Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 18 Apr 10:
- How science became cool | Science | The Guardian – When I was at school, nerds were despised and mistreated. Today, we are able to have our own space and be praised for our scientific and technical talents and the value we bring to society. While I continue to despise sports and physical endeavour for their ego's and arrogance, listening to these public voices lifts my spirits that there is a better world coming. Please read and enjoy.
- Slashdot Ask Slashdot Story | Studying For Certification Exams On Company Time? –
"Companies sometimes require employees to hold or obtain certifications — for example in order to achieve Cisco certified partner status. Some companies pay for employees' exams and encourage employees to study on company time. Others expect employees to obtain mandated certifications on their personal time and dime. Should companies be able to require employees to obtain a certification, but refuse to pay for it, under threat of losing their job to a certified individual? Should it be or is it even legal to demand this of employees, especially if such a certification was not required at the time of hire?"
Good discussion on a topic of interest to Network Engineers
- How To: Use YouTube Without Flash In Desktop Browsers – Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat – Youtube supports H264 codecs if you use this feature. Because H264 uses a lot less CPU than Flash, and doesn't crash often, it's a much better idea. Also, H264 might be part of the HTML5 standard for video, it's not open source / open standard, but it is close.
- Storagebod’s Blog: Odd World –
HP? Well we can make it all…we have all our own technology, we've bought just about everyone and it'll all be integrated someday. Just don't ask us who makes XP and SVSP. Please!
Knock, knock….Hu's there? Is there anyone there? Are you sure? I'm sure HDS now stands from Historically Did Storage.
A Grade rant from Storagebod on the disjointed marketing messages from the Storage Vendors. Sound messy. More like this please.
- Cisco losing deals to rivals as product delays continue | NetworkWorld.com Community –
Those longer lead times affecting delivery of Cisco products are biting the company in the backside. Some customers are opting for alternatives from competitors instead of waiting months, in some cases, for a Cisco switch or firewall.
Another sign that senior management are not focussed on the core business and that cash may not be available to place orders (that is, money is being diverted to make toys)
- Mellanox ships rounded InfiniBand lineup • The Register –
When you take into account the cost of cables and switches together, Monson says that 40 Gb/sec InfiniBand can be put into clusters for roughly the cost as 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and deliver four times the bandwidth and lower latency; and that this is one of the reasons why InfiniBand shipments steadily increased in 2009 at Mellanox. In the second quarter of 2009, Mellanox shipped around 50,000 of its Connect-X and Connect-X2 IB adapter cards, and in the third quarter that rose to over 70,000 units.
In all the kool-aid kerfuffle around 10GB ethernet, it's worth remembering the 10GbE is not as advanced or business capable as 40GB Infiniband and that 120GB Infiniband is nearing completion. With latencies less than 200 nanoseconds, it's better than ethernet for almost everything.