This week's Actuator marks the last edition published during the summer. Soon the leaves will turn brilliant colors, fall to the ground, and bury my new fire pit. With all the planning we did, we never thought about leaves, or snow. The best laid plans, right?


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


Postmortem: VSTS 4 September 2018

A nice review of the Azure outage on the 4th of September. Use this to review your own business continuity planning. Reading between the lines here, I can see that Microsoft was in the process of updating their regions to have better redundancy, but they couldn’t get it done fast enough before they got caught.


Quantum computing is almost ready for business, startup says

If you want to get in on the ground floor of new technology, then quantum computing is your chance. I like the use of prize money to stimulate initial research, but I think they need to make it a bit higher than $1 million.


Torvalds breaks with past, apologises for abrasive behaviour

Admitting you have a problem is the first step. Here’s hoping Linus makes it to the “amends” part. One email will not undo decades of trolling.


Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs

After decades of research, this tech is starting to get more publicity. This tech is how I believe we will develop methods to treat cancer.


Google admits changing phone settings remotely

Instead of “don’t be evil,” maybe Google should try “don’t be careless.”


Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

This is why we can’t have nice things.


The Quest To Find The White Elephant

Every now and then I like to share links that help us all remember the value of living in the moment. This is one of them.


Ah, the annual state fair. Here's a couple hundred turkey legs, ready for delivery to my belly: