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Entries for February 2009

A few weeks ago I was scanning through my daily PowerTips from PowerShell.com and came across one that covered Using COM Objects to Say Hi. In this tip, they describe how to use the Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) to convert text to play through the the windows audio system.  Of course I started tinkering around to see how SAPI sounded with various text strings. Once the novelty of that wore off, the next thing I thought of was how I could extend my PowerShell Twitter library PoshTweet with the SAPI...
Welcome back for another episode of the ABC's of NSM.  What's NSM you say?  We'll go with Network and System Management, but you could throw Security in there as well.  We'll work our way through the alphabet over the next several weeks looking at tools and concepts along the way for all the administrators out there.  By the way, you can thank Joe for the format & Don for the title (I  couldn't for the life of me come up with one.)    Today's letter J is for Jail.  Actually, the *nix command is ...
It’s been a long time since I had the (mis)fortune to sit in a math class, so bear with me while I figure this out. In order to determine my daily budget for the application I am hosting with Google’s App  Engine, I need to sum the results of the standard deviation of the derivative of yesterday’s CPU utilization, multiplied by the bandwidth used divided by pi and then multiple the whole thing by the number of e-mail messages sent by the application. Got that? Go. 5…4…3…2…1 Pencils down. What?...
Owning the stack is important to security, but it’s also integral to a lot of other application delivery functions. And in some cases, it’s downright necessary. Hoff rants with his usual finesse in a recent posting with which I could not agree more. Not only does he point out the wrongness of equating SaaS with “The Cloud”, but points out the importance of “owning the stack” to security. Those that have control/ownership over the entire stack naturally have the opportunity for much tighte...
Today, I decided to take a break away from Twitter and catch up on some of the 1000's of blog posts I'm behind on reading.  So, I launched up Google Reader and came across Scott Hanselman's post on "IE6 Warning - Stop Living In The Past - Get off of IE6".  In his post, he talks about a movement to get folks off the ancient IE6 and onto a more recent, more secure browser.In Scott's post, he showed off some of the stats for his blog revealing that close to 20% of the viewers of his site were using...
Introduction An iRule is a powerful and flexible feature of BIG-IP devices based on F5's exclusive TMOS architecture. iRules provide you with unprecedented control to directly manipulate and manage any IP application traffic. iRules utilizes an easy to learn scripting syntax and enables you to customize how you intercept, inspect, transform, and direct inbound or outbound application traffic. In this series of tech tips, we'll talk about the TCL language, it's usage and control...
Cloud computing and virtualization promises to revolutionize the architectural principles of the data center. Shared resources enable efficiency, but ultimately the dynamism required to achieve such gains in efficiency will cause chaos in a variety of other functions throughout IT. The CIO is in for a rocky road unless a broader set of IT management vendors pave the way for a smooth ride. The (In)accuracy of Forecasting in a Dynamic Environment Organizations rely on the ability to forecast pr...
If you’re looking at standardization and interoperability efforts only as they relate to providers or end-users then you’re not thinking long term nor are you really considering the potential of cloud computing and virtualization to revolutionize data center architectures. In a nutshell, if you equate “cloud” with “providers like Amazon and Google” then you don’t really get the big picture. While the ultimate goal of cloud specifications and standards is to enable interoperability and ease of ...
articleus February 20, 2009 by Dan Matte
Both Radware and Nortel issued press releases yesterday that kick off a process that has been rumored for some time.  Originally news outlets were reporting that Radware was going to purchase Nortel's Metro Ethernet switching business.  When I heard that, it just didn't sound right and prompted me to write this blog entry.  As it turns out, it was the Alteon business that Radware was targeting - the Metro Ethernet rumor just didn't make sense. Since Nortel is in bankruptcy, the Radware announ...
articleus February 20, 2009 by KJ (Ken) Salchow, Jr.
In the last week or so, there have been a lot of ‘client’ announcements: from Asus’s new Eee PCs, Amazon’s new Kindle to this pronouncement that our cars are one step closer to being network nodes.  Interestingly, the Eee PC’s and Kindle both incorporate integrated 3G services in addition to or instead of simple WiFi.  Add to that the myriad of new mobile devices spurred by the iPhone (Android phones, new Blackberry phones, etc.) and it’s increasingly clear that what was once a unifying technolo...
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