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Salesforce Analytics Playground is Free
Sat, Jun 27th 2015 14
VMWare VDI Gets Some Love from Brian Madden
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Social Media Guidelines for US Federal Workers
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AWS vis a vis Azure Marketshare
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 18
Splunk Cloud on AWS
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 21
Running BASH Scripts over SSH ? NIST has some guidelines.
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 22
Really ? Stodgy Government IT is Trending in GitHub ?
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Really ? Stodgy Government IT is Trending in GitHub ?
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 23
Running BASH Scripts over SSH ? NIST has some guidelines.
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 22
CloudOpen Recognizes Best-of-Breed in Open Source Cloud
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 21
Splunk Cloud on AWS
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 21
Social Media Guidelines for US Federal Workers
Sat, Apr 18th 2015 21
AWS vis a vis Azure Marketshare
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 18
OpenStack Management
Sun, Jul 6th 2014 17
VMWare VDI Gets Some Love from Brian Madden
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 14
Salesforce Analytics Playground is Free
Sat, Jun 27th 2015 14
AWS versus Azure
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Jack Dausman
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Salesforce Analytics Playground is Free
Sat, Jun 27th 2015 1:00a   Jack Dausman
Salesforce Analytics Cloud Playground is a tremendously powerful showpiece for a variety of analytic presentations. A tutorial is provided, along with examples and the ability to upload your own data. Louis Columbus of Forbes has a detailed overview and example.
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VMWare VDI Gets Some Love from Brian Madden
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 12:00a   Jack Dausman
I've long followed Brian Madden for all things VDI. It's a technology that I'm really hoping will mature beyond data center hosting of the client. Security, of course, is absolutely critical, and it appears that VMWare has upped the game. In a recent posting, Gabe Knuth summarizes the new network security capabilities as leveraging VMWare's NSX virtual networks.The quick explanation here is that with this combination of technologies, you can have applications run on specific networks dedica
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Social Media Guidelines for US Federal Workers
Sat, Apr 18th 2015 12:00a   Jack Dausman
The US Office of Government Ethics has published their guidelines for using social media. The direction is not for a government account, but "as a general matter, this requirement limits the extent to which employees may access and use their personal social media accounts while on duty." One large section is whether or not a job title can be included in a posting. Another is on how recommendations should be considered. In any case, now that there are guidelines, it's to be noted that this is
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AWS vis a vis Azure Marketshare
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 11:00p   Jack Dausman
Really interesting analysis on Azure and AWS footprint sizes in Forbes. Spoiler alert, AWS is still leaving Bigfoot puddles as it walks through the competition. The call out items, to me, are (1) it's a zero profit platform for anyone building for the cloud; (2) Microsoft is still tethered to it's own, proprietary, infrastructure; (3) despite AWS's prowess, Azure is gaining a lot of clients. My read is that a lot of the direction for cloud technology will be centered on the desktop and mobil
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Splunk Cloud on AWS
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 9:00p   Jack Dausman
Splunk has released their analytic cloud tool set on AWS that will soon include AWS GovCloud for U.S. government agencies, contractors and businesses. Here's a sandbox for orientation: https://www.splunk.com/page/sign_up/cloudtrial?redirecturl=/getsplunk/onlinesandbox
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Running BASH Scripts over SSH ? NIST has some guidelines.
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 9:12p   Jack Dausman
If you are running shell scripts as part of your cloud management, NIST has a very useful document (in draft) which summarizes their Best Practice. http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/nistir-7966/nistir_7966_draft.pdf It's also been pointed out that RFC 7076 offers some guidance on security concerns.
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Really ? Stodgy Government IT is Trending in GitHub ?
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 6:13p   Jack Dausman
When I started in Federal consulting (that would be during the previous century) there was a common government mantra: "We work extra hard to be in second place." Innovation and technical currency were not the hallmarks of IT leadership. The primary concern was keeping everything running, 24x7, under slippery congressional budgets. Now, I'm reading that GitHub is on the up take within DC agencies. There is even a dedicated sub-domain to support government involvement (https://government.gith
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CloudOpen Recognizes Best-of-Breed in Open Source Cloud
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 5:11p   Jack Dausman
Which cloud open source projects are taking off ? Alexandar Williams writes from Linux.com of the most highly regarded initiatives, with few surprises. Openstack, Docker, Openshift, take honors and Eucalyptus continues to lie fallow in the listing. It was interesting to see that Puppet gathered twice the votes as Chef--that was surprising. These gear-head popularity votes should be measured against specific technical needs, and how well they are being adopted in the mainstream. After all, not
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No Cost Android Development Course by Google
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 10:21p   Jack Dausman
Google has announced Android development training, at no cost. Android Fundamentals is an online training course featuring Google Developer Advocates Reto Meier, Dan Galpin, and Katherine Kuan, working with the team at Udacity that’s advanced and technical enough for experienced developers who are new to Android — maybe even new to mobile — but not new to programming. Really ought to be a no-brainer: the entire curriculum is provided. If tutoring is appropriate, there is a small ch
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Clearly, Open Source Advocates Should Dress in Sports Jerseys
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 11:09a   Jack Dausman
The social and technological impact of the Open Source movement for innovation has been staggering. Interestingly, though, several prominent projects are losing their non-profit status. Ruth McCambridge of The NonProfit Quarterly notes that history is repeating itself, and that many journalistic endeavors had been struggling to maintain their non-profit status. Many were repeatedly denied, although there were already a number of us existing as nonprofits, on the basis that their revenue plans w
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Who's the Prettiest Language of them All ?
