John S. Quarterman, long time Internet denizen, wrote one of the
seminal books about networking prior to the commercialization of the
Internet. He co-founded the first Internet consulting firm in Texas
(TIC) in 1986, and co-founded one of the first ISPs in Austin
(Zilker Internet Park, since sold to Jump Point). He was a founder
of TISPA, the Texas ISP Association.
Quarterman was born and raised
in Lowndes County, where he married his wife Gretchen. They live on
the same land where he grew up, and
participate in local community
WWALS is an advocacy organization working for watershed conservation
of the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River
Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through
awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen advocacy.
So, Windows update: Skype outage cause or smokescreen?
The disruption was caused by a routine Windows patch update distributed
Tuesday that required users to restart their computers. When a large
number of Skype subscribers began logging back in around the same
time, the requests – combined with the day’s traffic patterns – began
overwhelming the system, revealing a bug in the software that normally
helps the system allocate resources and “self heal.”
“Skype has now identified and already introduced a number of improvements
to its software to ensure that our users will not be similarly affected
in the unlikely possibility of this combination of events recurring,”
Skype spokesman Villu Arak said.
So we seem to have here a combination of hazards tripping each other.
This does raise the more general question of what other bugs are
synchronized Windows updates exercising?
And how long before such a Windows update installs a vulnerability that
immediately gets exploited?
And how long before such updates themselves do cause massive outages?
In software monoculture, Windows may be its own boll weevil.