Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 23rd July 2012 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Why does the IT industry continue to listen to Gartner? | ZDNet – I agree. I find that Gartner is usually wrong, or missing core fundamentals on every technology I’ve researched. While I’ve used their research if it agrees with my opinion, I can just as easily discredit their research as needed.
Gartner is getting more than its fair share of attention today for a controversial series of blog posts on Windows 8 from research director Gunnar Berger, who argues that the Windows 8 experience will be “bad” on a non-touch-enabled device.
It’s time for companies to move past Gartner and develop their own skills for product research. Gartner can’t make recommendations or provide information that is relevant to your unique situation so why even bother. Also, ask yourself who pays for Gartner reports you are reading ? Is it You or a Vendor ? You would be surprised how much analyst “research” is paid for by vendor marketing dollars. Think about it.
Focal Upright Furniture – Standing Desk and Chair – My latest furniture fetish is this semi-standing desk. Alas, only available in America. sigh.
Podcast Show 111 – BYOD isn’t Technology Problem Its a Management Issue – I’m getting all ranty about Business Management – and BYOD is a managers nightmare. That’s why it will fail. Here is the latest Packet Pushers Podcast on BYOD.
Deep Hardware knowledge – Have a look under the hood – Network Sherpa – Absolutely agree with this:
I don’t expect people to know the chassis inside and out. But if you list it on your CV and don’t know that there are different series of line cards, with different backplane or bus connections; then you don’t really have 6500 platform knowledge. Lack of platform knowledge isn’t an absolute showstopper, but it helps me gauge your level of networking experience.
If I’m hiring a low level job, then fine. But one difference between someone who is “dating up” and “top notch” is knowing your hardware. Great post.
“The Synchrophasotron was a synchrotron-based particle accelerator for protons at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna that was operational from 1957 – 2003.”
But check out the splendid chandelier in that control room!! That’s just lush.
Apple Erects ‘Tactical’ Data Center With Own ‘Man Traps’ | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com – Apple builds a second data center that has more security. That sounds like PCI compliance to me. If I had that much credit card data I’d build an entire data centre to house it. Makes it much simpler to keep everything separate and deliver good security. Do iCloud in the big building, do payment transactions in the high security and smaller building.
RFC 6627 – Overview of Pre-Congestion Notification Encoding – Wheel reinvention continues:
The objective of Pre-Congestion Notification (PCN) is to protect the quality of service (QoS) of inelastic flows within a Diffserv domain. On every link in the PCN-domain, the overall rate of PCN-traffic is metered, and PCN-packets are appropriately marked when certain configured rates are exceeded.
I read this as another attempt at Frame-Relay using MPLS or as an attempt to put direct connected circuits over the top of an IP network. Both ideas appear dumb ass stupid to me.
ntop 5.0 Released – Before you consider a commercial NetFlow product, look at ntop first. Its faster, more useful and likely what you need for most cases. As a netflow collector it’s fantastic.
End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco Cius 4G [Cisco Cius] – Cisco Systems – And so ends the passing of Cisco’s aspirations to be in retail. Lets hope that the Cisco board learned their lessons…….
EOL July 17 2012. EOS July 2015.
There is no replacement available for the Cisco Cius 4G at this time.