Fun and a little mental.
If you’ve been following along the DevCentral team’s journey toward F5
Certification, then you may be aware that we were in Chicago last week for
F5’s Agility 2016 conference and took our 101 Application Delivery
Fundamentals exam. I am happy to report that all of us, Jason, John, Chase
and I, passed our exams. I gotta tell you, it’s a relief since I didn’t
want to title this article, ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.’ Good song but
wanted to avoid that.
We started this excursion back in April (me in March) with the team deciding
to create a study group. Each week we’d tackle a topic with the guidance of
Eric Mitchell’s excellent Study Guide. We worked through the sections and
decided to test our luck with the Certification Team’s mobile testing
center…with the pressure of passing during an F5 event. Imagine the slight
pre-test anxiety going th... (more)
A few years ago, those little iHome alarm clocks started to appear in hotel
rooms. Cool gadgets that you could mount your mobile phone to battery charge
or play the music on the device. We also had a few in our home. They worked
perfectly for the iPhone 4 since the connector was that 1 inch protruding
plug. When I got the iPhone6, those clocks instantly became useless.
Obsolete. At least the phone connector part lost its value.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while.
The rate of obsolescence. The state when an object, technology, service or
practice is no longer needed or wan... (more)
2020 seems to be an important milestone for the Internet of Things. That’s
the year that Cisco says there will be 50 billion connected devices and also
the year Gartner notes that over 50% of major new business processes and
systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things.
That’s the good news.
A recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report says there are 25 connected
devices per 100 inhabitants in the US. Minimum 25 entry points to your
personal information, not counting your front door, personal computers,
compromised ATMs and other data sources. As your con... (more)
As the march to connect each and every noun on this planet continues with a
blistering pace, the various ways, contraptions and sensors used to collect
data is greatly expanding. What once was a (relatively) small collection of
fitness trackers, smartwatches, thermostats, automobiles and surveillance
cameras has grown into a an industry where shirts, shoes, sleeping bags and
even liquor bottles want to gather your info. And most of these devices
monitor silently without you even knowing. According to Ryan Matthew Pierson
over at Readwrite.com, ‘The strength of IoT is in its abili... (more)
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in
networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications
by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon
and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup, loading
complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries.
And because of that, DNS is a precious target and only lags behind http as
the most targeted protocol.
DDoS-ing DNS is an effective way to make the service unavailable. As the
flood of malicious DNS requests hit the infrastructure... (more)
With 2016 crossing the half way point, let’s take a look at some technology
trends thus far.
Breaches: Well, many databases are half empty due to the continued rash of
intrusions while the crooks are half full with our personal information.
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 522
breaches thus far in 2016 exposing almost 13,000,000 records. Many are health
care providers as our medical information is becoming the gold mine of stolen
info. Not really surprising since the health care wearable market is set to
explode in the coming years. Many of... (more)