Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 27th May 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Twitter Bootstrap Tutorial | w3resource – Excellent beginner tutorial on the Twitter Bootstrap interface toolkit. Looking at using Bootstrap for the HTML interface on node.js as part of my programming project.
Twitter Bootstrap is a toolkit to develop web apps and sites fast. It includes basic CSS and HTML for creating Grids, Layouts, Typography, Tables, Forms, Navigation, Alerts, Popovers etc.
How to Leave Evernote and What It Gets You – The hardest part of using Evernote is quitting Evernote because the data is locked in.
Evernote also falls short in terms of editing. I wanted a better solution to get the most out of my learning. Evernote is great, but it’s also limited since their system is closed and only a few apps integrate with them directly and everything needs to be synced to their servers — no offline viewing allowed. I would much rather use the entirety of iOS apps to create and annotate notes. DocAS, Noteability, MindNode, the built-in Camera app even. All of which have certain niceties Penultimate and Skitch lack.
El Reg man: Too bad, China – I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths • The Register – Interesting discussions about the rare earth monopoloies and comparing it to Microsoft & Google monopolies.
Or Google and search engines: we’ve got two investigations going on right now about whether Google is abusing its market position – one in the US and another in the EU. But this isn’t the correct question at all. Sure, they’re market-dominant: but if they really try to rook their customers can someone come along and challenge them? I would argue yes they could: not that anyone’s been successful particularly yet but there’s no obvious legal or technical reason why someone couldn’t. It would only need a change in consumer taste for a competitor to beat them.
MMD 4.1 released – Multimarkdown 4.1 is available for Mac and Windows. Time to update.
ASA 8.4(2) under OSX 10.8 | Cisco Inferno – Anthony Bourke show show to configure an ASA instance on your MacBook & OS X using GNS3 and QEMU. Didn’t know this was possible and will remmeber this for when I need it soon.
From Amazon’s cloud guy: 6 hiring tips for startups — Tech News and Analysis – Enjoyed this description of people who know a lot but can only work inside an institution and unable to think independently
It’s table stakes but it’s important. When AWS was staffing up, it was key to find people with deep infrastructure knowledge but who “were not pickled,” Jassy said. Knowledge is important but so is intellectual curiosity.
A startup or a startup within a bigger company needs to make sure that the folks it hires know a lot of stuff, but don’t think they know it all already,…..
The Real Reason ARM Will Menace Intel in the Data Center | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com – Silicon begins its comeback in ways you probably aren’t thingking of:
In a paper due to be published next month, the researchers propose a chip that’s custom-built to run Memcached, a popular open source software platform that lets services like Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia speed the delivery of data to the world’s web surfers. In building this chip, you would start with a low-power processor not unlike the one in your cell phone, but then you would add hardware that could help Memcached zip information across a data center network.
OpenFlow Hybrid. It’s a must, not an option. | The Forwarding Plane – OpenFlow Hybrid mode is a popular point of contention with vendors who generally don’t support Hybrid mode because of limitations in the current generation of silicon in their switches. Nick Buraglio talks about why Hybrid mode is vital to networking.
We [mostly] don’t need OpenFlow yet. Yes, it’s useful. Yes, it has use cases that make a lot of sense. Making it easy (read: painless) is the key to deployment. My first reaction is that hybrid mode is the way to do this. If your vendor doesn’t have a hybrid strategy, make them aware that they need one.
Brocade’s Pragmatically Defined Network | The Networking Nerd – Tom Hollingsworth does a great job of summarising Brocade’s Vyatta announcements:
The last interesting software piece that Brocade showed me is a prime example of the kinds of things that I expect SDN to deliver to us in the future. Brocade has created an application called the Application Resource Broker (ARB). It sits above the fray of the lower network layers and monitors indicators of a particular application’s health, such as latency and load. When one of those indicators hits a specific threshold, ARB kicks in to request more resources from vCenter to balance things out. If the demand on the application continues to rise beyond the available resources, ARB can dynamically move the application to a public cloud instance with a much deeper pool of resources, a process known as cloudbursting.
Darren’s Blog Reload in X ? Why not just revert the config instead of reloading the router? | Darren’s Blog – Great tip for Cisco IOS:
If you’re configuring an IOS router remotely with a chance of losing the device, most engineers might decide to do a reload in 5 before starting. If you happen to lose connection to the box after a change, the router will reload in 5 minutes erasing any unsaved changes. This works, but is less than ideal. It can take a few minutes for a box to reload. What happens if the box is looking after multiple customers as well?
There is a better way. Just revert the config. Using this is pretty trivial. You do need to turn on the archive command first though.