2018 – predictions in tech

Introduction

First of all, best wishes to all my readers for the new year. Keep learning new things, aim to be the best you can be and find your happy place.

January seems to be the month of the predictions post. I’ve largely stayed away from these in the past, usually posting something relating to my own resolutions instead but am bucking the trend this year with a slightly tongue in cheek look at what 2018 might bring.

Predictions

  • Stuff is going to get owned. Most likely some of your details. It seems that there is no end to the ignorance, or perhaps arrogance of some organisations when it comes to protecting their customer’s data. As more data gets stored, more of it gets leaked so expect 2018 to be a depressing year of getting emails from Have I Been Pwned, especially when Patrick Gray from Risky Business is on his holidays.
  • SDx. It’s only a matter of time before coffee becomes software defined it seems. Whilst most of the nomenclature is industry spin, I do think that SDN will really come in to its own this year. SDWAN, a subset of SDN, has already made good progress in recent times. I expect to see an exciting level of innovation in other areas of SDN over the next 12 months
  • IPv6. Prediction here is that it will continue to grow at the completely unexciting rates that it has so far
  • Cryptocurrency. Have recently invested in this myself and am already seeing gains, but to be honest, I’ve not got a Scooby Doo what it’s about, but am getting up to speed. Doesn’t stop it being good fun though (disclaimer: as long as you are playing with money you can afford to lose!). I think we’re going to see a tonne of cryptocurrencies become relevant this year
  • Skillset. Whilst I don’t think this prediction is going to be explosive, I do believe more traditional IT engineers are going to realise that they need to up skill in order to remain relevant over the next 5-10 years. This discussion is already at least 5 years old but I see evidence of some die hard dinosaurs starting to get it. You don’t need to be a developer. You will benefit from learning some basic coding skills/knowledge
  • Hybrid cloud. Standby for an article on my take of Microsoft Azure, but I think more players will spring up this year, offering true hybrid cloud solutions

Summary

Let’s see how accurate these predictions end up being in 12 months time!

Till the next time.

CSI Cyber – drinking game

Introduction

I was a big fan of the original CSI TV series set in Las Vegas, my spiritual home town. CSI Miami had some of the cheesiest lines ever spoken on a TV show, probably on account of David Caruso being one of the producers. The New York spin-off never really grabbed my imagination and eventually, the ‘quality’ of the others dropped enough for me to drop them.

Enter CSI Cyber. The name alone was enough to make me realise the car crash that was coming but the fact is, two episodes in and I’m hooked. It’s awful, but it’s so bloody awful, its good. There is something, however, that can make it better; a drinking game. So without further ado, let’s get down to business.

Requirement

You will need booze. Lots of it. Preferably beer, spirits and shots and suitable glasses for each. Otherwise you simply aren’t playing properly.

Rules

  • There is no 1st player, everybody has to follow the rules below until there is just one person still able to code ‘Hello World’ in assembly
  • Every time somebody on the show says one of the following, drink 1 shot
    • ‘It can happen to you’. This is just to limber you up for the ride ahead
    • ‘Cyber’
    • anycolour-‘hat’, double shot where anycolour is not black, white or grey
    • description-‘web’, where description is dark, deep, dingy, dangerous or anything similar
    • ‘Firewall’
    • ‘Glitch’
    • ‘Bleach’
  • Every time one of the following happens, drink two fingers of your favourite spirit or beer
    • Somebody uses their mobile phone, with a lovely HUD shown for our convenience
    • A dramatic change in the music
    • Somebody gives away a tell to Patricia Arquette’s character
    • Text on a screen morphs in some way
    • Main theme plays. Everybody needs a top up
    • Somebody gets killed
  • Every time somebody watching who isn’t involved in IT comments on Patricia Arquette’s hair, finish all remaining drinks. At this point, you have the option to send this person out of the room for the remainder of the show, but it’s more fun if you don’t

I’ll possibly update these as the series progresses, assuming I have the staying power to watch any more of this drivel.

Summary

Vegaskid takes no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of you playing this game. But I’d love to hear the stories. Drink responsibly…

Till the next time.

TV shows need to fire their IT consultants

Introduction

It’s the pet hate of any self-respecting geek. Technology referenced on a TV show or film that at best is misinformed, at worst blatantly disregards any sense of reality. If you are reading this post, I would be willing to bet you are familiar with that blank look you get from a friend or family member when you try to explain that .342 in an IP address is “wrong, just wrong”.

Bit of fun

Below are some videos that, whilst hilarious in isolation, are enough to prevent me watching a full episode.

In video 1, we see two of the leads from NCIS carefully coordinating key presses on a keyboard to try and thwart a pesky hacker.

 

Video 2 shows some amazingly agile DevOps skillz to entrap what is possibly the same skilled hacker from NCIS (yes, I deliberately wrote that to increase the comment count on this post, even if they are hateful).

 

Video 3 is my favourite. I haven’t seen the episode itself so when I saw this the first time, I thought it was a mash up of two different clips. Alas, no. So sit back and enjoy the virtual magic mushrooms.

Summary

This has been a slight deviation from my usual post, but I hope you enjoy the clips. There are dozens more out there so I may well return to this theme again. I just need to upgrade my blog to IPv7.2b in order to support the new encrypted video codecs.

Till the next time.