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The Actuator – September 19th

Level 17

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:

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43 Comments
rschroeder
Level 21

The turkey looks nicely done.  Occasionaly I see grilled turkey drumsticks at major events that are overcooked.  I like the looks of yours!

rschroeder
Level 21

Regarding the Azure outage, it's another example of impact to customers who relied on the cloud for resilient and reliable access.  In hindsight, those problem areas could (mostly) have been corrected pre-problem.

And the cloud will improve with time.

As will the ability of others to compromise it.

Fool me once . . .

rschroeder
Level 21

I'm in favor of quantum computing!  (Safe, reliable, affordable quantum computing, that is.)

rschroeder
Level 21

What?  An I.T. Geek/Expert/Uber-Master has CLI skills but has difficulty relating to others, and difficulty communicating with people?  He lackings the ability to empathize?

HOW COULD THIS BE POSSIBLE?    IT'S SHOCKING!

(Please forgive my sarcasm.  I work with loads of IT Geeks who are experts in their field, and nice people on top of it, but their communication skills are . . . shall we say . . .  "lacking"?)

rschroeder
Level 21

Learning ways to treat disease or medical problems with cells instead of drugs is fascinating.  I think it's a good thing.

I also think that the world needs to do a better job funding education at all levels so this kind of thinking and knowledge becomes more common.

Wouldn't it be cool to know that you voted for someone who didn't cut taxes, and that resulted in schools having better resources and teachers, and the children who attended those schools learned thinking methods that developed new medical processes that eventually saved your life?

rschroeder
Level 21

When I saw the story about Google messing up settings pushed out to its products' users, I shook my head.  Certainly a mistake.  Definitely a public relations nightmare.  I didn't check closely, but I bet it hurt their stock value, too.

rschroeder
Level 21

Saying "No" to IoT is so simple.  And so worthwhile!

rschroeder
Level 21

Seeking the white elephant?

I'll go with James Taylor's line:  "The secret to life is enjoying the passing of time."

Find ways to enjoy what you're doing.  Even find ways to enjoy disappointing news--like discovering a white elephant is simply dusty with white alkali, and wasn't born white.

And all will be better.

df112
Level 13

As always thanks sqlrockstar​ - you always find interesting links/articles I'd never see otherwise.

Particularly like the White Elephant.  Too many people never realize the ladder they are climbing is leaning against the wrong building (7 habits) or that the they need to enjoy the journey, because that's what they will spend most of their time doing.

df112
Level 13

And in the "you've got to be kidding" department, pwn'ing your network via an IOT outlet is now a thing.  Just wow.  Maybe having light bulbs connected to the net isn't such a great idea after all.

bleggett
Level 12

Hmm - the white elephant link seems to want a linked-in sign-up. 

Mmm - turkey legs.

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Thanks for the links! 

bobmarley
Level 15

"The incident started with a high energy storm, including lightning strikes"

I always thought that lightning and cloud went together like peanut butter and jelly?

bobmarley
Level 15

Spent the whole day Sunday installing smartplugs and now I have to take them out, sigh....

mtgilmore1
Level 13

Finally my trashcan can unlock my doors and turn on my lights.  Sweet. 

df112
Level 13

Went back and read the quantum computing link again when I had more time.  Pretty interesting technology, and one that may prove to be disruptive.  The idea that something can still be useful without being deterministic is an idea that has worked before (think ethernet vice token ring) but it's not intuitive that computing could be used that way and still be useful.

david.botfield
Level 13

Good Articles. Stem cell research could be the saving of us all but has a lot of opposition. Needs to be more transparent to show that the scientists aren't just playing God but actually trying to help.

bobmarley
Level 15

I can see the news, quantum computer mines bitcoin in .00000000003 seconds.

bobmarley
Level 15

Now I know what to do with my old server racks! Turkey leg smokers!

petergwilson
Level 14

I do love it when Microsoft fail.  It's not because I get lots of pleasure from it (I do but that's not the point).  I use it to keep management in check.  Their belief is that everything should be Microsoft because it is the best (good marketing).  It isn't.  I would rather put in the correct stuff for the job and not just go down the path of least resistance (Microsoft).

petergwilson
Level 14

Quantum Computing.  It's nowhere near ready yet.  It probably will get there but maybe in 20 years or so.

petergwilson
Level 14

When have you ever seen a Linux person with social skills.  The two are mutually exclusive.

petergwilson
Level 14

Stem Cells can turn into many different types of cells.  If you can control what they turn into you would have a very good way of replacing dead, damaged or missing cells and be able to cure or manage many many illnesses and diseases.  Pity one of the sources of stem cells are embryos and that attracts a lot of bad publicity.  You can also get them from Adipose (fat cells) so there should be a plentiful supply in the western world.

petergwilson
Level 14

What a surprise.  Google taking control.  It was only a matter of time.

petergwilson
Level 14

Arrrrrghhh.  Smart plugs.  Yet another invention looking for a problem.  And because they are a relatively cheap product there isn't enough spent in R & D to secure them.

petergwilson
Level 14

White elephant.  What were you expecting to find.  I'm happy to see any elephant.

petergwilson
Level 14

Now that's a shame seeing all those Turkey legs going to waist (pun intended).

Jfrazier
Level 18

I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a linux (unix in general) person with social skills....

tinmann0715
Level 16

Every Renfest I get excited for turkey legs and everytime I am reminded that they are oversalted and overcooked and there isn't enough water in the joint to wash away the taste. BLAH!

petergwilson
Level 14

Surely it's Nambia not Namibia.  Donald Trump CAN'T be wrong.  (Yes, I know,  Don't call me Shirley)

rschroeder
Level 21

I just discovered Berkeley Breathed is aware of IoT, and has come up with a new euphemism for it all:

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ScottRich
Level 12

good stuff, thanks!

ecklerwr1
Level 19

Wow that's some HUGE pieces of meat!

vinay.by
Level 16

Cool article

vinay.by
Level 16

Postmortem: VSTS 4 September 2018 - Hmm

vinay.by
Level 16

Quantum computing is almost ready for business, startup says - Interesting and Good

vinay.by
Level 16

Torvalds breaks with past, apologises for abrasive behaviour -

vinay.by
Level 16

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

vinay.by
Level 16

Google admits changing phone settings remotely - Terminator

vinay.by
Level 16

Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV - after reading this I am not sure what to comment on, is it a new era where every step needs to be thoughtful or every new thing we build need to be full proofffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff ufffffffffffff

vinay.by
Level 16

The Quest To Find The White Elephant - this is a wonderful article

vinay.by
Level 16

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

sparda963
Level 12

I think it is a side effect from being in the IT field and being an expert at something. The same thing that happens to a surgical specialist that saves lives on a regular basis, they may develop a god complex. The pro athlete who becomes a bit of a dbag. The list goes on and on. For us IT folks, it appears that we start losing the ability properly communicate with people.

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 15 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.