Photoshop keeps getting better, Content-Aware Fill feature is unreal!

Photoshop has over the years been making it easier and easier to manipulate photos. Now enter the upcoming Content-Aware Fill feature which is more like magic than a tool. One of the most time consuming and problematic issues I have is when I remove and object from a picture and have to rebuild the background. Well what if you could just trace the object and poof its gone and the background was rebuilt? Well, my friend you would be using this tool. Adobe should have called this thing pure magic. -Greg

Firewall Builder, a universal GUI firewall translator/builder.

Ever replace a production firewall with a new or different technology or platform? I have, and going from ipfw to iptables, or going from a TechGuard to Cisco ASA is not the easiest. Although I can appreciate doing it by tearing down each line and understanding it before rebuilding into a new platform, things would have been a lot easier had I had the use of Firewall Builder 4.0. This nifty tool allows you to user their GUI and build you firewall set and then export to the firewall platform of your choice. It can also act as a firewall translator if you will, as you can change from 1 platform to another.

You can generate configuration for a range of devices starting from small Linksys, D-Link and other routers running DD-WRT or OpenWRT, to firewalls running Linux, FreeBSD or OpenBSD on a regular or purpose-built PC, to Cisco routers and Cisco ASA (PIX) firewalls.

Firewall Builder 4.0 allows you a free 30 day evaluation and a license will set you back about $79. It’s available on Linux, Windows, and even Mac. Firewall Builder 4.0 is still in beta, but I expect this will be a great tool for any admin or engineers thumb drive. If anyone knows of anything similar or better I would love to know about it. -Greg

Cisco Next Gen Router, is coming this year!

Cisco announced yesterday that it’s next generation router will revolutionize the internet by dramatically increasing download speeds to the unthinkable. The Cisco CRS-3 router (Carrier Routing System) is designed to be more than 12 times the traffic capacity of its biggest competitors. Cisco made the following  statement: 

It enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second; every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.”

Cisco’s new CRS-3 and Googles new fiber network could be the end of AT&T, well in a better world. Whats more exciting is that this technology isn’t just some dream of Cisco’s, they said this router will actually be available this calendar year.  I’m thinking now would be a great time to buy stock in Cisco! -Greg