The entire team at Glo Networks wishes you all a very happy holiday. Now that the politeness is over let the real party begin; Interesting Links of the Week!
- With the release of Tron you’d have to expect some news from an IT company about how the original film shaped our childhood passion for computers. Thankfully I’ll spare you the inane rabbiting of several nerds. Instead I’ll tell you that the original Tron film’s greatest legacy is Perlin noise. In short it’s a method to help create textures, on the fly, increasing realism and decreasing storage requirements. Both computer games and films still use this technique to this day.
- On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a new IE 0-day [exploit].
- IBM being IBM are making some interesting predictions this Christmas. Ok, so they’ve not been entirely spot on recently, but who is? I for one will welcome our new holographic robot overlords, powered by air breathing batteries.
- IBM promises faster, high capacity, memory, called Racetrack. Ok, so the name isn’t great, but it does look like very promising tech.
- Skype are now reporting that they’ve finally recovered from their major outage problems, which began on Wednesday. I will say that we’re still having the odd sign in problem here at Glo Networks towers, but thankfully it’s nothing customer-service affecting – just incase you wanted to call us!
- When considering Cloud Computing services you want to ensure that you’re not just considering technical requirements. Something that we’ve discovered some of our clients seem to be forgetting is that you need to consider just how much you trust your cloud provider. This week Microsoft BPOS (that’s Business Productivity Online Suite – soon to be Office365) leaked data. Thankfully, this time, it’s not a massive amount – just offline address books.
- With IPv4 addresses getting even closer to running low, and the end of the year coming up, BGPMon.net have published their findings on how well the world is getting on with IPv6 deployment. Whilst we’re not yet publically IPv6 accessible this is something that we’re working on here at Glo Networks. Like many people the problem that we’re encountering is one of a chicken and egg scenario. It’s not just carriers, colocation and dedicated server providers – hardware, software and best practises are still profoundly lacking.