Monday, August 25, 2014
It's also been pointed out that RFC 7076 offers some guidance on security concerns.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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.github.com/) and the numbers representing their adoption of GitHub are impressive.
Ben Balter, GitHub Government Evangelist, calls out this increase:
It's hard to believe that what started with a single repository just five years ago, has blossomed into a movement where today, more than 10,000 government employees use GitHub to collaborate on code, data, and policy each day.And, it's not even just having 10k employees accessing open source code that is amazing, there is also a significant rise in project hosting.
The federal IT procurement system is outdated. Projects are consistently delivered late, over-budget, and obsolete. Much of this trend can be traced back to flawed legal frameworks that lock agencies and contractors into an outdated development model. Through education, reform, and organization-wide support, federal agility can become a reality. Any computer user knows that as systems age they begin to slow. Today, the federal IT procurement system is running slowly, to the detriment of both agencies and the public, and it is long overdue for a system-wide upgrade.
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 many high school popularity contests have been proven as prescient.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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 charge.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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 were too much like commercial journalism organizations. Evidently, this happens when the number of groups of a particular type increases to the point that it catches someone’s attention at the IRS. Eventually the logjam let go ... but it was a frustrating period that cost a number of organizations grants and even their futures
Digital Media Law has an excellent reference summary for ensuring that the journalistic inclined are efficiently packaged for IRS consideration. These materials should be easily applicable to many Open Source initiatives.
Or, on the other hand, the Open Source community could take the example of the NFL, a 9.5 billion dollar a year enterprise which is a legally recognized non-profit. The benefits for playoffs from Drupal against Wordpress, or Linux versus BSD would be certainly raise the entertainment value of the Open Source community.
Monday, July 7, 2014
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 a bit different, but Objective-C or Shell scripts have dramatically dissimilar rankings between the two summaries. Redmonk only pulls data from GitHub and Stack Overflow, so it's now apparent that their programming choices are not universally applicable.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
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 pressures and broader acceptance of the cloud model, indicating that the public sector can no longer be a sidelight to Amazon's enterprise cloud business.But catering to government and other tightly regulated sectors puts a premium on issues such as security and compliance, Carlson points out, noting the work Amazon has done to win certifications such as FedRAMP and the various levels of authorization to operate, or ATO, within the defense community.
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 interfaces for OpenStack.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
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. The demand for U.S. electricity in 2013 is anticipated to be 2% below 2007's peak. Power customers are back in the business of generating their own electricity.
In Liam Denning's article in the Wall Street Journal he notes that,
Subsidies and falling technology costs are making distributed solar power — panels on roofs, essentially — cost-competitive with retail electricity prices in places like the southwestern U.S. . . . . As more people switch to solar, utilities sell less electricity to those customers, especially as they often have the right to sell surplus power from their panels back to the utility.So, what's the IT metaphor equal to solar panels ? Distributed mobile clouds ?
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Centos 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.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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.
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