Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 16th April 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
VMware Communities: vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide – Official Release – Can’t imagine too many network engineers that won’t need to be reviewing this. At least you should read this to see what a quality security document look like.
I’m pleased to announce to availabilty of the official release of the vSphere 5.1 Hardening Guide. The guide is being released as an Excel spreadsheet only. This guide follows the same format as the 5.0 guide.
Replace your iPhone 5 battery in 2 Minuites – YouTube – Youtube video showing how to replace your iPhone 5 battery in a just a few minutes. Filed in case I ever need to find it again. Aside from the “trick” of opening the case, doesn’t look hard to do.
Above is a US Navy demonstration of a high-energy laser on a moving ship shooting down a drone. The Office of Naval Research just announced that they plan to deploy the system next year. “Our conservative data tells us a shot of directed energy costs under $1,” Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder said. “Compare that to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to fire a missile, and you can begin to see the merits of this capability.”
Sure, provided you have a $250 million dollar combat vessel to mount it on which was the result of a multi-billion dollar defense program. And a research progream that costs billions to produce the laser technology and manufacture it. But only $1 to shoot ? I guess we aren’t considering the total of cost of ownership are we ?
Where are the ITIL consultants when you need them ?
Chrome Blink FAQ – No comment – it’s obvious.
Why is Chrome spawning a new browser engine?The WebKit maintainers wouldn’t let us attack Apple directly, by changing WebKit in ways that would make it perform badly on OS X and iOS.
Because they share a rendering engine, developer effort to ensure Chrome compatibility currently benefits Apple platforms for free. To prevent this, we must make Chrome and WebKit behave differently.
Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy — Tech News and Analysis – Privacy breach indeed. With your permission.
So if your phone doesn’t move from a single location between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for say a week or so, Facebook can quickly deduce the location of your home. Facebook will be able to pinpoint on a map where your home is, whether you share your personal address with the site or not. It can start to build a bigger and better profile of you on its servers. It can start to correlate all of your relationships, all of the places you shop, all of the restaurants you dine in and other such data. The data from accelerometer inside your phone could tell it if you are walking, running or driving. As Zuckerberg said — unlike the iPhone and iOS, Android allows Facebook to do whatever it wants on the platform, and that means accessing the hardware as well.
HP Software recently released 6 free network utilities and tools. Free stuff is good right? We all like free. But HP doesn’t do things out of the goodness of its heart – what’s the angle for them to make money? I can’t work it out. Recently I tried out these tools, and I can’t understand their strategy.
Microsoft Applications [Data Center Designs: Application Networking] – Cisco Systems – Cisco Validated Design Guides for Microsoft Server environments and applications. As always, Cisco CVD’s are an outstanding technical resources and recommended reading.
Why you hate the sound of your own voice – The Body Odd – After editing more than 100 podcasts of my own voice, I still hate the sound of my own voice :
“When [someone] listens to a recording of their voice speaking, the bone-conducted pathway that they consider part of their ‘normal’ voice is eliminated, and they hear only the air-conducted component in unfamiliar isolation—what everybody else actually hears,” says Dr. Chris Chang, an otolaryngologist at Fauquier Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants in Warrenton, Virginia.
That explains why we perceive our voices differently, but why do we dislike what we hear?
400 Gb/s Ethernet Study Group – IEEE commences the process to the start the working group that will consider possible methods for developing a 400 Gigabit Ethernet standard. I’m not expecting anything useful until 2018. Don’t wait up.