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Technology Short Take 123

Welcome to Technology Short Take #123, the first of 2020! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season, but now it’s time to jump back into the fray with a collection of technical articles from around the Internet. Here’s hoping that I found something useful for you!

Networking

  • Eric Sloof mentions the NSX-T load balancing encyclopedia (found here), which intends to be an authoritative resource to NSX-T load balancing configuration and management.
  • David Gee has an interesting set of articles exploring service function chaining in service mesh environments (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4).

Servers/Hardware

Security

  • On January 13, Brian Krebs discussed the critical flaw (a vulnerability in crypt32.dll, a core Windows cryptographic component) that was rumored to be fixed the next day (January 14) on the first “Patch Tuesday” of 2020. The next day, the Microsoft Security Response Center confirmed the vulnerability. Time to get patching, folks!
  • It’s good to see 1Password add support for U2F security keys for logging into your 1Password.com account via a web browser. Now I really want to see hardware security key support in the desktop and mobile apps!

Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

Operating Systems/Applications

Storage

Nothing this time around; I’ll try to find some content for next time!

Virtualization

Career/Soft Skills

  • Scott Driver talks about “the vCommunity” and some of the benefits that can be had, career-wise, from actively participating. Although Scott’s article focuses on the VMware-centric community, this is true (in my opinion) of many different communities, including various open source communities—and, to be frank, the physical communities in which we live and work.
  • Now that I’ve moved back onto macOS (see here for the explanation), I’m also taking OmniFocus back up, and so I found this article on using OmniFocus’ new Tags functionality helpful.
  • Thomas Maurer has some great tips for creating technical demos and presentations, although (I guess somewhat understandably given he works for Microsoft) the tips are a tad Windows-centric.

I guess that’s all for now! Thanks for reading, and again I hope that you found something useful here. If you have feedback, suggestions for improvement, or just want to say hi, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Thanks!

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