I hope everyone enjoyed a nice holiday weekend with friends and family. This week marks the 2nd anniversary for The Actuator. Every week, for two years, I've produced an odd assortment of links for you to enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to read them. Here's to the next two years.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


Former Uber Backup Driver: 'We Saw This Coming'

Given Uber's track record in, well, just about everything, I guess we should have seen this coming. And I'm not talking about the accident. No, I mean the number of people looking to pile on Uber right now and remind everyone that Uber isn't the best-run company.


Microsoft starts rolling out Azure Availability Zones for datacenter failure protection

One of the differences between Azure and AWS data center architecture has to do with availability zones. Microsoft is closing that gap, fast. It won't be long before Azure and AWS are nearly identical in services.


Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service

Cloudflare is offering free DNS service. I applaud the effort, but I remain skeptical of any company that provides a service such as DNS for free. It's all about the data, folks. If you use the internet, someone is tracking your data, for one reason or another.


Using Machine Learning to Improve Streaming Quality at Netflix

Another brilliant piece from the Netflix blog, this time showing a practical use case for machine learning and network streaming quality. So, the next time someone wants to know about a practical use case for machine learning, I'm going to show them this.


Machine Learning for kids

And since I'm talking about machine learning, here's a great website to help kids (or anyone) get started. You might want to take some data from your favorite monitoring tool and use it in one of the projects here. Who knows, you may be able to build a model that can predict the next time Brad is about to drop a production database... again.


Georgia Passes Anti-Infosec Legislation

From the state where the capital city government allowed itself to be attacked by ransomware virus that was two years old, you are now forbidden to test websites for security flaws. Suddenly I understand why Atlanta was held for ransom.


It's April and snowing so I need to remind everyone that spring is just around the corner: