Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 14th November 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Lessons In Leadership: It’s Not About You. (It’s About Them) : NPR – Can’t tell you how much this reasonates with my experiences of executive leadership recently:
“The dominant view of leadership is that the leader has the vision and the rest is a sales problem,” he says. “I think that notion of leadership is bankrupt.” That approach only works for technical problems, he says, where there’s a right answer and an expert knows what it is.
Leadership is about understanding your product and process that makes it happen. That includes IT Leaders understanding networking and storage in addition to database reporting or financial management. And its where cloud is most likely to fail to deliver for many companies. Hiding the hardware doesn’t make the problems go away. Task competency is not optional.
Google+ YouTube Integration: Kind of Like Twilight, Except In This Version When +Cullen Drinks BellaTube’s Blood They Both Become Mortal, But +Cullen Is Still An Abusive Creep, Also It Is Still Bad | Vi Hart – Youtube now requires a Google+ account to leave comments and this blog post explains why this increases trollish behaviour. And Vi Hart (I don’t follow the content) is now moving off Youtube because of the problem.
The choice between having to use Google+ and never commenting on YouTube again is laughably easy for me. I invested so much into my YouTube channel, and they’re taking that investment and threatening to throw it away if I don’t also start investing in Google+. No thank you Google, but you’ve already made me regret investing so much into you the first time. Do you really think I’m going to do it again?
This is why I’m hosting and running my own website. I’m not dependent on a platform owned by someone else.
The DO Blog – Blog – Dasrath Manjhi, Mountain Man – I feel insignificant.
With nothing but rudimentary tools and an astounding amount of strength, the ‘mountain man’ carved a 360-foot long, 25-foot high and 30-foot wide path straight through the hills. Did it happen in a majestic Hollywood moment? No. It took him 22 years of intensive labour. He worked day and night single handedly to create a path that connected the villages in just a kilometer and could be used by motorbikes and cyclists for an event faster commute.
Brief History of the Internet – Internet Timeline | Internet Society – Many events in history can guide us in the future. Therefore this article is an excellent reference.
In this paper,3 several of us involved in the development and evolution of the Internet share our views of its origins and history. This history revolves around four distinct aspects. There is the technological evolution that began with early research on packet switching and the ARPANET (and related technologies), and where current research continues to expand the horizons of the infrastructure along several dimensions, such as scale, performance, and higher-level functionality. There is the operations and management aspect of a global and complex operational infrastructure. There is the social aspect, which resulted in a broad community of Internauts working together to create and evolve the technology. And there is the commercialization aspect, resulting in an extremely effective transition of research results into a broadly deployed and available information infrastructure.
Out of the Mouths of Customers | Embrane – This resonated:
Speed Matters as Much as Security
The primary issue these customers are facing – and are using Embrane to address – is the length of time it takes to not only deploy a firewall, but also to make changes to their firewalls. Firewalls are shared devices that support multiple applications, so it can take several weeks to get a security policy changed because the risk of impacting another application that may or may not share that the same policies. Delivering a dedicated firewall for every application solves that problem and or significantly minimizes the time it takes to make changes.
CheatSheet for Mac – Free app for Mac OS X that helps with keyboard shortcuts. Not as good as the commercial versions but good enough for the price.
Just hold the ⌘-Key a bit longer to get a list of all active short cuts of the current application. It’s as simple as that.