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Dyn acquired by Oracle?

I've been wanting to move my secondary DNS off them for a while. Recommendations anyone?


Typo of the day -- derp learning


Listening to DEF CON soundtracks today, including what must be the only song ever written about ssh...


Today's must read - "The Scientists who Make Apps Addictive" from 1843 Magazine

When your industry calls the most profitable users "Whales" you know there's a problem.  I keep a copy of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion around just to inoculate myself from these black arts.



Did someone say DNS DDoS Attack? Remembering PharmaMaster vs Blue Security, 2006

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Blue Security Graph

Yeah, I was there... Back in May of 2006 Typepad, LiveJournal and TuCows got taken down by a massive (at the time) DDoS.  I recall it was 2-4 GBps of reflective DNS traffic.  Scott Berinato covered it pretty well in the Wired article Attack of the Bots.

For the record we were able to get back up using Akamai DNS Hosting, MCI/UUNet DDoS mitigations, and a cleverly placed GRE tunnel.  Oh and a bunch of great Ops work from Lisa Phillips, Matt Peterson, Peter Wohlers and others.  I think I still have the commemorative t-shirt we did with TuCows.

And here we are 10 years later.  Same stuff, yet in many ways worse.

It's high time we get to fixing the underlying protocols and infrastructure to make these types of attacks a thing of the past.  It's time to Redecentralize.

 [Fancy graph from: Netcraft, Blue Security Shuts Down, Citing DDoS Attacks]



Tech Industry: upgrade thyself -- How do we reform tech? by @anildash

The industrial scale of todays technology causes tech to become alienated from the very users they are supposed to serve.  (Never mind that we should be talking about People, not "Users").


Code Next Opens in Oakland, creating diversity through Constructionism

"From a design point of view it is a truly unique experience that very much leans on an educational theory known as constructionism. This codified curriculum will soon be available to the entire world as an open source."


Ethical Design Manifesto

I love how this succinctly captures the values I hold dear.  Delightful design based on open principles with recognition of human effort.  I have a copy printed out at my desk.


We practice Ethical Design


The Whiz Kids - Tech Role Models of the 80s

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Reading this passage from Ready Player One1 I was reminded of a major influence that I had all but forgotten:

It was a Friday night, and I was spending another solitary evening doing research, working my way through every episode of Whiz Kids , an early-’80s TV show about a teenage hacker who uses his computer skills to solve mysteries.  Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, Chapter 18.

So I was prepared when I was recently asked "What brought you here?" (in relation to technology). My answer? ... The Whiz Kids. I can directly trace my interest in online services to that white-hat hacking, war dialing, speech synthesizing, BASIC programming gang of kids2.  I can only hope that today's teens have something as good or better.

Trying to find the video also made me realize that Youtube is providing a vital preservation service.  You see the Whiz Kids episodes were never released, not on DVD, not even on VHS. You won't find them in any library. Anywhere. But there it is, in 10 minutes chunks3, captured and uploaded off a grainy, noisy videotape recording.

Cultural Artifacts, preserved... for now.

  1. RP1, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg.
  2. It was also probably the first time I ever heard about the NSA ("No one knows if they even exist")
  3. Here's a full Full Playlist
Image from IMDB