Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 3rd January 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
CloudFlare is flush with cash, building its gear and ready to take on AWS at the edge — Tech News and Analysis – Commodity hardware enables some companies to build their own servers that exactly suit their own requirements. CloudFlare is building their own servers that are high in CPU/Memory with specific network adapters that suit their use case more precisely.
So early last year, CloudFlare began working with server manufacturer Quanta to design boxes that can handle its traffic and lower costs as the company scales. That meant switching from 1 Gbps network ports to 10 Gbps ports, tripling RAM capacity and generally doing everything it can (including using platinum power supplies) to ensure performance and reliability. CloudFlare detailed its latest-generation servers in a July blog post (although it has since replaced some Intel SSDs with Fusion-io cards for better performance, Prince said).
I would like to think, and there are signs, that network hardware will also become more modular and able to assemble a switch from modular components that meets your needs. There is a need to have 1RU switches with modular 10GbE and 40GbE interfaces instead of 48 ports of whatever vendors want to manufacture cheaply. More research needed to confirm whether this is a viable approach though.
EB Garamond – An open source and free Garamond font for all operating systems that I think it simply gorgeous and beautiful. Works best on modern applications that support kerning and ligatures ie. not Microsoft Word or Office applications.
The Garamonds are probably the most copied typefaces in the world. There are indeed lots of excellent Garamond fonts, also such that try to approach the original in the same way as EB Garamond does. In the world of free software, however, only a few Garamond-inspired fonts exist, and as far as I know, none with the scope of EB Garamond. I know that competition is tough in this field, and these fonts won’t be able to stand up to their commercial counterparts for quite some time. Nevertheless, it’s time for the opensource community to have a classical Garamond and I promise, i’ll try hard to learn and give my best.
Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower – NYTimes.com – New York Times Editorial Board calls for clemency for Snowden –
When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government. That’s why Rick Ledgett, who leads the N.S.A.’s task force on the Snowden leaks, recently told CBS News that he would consider amnesty if Mr. Snowden would stop any additional leaks. And it’s why President Obama should tell his aides to begin finding a way to end Mr. Snowden’s vilification and give him an incentive to return home.
Signifcant development in having a rational debate about information security and its role in society.
Thinking Outside the (Big) Box – NYTimes.com – This is going to be a tough sell to CEO’s who have a decade of focussing on short term profits and worker avoidance. But I’m hopeful there might be a future for more workers. I’m tired for doing my own scut work.
After re-evaluating the relationship between worker management and profit, she argues that many corporate leaders will realize that paying their workers more and treating them better will actually make everyone better off. And this, indeed, would foment a small revolution. For generations, technology has been a source of misery for many low-paid workers, rendering their jobs tedious or eliminating them altogether. Gallup recently reported that only 29 percent of North American workers feel engaged with their work.
the #eager0: Community Fatigue – Are there too many communities ? Are you tired of vendors asking you to contribute to their product and getting nothing in return ? I am.
After a few weeks of thwack, I realized I hadn’t paid attention to the VMware and Cisco communities as much as I’d like. And then I thought about Spiceworks. And then NetApp and EMC’s communities. And then I realized that there truly are too many technical communities for a single person to participate in and actually share & learn, as opposed to just rack up points. At least, you can’t participate in them all if you’re employed and like your family. Which I am, and I do.
Appropedia: Sharing Knowledge To Build Rich Sustainable Lives — The Peering Introvert – Packet Pushers is looking to support charity projects. Ethan writes about Appropedia project that we think is a good choice. Would appreciate your feedback:
Appropedia is a wiki-style repository of practical knowledge. The idea is to share real-world wisdom with the developing world, improving living and working conditions, as well as advocate for sustainable processes the world over. As they say on their “About” page,