | Lame Journal – Another story about passing the CCIE Lab in 2001. I passed at the same time so story is quite familier.

Balloons, Bags, and SDNs

The question isn’t whether or not SDNs will be complex. The question isn’t whether or not SDNs will scale infinitely. The question is will they scale enough to work in the real world, and will they simplify or complicate real world networks?

Thoughts from the PacketPusher Show 112 SDN’s SDN’s Potential as a Displacement Technology – Brett Salisbury on the SDN and OpenStack.

The Northbound application for the data center is already here, it’s called Quantum the network API that sits between the data center orchestrator and the network resources. As with every other example of computing silos the networking side of the house is bringing up the rear. There is no reason that doesn’t go well beyond the data center. If everything is decomposed to just another resource to consume we can begin focusing on neglected and broken policy to serve the business objectives rather than the IT objectives.

Obscurity. Security. Reality. – Russ White points that obscurity is part of security strategy.

Or so you would believe if you listened to the security folks in the network world. “Obscurity is not security,” we’re told. Don’t bother with route filters and network address translators, because they only obscure your devices, rather than secure them. I’m reminded of one of the sayings drilled permanently into my head through Biblical Hermeneutics: “When you take the text out of its context, you’re left with a con.” Obscuring your cipher certainly isn’t a good way to keep people from breaking your cipher, but networks aren’t cryptography problems, they’re networks.