Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 24th August 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Lucb1e.com :: Cookieless Cookies – How to track you around the Internet just by using images.
Companies are using this technique by placing tracking images on websites. It’s not about ads, it about tracking where you go so that you can be profiled and that data sold to someone. I find this disturbing.
Facebook is bad for you: Get a life! | The Economist – Wonder if the same holds true for Twitter ? Or blogging ?
….. they found that the more a volunteer used Facebook in the period between two questionnaires, the worse he reported feeling the next time he filled in a questionnaire. Volunteers were also asked to rate their satisfaction with life at the start and the end of the study. Those who used Facebook a lot were more likely to report a decline in satisfaction than those who visited the site infrequently. In contrast, there was a positive association between the amount of direct social contact a volunteer had and how positive he felt. In other words, the more volunteers socialised in the real world, the more positive they reported feeling the next time they filled in the questionnaire.
onie/onie – Cumulus Networks has opensourced the “Open Network Install Environment” on github to provide a universal boot loader for network hardware so that switch manufacturers can support any operating system for network switches. It’s possible I just wet myself.
The Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) is an open source initiative that defines an open “install environment” for bare metal network switches. ONIE enables a bare metal network switch ecosystem where end users have a choice among different network operating systems.
Traditionally Ethernet switches are procured with pre-installed, captive operating systems, effectively creating networking appliances that lock end-users into a vertical supply chain. While there is industry wide discussion of a mythical “white-box” network switch, this ecosystem does not exist; failing in part due to the fact that the hardware cannot accept multiple operating systems.
The Xirrus BLOG | Xirrus – Xirrus responds nicely and politely to various accusations.
The Xirrus debut at Wireless Field Day 5 (http://techfieldday.com/event/wfd5/) is now well-documented and that forum provides a very healthy technical forum for ongoing debate, discovery, and community engagement. After the event, we posted a response in a very factual manner to some great questions raised at WFD5. Rather than engage in a professional technical debate, you chose to launch an ill-informed, factually incorrect attack. This serves no one but you and is not remotely constructive to our community that WFD5 in contrast does so well to serve.
It’s worth noting that antenna design in WiFi is a key differentiator and that all antenna solutions can work for most cases. The choice of an antenna array versus slotted waveguide or any of the dozen other types is a complex debate. Nicely worded response.
packet buffers – Reaonably comprehensive list of Packet Buffers in different hardware platforms. Favourite part ?
Cisco Catalyst 6500 gets its own table