360° IT Check #16 — Facebook’s Outage, Nuxt 3, And More!
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360° IT Check #16 — Facebook’s Outage, Nuxt 3, And More!

Facebook’s Outage

All of the World took a coordinated break from Facebook’s services that was not a part of any protest. What caused it all? A hacker attack? A massive EMG explosion? No. An issue in configuration caused all the chaos. The effects were much more severe than what people could reasonably expect. Facebook employees could not access their offices.

The problem occurred during a “routine” Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) update. It’s not an uncommon problem. In fact, there is a joke, that such serious problems are caused either by DNS (Domain Name System) or BGP.

So, what is “BGP”? Imagine you are a pilot of the plane. BGP would be your autopilot, guiding you from the airport of origin to your destination. The autopilot would show you the fastest route to get to the airport of choice. Without it, you probably would not be able to get there, would you? With the explanation out of the way. The effects were so severe because Facebook is famous for handling everything about their network access on their own. It does give them massive control over every aspect, however, when you are running into problems, you are on your own.

To read all the nitty-gritty details of the massive outage, see Cloudflare’s blog post.

Nuxt 3

Nuxt.js is the Next.js for Vue.js (crazy, right?). It provides easy setup, a set of smart defaults, and Hybrid Rendering out of the box so that you can get to the development process as fast as possible. After Vue 3 dropped, a lot of Vue developers waited for the Nuxt with the same version number. 

They are finally rewarded, as Nuxt 3 is scheduled to appear this week. The new release is expected to be a complete rewrite of the previous version -  it is “[r]ebuilt from the ground up for the modern web.” The list of new features includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nuxt Devtools
  • Hybrid Rendering
  • React-like Suspense
  • Nuxt CLI

To see the announcement tomorrow, leave this page open.

Windows 11 Available

Windows 11, the newest release of Microsoft’s dominating Operating System, has been available as of October 5. There are many user-facing novelties, including, but not limited to: 

  • The new design and sounds [...]
  • Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
  • Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
  • Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI [...] 
  • Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and [...] like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR.
  • Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.

The new, major update to the system is expected to be rolled out in phases, with the whole process could take months. There is a way to install it ahead of the curve, however. 

How To Install Windows 11 Without Waiting?

Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows11, and click the “Download Now” button. After the download is complete, run the app you have just received, and follow the instructions on screen. We suggest you perform a data backup before the process, however.

Play Store “Material You” Redesign Rollout

Android’s official (but not only) application store is receiving a visual update, as was expected. This is the first instance of the update — there will be more to come, as the last week’s update was not an extensive one. 

Material You is the updated version of Google’s default Material Design System. The revision is meant to be more accessible, and more “expressive”, than the old version. We can expect major changes to all Google Apps come Android 12.

The Future Of Entertainment Is In The Cloud

The world where we needed to own countless disks, tapes, books, additional devices to enjoy entertainment seems to be gone. More and more brands appear in the area of “cloud entertainment.” 

Amazon is the most recent one, with Amazon Luna set to appear sometime in the future. Luna, the solution for cloud gaming is the xCloud’s rival, which continues the tendency of the two companies to rival each other in more and more fields.

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