Chris Marget wrote up a nice piece looking into a similar bug. It’s probably not going to by as hyped as Y2K, but it’s nonetheless important. Because of the 32-bit signed integer used in Unix-based systems, there’s a maximum value of 2.1 billion seconds in the “epoch”, before it basically runs out and started back over at the beginning with 10000000000000000000000000000000. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually about 68 years. Since the Unix epoch begins on January 1, 1970, this means we’re due for an epoch reset around 2038.
Troy Hunt put together a piece outlining some more subdued thoughts on the Cloudflare security bug. It certainly doesn’t underplay the severity, but also avoids sensationalism. It’s a great piece to put the security concerns into perspective, and actually looks at the risk it truly poses.
Ryzen really comes into its own when used for more professional applications. It routinely bests Intel’s fastest Core i7 in video and 3D rendering. This is where the silicon’s 8 cores and 16 threads really come to life. It’s other area of strength is in scientific and engineering applications. It doesn’t all out dominate Intel here, but trades top spots depending on benchmarks. If performance per dollar is important, AMD really separates themselves here.
Before writing for Gestalt IT, most of my experience with technology was on the consumer front. This can put you in a particular mindset. I tended to focus on technology in terms of products. In many ways, while the product lives on and changes as it comes into the hands of the consumer, its generally an end-point of process. Moving into looking at the enterprise made me realize what I was missing. In the enterprise, the process is the technology, and people are part of that process.
If you’ve wanted to try running Docker containers natively on Windows Server? Elton Stoneman has a guide to not just get you started, but to walk you all the way through the process. After going through this, you should be able to easily test out a Windows Server 2016 VM to get started with Docker, […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new version of its most diminutive computer, the Raspberry Pi Zero W. The $10 compute now includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it an ideal starting point for the home IoT tinkerer.