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 [read] Keywords: consulting
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 [read] Keywords: enterprise
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 [read] Keywords: development
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 [read] Keywords: foundations
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 [read] Keywords: google
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 [read] Keywords: community
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 [read] Keywords: google
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 [read] Keywords:
'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 [read] Keywords: application
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 [read] Keywords: desktop
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 [read] Keywords: notes
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. [read] Keywords: centos
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. [read] Keywords: applications
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. [read] Keywords:
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. [read] Keywords: google
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 [read] Keywords: best practice
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 [read] Keywords: blogger
Lenovo CEO Distributes His Bonus - Wanna Bet What's Happening in HR ?
Sun, Jul 22nd 2012 8:10p Jack Dausman Really great leadership is more inspiration than mandate, which is why it's unusual. When I read or am captured into a discussion about management and leadership, the orientation is about execution (in almost all the possible uses of that word). Against this tactical perspective, there is a growing embrace for relationship management as crucial to the balance of every compex organization. It's about building trust and lowering the cost of every negotiated transaction and hand-off. If I can tru [read] Keywords: notes
The Easiest Way for Keeping up with Changes in Google Apps
Sat, May 5th 2012 10:09a Jack Dausman If you're tired from being the last person to know about Google's latest feature announcements, you need to consider the Release Calendar for Google Apps. Google has several ways to disseminate their upgrade notifications (e.g., dedicated blogs, email reminders). My favorite is the Release Calendar which is displayed at their What's New site, because it's possible to subscribe to it. Once subscribed, then I see all the announcements in my own calendar and I'm less likely to be caught unpre [read] Keywords: email
SMTP Rescue Diagnosis through Wormly.com
Sat, Jan 14th 2012 12:09p Jack Dausman Every craftsman, technician, and engineer knows the satisfaction of having access to the right tool for the job. On a recent task, I've been integrating Google's cloud messaging with on-premise hardware. It's surprising complicated, with the added constraint of advanced security controls that prohibit me from using any of my normal network tools. What's been a challenge, is to confirm SMTP routing from different outside sources, through Google Message Security (GMS aka Postini), and into the [read] Keywords: admin
LotusLive is Picked Up by the Russell Convenience Store Chain
Tue, Aug 16th 2011 2:08p Jack Dausman It's a bit surprising that IBM is touting the LotusLive win for the Russell Convenience Store--but, I think it's revealing of a promising trend. After all, there is a great amount of detail about the choice of LotusLive, but what's missing in the press release is the size of the win. The square footage of a store is mentioned (1,200 ft), but not the number of stores: well, there are thirteen. This count would not rise to a press release from either Google or Microsoft, but it did with IBM.It [read] Keywords: ibm
Microsoft's Grip is Loosening: A Short Anecdote
Tue, Jul 26th 2011 8:07p Jack Dausman It's striking that Microsoft has had three quarters of disappointing Windows sales. Between the iPhone and Google Apps, Microsoft is struggling for market leadership. Byte's Editor-in-Chief has a nuanced analysis of Microsoft's current state: Microsoft-Watchers See A Company In Decline.Today, though, was especially telling, as I was in a training session for cloud computing. At one point, the instructor was explaining the features of a directory synchronization tool and asked the students abo [read] Keywords: enterprise
PACKT Publishing is doing a lot of Lotus
Thu, May 5th 2011 6:10a Jack Dausman For years it seemed that every vendor could have manuals, missives, and tomes stacked at the local Borders--except for the anemic showing of Lotus Domino. IBM would point to the ocassional RedBook (again, never seen on a booksellers shelf). And now ? Well, my local Borders is closing, RedBooks have been replaced by up-to-date wikis and PACKT Publishing is on a tear with the coolest in technology, including Lotus.Their latest publication is on legacy Domino web development. All the pre-XPages stu [read] Keywords: domino
New Job; New Dance
Wed, Apr 27th 2011 6:08a Jack Dausman Over the last few months, I've been working at a new job with CSC, Inc. I've accepted a position in the Federal Consulting Practice with Cloud Computing. Leaving my previous position was difficult, as there were so many good people at the publishing company. I had the opportunity to upgrade and overhaul an aging messaging infrastructure from Notes R5 to a complete Notes/Domino 8.5 platform. All of which was accomplished in the midst of a recession and a slumping industry for journalism. Howeve [read] Keywords: collaboration
Wi-Fi Update with InSSIDer
Sat, Jan 15th 2011 11:14a Jack Dausman Time for a Wi-Fi tune-up for the home office, and one of my first tools of choice is InSSIDer by Metageek. It provides a dynamic presentation of channels, traffic flow, encryption types and other statistics. Over the last six months, I've noticed that my Wi-Fi connectivity is getting a bit sketchy, depending on my location. My original configuration was put in place six or seven years ago. Perhaps I'm experiencing a problem of congestion from the addition of many more neighborhood routers. M [read] Keywords: laptop
GTD and Lotus Notes is Really, Really Good.
