Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 2nd October 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Podcast 21 – How much is a geek worth these days? | Geek Whisperers – Ethan talks about the Packet Pushers business model on the Geek Whisperers podcast and the fine line that we walk everyday between commercialism, community and integrity. Well proud of having hm as a partner. Must listen.
There’s a New IT Tribe of technologists who have become social communicators. They do it because they love doing it, but if we don’t put a value our own time, are we undervaluing ourselves?
These IT influencers are gathering together their own communities of IT practitioners. These are people that IT vendors really want to talk to. With online ads and email spam becoming ever less effective, who else can they turn to but the bloggers? And why not pay them?
LOLROOT.CA – Ingenious with LOLs.
The world’s first self-signed cert authority. 100% Free
Facebook’s data center hardware fails less than others’ gear — Tech News and Analysis – Facebook at a conference in London:
“We looked at initial quality rates between our Sweden center and our U.S. centers. In the U.S., data centers that have a mix of OCP and non-OCP equipment, the failure rate is 3 percent and in Sweden it’s about 1 percent.”
If true (and it need confirmation of some sort I think), then this is a kick in the pants of the estalbished vendors whom we are supposed to trust. Quality and relaibilty is what I expect from Cisco, HP and Dell. If OEM/ODM gets better results, where are we ?
Do You REALLY Want to Program Your Network? « ipSpace.net by @ioshints – Ivan has some practical advice on getting your head around SDN:
You might not be ready to deploy OpenFlow or any other SDN tool in your network but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to know what it is and how it works. Experience never hurt anyone – if nothing else, you’ll be able to explain why things don’t work as well as marketing whitepapers claim they should.
Linus Torvalds Talks Linux Development at LinuxCon – A a conference in New Orleans:
NSA Backdoor – Torvalds was also asked if he had ever been approached by the U.S. government to insert a backdoor into Linux. Torvalds responded “no” while nodding his head “yes,” as the audience broke into spontaneous laughter.
Two things – this probably means there is not a back door in Linux (someone else might have been subverted). Second, it means that Microsoft would have been asked and almost certainly agreed given their subservience to NSA in all other matters.
Open minded network engineers go further and know more – Nick Buraglio talking about the value of multi-vendor experiences – learning more tha one way to do it leads to improved skills.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Lab up new things. You will truly never know if something is better, worse or a wash unless you give it a chance. You may just learn something by accident.
The point I’m trying to make is that we do ourselves and potentially the consumers of the service we build a disservice when we blindly write off options because of our own personal comfort level.