Internets of Interest:3 Dec 09

Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 3 Dec 09:

  • Google Public DNS – Network engineers across the world – REJOICE – google releases a public DNS service for anyone to use. If you have been forced to use an ISP DNS, this could be the answer to having a proper DNS service. Also, if you ISP is using insecure DNS (many are because they haven't upgraded), then this is a perfect option.

    But for me, this means I always have a DNS to test with!!!!!

  • Cisco IOS hints and tricks: iSCSI and SAN: two decades of rigid mindsets – Ivan Pepelnjak looks at how stagnant Storage Networking is and sheds some light on the reasons why Network Professional don'ts take Storage networking seriously. In short, FC and it derivatives are retarded.
  • How To Use An Apostrophe – The Oatmeal – A good definitive guide on When to use an apostrophe. For those moments when you are designing something and heads gets full and you can't remember what grammar is.
  • Daring Fireball: A Liberal, Accurate Regex Pattern for Matching URLs
    A common programming problem: identify the URLs in an arbitrary string of text, where by “arbitrary” let’s agree we mean something unstructured such as an email message or a tweet. I offer a solution, in the form of the following regex pattern:

    b(([w-]+://?|www[.])[^s()<>]+(?:([wd]+)|([^[:punct:]s]|/)))

    Unbelievably awesome programming, a must read for anyone who hacks scripts for network monitoring and management on a part time basis.