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Google Plus Is Mouldering

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 […]

What Does It Mean When A Project Has Been Forked?

Open source projects that involve lots of folks sometimes run into conflicts. Should the project go in direction X, or direction Y? Is feature A more important, or feature B? And so on. Sometimes the concerns around an open source project are more pragmatic than pedantic. Should we, as a commercial entity, continue to use this open source project as is, or go in our own direction with it? The keyword to look for in these circumstances is fork.

Citizens of Tech Podcast Has Re-Launched!

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! http://citizensoftech.com

Breach Presumption: The East-West Data Center Security Problem

A recurring trend in security briefings I've taken over the last year is that breaches are assumed. If you don't assume your infrastructure has been breached, you're ignorant, and probably willfully so. Ostrich, meet sand. A weird response my brain had to this is to ponder that if we've lost the war, why are we still fighting?

Scalability Is A Matter Of Context

Scale is a relative term. While every technology needs to scale to some point to be useful to IT practitioners, not every technology needs to scale infinitely. Every technology has a context in which it is viable — where it proves to be the best choice. But in another context, the opposite technology might rise to the surface as more appropriate. Don't be religious about such a decision. Know your business need well, research the technology thoroughly, plan for the future, and choose wisely. Don't pick a tool that solves someone else's problem.

Is SD-WAN Simply WAN Optimization Evolved? Not Exactly.

Consumers evaluating SD-WAN shouldn't think of it as a WAN optimization replacement, at least not exactly. These are different technologies, although it might be fair to think of SD-WAN as the successor to WAN optimization. SD-WAN and WAN optimization are compatible technologies, but not interdependent technologies.

Networking Books Up For Auction – Good Stuff Cheap

I've put several of my networking books up for auction on eBay. Lots of CiscoPress titles, but several others as well. Many design guides. Routing protocol coverage such as OSPF, including an OSPF vs ISIS guide by Jeff Doyle. Some are older, what I consider classics. Some are fairly new. Some are targeted at certification seekers. I need to clear some space here in my home library, and would like to move these titles along. Far too many books in my collection, and I've gotten what I can from these. Good luck!

SD-WAN Gives Us The Best Path We Always Wanted

In networking, we rely on routing protocols to compute best path. That is to ask, from the perspective of a given router in a routing domain, what is the best way to reach a destination? Best path is typically computed using simplistic metrics like hop count, cost, bandwidth, and delay. Traditional "best path" thinking is effective, insofar as it goes. It scales to a large number of devices and destinations. It is resilient. It is mature. However, it has its limitations. Software defined WAN brings a much more sophisticated metric to the computation of best path.

72% of Networking Performance Statistics Are Misleading

Like my tongue-in-cheek title, performance statistics are often misleading or, at best, meaningless without context. As a savvy consumer of any networking product, you should look at performance statistics as little more than a rough indicator of how a { box | software package | interface } performed under a specific test circumstance. Hint: the tests are usually rigged.

IF { you like this blog } THEN { donate to my annual charitable campaign }

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.

Pushing For The Next Level

Drew Conry-Murray joins the Packet Pushers as employee number 1.

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Drew Conry-Murray

I'm a tech journalist, editor, and content director with 17 years' experience covering the IT industry. I'm author of the book "The Symantec Guide To Home Internet Security" and co-author of the post-apocalyptic novel "Wasteland Blues," available at Amazon.

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Introducing the Citizens of Tech Podcast

Citizens of Tech is not a show about gadgets and apps, at least not specifically. It's not a show about networking. It's not a constipated show about IT. Rather, it's a show for nerds who like science, gaming, books, contrarian thinking, entertainment, space exploration, transportation, energy, complex world problems, and anything else that's somehow technology-related. Sure, that might include gadgets, apps, IT, and so on, but we're trying to appeal to a certain kind of mind -- probably yours -- and not a certain kind of industry.

Citizens of Tech 003 – Racing Cricket Phone Turbines

Eric in a mitre. Cricket protein. Micro wind turbines. Stash your cash. Blue crude. RF into power. Wikimedia's money. Carly for POTUS. A racing simulator that can kill you. All this and more on this week's Citizens of Tech.

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Ethan Banks

Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks

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IPv6 — Still No Love?

When IPv6 becomes a business problem, and not a technical one, it will start seeing serious adoption in the enterprise. A lack of available IPv4 addresses and expensive aftermarket pricing might start driving North America towards broad IPv6 adoption. Finally.