APIs aren’t apps: Make them as thin and light as possible

APIs aren’t apps: Make them as thin and light as possible

For fast and scalable APIs, forget the heavy frameworks and go lean

03/23/15

Life after virtualization: More data center tech for less

Life after virtualization: More data center tech for less

VMware’s vSphere 6 release marks the end of one chapter of the virtualization story, but another has already begun

03/16/15

Bash is more powerful than you think

Bash is more powerful than you think

Perl, Python, and Ruby modules can ease development for large projects, but Bash is simpler and better for many tasks

03/09/15

Snowed in? That’s why you set up remote access

Snowed in? That’s why you set up remote access

Remote power control, automated network testing, and plenty of error checking are almost as good as being there

03/02/15

Lenovo Superfish: Corporate greed meets cluelessness

Lenovo Superfish: Corporate greed meets cluelessness

Lenovo undermined its customers' Internet security either accidentally or on purpose; which is worse?

02/23/15

Lenovo shows us why we need to reinvent Web security

Lenovo shows us why we need to reinvent Web security

What was Lenovo thinking? We can only hope the company's disastrous decision to install adware on laptops that opens users to attack will inspire the industry to revamp SSL

02/19/15

Have you hugged your server today?

Disposable IT means never having to fix a broken server, and perhaps never having to know how to fix it

02/16/15

One small step for the FCC ...

One small step for the FCC ...

And one giant leap for the ISPs? Changes in the wake of the proposed Title II regulations may take longer than you think

02/09/15

Tom Wheeler makes history with full-on Net neutrality proposal

Tom Wheeler makes history with full-on Net neutrality proposal

Internet freedom at last! FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal is for full Title II reclassification for ISPs, defining ISPs as utilities and preventing fast-lane profiteering

02/04/15

More bandwidth! The FCC defines broadband right at last

More bandwidth! The FCC defines broadband right at last

With the new classification of broadband as 25Mbps down, 3Mbps up, the heart of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler also seems six times bigger

02/02/15

From bad to worse: Down the rabbit hole of bad network design

From bad to worse: Down the rabbit hole of bad network design

A series of cascading design woes threatens to overwhelm what should be a simple setup for a small-business network

01/26/15

Let it rain: The triumph of trickle-down tech

Let it rain: The triumph of trickle-down tech

Trickle-down doesn't work so well for economies, but it makes for great low-cost networking and storage gear

01/19/15

2015: The year the battle for Net neutrality ends

2015: The year the battle for Net neutrality ends

One way or another, the Internet will change in 2015; let's hope it's for the better

01/05/15

You should be running a pfSense firewall

You should be running a pfSense firewall

Fast and feature-rich pfSense may be the best firewall bar none -- and it's free and open source

12/22/14

Get started with FreeBSD: A brief intro for Linux users

Get started with FreeBSD: A brief intro for Linux users

If you've never tried FreeBSD, take a few minutes now -- you might be surprised

12/15/14

The beginning of the end of the private mail server

The beginning of the end of the private mail server

Thanks to overzealous filtering by mail relays, the small mail server is becoming an endangered species

12/08/14

There's no magic in PaaS, only trade-offs

There's no magic in PaaS, only trade-offs

Platform as a service might work like magic for some apps, but it's a series of painful trade-offs for others

12/01/14

Linux admins: It's time to relearn the art of compiling apps

Linux admins: It's time to relearn the art of compiling apps

Expect package compatibility issues ahead, and the need to rely on the old way of installing open source software

11/24/14

Net neutrality is as simple as freedom vs. monopoly

Net neutrality is as simple as freedom vs. monopoly

Red or blue, liberal or conservative, an open Internet is simply common sense

11/17/14

Obama shows the way on Net neutrality

President Obama comes out swinging for Title II classification of ISPs; the FCC should follow his lead

11/11/14

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