Looking at my blog from time to time fills me with geek shame. Of years past if we didn’t post for 2 weeks the next on the list began with an apology fully explaining absence with evidence and justification. Nowadays, it’s so different. I don’t blog for the lack of news. If anything, I (and fellow geeks) have been busier than ever (more on that in a bit). One hundred years ago authors complained about the disappearance of long form letters and articles. They would have wept looking at blog posts from the early noughties. They would have positively barfed at twitter, facebook and “10 things… shite on buzzfeed now adopted by all major media sources. Yes, TIME I am looking directly at you. I post there because it is quick and convenient, and people that may have an interest may see what I say. Blogs are a resource though. Social media outlets are sentiment/statistical monitors. Not, in my opinion a resource, or at least a resource easy to search. Try to find anything on Twitter, Facebook, Chatter, Connections or Linkedin. Go on. I will wait.
See? Ok, point made.
I used to 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. Now its a “this is handy http://tinyurl…..). Alas…
Work is mental. I have not been this busy in years. Wearing different hats (Domino, Salesforce, Connections) has been very good to us in Bluewave. 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). Interesting stuff. 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. I have been luckily enough to also be selected for a session on the Best Practice track too. No, not adminblast, but something different. Hopefully fun.
Defending the Perimeter. Protecting your Web Servers – Paul Mooney, Bluewave Technology
In order to defend, you need to know how people attack. In this session, Paul Mooney takes you through his lessons learned from the techniques of internal or external disrupters and hackers, their processes and goals when it comes to your web and smtp servers. 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. 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. I promise it will be fun. 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, an excellent surprise. I had also presented at the wonderful Admincamp a few months back. Next week I travel to DANNOTES with Tony Holder. 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. See you all at the bar.
Salesforce is going well, and the value of years in collaboration along with a growing technology is fascinating. Meeting “new” customers is brilliant. That said the IBM Collaboration work is out the frigging door! Always amazed me with the Domino server. ”It’s dead…. no THIS time it’s dead. Nobody uses it anymore… Everyone has an exit strategy”.
Try replacing it in a business. See what happens. If you are lucky and kept your smart staff, you have a chance (Duffbert is prime example of this). 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. It is mostly attributed by actual amount of flights, as opposed to getting the expensive seats. The way a few things are going at the moment, travel may pick up in a big way over the coming months. What else?
GSX have monitoring support for Traveler HA. A very nice addition. Go take a look. Traveler 9 is very good. Notes and iNotes9 is good.
Gab, Abb and I are trying to push mobug. We still love the idea, but quite a bit of apathy in the area, which is not what I was expecting. 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. Gab and I are busy with some new ideas in this area.
I have a Pebble watch. I like it. I don’t love it, but I love the fact it is the start of something. All watches will become smart to different levels in future.
I get out on the bike when I can. But this time of year it is hard. There are plans afoot for a big trip next year, and hands will be expected to be put in pockets… Well, with that I best get back to work. Servers restarted, vpn reconnected… back at it. See you again, sooner next time I hope.