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Uncharted Waters by Justin Rohrman

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From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today.


The Agile Scorecard

October 10, 2016 - I came across a post on scrumalliance.org today describing an agile scorecard. The scorecard is a set of categories and criteria that a manager or lead might use to assess each person on a technical team after a sprint. The author suggests that this is good because it moves assessment from one or twice a...... READ MORE


  • Making a smart home system smart: Why connectivity is not enough

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    Many IoT developers are looking at the smart home and thinking, “I can do this. How difficult can it be to make my device or my appliance connect to the internet and make it smart?”

    For decades, consumers have had access to remote controls and home control panels to run an “automated” home. Remem…READ MORE

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  • Partnering with the Alibaba Cloud

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    Alibaba Cloud, the cloud service arm of China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., rolled out a wide-ranging partnering initiative in 2015. The ins and outs of partnering with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google and other U.S.-based cloud providers are well documented. But what is it like to work …READ MORE

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  • Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status

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    Paul Thurrott reports this morning that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) is now running on a sizable majority for active users of the latest flagship version. In fact, Win10 AU zooms into majority status with 77 percent of all Windows 10-based PCs having upgraded. The progression of numbers ha…READ MORE

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  • sock puppet marketing


    Sock puppet marketing is the use of a false identity to artificially stimulate demand for a product, brand or service. Continued…

    Quote of the Day
    “It sounds harmless, but don’t be fooled. Sock puppetry on social media outlets is not only unscrupulous, but it may be illegal in some cases.” – L…READ MORE

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  • GRC roundup: UK intelligence agencies' data collection efforts deemed illegal

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    Government intrusion of data privacy continues to be a global issue, as a British court recently ruled that UK security agencies illegally collected citizens’ data for 17 years. Also in recent GRC news: Facebook joins the list of businesses adopting the Privacy Shield framework and more businesses a…READ MORE

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  • SmartFocus: deeper into real time personalisation

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    The Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog recently ran a story on real time personalisation here… and it’s a topic that appears to have provoked more interest in the subject.

    Chief science officer at real-time digital marketing platform SmartFocus is Dr Janet Bastiman. Arguing a worthy and …READ MORE

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  • A welcome change of tone from government over FTTP broadband

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    As citizens of the UK try to decipher the new thinking and emerging rhetoric of a post-Brexit-vote government and a new Prime Minister, for us in tech there is already a welcome change of tone in one vital area.

    For six years, we were constantly told by former digital minister Ed Vaizey what a gr…READ MORE

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  • Yahoo open sources NSFW neural network porn detector

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    Embattled former darling of the search wars Yahoo has open sourced its neural network porn detector software.

    The firm has explained that it is in fact tremendously difficult to automatically identifying that an image is not suitable/safe for work (NSFW).

    But says Yahoo, with the evolution of …READ MORE

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  • What about the people?

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    I’ve been a technologist all my life. I studied electronics in high school, graduated college with a BSEE, spent some years creating manufacturing machines, and have written extensively about computers and IT for decades. I’ve never really had an uneasy feeling about technology; until this week.


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  • Dell EMC's making XtremIO multi-protocol

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    EMC’s XtremIO all-flash SAN is getting a file-system injection thanks to Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS).

    Dell EMC previewed the NAS capabilities for XtremIO at Dell EMC World, saying they would be generally available by late 2017. FluidFS is a scale-out NAS technology that Dell acquired from …READ MORE

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  • VMware’s Cross Cloud moves aim to replicate datacentre dominance in the cloud

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    As an attendee at VMworld events for about half a decade, this one provided the clearest message I’ve yet heard from VMware.

    That’s because, in its explanation of its Cross Cloud strategy and announcement of a product set – Cross Cloud Services – lie its intentions to try to virtualise t…READ MORE

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  • Bill Belichick does not like tablets

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    During the New England Patriots’ Oct. 2 loss, cameras caught head coach Bill Belichick throwing a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Belichick was justifiably upset with his players’ performance, but there may have been more to the story.

    On a conference call this week, the usually tightlipped coach went o…READ MORE

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  • Red Hat – the open source conglomerate

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    As successful companies grow, they accumulate products; new ones are developed and additional ones are acquired. Managing diverse portfolios is a challenge, not least when it comes to putting it all together on a single presentation slide to make it appear there is an overall coherent product strate…READ MORE

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  • Obscurity is not Security

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    We’ve all heard the argument that using a different TCP port number for SQL, other than 1433, is more secure.  Here’s the truth, it isn’t.  Andy said it best here in a conversation on Twitter that happened in the #sqlhelp hash tag.  If you think that hiding your SQL Servers on a different TCP por…READ MORE

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  • PowerShell Summit 2017–agenda

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    We’re finalising the agenda for the 2017 Summit. Most of the sessions are now up on the event site. Go to https://powershell.org/summit/ and click the Brochure and Registration link. You’ll be able to down load a brochure describing next years Summit and view the proposed agenda (it is subject …READ MORE

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  • Strange USB Sticks Zap PCs

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    We’ve written before about USB sticks that could set computers on fire. Now it’s not just a rumor – it’s something you can order now for less than 50 Euros. And it has free shipping!

    Ostensibly for people to test how well PCs and other devices can handle power surge attacks, “the USB Ki…READ MORE

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  • Keeping a clear mind about the potential downsides of AI

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    Artifical image via FreeImages
    By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

    It’s not hard to grab your 15 minutes of attention in the mass media. All you need to do is argue that that the latest technological mania is going to ruin the world.

    Alarmist warnings about artificial intelligence (AI) see…READ MORE

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  • 4 Takeaways from the VMware and AWS Partnership

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    Last week, VMware and AWS announced that they are working on a new service to deliver VMware technology from AWS’ cloud – called “VMware on AWS”.

    We talked about this with Greg Knieriemen and Keith Townsend on The Cloudcast.

    The strategies for VMware and AWS are becoming clearer:


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  • Thank You, Dear Readers


    I have truly enjoyed writing this blog for the last two years, but now it’s time to take a brain break. Thanks for your comments and readership. Happy secure computing….READ MORE

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  • Should we say hello to DBPM?

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    If there’s one thing the business tech community is fond of, it’s adding letters to acronyms. We’ve seen it with things like iBPM, MBaaS and DevSecOps. It looks like we may have a new one in our midst: digital business process management, or DBPM.
    So what is DPBM?
    This is what an article found on …READ MORE

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