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I often write about the Internet of Things, or the soon-to-be-cliché IoT. You know, the smart-fridges, smart-cars, smart-thermostats, healthcare devices, wearables and any of those connected devices that have a sensor, gathers data and reports back to some entity. You are able to control these devices (and see the data) with mobile apps or even your own voice and gestures. They are all the rage and sitting at the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle. But it’s all the various sensors inside those devices that are doing the actual measuring, calculating, tracking and reporting. Each has its own specialty providing specific functionality. I’ve always wondered about what’s inside some of the wearables so let’s take a look at a few. Have you ever wondered what spins the screen so you’re not looking at an upside down picture? That’s an Accelerometer. It measures orientation and ... (more)

The New, Old Kid in Town By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

For nearly 12 years at F5, I’ve had only two job titles – Security Systems Architect from 2004-06 and Technical Marketing Manager since 2006. Whenever anyone asks what I do at F5, I typically answer, ‘Writer, speaker and video producer,’ in that order. Above all, I focused on covering emerging trends within our industry and evangelizing the various solutions – including F5’s – to solve some of these challenges. I am now embarking on my third adventure at F5 – joining the F5 DevCentral team as a Sr. Solution Developer – concentrating my writing, speaking and videos on our amazing... (more)

Internet of Insider Threats By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Identify Yourself, You Thing! Imagine if Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, didn’t have such distinctive characteristics like an orange rocky body, blue eyes or his battle cry, ‘It’s Clobberin’ Time!’ and had to provide a photo ID and password to prove he was a founding member of the Fantastic Four. Or if the alien in John Carpenter’s The Thing gave each infected life-form the proper credentials to come and go as they please. Today the things we call ‘Things’ are infiltrating every aspect of society but how do organizations identify, secure and determine access for the 15+ connected chip... (more)

Identity Theft: Not So Scary Anymore By @PSilvas | @CloudExpo #Cloud

This article originally appeared on F5.com on 10.20.15. With Halloween in our rearview mirror and the holiday shopping season upon us, a couple surveys are out examining our fears and in particular, our concerns about identity theft. Apparently, ID theft is not so scary anymore – like entering a haunted house for the hair-raising screams but walking out with nervous giggles. Over at Bankrate.com, only 54% of surveyed tricksters says they are somewhat or very frightened of ID theft. That’s down 80% from those who expressed the same level of concern back in 2008. Almost half, 43%, ... (more)

Blog Roll 2015 By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Cloud

It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2015 blog entries. If you missed any of the 89 attempts including 59 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somewhere that lists in blogs are good. I broke it out by month to see what was happening at the time and let’s be honest, pure self-promotion. Thanks for reading and watching throughout 2015. Have a Safe and Happy New Year. January 2015 OK 2015, Now What? The Analog Generation Application Availability B... (more)