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Technology Short Take 124

Welcome to Technology Short Take #124! It seems like the natural progression of the Tech Short Takes is moving toward monthly articles, since it’s been about a month since my last one. In any case, here’s hoping that I’ve found something useful for you. Enjoy! (And yes, normally I’d publish this on a Friday, but I messed up and forgot. So, I decided to publish on Monday instead of waiting for Friday.)



  • This article is about hardware, just not the hardware I’d typically talk about in this section—instead, it’s about Philips Hue light bulbs. There’s a security vulnerability, so don’t let your smart home get hacked.


  • Nick Buraglio introduces readers to sshuttle. I’m pretty sure I’d heard of this utility before, but somehow it fell off my radar/map. Nick’s article has now placed it firmly back on my map, and I hope to be able to test it soon to see how/if it will work for me.
  • I recently found this page, and thought it was a great idea—trying to bring improved security to the masses. Good for the EFF.
  • This article from Bruce Schneier is worth reading.

Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

Operating Systems/Applications

  • Someone on the Kubernetes Slack instance recently had a question about how CoreDNS was configured. This explanation of the Corefile proved helpful (as a starting point, at least).
  • And while we’re talking about CoreDNS, here’s Sam McGeown’s post on running CoreDNS for name resolution in the lab.
  • Berk Ulsoy discusses WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), providing a “Linux veteran’s” perspective.
  • I haven’t tested this yet, but given the quality of the content I’ve seen on this site I have no reason to doubt the efficacy or veracity. If this works on my Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, that’ll be tremendously useful. (I need to move it back to Windows from Linux. Don’t ask.)
  • My MacBook Pro doesn’t have a Touch Bar so I can’t test this, but it is kind of cool.
  • Here’s one approach to an informative and useful terminal/prompt configuration. Personally, I prefer iTerm2, Bash, and powerline-go, but that’s just me.
  • Not cool, Wacom.



  • Wil van Antwerpen helps readers with the migration of their virtual machines running Windows 7 to Windows 10. Specifically, Wil addresses an incompatibility between the BusLogic SCSI adapter that many VMs may be using and Windows 10, which doesn’t provide a driver for said adapter.

Career/Soft Skills

Well, that’s it for now. Hit me on Twitter if you have any comments or questions. Thanks for reading!

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