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Social Media Guidelines for US Federal Workers
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AWS vis a vis Azure Marketshare
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Splunk Cloud on AWS
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Running BASH Scripts over SSH ? NIST has some guidelines.
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Really ? Stodgy Government IT is Trending in GitHub ?
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Salesforce Analytics Playground is Free
Sat, Jun 27th 2015 34
Really ? Stodgy Government IT is Trending in GitHub ?
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Splunk Cloud on AWS
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 10
AWS vis a vis Azure Marketshare
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 10
Social Media Guidelines for US Federal Workers
Sat, Apr 18th 2015 10
Clearly, Open Source Advocates Should Dress in Sports Jerseys
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 9
CloudOpen Recognizes Best-of-Breed in Open Source Cloud
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 9
No Cost Android Development Course by Google
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Who's the Prettiest Language of them All ?
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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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