Circle City Con 7.0

Continuing our year after year record breaking attendance, CircleCityCon 7.0 promises to test our limits and deliver to you a conference unique from all the others.

Since Circle 1 we have delivered trainings for free with the option to reserve a seat for a modest fee. Since Circle 2 we brought the arcades in. Since Circle 3 we have put on fun themes and stories attendees will enjoy participating in, or feel free to ignore, since Circle 4 we have put on game shows, since Circle 5 we have started adding to the villages with a hardware hacking village, we continued that in Circle 6 adding the biohacking and blue team village. We also started a job fair which we hope to continue.

What will CircleCityCon 7.0 be like? What will we do? What wonders and amazing features do we have to release? ……. Not even we know.

But in August, we will give you a peek…….

A network analogy

As I was working on some other articles a simple analogy came to me. The folks who build roads are rarely the people who build houses. As such, the server folks who build the digital houses typically don’t build the access networks. For you old-timers, this would be the information superhighway.

So why is this important in the modern world? I know servers and can build networks you say. This is true. However, to be the best you have to pick own discipline. I have been in the network space for many years now. As time goes on I find myself more out of touch with the latest ways of doing virtualization, the fastest ram for servers, and even the best server technologies. When I do spin up servers I find myself doing a basic job at it. Does it work? In the scenarios, I build them in it does. Is it the best? No. There are server admins out there who can run laps around me and I am fine with that.

As the modern world becomes more and more complex we will see a curve in the current disciplines. Cisco and others have been talking about “network programmability” for a while now. However, those technologies are not there. there is more and more automation happening each day. Some of the automation depends on the time and budget of the company. Does your company have the time for their network admins to invest in automation as a priority? Some of the larger companies have an easier time answering yes to this. Others do not.

We will see more focused disciplines until we get on the backside of this curve. On the backside, we will see more complex operations handled either by automation or high-level admins. This leaves time for others to become more versed in other aspects of network and server management.

Three Spacelink Satellites just floating

SpaceX has lost contact with three satellites in its new Starlink orbiting network, with the errant craft now destined to fall out of orbit and burn up in the atmosphere. 

Granted, they launched 60 satellites and only three have been lost so far. That is a 5% failure rate so far.

Udemy for the I.T. Professional

For those of you who are not familiar with, it is an online e-learning website.  what I like about is a couple of things.

  1. They have a mobile app that loads quite well.  If you are doing a certification course you can download and listen on the go.  Sure, the courses are video-enabled but if you are like me, I go through the courses a couple of times.
  2. The run a fair amount of sales, especially around holidays. You can get a course for as low as $9.

I am going to start a new series of posting a Udemy course each week for the Patreon folks.  this will be a hand-selected course I have either taken or have an interest in.

Mikrotik RouterOS 6.43 and older notes

For those of you running newer routerOS versions you should be aware of this.

Downgrading to any version prior to v6.43 (v6.42.12 and older) will clear all user passwords and allow password-less authentication. Please secure your router after downgrading.

I am not sure when this actually started as it shows up in the changelog of 6.45beta62. I am going to assume this starts at 6.45 once it’s released.

SouthWest ISP regional meetup July 12, 2019

This meeting is open to any and all Internet Service Providers in Texas, as well as anyone else willing to come to our Great State! You don’t have to be a WISPA member to attend. Come meet with fellow operators, see all the greatness of the Ericsson Headquarters, and hear topics from various knowledge experts.