Worth Reading: Review: S5648X-2Q4Z Switch

14 December 2022


After receiving an e-mail from a newer China based switch OEM, I had a chat with their founder and learned that the combination of switch silicon and software may be a good match for IPng Networks.

Worth Reading: On the 49th anniversary of documenting TCP/IP

14 December 2022


Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn’s seminal paper on IEEE transactions on communications was received on 5 November 1973 and published in May 1974. It was the public release of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) without any explicit mention of the Internet Protocol (IP) to which it is now bound (for a good reason; they hadn’t invented it yet!).

Worth Reading: How does Starlink compare to broadband?

13 December 2022


After years of development and almost three years of successful and continuous launches of more than 2,500 satellites, Starlink is gaining a reputation for providing a much-needed viable broadband alternative to remote regions not served by traditional providers.

Worth Reading: The Obscure DNS

13 December 2022


The DNS lies in a relatively obscure part of the Internet. Unlike browsers and the World Wide Web, or the social network applications, the DNS is not exactly prominent, or even visible to users.

Worth Reading: Thinking about taking your computer to the repair shop? Be very afraid

12 December 2022


If you’ve ever worried about the privacy of your sensitive data when seeking a computer or phone repair, a new study suggests you have good reason. It found that privacy violations occurred at least 50 percent of the time, not surprisingly with female customers bearing the brunt.

Worth Reading: How open source is revitalizing the payphone

12 December 2022


Phones aren’t really phones any more, they’re literal computers. This has enabled some amazing technology, but many people wonder whether we’ve lost something by giving up the concept of public phones. The PhilTel project in Philadelphia is seeking to change the trajectory of phone communication by reviving some old concepts.

Worth Reading: The Legacy of Peer-to-Peer Systems

8 December 2022


Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems became famous at the turn of the millennium, mostly due to their support for direct file sharing among users.

Worth Reading: How Do Sanctions Impact the Internet?

8 December 2022


As the Internet is still relatively new, lots of questions remain to be answered as to what effect sanctions might have on its use, and how easy it will be for the organisations who help keep it running to do their work while remaining sanction compliant.

Worth Reading: Users unprepared for inevitable cloud outages

7 December 2022


But many users aren’t taking basic steps to ensure their mission-critical applications can endure relatively frequent availability zone outages.

Worth Reading: Why is this all happening at once?

7 December 2022


Watching this surge of mass layoffs in big tech companies, plus the lurid chaos unfolding at Twitter over the past few weeks and the spectacular ongoing implosion of crypto, the big question on my mind is: Why is it all happening at once?