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Cleaning the Inbox: networking links

I must have inherited some hamster (or pack rat if you're across the pond) genes: I’m collecting too many links to interesting blog posts and articles in my inbox, Delicious bookmarks and blog notes. Time to do some serious cleanup; let’s start with networking-related links (in no particular order)

Some Internet Architectural Guidelines and Philosophy – a must-read for people inventing crazy schemes like load balancing based on unicast flooding or MAC-over-MAC proprietary network virtualization (you know who you are but I doubt you read RFCs or my blog).

Real-Time Network Failure Detection – Terry Slattery describes how you can use BFD, UDLD, IP SLA and routing protocols to detect failures in your network. Read also my BFD IP Corner article for in-depth BFD details.

Network-Based File Carving – once in a while you find true gems on Cisco blogs.

Total Network Managment: Some things to consider – network management is not just fancy GUI and SNMP.

Spoofing Google search history with CSRF – like we didn’t have enough security problems, here’s another one.

So what's the MTU on that? The MTU surprises never stop.

802.11 – the right tools for the job – great multi-vendor introductory article. Now, could someone please write something similar for switches, firewalls, routers ...

Making Webex work over an HTTPS proxy. Isn’t Webex now sold by a company that also sells routers and firewalls? One would hope they would know how to write firewall-friendly software. Obviously not.

Digital Rights Crackdown, IT Consumerization, and Other Predictions for 2011 – despite the title, it’s really a network security/performance monitoring article.

Top 5 Things that Slow Applications Down – I never considered Fluke to be a networking company, but this article is good.

Google and Microsoft Cheat on Slow-Start. Should You? – we need Internet police ;)


  1. For RFC 3439 I highly recommend reading section comparing the efficiency of packet switching to that of circuit switching ;)
  2. Yeah, I know that one is your favorite. Now you tell me why packet switching scales so much better than circuit switching ;)
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