Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 18 Aug 2011:
- show brain: Catalyst 6509-E VSS Software Upgrade Gone Bad –
After 5 hours on the phone with TAC, we were able to clear this persistence and finish the upgrade, but it was a very long downtime. The moral of the story… modular and monolithic IOS don’t mix well.
My experience with modular IOS on C6500 is pretty poor and I experienced something similar when we changed to monolithic. Moral ? Don’t use modular C6500 IOS, it will end badly.
- The five levels of ISP evil Good article that describes the ways that your ISP is hijacking your traffic to make extra money. While it may not be illegal, its certainly not ethical – no one wants to take a taxi to the supermarket, and the supermarket pays the taxi driver a kickback for getting the consumer there. That’s what these ISPs are doing.
- The @-symbol, part 2 of 2 – because history matters and I love hearing about the history of things.
- Please Stop Calling Gadgets Sexy – I can support this. Only sex is sexy.
While this post is directed at writers, we need help from readers in order to make this happen. So to you, dear reader, I exhort you: The next time you see a professional writer refer to an inanimate object full of circuitry and cadmium as “sexy,” please inquire as to whether said writer does in fact find it to be arousing.Yes, okay! We have done it on this very site. Mea culpas! Change must start at home, so we’re ending the practice now. You’ll not see it used here improperly again. We challenge the rest of our community to also stop using the word sexy to describe gadgets unless you intend to f**k them.
I’ll do my best to abide by this also.
- AnandTech – Airport Extreme (5th Gen) and Time Capsule (4th Gen) Review – Faster WiFi – AnandTech does stunning review of the new Apple Airport gear and points out all of the changes including better range, better performance and even better stability. After reading this, I’m rethinking my older Apple Airport gear. Faster wireless is faster not just in speed, but also in throughput (which are not the same thing).
The result of the move from Marvell to Broadcom is twofold. First, performance and range is definitely better thanks to more transmit power and the improved sensitivity afforded by newer generation chipsets. Second, the combination of lots of Broadcom in Apple’s hardware lineup (from the iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks, to iMac and Mac Mini) with Broadcom in the access point likely allows for the use of frame bursting or some other packet aggregation technique that speeds things up in some scenarios. It’s another example of how having that complete hardware control can in fact result in some benefit—in this case, faster WiFi.
- Vblocks bleed out EMC money • The Register – Interesting. We haven’t heard much from VCE lately. Is this why?
Thanks to Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus, we know that EMC’s 10-Q SEC filing says total EMC-contributed funding to VCE is $173.5m, plus $7.8m in stock-based compensation for VCE executives such as CEO Michael Capellas.EMC losses in VCE for the June quarter of this year were $46.6m, with $41.9m in the preceding March quarter.
Subsequent to bookmarking this, a burst of blogs have claimed how wonderful VCE is. For my money, it seems that VCE is focussing on the very largest of deals that are being done directly. That is, instead of “supporting resellers” they are pursuing deals with Verizon, BT, and other super scale deals. Who knows ? Maybe that makes sense.
- The Cisco Connection: Cisco Videoscape chief resigns – More evidence that video / videoconferencing isn’t the next big thing.
The future of Videoscape was already ripe for speculation when Cisco retreated from the consumer market a few months ago to focus more on its core routing and switching businesses; and then when Cisco sold its set-top box plan in Mexico in an effort to reduce costs by reducing headcount and divesting itself of non-core operations.Now, Rodriguez’s departure casts a bit of a pall over Videoscape. Cisco says the initiative is still strategic; Rodriguez’s duties have been shifted to Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco’s Emerging Business Group, who now oversees the company’s service provider and enterprise video operations, according to the reports.
- Future Nexus 7000 Line Cards (Sup2/ASA/NAM/WAN) – Jay does some browsing of the SNMP MIBS and discovers the next generation of service modules for Nexus 7000. I’m not a fan of service modules any more. But the new fabrics and line cards look nice.
- List of Elements and Techniques Used to Track | The Purple Box – List of ways that you can be tracked on the Internet. Ghostery s a plugin that helps to prevent tracking – which I use. I disable the blocking for certain sites and ad networks but that’s just me.
There are so many ways for someone to gather information about users on the internet it’s almost hard to keep up with them. It seems like every time we turn around there’s a new form of technology that has the potential to undermine someone’s reasonable expectations of web privacy. All of these elements/methods can be used for both good reasons as well as malicious ones – it really depends on who is collecting data and how the people those data belong to feel about the collection. Regardless of where you stand, however, we think you should know the different ways that info can currently be
- Drobo, Drobo S, DroboPro, Drobo B800i support for Lion Time Machine –