IoTuesday: 5 Easy Ways to Secure Your IoT Devices – News – SparkFun Electronics

Got an internet-connected device as a gift? Let’s have a quick chat about how to prevent another Mirai botnet ShawnHymel January 03, 2017 11:06 Central Standard Time 8 Internet of Things IoTuesday Favorite1On Friday, October 21, 2016, hackers unleashed a torrent of web requests at the Domain Name System (DNS) services managed by Dyn. By continually slamming these DNS servers with web traffic from different sources (known as “distributed denial of service,” or DDoS), legitimate requests to get the IP addresses of popular sites like Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, etc. were denied. What made this attack interesting is that the attackers relied on botnets (internet-connected computers that automatically communicate with each other to coordinate efforts) made of mostly IP cameras, home routers and printers infected with the Mirai malware.Other home devices that might be connected to the Internet (and potential targets for other attacks): Smart TVs Cable receiver box Video game systems Thermostat Smart light bulbs

Source: IoTuesday: 5 Easy Ways to Secure Your IoT Devices – News – SparkFun Electronics

Embedded + Cloud = Internet of Things | Mouser

Embedded + Cloud = Internet of Thingsby Michael Parks, PE, for Mouser ElectronicsThe Internet of Things (IoT) has gone by other names, including ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, and haptic computing, to name a few. However, the concept remains the same: The IoT refers to objects with embedded sensors, processing, and communication capability that talk to each other to provide people and other systems with information to make more precise, well-informed decisions.The impetus for IoT includes: Widely available, inexpensive yet powerful and tiny systems-on-chip (SoCs) Ubiquitous, highly reliable, high-speed Internet connectivity Cloud computing is shifting economic and technical feasibility for lean start-ups that specialize in niche products The maturing smartphone and Internet services markets are causing a search for new marketsYour web browser is part of the World Wide Web, and embedded electronics are part of the Internet of Things. Both have a complex yet hidden system of routers, modems, switches, access points, servers, and associated software. The ‘cloud’ alternative lets lean startups experiment and grow (or shrink) as demand dictates rather than fronting the significant cost of a private server farm. Several options in hardware and communication protocols exist for designing IoT products, and there are an incredible number of solutions providers for your IoT cloud-based backend, as well. What IoT cloud options are available? The below survey is not exhaustive, but rather provides enough understanding of the ecosystem to appreciate the nuances of available options.

Source: Embedded + Cloud = Internet of Things | Mouser

Ting | Rates – See how Ting stacks up against your plan.

I’m seriously looking for a way to break free of the cell phone giants. They are too hard to deal with, and they are too expensive. I started here with a Moto 4g  phone $199.00 straight purchase and the plan below that charges for what you actually use. In most cases they have both GSM and CDMA coverage. Mine is GSM on the Verizon network. So far it’s perfect, easy activation, and great people if you need to call. (You probably won’t need to, just insert your SIM card, fill in the blanks, make the test call, and you’re done!)

Stay tuned for more.


Your monthly bill would be $15.00

Bring your own device or Shop devices

Source: Ting | Rates – See how Ting stacks up against your plan.

Whistling Past The Tech Graveyard in [Market-Ticker]

That’s because nobody works for free.

The means by which “public cloud” can garner cost efficiency is only through overcommitment. That is, you buy $X but use $X-something, and the company keeps the something.It only works for you if you would have bought $X and then used $X-something in your own environment. In that case there is a margin to capture from you through moving to public cloud.The problem with this is that it works, largely, for mainframe migrations and similar where the load is very “bursty” and thus you have to pay for a lot of capability you almost never actually use. In this case “public cloud” can give you the capability only when you need it, which is a net savings.But for most other workloads this is not true and since nobody works for free the total cost is higher, not lower.

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Not Just Dallas: Fort Worth Employees’ Pension Plan in Deep Trouble | MishTalk

Dallas isn’t the only city in Texas with a sick retirement fund. Nearby Fort Worth is also in deep trouble.Let’s dive into the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund for fiscal years ended September 30, 2015 & 2014 to see what we can find.

Source: Not Just Dallas: Fort Worth Employees’ Pension Plan in Deep Trouble | MishTalk