TechSNAP

TechSNAP

Systems, Network, and Administration Podcast. Every week TechSNAP covers the stories that impact those of us in the tech industry, and all of us that follow it. Every episode we dedicate a portion of the show to answer audience questions, discuss best practices, and solving your problems. ... Show More

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September 5, 2019 29 min

We take a look at a few recent zero-day vulnerabilities for iOS and Android and find targeted attacks, bad assumptions, and changing markets. Plus what to expect from USB4 and an upcoming Linux scheduler speed-up for AMD's Epyc CPUs.

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August 22, 2019 50 min

It's CPU release season and we get excited about AMD's new line of server chips. Plus our take on AMD's approach to memory encryption, and our struggle to make sense of Intel's Comet Lake line. Also, a few Windows worms you should know about, the end of the road for EV certs, and an embarrassing new Bluetooth attack.

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August 8, 2019 39 min

We examine why it's so difficult to protect your privacy online and discuss browser fingerprinting, when to use a VPN, and the limits of private browsing. Plus Apple's blaring bluetooth beacons and Facebook's worrying plans for WhatsApp.

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July 25, 2019 35 min

We take a look at the amazing abilities of the Apollo Guidance Computer and Jim breaks down everything you need to know about the ZFS ARC. Plus an update on ZoL SIMD acceleration, your feedback, and an interesting new neuromorphic system from Intel.

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July 10, 2019 42 min

Jim shares his Nagios tips and Wes chimes in with some modern tools as we chat monitoring in the wake of some high-profile outages. Plus we turn our eye to hardware and get excited about the latest Ryzen line from AMD.

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June 23, 2019 43 min

A new vulnerability may be the next 'Ping of Death'; we explore the details of SACK Panic and break down what you need to know. Plus Firefox zero days targeting Coinbase, the latest update on Rowhammer, and a few more reasons it's a great time to be a ZFS user.

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June 11, 2019 30 min

We explore the risky world of exposed RDP, from the brute force GoldBrute botnet to the dangerously worm-able BlueKeep vulnerability. Plus the importance of automatic updates, and Jim's new backup box.

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June 10, 2019 6 min

The next episode of TechSNAP is still in the works, so Wes takes a quick look at an interesting application of public-key cryptography in Apple's Find My feature.

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May 25, 2019 33 min

We turn our eye to web server best practices, from the basics of CDNs to the importance of choosing the right multi-processing module. Plus the right way to setup PHP, the trouble with benchmarking, and when to choose NGiNX.

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May 10, 2019 46 min

We’re back from LinuxFest Northwest with an update on all things WireGuard, some VLAN myth busting, and the trade-offs of highly available systems.

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April 25, 2019 31 min

We continue our take on ZFS as Jim and Wes dive in to snapshots, replication, and the magic on copy on write. Plus some handy tools to manage your snapshots, rsync war stories, and more!

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April 11, 2019 47 min

Jim and Wes sit down to bust some ZFS myths and share their tips and tricks for getting the most out of the ultimate filesystem. Plus when not to use ZFS, the surprising way your disks are lying to you, and more!

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March 28, 2019 32 min

We break down the ASUS Live Update backdoor and explore why these kinds of supply chain attacks are on the rise. Plus an update from the linux vendor firmware service, your feedback, and more!

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March 15, 2019 38 min

Machine learning promises to change many industries, but with these changes come dangerous new risks. Join Jim and Wes as they explore some of the surprising ways bias can creep in and the serious consequences of ignoring these problems.

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February 28, 2019 31 min

We reveal the shady password practices that are all too common at many utility providers, and hash out why salts are essential to proper password storage. Plus the benefits of passphrases, and what you can do to keep your local providers on the up and up.

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February 14, 2019 40 min

Join Jim and Wes as they battle bufferbloat, latency spikes, and network hogs with some of their favorite tools for traffic shaping, firewalling, and QoS. Plus the importance of sane defaults and why netdata belongs on every system.

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January 31, 2019 27 min

Jim and Wes are joined by OpenZFS developer Richard Yao to explain why the recent drama over Linux kernel 5.0 is no big deal, and how his fix for the underlying issue might actually make things faster. Plus the nitty-gritty details of vectorized optimizations and kernel preemption, and our thoughts on the future of the relationship between ZFS and Linux. Special Guest: Richard Yao.

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January 20, 2019 33 min

We welcome Jim to the show, and he and Wes dive deep into all things Let’s Encrypt. The history, the clients, and the from-the-field details you'll want to know.

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January 10, 2019 26 min

Wes is joined by a special guest to take a look back on the growth and development of Azure in 2018 and discuss some of its unique strengths. Special Guest: Chad M. Crowell.

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January 3, 2019 22 min

In a special new year’s episode we take a moment to reflect on the show’s past, its future, and say goodbye to an old friend.

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