November 2019 archive

TDYR 374 – Choices, Consequences, Responsibility, and why I like Babylon 5 so much

In a recent interview about his new book, J. Michael Straczynski, said he pitched the network on his Babylon 5 show by saying that it was all about "choices, consequences, and responsibility." In this short episode, I talk about what a great summary that is of the sci-fi show that I so enjoyed over the many years. You can watch the JMS interview at

TDYR 373 – Celebrating 30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

"Die Mauer! Die Mauer ist weg!" ("The wall! The wall is gone!") It was 30 years ago tonight when I got the phone call from a friend of mine that the wall was gone. I turned on our TV and was astounded by what I saw. For cold-war kids who were students of German and German history, this was unbelievable and unthinkable... we were stunned... and joyous! In this episode I share some of my reflections on that amazing time...

TDYR 372 – Are there good alternatives to

Are there good alternatives to for organizing groups and events? Many people started asking that question a few weeks ago when it appeared was drastically changing its pricing. While clarified this was just a test, it caused many people to wonder about relying so much on In this episode I talk about what happened, some of the alternatives, and some of the challenges in moving to a different service. More info and a list of alternatives at:

TDYR 371 – Celebrating 50 Years of UNIX

It was 50 years ago in the summer of 1969 that the Unix operating system was created at Bell Labs by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and their colleagues. In this episode I talk about the large effect Unix has had on my own life, in all of its many variations, and celebrate the 50 years of this remarkable creation. More info:

TDYR 370 – CDNs, Anycast, Containers, and the Disaggregation of Networking Models

Once upon a time, our mental model of how networking worked was rather simple. You had a device connected to a network (a "client") and a server to which that device was connecting. Each had a host name and an IP address. The server was typically a computer on a desk or in a rack. But that's not TODAY's network... now instead we have content delivery networks (CDNs), Anycast networks, containers and so much more.. it's a FASCINATING time to be in networking! I talk about all of that on this episode...

TDYR 369 – What I Like and Dislike in IOS 13

What do you like in IOS 13? After using it for a number of weeks now, I reflect on what I like and dislike...

TDYR 368 – Will Quantum Cryptography Affect the DNS and DNSSEC?

Will quantum cryptography affect the DNS and DNSSEC? If so, how? and when? Today at the "Tech Day" part of the ICANN 66 meeting in Montreal, John Levine spoke about what impact quantum crypto might have on DNS. His slides are available at: In this TDYR episode, I talk about what John said in that session and my thoughts around it all. NIST's "Post-Quantum Cryptography" work mentioned in the episode can be found at:

TDYR 367 – Spending this week at ICANN66 in Montreal

This week I'm at the ICANN 66 meeting in Montreal participating in sessions about DNS security, privacy, routing security and more... in this episode I talk a bit about the history of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and what I'll be doing there this week. More info can be found at:

TDYR 366 – Google and PRX Launch Podcasting 101 Videos and Resources

Have you ever wanted to start podcasting but didn't know how to begin? Google Podcast and PRX just launched a "Podcasting 101" 10-part video series that explains many aspects of getting started with podcasting. In this episode I talk about what the videos cover and how I believe they can help people in the early stage of podcasting. You can find the videos at: Other articles about the Podcasting 101 videos can be found at: - -

Embracing the NaPodPoMo challenge a second time – 30 podcasts in 30 days

Napodpomo-2019There's something about November that seems to encourage people to take on challenges. Maybe for people in the Northern hemisphere it is because November is the grey, cold, rainy period between autumn and winter. Maybe the timing is just random... but in any event some people grow a mustache for "Movember" in support of various men's health efforts. And since 1999 there are hundreds of thousands of people who try to write a 50,000 word novel as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

For those of us interested in audio, there is instead "National Podcast Post Month" or "#NaPodPoMo" as the hashtag appears on many social networks. The goal is to produce 30 podcasts in 30 days, and hopefully to have some fun along the way.

With my "The Dan York Report" over on Soundcloud, I tried - and FAILED - to do the NaPodPoMo challenge back in 2017.

I only made it 11 episodes before fading out. :-(

As I explained in TDYR 347 on December 4, 2017, life caught up with me and while I had great ideas I didn't have the corresponding planning and research. I said that for me to do it again, I would:

  • Map out the month of episodes in advance
  • Prepare evergreen / backup episodes in advance, for when I'm unable to record
  • Do research in advance

Two years later I'm ready to give it another try! This time I've done all those things. I have 30 episodes at least planned out, and in some cases researched. I'm going to be doing recording in advance, and I'll have some backup episodes waiting in the queue.

I'm doing this just as a personal challenge because I enjoy working with audio so much - and I just need to get out there and DO IT!

You are welcome to follow along over at It will be a mixture of topics. Some about podcasting... about Internet technologies... about how our society is changing... about some work topics... and so much more.

Let's see if I can get to doing all 30 days! 🙂

P.S. today's episode is already out...