My parents have been to 52 countries. Here is the list:
Argentina 1973, 1998
Australia 1989, 1997, 2014
Bolivia 1973 Landed at worlds highest airport La Paz
Brazil 1972, 1973, 1997 (lived here)
Canada 1962, 1966, 2017
Chile 1973, 1998, 2012
China 1978, 1996
Egypt 1959, 1965, 1999
India (lived here)
Iran (lived here)
Mexico (lived here)
United States 1959-1963, 1965-1972, 1973-1977, 1979 to present (lives here)
Venezuela 1972 at Caracas airport on way to Brazil
Yemen 1959, 1965
The Netherlands a.k.a Holland
They have also been to 3 other places that are not UN member states:
For further reading on the subject, pick up a copy of “Such a Wonderful Journey” by Hoshi Aga. It is available on Amazon.com
Today during the OU PMBA icebreakers someone stated they have been to 34 different countries. I confidently said, “yeah, I’ve been to at least 34”. I decided to count them up today, with a map for the last year I was in said country.
I was wrong, I have only been to 32. Here is my list:
Hong Kong (1978)
Saint Martin (2012)
Sint Maarten (2012)
Green = 2010s
Light green = 2000s
Yellow = 1990s
Orange = 1980s
Red = 1970s
So sorry classmate who has been to 34 (or did you say 36) — you are the real globetrotter!
Larry Kudlow has been one of my favorite TV personalities for years. My favorite is Kudlow and Kramer, when they had their run in the 2000-2010 timeframe. I always appreciate Larry’s optimism and his true, core belief that “free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity”. Get well quick, Larry.
I am fortunate enough this year to get a ticket out to Cisco Live (thanks James and David)! Here are my summary impressions of day 1 of the event
Opening Keynote — Chuck took the stage and had 2 guest speakers: Tim Cook of Apple and the CEO of UnitedHealth. Chuck used the word “security” much more than I have heard at keynotes in the past. You can totally get his head is that IoT will add ~10-20 billion new network connections in the next few years, and without security it will not happen. So a lot of the keynote was around IoT and security.
I like the Cisco messaging and the thought process is solid. However, it is different watching Chuck vs John Chambers — John had an energy to work the crowd and walk through the crowd with piercing eye contact that just draws you in. It will take some getting used to to understand American Tech 2.0 is Tim Cook and Chuck Robbins, not Steve Jobs and John Chambers.
At the world of solutions I gravitated to the new Catalyst 9300 and Catalyst 9400 switching line, as that is what I am going to be presenting to my clients in the next few weeks. From a hardware point of view, the sexiest, coolest thing was the removable fan tray in the new Cat 9400. Designed by the people that design Ferraris, the tray goes all the way from the front of the chassis to the back, so you can remove it from either side. I realize how lame that sounds, and it is. But the reality is that is as sexy and new in hardware thinking goes. Such is the life of hardware (and you suddenly understand why Cisco is going so hard to a software company).
The new part of the cat 9300 / 9400 is DNA Center, a plug in into APIC-EM. One of the highlights is finding malware threats in encrypted traffic. How is that done? Well, DNA Center requires ISE and Lancope Stealthwatch. The cat 9300/9400 sends netflow to stealthwatch and it specifically looks for the metadata of the Initial Data Packet (IDP) and Sequence of Packet Lengths and Arrival Times (SPLT). The guys in the booth tell me that’s all you need to understand if the traffic is malware. They tell me they have this down to something like 99.95% accuracy. Uh-huh. We’ll see how this plays out.
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I got my Shake Shack dinner! I was looking forward to this all week. Good, but $18 bucks for a burger, fries and a shake! Wow! I have no idea how the federal reserve measures inflation, but I can tell you they are quite wrong.
I saw one really good vendor at the World of Solutions — Kentik. This is something one of my customers use. It processes netflow data. What I love is the visitations. I’m doing a 30 day trial. I totally see my customers sending netflow to Kentik and Lancope.
I have run my own mail server out of my attic for the last 10 years. I guess it’s just what you do when your a techie in my career field. So last year I decided to make the switch from exchange 2003 (yikes!) to iRedMail. Most of it was going fine for a long time, but there was always this peskiness with my iphone client not sending mail correctly. I had to go to the web portal (roundcube) to send. Well, today I decided I really wanted to figure out why I could never send mail from my iPhone client. I was sending on tcp 587 – no luck – kept getting a generic error message, something like “mail could not be delivered at this time, try again”
So I decided to get serious. I did packet captures from my wireless LAN controller and noticed that every packet my client sent was met by an ICMP port unreachable from the mail server. So I checked iptables — at first I thought iptables was clear:
ACCEPT tcp – – anywhere tcp dpt:submission
but then I noticed further down in the chain fail2ban-default:
BLOCK <my iPhone IP>
Somehow the login process results in too many failures (even with the right password). Whitelisted my home address block in /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf
ignoreip – 127.0.0.1/8 <added my ip block here /16 (yes I have a big home network ;)>
And voila – mail is now sending from my iphone.
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I am out this week in San Jose with Cisco for the security Virtual Team. So many weeds in the conference! After it was over yesterday I drove up to Sunol and hiked (still in my nice work shoes) to the top of the ridge. Nice view!
This starts the online petition to officially make the the third Thursday after the third full moon after Thanksgiving celebrated throughout all English speaking and Spanish speaking countries to be known as “Dr Turner Thursday”. Being a federal holiday, it will mean my student will not be able to retake his Spanish test that week, so he better get an A the first time