Looking at my blog from time to time fills me with geek shame. Â Of years past if we didn’t post for 2 weeks the next on the list began with an apology fully explaining absence Â with evidence and justification. Â Nowadays, it’s so different. Â I don’t blog for the lack of news. Â If anything, I (and fellow geeks) have been busier than ever (more on that in a bit). Â One hundred years ago authors complained about the disappearance of long form letters and articles. Â They would have wept looking at blog posts from the early noughties. Â They would have positively barfed at twitter, facebook and “10 things… shite on buzzfeed now adopted by all major media sources. Â Yes, TIME I am looking directly at you. Â I post there because it is quick and convenient, and people that may have an interest may see what I say. Â Blogs are a resource though. Â Social media outlets are sentiment/statistical monitors. Â Not, in my opinion a resource, or at least a resource easy to search. Â Try to find anything on Twitter, Facebook, Chatter, Connections or Linkedin. Go on. Â I will wait.
See? Â Ok, point made.
I used to Â link to good tech notes, as opposed to explaining the problem and solution better, granting Google the information it needs to easily help someone else. Â Now its a “this is handy http://tinyurl…..). Â Alas…
Work is mental. Â I have not been this busy in years. Wearing different hats (Domino, Salesforce, Connections) has been very good to us in Bluewave. Â Aside from that on many occasions I have just been asked to advise on technology as a whole, without products front and centre (Security, mobility, cloud). Â Interesting stuff. Â Additionally, I have been working with Christian and Gab on the Show and Tell Track for Connect14, although I sadly suspect it will be my last time. Â I have been luckily enough to also be selected for a session on the Best Practice track too. Â No, not adminblast, but something different. Â Hopefully fun.
Defending the Perimeter. Protecting your Web Servers – Paul Mooney, Bluewave Technology
In order to defend, you need to know how people attack. Â In this session, Paul Mooney takes you through his lessons learned from the techniques of internal or external disrupters and hackers, Â their processes and goals when it comes to your web and smtp servers. Â Introduce yourself to the methodologies and tools used in this world and how to protect your service and data
For anyone that has read my site, you will know I ran ethical hacking sessions over the past year. Â Add one and one and you will get a 60 minute version of this session that will show you what bad people do, and some of how they do it. Â I promise it will be fun. Â I’m looking forward to presenting it and discussing the pros and cons at the bar afterwards.
Speaking of ethical hacking, I presented at DNUG last week in Frankfurt (thanks to Wee4IT) the day-long version of this session, and it seem’ed to go well. Also managed to bump into Volker Weber, Â an excellent surprise. Â I had also presented at the wonderful Admincamp a few months back. Â Next week I travel to DANNOTES with Tony Holder. Â I shall present Adminblast but return for as much a personal reason as business with Tony Holder, representing better people than us to pay respects to an even better person. Â See you all at the bar.
Salesforce is going well, and the value of years in collaboration along with a growing technology is fascinating. Â Meeting “new” customers is brilliant. Â That said the IBM Collaboration work is out the frigging door! Â Always amazed me with the Domino server. Â “It’s dead…. no THIS time it’s dead. Â Nobody uses it anymore… Â Everyone has an exit strategy”.
Try replacing it in a business. Â See what happens. Â If you are lucky and kept your smart staff, Â you have a chance (Duffbert is prime example of this). Â Usually this is not the case and we get called to pick up the pieces.
Travel on the whole has been manic, and I amazingly now have status on an airline. Â It is mostly attributed by actual amount of flights, as opposed to getting the expensive seats. Â The way a few things are going at the moment, travel may pick up in a big way over the coming months. Â What else?
GSX have monitoring support for Traveler HA. Â A very nice addition. Â Go take a look. Â Traveler 9 is very good. Â Notes and iNotes9 is good.
Gab, Abb and I are trying to push mobug. Â We still love the idea, but quite a bit of apathy in the area, which is not what I was expecting. Â I need to focus on it more.
Connections 4.5 is an improvement as expected, but at the back end still needs work to make it easier to manage. Â Gab and I are busy with some new ideas in this area.
I have a Pebble watch. Â I like it. Â I don’t love it, but I love the fact it is the start of something. Â All watches will become smart to different levels in future.
I get out on the bike when I can. Â But this time of year it is hard. Â There are plans afoot for a big trip next year, and hands will be expected to be put in pockets… Â Well, with that I best get back to work. Â Servers restarted, vpn reconnected… back at it. Â See you again, sooner next time I hope.