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Published: 2017-04-26T22:55-07:00

 



The ghost in the machine

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:40:15 GMT

There is a life cycle that everyone goes through. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, black, white or any colour in between ( in terms of total transparency I am a pasty white lacking vitamin D type of colour) the life cycle for all of us is the same.

 

Normally that would be the end of it. We start our existence with a few seconds of joy from our parents and hopefully,




The written word is dying.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:55:20 GMT

There was a time once when we didn't communicate by language. We used a system of grunts, groans and posturing to get our points across. We also fought off sabre toothed cats and hunted woolly mammoths.

 

Since then our communication skills have progressed, somewhat. I am sure you all know people who communicate mainly through grunts and hand gestures. I have been guilty of




Origins of Linking LANs

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:05:51 GMT

In an organizational context, networks provided the means for allowing the computing power available to be used to its most complete extent.



Fileless Malware: You should already be prepared

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:36:36 GMT

The buzzword "fileless malware" is increasingly causing fear, uncertainty, and doubt. But we should already have controls in place.



IGMP: Managing Host Group Tables

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:17:08 GMT

If the underlying hardware supports multicast, IP uses the hardware multicast facility to send and receive IP multicast datagrams.



IGMP: Host Group Tables

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:48:53 GMT

A typical implementation will keep the host group information for all interfaces in a single, global table.



IGMP: Multicast Processing in IP

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:42:09 GMT

IP uses Class D addresses for multicast delivery. Conceptually, a Class D address defines a set of hosts that all receive a copy of any datagram sent to the address.



LANs and the Early Days of Office Automation

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:13:17 GMT

In the effort to find out how microcomputers were being used, even as early as 1982, as well as to refine further the meaning of "office automation," respondents to a survey were asked to list the uses their organizations made of micro computers.



DEC Ethernet Messages

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:58:21 GMT

The Ethernet Data Link has one type of message or frame. The construction and processing of frames is the result of the data-encapsulation function of the Data Link layer. The sub-functions of framing include addressing and error detection.



Light Java- a Next Generation Container Chassis for APIs and Microservices

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:24:42 GMT

Building the fastest API and Microservice infrastructure



MicroManagers

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:35:00 GMT

How do you deal with a Micro-Managing supervisor? I have seen a number of these in the past and present.



Love you to bits

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:00:31 GMT

It's true. I love your bits, I love your bytes and I would like to nibble you all day long.

 

Ok, seriously, before you all get carried away here what I am really referring to is our love of technology. It seems that we absolutely love it and we can't drag ourselves away from it.

 

But what does technology do for us? Under the pretence of bringing us together,




Where is the remote?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:50:14 GMT

When I was a young whipper snapper and still wet behind the ears I was the original remote control. In other words, we would be watching television and my parents would be telling me to change the channel and I would have to get up and do it.

 

Same thing as when I wanted to watch my own television. If I wanted a different channel I would have to get up and turn the dial. My




Need more power!

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:39:07 GMT

I feel week, lacking energy and I need to find some place where I can take a break, sit down and charge up my phone. It never used to be like this. When I first got my phone it could go three days without needing a charging fix. Now it is struggling to get through the day on a single charge, sometimes even needing a top up to be able to keep going.

 

I thought it was all the




Technology to create technology

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:57:40 GMT

It may not be called Skynet, well at least not yet and most probably never will be, however, a rose by any other name is still a rose.

 

What am I rambling on about you may ask? I recently read that Toyota is trying to use artificial intelligence to be able to create better batteries. That is, to my mind, not much different to asking our farmers to create better yields per crop




One thing to rule them all.

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:26:43 GMT

One thing to rule them all, one thing to find them. One thing to bring them all and in the dock to bind them. Golem golem.

 

In case you have been living under a rock or have no interest in fantasy at all, the mangled text above is part of a poem from the Lord of the Rings. Written by probably the best fantasy writer of all time, Tolkien.

 

In this fellowship




A lifetime of technology

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:55:59 GMT

I have almost reached the half century mark. I have almost earned my right to be a grumpy old man but I am not ready yet. I still feel young, heck if I were to feel any younger they would be asking me for my id at the bottle shops. This means that I have seen a lifetime of technological improvements and I have to say they have been stunning.

 

I can remember as a child that




Why do electronics fail?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:55:40 GMT

Technology is a very interesting thing. Most of it is run by electrons, as are we actually, and, apart from mechanical movements required, there are no moving parts at all.

 

Yet sometimes, for no apparent reason, electronics can, and do fail. Occasionally in a spectacular fashion that can do justice to any sulphur, carbon and saltpetre mixture.

 

In




Digital right leaves no digital left

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:39:03 GMT

One thing which really gets my goat (which is silly really because I don't have a goat, I have a cat) is this Digital Rights Management. As far as I am concerned it is as useless as the nipples on my chest (Now try and get that image out of your head, you're welcome).

 

What purpose is digital rights management supposed to achieve? As far as I can understand it it is a method




We can all be webheads

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:56:05 GMT

The term webhead is an affectionately derogative name for The Amazing Spiderman (tm). Well, at least I think so :) As much as I would like super powers myself I somehow just can't seem to see myself volunteering to be bitten by a radioactive spider. I would be more likely to do a crazy dance trying to stomp its little head in.

 

As you probably know the man of fast cars and




If Muad'Dib were real

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:19:16 GMT

You may have read the book, you may have watched the movie or even played the game. Personally, I have done all three of those things. What the heck am I talking about? I am, of course, referring to the classical science fiction story of Dune!

 

In this story, there is a character called Muad'Dib who uses sound as a weapon. His very name in fact. Something like this is




The Impact of Digital's DNA on LANs

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:10:31 GMT

DEC's implementation of Ethernet was sufficiently important to its view of networking. As a note, DEC was bought out by Compaq which was later acquired by HP.



Historical IBM Microcomputer Hardware/Software LAN Products

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:55:56 GMT

The concept of an overarching connectivity architecture such as SAA was one approach to managing these compromises. One clearly evident (if not explicitly stated) IBM strategy in managing outside competition was to coopt popular technology.



Systems Application Architecture (SAA) Part 2

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:32:38 GMT

The only session service protocol family supported in the initial announcement was LU 6.2. As I have noted in previous posts, LU 6.2 is a program-to-program communication protocol.



Systems Application Architecture (SAA) Part 1

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:44:53 GMT

Common communications support was designed to interconnect SAA applications, systems, networks, and devices.



WikiLeaks and the Reality of US Cybersecurity Capabilities

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:31:00 GMT

Who watches the watchers? I do.



Advance Program-to-Program Communication (APPC) and LU 6.2 Part 2

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:57:19 GMT

Another addition to APPC-related products was advanced peer-to-peer networking (APPN), which was an extension to SNA. APPN featured:



Advance Program-to-Program Communication (APPC) and LU 6.2 Part 1

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:30:13 GMT

Technically, processor in this context means an execution environment supplied by a Logical Unit. Facilities are furnished for LU-to-LU and LU-to-SSCP conversations.



The Impacts of IBM's SNA Networking on LANs Part 5

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:19:27 GMT

PU-T2.1 was defined in 1983 and is designed for peer-to-peer coupling (for PCs, for example) or subarea routing. The former is, in principle, nonmediated?that is, it is not necessary for routing through VTAM or NCP, although two PCs communicating with one another through different SNA cluster controllers will probably have to pass through the Communications FEP.



The Impacts of IBM's SNA Networking on LANs Part 4

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:22:14 GMT

Support for resource sharing is particularly important since in a modern data communications network one primary objective is (or should be) extensive connectivity among end-users and devices.