I *just* realized that it’s October and I can’t believe 2018 is almost in our rear-view mirror. Christmas will be here soon, folks; might be worth getting an early start on making your lists.

 

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

 

Cloudera and Hortonworks announce $5.2 billion merger

I see this merger as a sign that AWS and Azure are slowing choking the life out of companies that offer niche services. As the AWS and Azure menu grows, we should expect more stories like this, and see these companies as ones on borrowed time.

 

Supply Chain Security Speculation

One of the better threads on SuperMicro, and is updated with recent articles to help track the shifting story. “…never ever expose IPMI interfaces to the Internet. Unless you want hackers, because that’s how you get hackers.” Truth.

 

Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever

Please talk with your family, especially elderly parents, about such scams. A 10-minute conversation with you today can save a lot of heartache later.

 

The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”

Data growing at 4PB a year? I will not complain again about my users hoarding data, ever. Or, if I do, I promise to say “things could be worse.”

 

Tiny Gecko Makes "a Bazillion" Phone Calls From Inside Hawaiian Animal Hospital

I have no idea how this is possible, because I can't never place ONE call from a conference room. Is it 9 to dial out? 8? Nothing?

 

Entire broadband industry sues California to stop net neutrality law

Wow, those broadband companies must really care about what’s best for the consumer, and that’s why they are all coming together to fight the law California passed. Right?

 

More falsehoods programmers believe about time; “wisdom of the crowd” edition

For anyone that has ever had to code or support an application or system that spanned multiple timezones.

 

Everyone is excited about THWACKcamp this year: