Software is a curious thing. Despite the best of developer intentions, sometimes projects take on an entirely different life than how they were envisioned. You don’t have to look much farther than the containerization of IT to see how something can take off in unexpected ways. Or maybe you’ve heard of the “(free) operating system […]
As a former Linux/OSS hippie, I’ve known about FreeNAS for a while. I first gave it a try a few years ago. Lifehacker had an article about using it to turn an old PC into a home server. A combination of an aging Celeron CPU, a terrible ISP-provided router, and my inability to properly setup a […]
Nutanix has a big pile of IPO money just sitting around, and Tom Hollingsworth knows what they should do with it: buy Plexxi. Now Plexxi might not be the hottest company in the world, but I like Tom’s logic. Nutanix is all about their over-the-top software defined network offering, they really . don’t care about […]
It’s obvious by now that even though Apple is the most profitable PC maker, they have little interest in competing in a yearly refresh cycle. This is especially true on the desktop front, where the company hasn’t released a product refresh on any of their lines for over 400 days. Even when they do, they often iterate on timeworn designs, with their most radical redesign being the trashcan-inspired Mac Pro in 2013. So whenever Apple doesn’t simply bump processor and memory specifications, it’s notable. Enter the 2016 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.
They say that education is a form of indoctrination. Personally, I think that’s a little dramatic, but there’s a kernel of truth in the phrase. Learning is not directionless. It comes from someone or something with a perspective, which effects how and what you are learning. I suppose in a Platonic universe there would be […]
Secondary storage sounds safe enough, but James Green brings to light the salient problem of dark data. Just so it’s understood, let’s define secondary storage as anything that isn’t considered mission critical for your business on a day to day level. Most of this would include backups, but it also could include archival data, test/dev, […]
You never forget your first love. Whether it’s a high school sweetheart, your first car, your first Linux distribution. The first file system I ever fell in love with was ZFS. Before that, file systems were a total bore, whether it was FAT32 on my Creative Zen MP3 player, NTFS on my Windows box, or […]
Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow there will probably be new networking products that change they way you view the space! Not exactly catchy I know. But that’s what David Varnum was feeling after seeing the latest from Apstra. So what is Apstra? Easy, an intent-driven data center networking company! Oh, you’d like that […]
Nick Janetakis takes us down the long and winding road of not buying a MacBook Pro. As someone who recently went down a similar thought process and ultimately bit the Cupertino bullet, I can really relate. Nick was looking to ungrade his development environment, which currently relies on a combination of Windows and virtualized Xubuntu. […]
Nothing like realizing you’re already surrounded by Internet of Things devices while reading about profound insecurity in the still nascent ecosystem!