Wed, Nov 24th 2010 3:13p Jack Dausman Whatever happened to email being a tool for increasing productivity ? Where are the real metrics on it enabling work? Last week, at the DC Lotus Professionals User Group, Eric Mack exhorted, explained, and demonstrated a transformation in processing email. Instead of email being merely an aggregate of social connections, he's employed the Getting Things Done (GTD) process of David Allen for managing professional workflow. Eric is a long time aficionado and developer for Lotus Notes, and has wo [read] Keywords: connections
Eric Mack, Lotus Notes and GTD for this Month's DC Lotus Professional Meeting.
Thu, Nov 11th 2010 11:17p Jack Dausman Kevin Pettitt has the details for the DC Lotus Professional Meeting that will be including GTD Expert Eric Mack. Getting Things Done (GTD) is the condensation of David Allen's award winning work in organizational methods. Amazon lists Getting Things Done as #1 in Time Management, #1 in Health & Stress, and #1 in Mental Health. The overall rating of David Allen's book is a ranking of 125 out of the entire Amazon inventory. The best from Dostoyevsky is only a ranking of 4,538 for "Crime an [read] Keywords: lotus
LotusLive Looks Good Against the Competition
Tue, Oct 19th 2010 7:06a Jack Dausman Laurie McCabe, of SMB Consulting, has written a nuanced, three-part, overview of hosted collaboration platforms for SMBs. I'm impressed by the breadth of her coverage, as she also includes Zoho, HyperOffice and Zimbra. Her comprehensiveness adds credibility to the assessment, so that I'm confident I'm reading a thoughtful analysis and not just a compiled customer survey that's repackaged into "Clash of the Titans." With a hosted solution, a lot of back-end, technical, concerns are masked [read] Keywords: collaboration
Singapore Airlines Lifts Off with Lotus Notes Domino 8.5
Thu, Sep 23rd 2010 9:44a Jack Dausman Singapore Airlines has a reputation for being the Top Gun in the competitive airline market, consistently recognized as a global leader. Providing premium customer service, during a recession that forces dramatic cost-cutting, demands making creative decisions on their IT infrastructure. Today they have announced they will upgrade to the latest version of Lotus Notes Domino 8.5 by the end of 2010. IBM has a long history with Singapore Airlines, and in general, with the airline industry. This w [read] Keywords: collaboration
Blogging from The Village by John Mike D'Agostino
Thu, Sep 9th 2010 7:28a Jack Dausman John Mike D'Agostino (yes, he is related to the founder, Fr. Angelo D'Agostino) is volunteering in the Nyumbani Village and has begun weekly blogging his experience: John Mike is currently living in Kenya and volunteering for an organization called Nyumbani for six months from August 2010 to February 2011. The bulk of his time will be spent in a village near Kitui (a few hours east of Nairobi) called Nyumbani Village. Follow his journey of personal growth and experience with the foreign cultu [read] Keywords: blogging
SMTP HotFix for Domino 8.5.2 is Released
Wed, Sep 8th 2010 9:26a Jack Dausman If you working with 8.5.2, today is the scheduled release date for SPR #LMIL88Q62X, which affects SMTP. According to a current technote on the problem, the HotFix will be placed in IBM's Fix Central, today. Apparently, a last minute tweak to 8.5.2 did not undergo full regression testing, and the SMTP error was introduced. The HotFix actually made it in for public distribution yesterday.
Technorati Tags: smtp, IBM Domino, Lotus Notes [read] Keywords: domino
Off-the-Grid in Kenya
Thu, Jul 29th 2010 6:54a Jack Dausman For the next several weeks, I will be taking a busman's holiday in Kenya, working with Nyumbani.org. I'll be upgrading two computer labs, adding a video studio, and providing some general IT support. Nearly all of the software systems will be open-source. The generosity of many people has been incredible, and I'm taking over several more shipping cartons than I had anticipated. [read] Keywords:
Hosted Email May be More Secure Outside of the U.S
Thu, Jul 29th 2010 6:31a Jack Dausman The White House administration is requesting that the FBI have access to "electronic communication transactional records" without the approval of a judge. Many Internet service providers have resisted the government's demands to turn over electronic records, arguing that surveillance law as written does not allow them to do so, industry lawyers say. One senior administration government official, who would discuss the proposed change only on condition of anonymity, countered that "most" In [read] Keywords: administration
Desert Island Reading for Linux
Sat, Jul 17th 2010 11:49a Jack Dausman If you could only have one book on Linux, it would have to be the outstanding LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, Third Edition by O'Reilly. It just came out in June in its 3rd edition, and deserves notable fanfare. Sure, the orientation is about getting LPI certification, but this massive tome is an encyclopedia of well-presented technical information. No bull. Technorati Tags: Linux, LPI [read] Keywords: linux
Sys Admin 8.5 Bootcamp for Washington, DC in July !
Tue, Jun 22nd 2010 6:52a Jack Dausman If you prefer Instructor-led technical training, IBM has set up an intensive Lotus Domino 8.5 System Administration Bootcamp, 12 Jul 2010 - 16 Jul 2010. Because of the shift in training budgets, and the availability of on-line options (e.g., http://www.rockteam.com, http://tlcc.com/, http://waresource.com), the traditional training model of a classroom is not always available. For those of you that are hands-on learners, this is a good setup to understand the nuances of 8.5 capabilities. Any [read] Keywords: admin