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1. Go Big, Or Go…Startup – Being FA And Other Ponderings
Julia Austin has an insightful post that weighs the pros and cons of working for a startup vs. working for a big enterprise. Her argument essentially breaks down along these lines: “In a mature company, you will likely have more role models to learn from and stronger teams to collaborate with, a clear direction and a mature board. … Startups can offer a chance to do “all the things” which can be either a blessing or a curse depending on your interests.”
She also does a great job of breaking down how the leadership startups and matures firm will dramatically affect your experience in either environment. If the grass looks greener on the other side of where you are now, check out this post before you hop over.
2. Today I Passed The CCNA Industrial Exam – Neckercube
Jed Casey is back with another blog sharing his experiences with a Cisco certification exam: the CCNA Industrial. If industrial IoT and edge computing are going to grow as predicted, I think there’s a lot of opportunity in industrial networking.
If you’re considering the exam, Jed has lists of resources, as well as suggestions on what to prep for. “The topics that were new to me were the aforementioned industrial networking protocols, IEEE 1588v2 PTP, Layer 2 NAT, the various Cisco Industrial Ethernet switch product lines, and Device-Level Ring topologies.”
3. Software Disenchantment – Tonsky.me
This blog is a cry from the heart of a programmer who’s disgusted with the state of the software industry. His point, essentially, is that software developers are coasting on the back of ever-more-powerful hardware, without making their own efforts to write simpler, more efficient software to take full advantage of it.
“As a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features. Everything works way below the possible speed.”
4. How Long Until you Get the New Shiny Toys from re:Invent? – Technodrone
AWS’s annual Reinvent conference is less than a month away, and the Web services giant will likely have a slew of product announcements. But those products may not actually be available. Maish Saidel-Keesing, who blogs at Technodrone, calculated the lag between announcement and release dates for 17 services from Reinvents in 2017 and 2016, and says the average time is about five months.
Of course, he correctly notes that many products and services Amazon announces at the show are available right away. But based on his back-of-the-envelope calculations, you should probably expect to have to wait to get your hands on a few.
1. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65; creative programmer was ‘the idea man’ — Los Angeles Times
The LA Times writes “Allen was an essential part of the launch and early success of Microsoft, which thrived on the combination of Allen’s creative programming genius and Gates’ hard-driving business acumen. Allen went on to become a major investor and philanthropist in his own right…”
2. The Pentagon’s Weapons Are ‘Easily Hacked’ With ‘Basic Tools’ – Motherboard
Motherboard writes “In a report published on Tuesday, the GAO found “mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development.” According to the report, software-enabled functions that are “potentially susceptible to compromise” include targeting missiles and flying aircraft.”
That seems like a problem.
3. Medical device maker Medtronic finally fixes its hackable pacemaker – Tech Crunch
Medtronic is abandoning an Internet-based software update system for a medical device that performs status checks on pacemakers, according to Tech Crunch. Researchers found that the device didn’t check to see if software updates were compromised, creating a potential vulnerability in which attackers could tamper with the software on the pacemaker itself.
4. Amazon’s Gender-Biased Algorithm Is Not Alone – Bloomberg Opinion
Bloomberg columnist Cathy O’Neil writes “Internet giant Amazon recently ran into a problem that eloquently illustrates the pitfalls of big data: It tried to automate hiring with a machine learning algorithm, but upon testing it realized that it merely perpetuated the tech industry’s bias against women. What’s most troubling isn’t the discovery itself. It’s that most companies using similar algorithms don’t even want to know.”
These last three news stories make me think that the “Software Disenchantment” blog above isn’t angry enough.
You Need Good Engineers To Use a Managed Service Provider for SDWAN – Packet Pushers YouTube
Virtual Design Clinic 2: AMA – How to reduce latency in a LAN – Packet Pushers
Vendor Announcements & Industry Blogs
Secure Boot: An Effective, Low-Risk Alternative to Commercial Solutions – Cisco Systems (PDF)
NXTWORK 2018: Engineering Simplicity During a Time of Explosive Growth – J-Net Community
Juniper Networks Fosters Adoption of Network Automation – Juniper Networks
NRE Labs – Juniper Networks
Cloud NAT – Google