S5E17: "X-Ray Specs"

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2020-09-30 05:15:29 2020-10-10 20:27:58 "Edita"
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We talk about hardware specifications and how to choose them properly.

Just the Tip

  • Ransomware kills.
    • We’ve talked about ransomware a lot, but pro-tip: if you keep good backups and have config management or orchestration, you do not need to pay ransomware. The more that people pay ransoms for ransomware, the more proven lucrative it is, and the worse the problem gets. Stop paying. Get your DFIR solid.


Starts at 6m33s.

I was drinking sangria. Paden was drinking cranberry juice and Buckeye vodka. Jthan was drinking Miller High Life Lite.

  • Announcements!
    • We have a two-day game night (“night”) coming up! The day before and the day of for Halloween. We’ll be playing They Hunger and Afraid of Monsters (both co-op), see the link for details.
    • On November 7, I (r00t^2) will be doing Extra-Life! We’ll be playing Unreal Gold Co-op plus maybe Doom if we finish Unreal.
  • Hardware specs (20m53s)
    • As Jthan points out, “Nobody got fired for buying Dell.”
      • SLA and vendor choice is important.
    • How do you choose which specs or product for your application/environment?
      • “What software/product/project/technology am I deploying? What resources does it consume?” are the most important questions.
      • Benchmarks/PoCs are important. As close as you can reasonably get to prod, the more ideal – but you will still most likely always be surprised by something you didn’t (and/or couldn’t!) plan for.
      • Getting a deep understanding of the nitty-gritty of computer hardware design will help a LOT in identifying specification/resource associations.
    • When gathering metrics for scaling, always use relative data. It needs to be contextualized.

15 Clams

In this segment, Jthan shares with you a little slice of life. The title is a reference to this video. (2m16s in)

Starts at 56m18s.

Jthan is mad that he bought a shitty storage appliance and is mad at APIs that don’t have server-side CAS (“check-and-set”). And he’s also basically mad that other people aren’t doing his work for him.


  • Yeah, men actually do commit suicide more often than women despite women attempting/having ideation more often. Here you go, Paden.. The statistic is very well-sourced.
  • Feel free to join our Extra-Life team (if you’re participating in Extra-Life)!


Music Credits
Track Title Artist Link Copyright/License
Intro Ghost Story Kevin MacLeod click CC-BY 3.0
Outro Antipathy Viktor Van River click CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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