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Guest Post: Pluto, A Once-In-A-Lifetime-Event

July 14, 2015 4 comments

By Landon Curt Noll

Pluto, 2015 (NASA)

I want to call your attention to a significant event in our solar system: for the first time in history a spacecraft called New Horizons will pass by the Double Dwarf Planet pair Pluto and Charon. Read more…

Lies, Damn Lies, and IT Consultants on FCoE

June 5, 2015 4 comments

This will be short, but sweet.

Recently, on June 2, a blog from an independent IT firm went viral concerning Cisco and support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Bizarrely, the blog stated that Cisco was no longer developing, nor supporting, FCoE products.

This is not true.

Unfortunately, it caused quite a bit of unnecessary consternation among partners, customers, and colleagues.

Allow me to state, categorically, that Cisco has a long, varied, and deep FCoE development roadmap. Not only that, but Cisco is working closely with industry partners to expand and continue FCoE application in new Data Center paradigms.

This 3rd party company – who shall not be named so as not to dignify the claim – merely sought to generate attention for themselves. I’ll leave the ethical nature of their decision to promote this falsehood up to the reader.

Gonna need better bait

Gonna need better bait

One more time for those in the back:

Cisco continues to develop and support FCoE technology, products, and solutions, and has a prime investment for the future. 

When companies do unethical things

When companies do unethical things

[Note: This was originally posted on Cisco’s blog sites, but was removed due to scheduling issues. Nevertheless, this is official Cisco policy regarding FCoE as of this writing.]

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Enrico Signoretti Is Not A Writer (For Real) – an FCoE Allegory

“What? Yes he is!”

“No, he isn’t. For real.”

“He’s still writing blogs!”

“Yeah, but no one reads them.” Read more…

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FCC Announces “Net Neutrality” Order

Net Neuter-ality?

Net Neuter-ality?

The FCC today released it’s “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet” order, a.k.a. “Net Neutrality.”

Weighing in at nearly 600 pages, it is a monstrous behemoth. It’s important to note that the order was not unanimous among the commissioners (3-2).

Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly dissenting and issuing separate statements and included as an addendum inside the document. The contents of this dissent will be important for any legal challenges to the ruling.

Looks like I have a little light reading to do. I’ll post the links to the dissenting opinions when they’re published.

Update: 2015.03.13. The Register has posted a two-part quick-and-dirty summation of the rules. Part 1. Part 2.

Synology DSM 5.2 Beta Could Be A Big Deal

March 12, 2015 5 comments

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Synology. The company has always, always treated me well. In fact if more companies acted like Synology did, I think that we’d have a lot of very happy consumers out there. SynologyLogo_enu_no_slogan_for_web It’s also no secret that I simply do not trust “The Cloud” for securing personal data. As I’ve said before on the Speaking in Tech podcast I have significant doubts as to how much anyone will protect my data as much as I want them to. I know that Scott Lowe has also searched for ways on how to manage encrypted backups as well. The convoluted means by which you have to do this is infuriating. Today Synology announced a number of enhancements to their DSM 5.2 beta that I’m just chomping at the bit to try out that will hopefully put my personal paranoid fears to rest, once and for all. (Yeah, well, maybe not. But hopefully close!) Read more…

Balancing Act: The Struggle Between Orality and Linearity in Computer-Mediated Communication

This is a recovery of a peer-reviewed article published in 1996 in the New Jersey Journal of Communication (now the Atlantic Journal of Communication).

Full Citation:

Metz, J. M. (1996). Balancing act: The struggle between orality and linearity in computer mediated communication. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 4, 61-70.000

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A Brief History of the Internet

March 6, 2015 1 comment
Dramatic, but untrue.

Dramatic, but untrue.

You probably thought that the Internet was created to survive a nuclear attack. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the true origins of the Internet had no military usage whatsoever.

How do I know? I talked to several people who actually created the Internet (well, it was called the ARPANET back then). I took the material from those conversations, as well as other primary and secondary historical sources, and prepared a chronological description of how the Internet (as we knew it in 1994) came into being. Granted, this is a predominantly US-centric historical account – much work was being done in England and France at the same time, but their influence was beyond the scope of the paper.

This history is incredibly valuable. For example, it’s important to note that in today’s debate about Net Neutrality and government intervention, the story of the Internet’s development is a key component that is overlooked. Many of the metaphors used in 2015 about what the “Internet is for” and “why it exists” are, quite simply, dead wrong. Having a better understanding of the history of the (arguably) most important technological development since the Gutenberg printing press can, and should, provide a solid foundation for that debate.

Note: This is a peer-reviewed academic paper presented to the American Historical Association in October, 1995. It is also text prepared for, but ultimately excised from, my doctoral dissertation. In an effort to preserve the text it has been reprinted here, but artifacts from the original digital file (which was heavily corrupted) may remain.  Read more…

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