Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 26 Jul 10:
- Chewtoy’s Technical Musings: A Gathering Storm? – The third and final installment in an excellent business analysis of the "European Commission consultation into Network Neutrality". Worth a read if you are into building the future Internet.
- Nortel Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN) and Site Manager | Michael McNamara –
Ahh, the good old days. The Bay Networks BCN was the biggest and best router of its day, and 13 years later still working.
They were buggers to get working, but they ran like clockwork. Nostalgia.
- Heroic sacrifice of Indonesian scientist beheaded by Japanese occupiers | World news | The Observer –
"Achmad Mochtar was not only a hero of Indonesia, but a hero of science and humanity," Baird told the Observer. "He had everything to lose, including a wife at home. Yet he laid down his life for his staff, colleagues and friends."
This view is backed by Indonesian scientists who have been investigating Mochtar's killing with Baird. "He died a martyr, protecting his subordinates," said Sjamshidajat Ronokusumo, of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.
You don't have to be a soldier / warrior to be a hero. Could I ever be this brave ?
- Lessons from the Letter – ACM Queue –
So, some simple lessons: rate limit your Web APIs, have kill switches in place to prevent abuse, have the ability to roll out changes quickly, and remember to hire honest people who can think like the bad guys, because they are the ones who understand the risks.
Wise words, except for the bit "hire honest people who can think like the bad guys" when the whole article turned into a fairy tale.
- RFC 5902 – IAB Thoughts on IPv6 Network Address Translation – Why oh why do people even THINK that NAT is good idea ? We don't need NAT for security by obfuscation, you need endpoint security. And who cares about route scalability, as the Internet gets faster, the silicon gets bigger.
We don't need IPv6 NAT. This is tokenism of listening to some loud mouthed idiot.
- VMware vSphere 4.1: What’s New : Bob Plankers, The Lone Sysadmin – Excellent overview of what's new in VMware vSphere 4.1 (why is it named like a Window Mobile Phone 7) and hits the high notes. Worth a read since Enterprise network engineers need to be reasonably literate in VMware these days.