When I was at the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter kickoff last week, a few people came up to me saying, “You know, I still don’t really understand what you mean when you say ‘Renesys does nifty things with Internet router data’ …,” so here’s another example. CNN featured this Associated Press article about Internet outages during Hurricane Ike. Using information we received from Internet routers, we were able to pull together information about the outages. My coworker Martin Brown massaged it into a blog post that doesn’t require much knowledge about how the Internet works to understand.
That blog, by the way, is full of a lot of great posts that explain the software we develop and what we do with the router data. It’s not all geek talk, either. Take a look at some of the other posts to learn more. I got a kick out of reading Internet Vigilantism, a more recent entry by Earl Zmijewski dealing with how some Internet companies decided to temporarily drop service to a hosting service doing bad things.
I always feel weird writing about my employer on my blog because I try to keep my work and my blog separate, but I’ve been getting enough questions lately that I think another post is ok, especially since the Hurricane Ike data is a good example of one of the things we can do with the tools we create.
Alles klar, ja?