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Facebook exploit is not unique

#DDoS #infosec Facebook isn't unique in the ability to use it to attack a third party, it's just more effective.   This week's "bad news" with respect to information security centers on Facebook and the... Read more
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The Applications of Our Lives

The Internet of Things will soon become The Internet of Nouns There are a few 'The ______ of Our Lives' out there: Days. Time. Moments. Love. They define who we are, where we've been and where we are going. And today, many of those... Read more
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Why Layer 7 Load Balancing Doesn’t Suck

Alternative title: Didn’t We Resolve This One 10 Years Ago? There’s always been a bit of a disconnect between traditional network-focused ops and more modern, application-focused ops when it comes to infrastructure architecture. The arguments... Read more
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The Real News is Not that Facebook Serves Up 1 Trillion Pages a Month…

It’s how much load that really generates and how it scales to meet the challenge. There’s some amount of debate whether Facebook really crossed over the one trillion page view per month threshold. While one report says it did, another... Read more
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The Level of Uptime – Increasing Pressure Syndrome

When I was earning my bachelors, I joined the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and through them, several special interest groups. One of those groups was SIGRISK, which focused on high-risk software engineering. At the time the focus wa... Read more
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F5 Web Media On-Demand

We’ve had some exciting announcements of late, like the BIG-IP Edge Gateway and the BIG-IP LTM VE, and lots of great content has been developed to highlight the benefits of these solutions.   It’s been a while since I’ve updated you... Read more
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Next-Generation Management of Data Centers Should be Modeled on Social Networking

Should the next generation management of network and application network devices look and act more like Facebook and Twitter? Infrastructure 2.0 could take us there. Y ou may think I’m kidding and certainly I make this proposal with some amount... Read more
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WARNING: Security Device Enclosed

If you aren’t using all the security tools at your disposal you’re doing it wrong. How many times have you seen an employee wave on by a customer when the “security device enclosed” in some item – be it DVD, CD, or clothing – sets off the alarm... Read more
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Social Media – Friend or Foe

Social Networks are now part of our society for better or worse.  It has allowed us to both connect with current friends and find pals from the past; it offers businesses another outlet for marketing and sales; it allows us to collaborate,... Read more
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Meh. It’s Just Data.

All the applause over Google’s Data Liberation Front announcement and blogs is making my head hurt. Or maybe that’s the lack of sleep. Either way, it’s disconcerting to me that so many bright people are choosing to make much of what is just a... Read more
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Linux is Not the Answer to Security Problems

Malicious links served up in a browser are OS agnostic. They don’t care about the OS because the target is people, not technology. In response to the problem of links and trust put forth in a recent post a reader replies that the answer to “evil... Read more
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Can You Teach an Old Developer New Tricks?

When SOA was declared dead there was a spate of articles and blogs on why the architecture “died.” Most pundits came to the conclusion that like many innovations it wasn’t the technology to blame but rather people. Architects lacked the skills to... Read more
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Is Social Media a Hostile Work Environment?

The blurring of professional and personal lives in social media and the rush of organizations to “join in” may create just that. Almost every modern organization has behavioral policies known as “zero-tolerance” these days. These policies are... Read more
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The Web 2.0 Botnet: Twisting Twitter and Automated Collaboration

Collaborating automatically via Web 2.0 APIs is a beautiful thing. I can update status on Twitter and it will automagically propagate to any number of social networking sites: Facebook. FriendFeed. MySpace. LinkedIn. If I had to do it all... Read more
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Cloud Fail: Who and How is more important than What and Where

According to the definition of cloud computing used by Avanade for a recently released and often cited study on the use of cloud computing, I could claim to be a cloud computing provider. And so could you. Basically, so could just about everyone... Read more
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Elvis is alive! He just logged into Facebook, or did he?

The case of Laura Dean has been treated as a “wake up call” to the millions of users of social networking sites. At first glance it appears there is nothing that Facebook (or any other social media site) could have done to prevent the theft and... Read more
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Activity Streams - The future of on-line status updates

Google, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, Nokia, Comcast - all in one room. Either the complete domination of the Internet is being plotted, or these giants are getting together to talk about Social Media. Last Thursday, January 8th, representatives from... Read more
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Acceleration ABCs - O is for Outages (Otherwise Known as Oops)

Having a site unavailable is probably worse than having a slow loading page.  Outages can occur for multiple reasons such as an overloaded back end server, an upgrade that didn't go as planned, or a power outage at the data centre. ... Read more
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Mashup: SDBP Boston, Caching and iRules - oh my!

Whew! It's been a whirlwind of a couple weeks.  Between the annual F5 sales conference, where Joe and I presented to a bunch of awesome F5 techies, followed immediately by a very cool trip to present with the famed Lori at the SD Best... Read more
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Old and busted: RSS feeds. New hotness: Followers.

According to Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion, I must be way more geeky than your average consumer. (Thanks, Steve!) That's because I'm using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and Google to peruse myriad feeds in my daily quest to "read... Read more
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Google, Twitter and Other Web Giants Change Political Debate Forever

Google, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, iTunes - They've all been changing the way that the average person goes about their day for a long time now. The thing that sets these monolithic figures in technological history apart from others is that... Read more
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Taco Tuesday with Jason Hoffman, Joyent CTO

So it looks like Joe and I are going to have to take a trip down to San Fran to check out Nick's Crispy Tacos with Jason Hoffman, CTO and co-founder of Joyent. Jason puts on a "Taco Tuesday" on the third Tuesday of just about every... Read more
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