PCIe 4.0

Version 4.0 of the PCIe computer bus standard will arrive in 2017 according to PCMag.

Version 4.0 of the PCIe specification, which will introduce greatly increased speeds as well as other improvements intended to make it viable in a wider range of applications, is slated to be released in early 2017. PCIe 4.0 will essentially double the interconnect performance bandwidth of the current 3.0 specification, from 8 gigatransfers per second (GTps) to 16GTps. In addition, it introduces new technologies to enhance power efficiency: the use of an L1 substate that drastically lowers power use in idle mode; half-swing and quarter-swing, which cut power consumption by 400mV and 200mV, respectively; and high-speed data transfer bursts with minimum idle power.

Microsoft PowerShell Released

Microsoft loves Linux. And Open Source. That wasn’t always the case back then. From Ars Technica:

Microsoft today released its PowerShell scripting language and command-line shell as open source. The project joins .NET and the Chakra JavaScript engine as an MIT-licensed open source project hosted on GitHub. Alpha version prebuilt packages of the open source version are available for CentOS, Ubuntu, and OS X, in addition, of course, to Windows. Additional platforms are promised in the future.

Digital Ocean Snapshots

Digital Ocean snapshots are no longer free. Starting October 1, 2016, Digital Ocean will start charging for snapshots at 5 cents per GB. Here are some of the highlights:

Starting October 1, 2016, we will begin charging for snapshot storage at $0.05 per gigabyte per month. This will first be reflected in the invoice posted to your account on November 1, 2016. Like other features, snapshot storage uses hourly pricing, and size is calculated from a compressed version of the snapshot—not the total disk space allocated to the Droplet. Also, you can now take Droplet snapshots without having to power off the Droplet. You can see this in action by taking a snapshot of a Droplet while it’s still running. Over the coming weeks, we will update the Snapshots page to show the costs associated with your snapshot storage more easily and we’ll also send another reminder before charges begin on October 1, 2016. Be sure to see your usage on the Snapshots page and delete unused snapshots to avoid any unexpected charges.

Amazon Prime Planes

Amazon planes just got a new coat of paint. If you’re not aware, Amazon has leased 20 cargo planes, back in March 2016, from a Wilmington, Ohio company called Air Transport Services Group. In addition to its own fleet, Amazon relies on UPS, Fedex and USPS for the delivery of the products it sells online. The new paint have the words “Prime Air” emblazoned on them. This is in addition to a fleet of drones Amazon plans to use in metropolitan areas.

espn.com

If you’re a sports fan, you probably have visited ESPN’s website. I’ve always wondered why the website redirects you to espn.go.com every time you typed in just espn.com. Well, say no more. It now works. Sort of. Most websites have dropped the www altogether, but ESPN.com decided to keep theirs. So, www.espn.com it is.

Is Tor Secure?

The Onion Router, otherwise known as Tor, is a free browser that can help you defend against traffic analysis and network surveillance which threatens personal freedom and privacy. It gives you anonymity by bouncing communication around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world. It prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and prevent sites that you visit from learning your physical location.

Is it bulletproof? No. There are some nodes that collect data as reported by ExtremeTech.

Reasearches have reported that 110 live nodes in Tor are “misbehaving” by collecting data on the connections that pass through it. The purpose of this collection is unclear, and there seems to be some variation in what the nodes are collecting. Some are much more sophisticated and are pulling in data that could be used to identify users. Others seem to just be tracking statistics. The most likely scenario is that some computer science researchers are running studies on Tor, which involve collecting some data. At the same time, law enforcement is running similar nodes that are trying to unmask users of illegal “hidden services” that are hosted in Tor. The Silk Road was one such hidden service.

The Heroku Platform

What is the Heroku Platform?

Heroku is a cloud platform based on a managed container system, with integrated data services and a powerful ecosystem, for deploying and running modern apps. The Heroku developer experience is an app-centric approach for software delivery, integrated with today’s most popular developer tools and workflows.

The Heroku Platform is designed so you can focus on what matters the most: the app. Getting apps out in the wild, in front of real users, and then iterating fast, is what can make or break companies. Heroku lets companies of all sizes embrace the value of apps, not the hassle of hardware, nor the distraction of servers — virtual or otherwise.

The Heroku Platform is great for the early part of the app lifecycle, but it really shines when you go into production. Heroku seamlessly supports every step of the app lifecycle — build, run, manage and scale. Heroku Postgres provides trusted database options at terabyte scale.