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 11:30p   Jack Dausman
http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/interactive-the-top-programming-languages The venerable and esteemed IEEE Spectrum has an interactive chart for ranking computing languages. The references that they use are Google searches/trends, Twitter, GitHub, Stack Overflow, Reddit, etc. These comparison charts are always valuable, but they also introduce new questions. For instance, why does the IEEE data differ so much from RedMonk's own listing of programming languages ? Sure, the reference sources are
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Amazon Is Moving in to the Public Sector
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 12:30a   Jack Dausman
Kenneth Corbin, writes in CIO that Amazon is continuing to develop its core services for the public sector. To date, AWS has won contracts with more than 800 government agencies, more than 3,000 educational institutions, and more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations. It's the first time the company has broken out a customer count in the nonprofit sector.Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector with AWS, points to a constellation of factors, from government mandates to cost
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OpenStack Management
Sun, Jul 6th 2014 6:38p   Jack Dausman
http://opensource.com/business/14/7/6-fresh-guides-managing-openstack OpenStack continues to spark a lot of interest as a completely opensource IaaS, which is competing against AWS, Google's Compute Engine, and Microsoft's Azure. Right now, its growth seems to be strongest as a private cloud. That means, it's even more critical to have the design implementation correct, and to include O&M within its true operational cost. OpenSource.com has provided a useful compilation of management i
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AWS versus Azure
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 11:30p   Jack Dausman
Not quite as entertaining as Mad Magazine's Spy-vs-Spy, Bridget Botelho has summarized a useful comparison in the terminology and services that are offered by AWS and Azure. http://searchaws.techtarget.com/news/2240223645/AWS-vs-Azure-face-off-cloud-costs-commitments-and-SLAs
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'The Expert' is Going Viral
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 5:09a   Jack Dausman
Humor can be such an excellent means to communicate truth. Lauris Beinerts has based his video on a short story "The Meeting" by Alexey Berezin. The video highlights problem solving dynamics. Instead of, "I would like you, the expert, to understand the problem and propose a solution," we have "I already have the solution and would like you, the expert, to implement it." https://www.youtube.com/user/laurisbeinerts
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Most Secure Desktop is Free ?
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 5:56p   Jack Dausman
This month, the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) released their security analysis of end-user devices. The GCHQ is the UK equivalent of the US NSA, and provide basic configuration guidance on security standards from OSX to Blackberries. It's a surprise, though, to find that the OS ranked most secure is Ubuntu, an Open Source Linux platform. This assessment has a personal side, for me. I just sent off some pre-configured laptops to be used in a Kenyan medical facility and NG
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Does IT Matter ? The Debate on Its Strategic Value has Taken an Odd Twist
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 5:36p   Jack Dausman
Nicholas Carr made a name by deconstructing the strategic decline of IT for business innovation. Just as it was once imperative for every manufacturer to host their own power plant, so every 21st company has their own IT center. Carr has brilliantly argued that IT is becoming a commodity service, essential, but undistinguished. What does it mean for Nicholas, when the model begins to revert ? Because of the widespread distribution of alternative energy sources, Utilities are suffering a decline
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Total Game Changer in the Linux World
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 9:11a   Jack Dausman
http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2014-January/020100.htmlCentos is joining with RedHat. It's really interesting to gauge the impact with the variety of cloud providers. Azure doesn't have much for RedHat, but totally integrates with Centos. Not such good news for Canonical, as this gives a real competitor for Ubuntu Server (in terms of licensing and costs).Could give OpenStack a real punch-up.
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Why Chromebook's Popularity Will Continue to Rise
Wed, Jan 1st 2014 7:28p   Jack Dausman
The very smart people working the beta site of RollApp have provided an easy, web interface, for numerous desktop applications. This service is a perfect for a Chromebook user, who requires more sophisticated applications than is found through the standard Google Docs. Now, I can use an inexpensive Chromebook to run LibreOffice or LibreCalc, and save the documents onto my Google Drive or Dropbox.
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MOOC Indexer (technically, an aggregator)
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 2:41p   Jack Dausman
Class Central is a powerful indexer of MOOC. Looking to up your understanding of cryptography ? Class Central will identify 14 courses, over four different platforms, and list the details of the instructor, etc. Tremendously useful.
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Digital DDOS Attack Map
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 4:59p   Jack Dausman
Just in time for Halloween. Google has linked up with Arbor Networks to provide a live data visualization of global DDoS attacks. It's not really actionable information, other than it might help explain a major outage. DDoS is sort of the dark matter of cyberspace. Difficult to measure, but we know it has an impact.
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Is the HealthCare.gov Meltdown a Technical Failure ?
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 4:09p   Jack Dausman
What's the root of the HealthCare.gov's poor performance ? Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, writes in Harvard Business Review that, The underlying truth for virtually every large system’s implementation initiative is that success demands leadership and oversight that holds itself accountable for assuring best practice. Good governance, not superior technical chops or ready access to alpha geeks, is how you build complex systems that deli
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New Blog Platform
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 11:53a   Jack Dausman
Why did I change to a new blog platform ? Simplification. It's not a complicated decision, but I'm not hosting any more basement servers. A local build can't match up to  Amazon/Cloudstack/Azure. I'm doing work with Drupal and WordPress, but my final decision was guided by the rule of parsimony. I've slowly moved a lot of content into a Google Apps domain, so I dropped my static IPs and settled on a customized Google site/blogger. We'll see how it works out.   As much as I c




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