Members of the IT community at large sometimes find babies ugly, and express those opinions in public. That’s how community works. We share knowledge, experience, and opinions. We agree. We disagree. We discuss. We speak through our microphones and keyboards, and it’s all intended to be for the greater good. How should a vendor react?
Deep Work by Cal Newport is highly recommended if you are an information worker who is less productive than you wish you were. I recommended Deep Work even more highly if you feel you are productive, but are not producing the sort of work you desperately want to be.
Been wondering whether or not you should make the leap to the iPhone 6S+? Glad to help by sharing my cent and a half worth of actual user experience gathered over 5 or so months.
Let’s say the vast majority of compute workloads in the world migrates to public cloud. Will public cloud pricing then become extortionate? Seems plausible if you assume that the technical talent migrates to public cloud companies. In that scenario, public cloud consumers are beholden to their technical master and would have to pay whatever is asked so that they can get their business done. However, I think the situation is more complex than that…
And so it was as a young man that I aspired to be a manager. Management looked like control to me. After all, I thought that as I acquired technical expertise in operating systems, security, and networking, I should be the one holding the reins. That’s logical, perhaps. But it’s naive.
Attention Boston area networkers — the next Boston Network Operators Group meetup will be held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center on January 28, 2016 @ 6:30p. Dave Husak, founder of Plexxi, is the featured speaker. Food and drink will be provided.
I am a fan of any sort of post-apocalyptic fiction. Movies. Books. Anime. Weird Al songs. You name it. If it posits a future after the world we know is gone, I’ll give it a try. Thus it is that I recommend Wasteland Blues to you by Scott Christian Carr and my fellow Packet Pusher Andrew Conry-Murray.
When we fail, we pity ourselves, have a consolation cookie or three, give up, and go back to a moribund contentment with the status quo. Maybe next year, we’ll be more serious, we think. More determined. Yes, we’ll try it all again at some future point when we can muster up the will to give it another go. This is all wrong. For me, difficulty in realizing goals has never been due to a lack of desire or will.
If the buck stops with you when it comes to troubleshooting strange and bizarre application behavior, you’ll want to be able to use a packet capture tool effectively. Wireshark is ubiquitous; most network engineers use it. Wireshark has an active user and development community. Plus, there is a commercial variant through Riverbed if you care to go that route. Therefore, I view Wireshark as a safe packet analysis tool to spend time learning intimately.
A quick search for “Google Plus is dead” reveals a number of recent articles about the pending death of the social media platform. It’s not fair to say it’s dead as yet. But it’s certainly mouldering. I took an informal survey on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Slack, asking folks if they were still using G+. Here is an anonymous compilation of those results.
My friend Eric Sutphen and I started the Citizens of Tech podcast using some spare capacity on the Packet Pushers platform to see what folks thought of the idea. We received lots of positive comments from the audience. Several of you stated that Citizens of Tech quickly became one of your “must listen” shows. With warm, glowing feelings of audience love in mind, we’ve opted to give the show a site of its very own!
I am raising money for the Mt. Washington Observatory (MWO), a non-profit organization engaged in weather research in New Hampshire. I am joining the 15th annual Seek The Peak fundraiser for the MWO. The idea is simple: hike to the summit, with pledgers backing the adventure. If you’ve gotten value from the Packet Pushers podcast or this blog, I’d appreciate it if you’d donate to my Seek the Peak campaign. For the first three networking vendors that donate $1,000 or more, I’ll have my picture taken at the Mt. Washington summit sign with your wearable and thank you in a blog post here.
If we assume economies of scale, eventually, it may become silly for a business to own lots of IT infrastructure. Why not lease it from cloud providers? They’ll be able to do it cheaper, and besides…they’re experts. I think it’s possible that businesses will eventually migrate most (if not all) of their applications to the cloud.
Should you go from the CCNA to the CCIE directly? Why or why not? Considering SDN, is going after the CCIE even a good idea? I opine.
I’ve seen a list entitled “Why Talented Employees Stay” floating around Twitter. The list has been bothering me, because I don’t think it’s quite…right. The list is interesting, but I don’t believe it tells the whole story. Taken at face value, I think the list could even make it more difficult to retain certain people — not less.
GoDaddy recently entered the turnkey WordPress hosting fray, offering a one year trial for $1 a month. I had been toying with the idea of another blog, so I decided to give them a try. The experience of hosting at GoDaddy has been…sort of neutral.