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1. Why Badges and Notifications Are Killing Your Productivity – DiscoPosse
Bing. Beep. Buzz. Flicker. Lots of apps and messaging platforms are fighting for our attention, which makes it hard to concentrate and actually get things done. Eric Wright has some tips to help you beat back the forces of distraction, starting with the badge notifications on smartphone apps.
“The badge notifications showing unread account are decreasing your ability to prioritize. That’s a fact. If you have 3 things to do, you can prioritize them with relative ease. If you have 5 you start to run out of ways to prioritize due to amount of time you can think about getting them done in. Move beyond 5 into double and triple digit counts and you are off the rails on ability to prioritize and you are now swimming in attention deficit.”
2. DNS – the treasure trove of information your ISP can see – The Forwarding Plane
SSL/TLS encryption may prevent your ISP from snooping on the content of your transactions, but your ISP can still see what you’re querying and the sites you visit thanks to DNS. And your ISP can also aggregate, mine, and sell this information.
If you’d like to add another layer of privacy to your Internet experience, Nick Buraglio has a post on how to use Pi-Hole and ZeroTier to encrypt the DNS path.
Is it perfect privacy? No. But as Nick writes “The point is really just to get folks thinking about information leaking that they may not have considered. The nature of the internet makes true privacy pretty much impossible, but there are a few ways to make your data a little harder to for companies to compile and capitalize on if you truly don’t want them to.”
3. Setup AWS Transit Gateway – The IT Hollow
The recently announced AWS Transit Gateway allows you to “…connect multiple VPCs together as well as VPN tunnels to on-premises networks through a single gateway device,” writes Eric Shanks.
His post walks through the basics of the offering, and then shows you how to set up the gateway.
4. Not My Problem – Or Should It Be? – Network Phil
If a colleague or customer has a problem or issue that you didn’t cause, what’s your responsibility to them? Phil Gervasi argues that a real professional doesn’t just walk away.
“Instead of a callous “not my problem”, why not make it my problem? That doesn’t always mean taking complete ownership of the issue, but it can mean offering a helping hand or pointing someone in the right direction.”
5. Can I Replace a Commercial Load Balancer with HAProxy? – IP Space
Ivan Pepelnjak addresses the pros and cons of swapping out a vendor load balancer with an open-source option. As always, the first response as to whether you should is “It depends.”
Ivan analyzes those dependencies with his usual insight and biting wit.
1. Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret – NY Times
The New York Times writes “An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrin’s identity was not disclosed in those records, The Times was able to easily connect her to that dot.
The app tracked her as she went to a Weight Watchers meeting and to her dermatologist’s office for a minor procedure. It followed her hiking with her dog and staying at her ex-boyfriend’s home, information she found disturbing.”
2. ACLU’s warning: “Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future” of surveillance – Fast Company
Ding-dong! It’s your Orwellian nightmare.
3. Smart Phone Sales Have Shifted From the Plateau Phase to a Decline -CircleID
CircleID reports that global smartphone sales are trailing off, though some analysts speculate that eventual arrival of 5G will trigger a new round of growth.
4. Dell’Oro: SD-WAN Market Consolidation Led to a Resurgence in Access Router Market – SDX Central
SDX Central writes “After five consecutive quarters of contraction, the enterprise access router market recorded year-over-year growth, largely due to the availability of routers that support SD-WAN. This is according to a recent report from the Dell’Oro group that found the market grew 5 percent in the third quarter of 2018.”
Packet Pushers Blogs & Videos
Are Huawei Products Unsafe or Insecure? A Review – Greg Ferro
Hackers Say SD-WAN Isn’t Secure. Now What?!? – Ethan Banks on YouTube
Industry Blogs & Vendor Announcements
Internet Vulnerability Takes Down Google – ThousandEyes
6 Predictions- Year 2019 Network Management Market – LiveAction
Cumulus Linux in the enterprise campus – Cumulus Networks
AWS Outposts – Amazon
VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts: Cloud Managed SDDC for your Data Center – VMware Cloud Community
AWS Transit Gateway – Amazon Web Services
Introducing AWS Transit Gateway – Amazon
AWS App Mesh – Monitor and Control Microservices – Amazon Web Services
Juniper Networks Announces Intent to Acquire HTBASE – Juniper Networks
Extreme Networks .NEXT Move is Integration with Nutanix – Extreme Networks
Welcome NVMe™/TCP to the NVMe-oF™ Family of Transports – NVM Express
Marriott: Data on 500 Million Guests Stolen in 4-Year Breach – Krebs on Security