Some people think think their work would be better if they had more freedom. There are another set of people who embrace the limits, the constraints on what can done as challenges. Below is a video of an architect sharing his design of Paris Flat that is 25 sq meters. I enjoyed watching it and given this post has been live only 3 days and has 100k views many others do as well.
If you want an all in one easy to use Router, Firewall and Access Point than Google OnHub is a good choice.
If you want to run a more powerful system with security features than try PFsense. I've been running PFsense SG-2220 Security Gateway appliance for 9 months and it has been solid using only 8 watts.
here is a post by PCGamer reviewing OnHub and preferring the use of PFsense.
For my home office I use Ubiquiti access points. I have two in the main house. I could use one, but the data center DNA has me wired to prefer redundancy. Then one in the office. And another in the beach house. Single SSID. Automatic frequency configuration. And all kinds of good monitoring so I know things are working.
Why the focus on monitoring? Because monitoring fits in a more secure solution.
InfoWorld wrote a review of PFSense.
Connecting with your kids is a challenge. My daughter is 14 and my son is 12. This morning driving the kids to their bus stops my daughter was frustrated Taylor Swift's song "New Romance" is not part of the Apple Music subscription. Sticking to Taylor Swift as a subject, we commented on how smart Taylor Swift is using humor in its Apple ad.
What my kids also understand is how smart Taylor Swift was in her famous letter to Apple pointing out the three month free trial would be a financial burden on many artists.
Apple then made a smart move and made a change, and talked to Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift is now a part of Apple Music and as my kids see Taylor Swift as one of the leaders in Apple's advertising.
Which then brought up an interesting point. Taylor Swift did a good thing. She was willing to stand up for something and possibly make an enemy.
Which then reminded me of how many times I've written a blog post to stand up for something and speak my mind. And, some of my best friends are now people at these companies who choose to reach out and have a dialog. After many more discussions we are working together on changing the way things are. Just like Taylor Swift. I won't point out those specific companies as that would probably get their PR groups stirred up and I want to keep my friends at those companies.
The story of doing the right thing resonated with my kids. Which was a nice ending. Then my daughter said why don't I focus on this blog more and make money that way. I then told them how hard it is to make money running a blog. But they were still interested in how it works. I told them let's talk more and we can go back and add advertising on the site and they can keep the money from the blog if they help work on it. They are both in for giving it a try.
If I could have a conversation like this once a week it would be great. Driving the kids to the bus is something I do whenever possible.
Well it looks like my post on Lee Kirby being promoted to president and the mystery of why Uptime Institute didn't post a press release has been resolved. On Apr 11, 2016 Uptime posted a press release which I included below.
Reading the following it seems like there were people inside the company who had questions on how Lee Kirby's role affected COO Julian Kudritzki's position. One possibility is Julian and Lee where competing for who would be the new president, and given Lee got the promotion questions arose what would happen to Julian. This is pure speculation on my part as I have no conversations with any one at Uptime Institute for over 2 years. The people who I used to talk to at Uptime where people who I knew before they joined Uptime Institute. So I guess officially I don't talk to anyone from Uptime which includes I never had a conversation with Ken Brill.
I have gone through a wide range of wireless network gear. I had Linksys gear that I ran DD-WRT. http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index. I went for ease of use of using Cisco routers then Apple routers. The Apple stuff worked well, but the ease of use came with a lack of data. My biggest nightmare was being on the road and getting a call from the family, usually my daughter saying the wireless doesn't work. Then I would take her through the steps to power reset the modem and then router.
Looking for something better I found the ubiquiti AP gear. If you want an in depth review read this arstechnica article. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/10/review-ubiquiti-unifi-made-me-realize-how-terrible-consumer-wi-fi-gear-is/
I bought my ubiquiti gear in July 2015 and it is so much better. I have four access points. Two in the house. One in my office and another in the beach house. Gigabit ethernet is connected to all the switches. At first I used the Mac OS X software to manage the access points, but later I eventually ran the Ubiquiti controller software on by Drobo NAS. Then I could log into the IP address:8043 and check the AP operations from a iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
So how is it using Ubiquiti gear? So much better. I can get information on the signal strength of devices connected and so much more.
You need to be a bit of gear head to use Ubiquiti, but it is well worth it.
In 58 days 7x24 Exchange Spring Conference will start. Why do I go? Because I have more friends there than anywhere else.
Merriam-Webster definition of friend: a person who you like and enjoy being with
I can go to any data center conference and I'll run into friends and make new ones. But when it comes to where do I have the most amount of friends and make the most new ones 7x24 Exchange Conferences is at the top of the list.
And in this large group of people are even the organizations who run other DC competing conferences so I can see those friends too.
News was spreading yesterday that Lee is the new president of Uptime Institute. If you go to the web site you will see the following description. https://uptimeinstitute.com/about-ui/our-team
Lee Kirby - President
Mr. Kirby is President, providing thought leadership, new product development, and strategic marketing. He facilitates prospective engagements and delivers consistent quality services to contracted clients on a global basis. Additionally, Mr. Kirby serves as a spokesperson and evangelist for various initiatives that are focused on solving systemic issues in the industry. He is based in Seattle, Washington, USA.
For a promotion to president I and many others expected a press release from Uptime Institute, but none so far. Oh well. LinkedIn will suffice for now.
Chief Business Officer at Server Farm Realty, LLC
Wanted to take time out to congratulate a wonderful friend, mentor and one of the most exceptional people I have ever met, Lee Kirby on his elevation to President of the Uptime Institute. An exceptional leader of an exceptional organization. Congratulations Lee.
Lee Kirby has been around in the data center industry for a while and is a great friend to many of us providing helpful suggestions. One of the memories that sticks in my mind is Lee telling me years ago about 7x24 Exchange conference and his recommendation was key to get me to attend.