Perused Internet Episode 1: SSH, A Vegas Tunnel, And The Freaky Future

This is the first post in my new series (so exciting, I know), based simply on what I find and spend time reading online. Let’s jump right in. See if you can find any common idea between all of the links because I can’t.

SSH and security deep thoughts by Daniel Messler

One of my favorite emails I subscribe to comes from Daniel Messler. He’s a clever chap. Also, he posts lengthy blogs. Many of them are about concepts above my understanding. The post, linked below, is also a little beyond where I’m at, but with my continual attempts at learning to swim in Linux, I’m moving on from doggy strokes to monkey arms, like my kids do in their swimming lessons.

I use SSH weekly to connect to Linux instances in AWS. I honestly don’t worry about the security of those instances. I mean, what would a hacker do with my small OpenVPN Access Server? The log files aren’t going to tell you much more than that I have some random connections from clients on my PC and laptop every now and then. And on the occasion, a coworker in LA hops on to the admin UI. Exciting!

What I like about Daniel’s post is both his voice and how he explains the concept a few different ways:

No, moving your SSH port isn’t security by obscurity

Don’t let people term-shame you who don’t grasp the underlying concepts.

daniel messler

What’s coming in our freaky future?

NOTE: This one is behind a paywall, but I think getting an account with MITSloan to access 5 free articles a month is worth it.

For the first time ever, the #1 show on Netflix is a documentary, The Social Delimma. There’s a lot to talk about with that show, but I won’t dive into it here. I’ve had in-depth and superficial conversations about it with friends and fam. It’s fascinating. And for some, scary.

So in this article, they dive into the nitty gritty bits of the future of technology. Read up and see if it sounds exciting or alarming to you:

Seven technologies remaking the world

For years, The Walt Disney Co. has applied bioinformatics knowledge in the design of its theme parks. The immersive experience offered in the parks is based on full engagement of the guest’s senses — from the sound of horses trotting on the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street U.S.A. to the sudden drop in Hollywood Studios’ Tower of Terror. Disney’s Imagineers, the designers and engineers of its parks, have raised the task of understanding how Disney guests relate to the physical world to an art form.

albert h segars

What’s the purpose?

Back in March, the world turned upside down with the lockdowns and fears from SARS-CoV-2. Understandably, it was crazy to be in the midst of a global pandemic. Add to that the mess of our disinformation age!

Then, on March 18, a was rattled out of bed by a 5.7 earthquake roaring up the mountain from Magna. I ran up to my kids’ rooms, hearing my daughter calling out in fear, while my son was silently terrified in his room.

My mental world was also shattered and I dealt with extreme anxiety.

This year has dealt a massive blow to our mental health. I’m drawn to articles such as this one, talking about finding your purpose and steeling your emotional well-being.

The focus is on how a CEO can ignite purpose in their team members. Of course, why would a CEO do this? For the good of the company’s bottom-line? That’s the feeling I get from this article, that doesn’t sit well with me, but I can pick out some gems from the research mentioned, and apply them to myself.

Igniting individual purpose in times of crisis

Academic research and our own experience tell us that an individual’s sense of purpose isn’t fixed or static — it can be clarified, strengthened, and, for some, may serve as a lifelong aspiration, or North Star.

naina dhingra, jonathan emmett, andrew sam, and bill schaninger

Tooling around with marketing

I am a technical writer on the marketing team with OpenVPN. It’s nice to find a good fit. I get to use my geekiness to work in Linux operating systems and I get to be creative, helping craft email marketing campaigns and blog content.

It may not sound sexy to you, but I enjoy my job.

I also enjoy reading helpful articles about tools that may help me in my job, like the linked post below about marketing tools. Of the ten tools mentioned, I’ve already used or am using 6 of them.

But I like to find and try out new ones all the time as well. I think I’ll look into Vidyard now.

Also, the guy refers to Home Improvement, which I watched plenty of hours on TV as a kiddo. It’s not every day that kind of reference pops up.

10 best SaaS marketing tools and platforms for 2021

Oh, Google, our mighty and vengeful overlord. No matter how many sacrifices we make, it’s never enough to appease thy algorithm for long.

morgan vanderleest

Like VPN for your car: Elon’s Vegas tunnel

This article leaves me with way more questions than answer. What it says:

  • A “loop tunnel” in Las Vegas is almost done, according to Elon Musk

What it leaves me wondering:

  • Is this only for Tesla owners?
  • Can you imagine running out of battery in one of these?
  • Can I design a t-shirt that says, ‘Mind the Gap’ but with a Tesla logo and it’ll make sense?
  • How deep do they go?
  • Is he serious about doing this in LA?
  • And again, is this for Tesla owners only?

I chose not to dig into my questions and simply figured this news was interesting but had nothing to do with my life right now. So there you have it.

Elon Musk’s tunnel under Las Vegas for self-driving cars is almost complete

Tunnels are the final piece along with electric vehicles and self-driving to complete Musk’s green, driverless urban transportation dream.

sissi cao

Vocabulary: crepuscular

Finally, let’s finish with a fun new word. Or maybe you’re already familiar with it?

CREPUSCULAR: active primarily during twilight

I own a crepuscular cat.

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