December 05, 2015

3 Myths of OpenStack Distros, parts 2 and 3

Although it may seem as though all distros should be equally stable and interoperable, and that they should be released with the corresponding community version, the realities of hardening software mean that that’s simply not possible. Make sure that your vendor is providing you with the best possible version of OpenStack for you, not just hitting the market as quickly as possible. At Mirantis, we’re very proud of the stability of Mirantis OpenStack 7.0. I’d like to invite you to download it now and see for yourself how well-tested and stable the release is. We welcome your feedback about this blog and about our product.

Securing File and Print Servers

Another important security feature of the NFTS file system is the Encrypting File System (EFS) feature. EFS can be used to secure confidential corporate data from unauthorized access, because it enables you to encrypt files and folders to further enhance the security of these files and folders. Even when an unauthorized person manages to access the files and folders because of incorrectly configured NTFS permissions, the files and folders would be encrypted. EFS uses keys to encrypt and decrypt data, and the cryptography application programming interface (CryptoAPI) architecture to provide cryptographic functions. EFS can work on computers that are members of a domain, and on standalone computers. The keys which EFS uses to encrypt and decrypt data, is a public and private key pair, and a per file encryption key.

Microsoft plans to add containers to Windows client, too

What would container support in Windows client mean from a security standpoint? Instead of using a virtual machine to run a browser, a user could use a Hyper-V container to isolate the browser from other apps running on the operating system. That could keep attackers from infiltrating other parts of the Windows OS via a browser attack. Over the past several years, Microsoft Research has investigated ways to make the Windows OS more secure. The ServiceOS project -- formerly known as "Gazelle" and "MashupOS" -- aimed to tighten security by isolating the browser from the OS. There seems to have been little, if any, work to advance ServiceOS for the past few years, however.

Turn the Lights Back on with GIS and Operations Dashboards

Often, too little or too much information slows down analysis and decision-making. Operations dashboards must be configurable to display relevant datasets based on an individual’s role in the utility. For example, a dashboard for emergency operations centre staff might include a live map that plots locations of outages, customers and assets; automated vehicle location data to enable real-time tracking of field crews; and live weather feeds that enable dispatchers to monitor severe weather events that could impact restoration efforts and allow them to redirect crews accordingly. - See more at:

Consumer acceptance of in-store location-based tracking on the rise

“In our hyper-connected world, it’s not possible to do this without technology. Consumers today want tech-enabled in-store experiences – in fact, over a quarter would like the shops they visit to know exactly who they are when they walk in through the door, thanks to location-based technologies,” he said. Services such as price comparison sites and in-store Wi-Fi mean customers are now reviewing and comparing products from other stores while shopping. Some 87% of customers will have researched products before entering bricks-and-mortar stores, according to the research, which puts pressure on shop assistants to make the customer’s experience in-store a differentiator.

Why Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Spend on Personalized Learning

“We’re starting to build this technology now, and the results are already promising,” Zuckerberg and Chan wrote in an open letter to their newborn daughter, Max, about the charitable work. “Not only do students perform better on tests, but they gain the skills and confidence to learn anything they want. And this journey is just beginning. The technology and teaching will rapidly improve every year you’re in school,” they wrote. While the general concept of personalized learning isn’t new—teachers have long tried to design lessons to reach individual kids—the explosion of new technology, apps, and the “smart” software has only begun to penetrate classrooms in the last few years. As a result, we don’t know yet how well it works or, really, whether it works at all.

What Is Disruptive Innovation?

Disruptive innovations are made possible because they get started in two types of markets that incumbents overlook. Low-end footholds exist because incumbents typically try to provide their most profitable and demanding customers with ever-improving products and services, and they pay less attention to less-demanding customers. In fact, incumbents’ offerings often overshoot the performance requirements of the latter. This opens the door to a disrupter focused (at first) on providing those low-end customers with a “good enough” product. In the case of new-market footholds, disrupters create a market where none existed. Put simply, they find a way to turn nonconsumers into consumers.

Lynne Cazaly on Making Sense using Visual Communications

Lynne Cazaly spoke at the recent Agile New Zealand conference on the importance of clarity and sense-making in a world where VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) is the norm. ... Two point communication is what we are doing, you and I are having a conversation and so many meetings and work place settings are these, two point communication, or just people standing around talking and to bring it to a next level to three point communication, let’s have something that we are talking about; it is great to see people gathering around the story walls and project plans etc. but the same happens in any team any conversation any session; get that third point of communication going which is the visual map, maybe the artifact but it’s the thing that helps people make sense so you get to great content a lot quicker.

Quote for the day:

"The person who doesn’t have something to do after the meeting, shouldn’t have attended the meeting." -- Dan Rockwell