With Christmas just under two weeks away most of the corporate world is in what I call "holiday mode", that period of time when work needs to get done but the urgency wanes as everyone is forced to balance work and holiday tasks. Toss in a few snow days that close or delay school and it's easy to see how work schedules can be hectic for a period of time well beyond the holiday season.

 

Of course that won't stop me from putting together the Actuator each week. So here's a bunch of links I found on the Intertubz that you may find interersting, enjoy!

 

'Crime as a Service' a Top Cyber Threat for 2017

Just a reminder that things can, and will, get worse before they get better.

 

Microsoft to offer option of 16 years of Windows Server, SQL Server support through new Premium Assurance offer

Just what we wanted for Christmas, six more years of supporting Windows 2008 and SQL Server 2008!

 

Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure

Because I like maps and I think you should too, here's one showing roads, railroads, and even the state of disrepair of our bridges. I'd like to see these same graphs over time, to get a sense if we are falling further behind on infrastructure upkeep.

 

Who needs traditional storage anymore?

Eventually we will reach a point where all the "nerd knobs" are taken away. We won't be tuning hardware. The traditional resource bottlenecks (memory, CPU, disk, network) will be out of our hands.

 

We’re set to reach 100% renewable energy — and it’s just the beginning

Say what you want about Google, but their efforts in this area are quite admirable.

 

How I detect fake news - O'Reilly Media

The downside to this is the amount of effort it takes to verify a story. Trusted resources are hard to come by these days. This is especially true when most "news" programming is essentially editorials and opinions. Gone are the days of merely reporting on an event, now we are subjected to an endless (and mindless) spouting of opinions AS facts, leading to mass confusion for everyone.

 

Using AWS Lambda to call and text you when your servers are down

Hey folks, I just wanted you to know that tools like this already exist. No need to reinvent the wheel here, you know.

 

A primer on blockchain

In case you were wondering what all the hype was about blockchain, here's an easily digestible infographic.

 

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator

In case you needed to provide some data to your CFO on reasons to migrate to the cloud.

 

Last week in Orlando I delivered 4 sessions in 3 days at 2 events, but this was by far my favorite:

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