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Tags: human behaviour, Twitter
Not my normal security-related subject matter, but I had to pull together some highlights (wrong word?) of the appalling events in London over the past few days.The sequence below, taken from Twitter and Flickr and assembled in Storify (http://www.storify.com), show clearly that the vast majority of people in the UK are sickened by the mindless violence and sheer greed of the criminals who did this. The story also shows (to me at least) that when it comes down to it, the people of the UK, and particularly Londoners, will always rise above attempts to terrorise them and just get on with sorting things out.
Something we can all do to help. Publish the banner on your website or your blog or retweet the post. Let people know, so they can turn out to help with getting things back to normal.
For me, this picture sums up the violence of the whole thing. This morning’s television news showed footage of a 150 year old family run furniture store ablaze. Why? What did that achieve?
But, as bad as things get, people act with kindness and show their appreciation to the police..
And then this morning, I can only echo Professor Brian Cox on Twitter (above). it really does restore your faith in human nature.
People turned out in droves, responding to a spontaneous campaign to clean up the devastation left by the rioters.
|#riotcleanup pictures on PicFog
Check out this site for more pictures of the clean up operation around London.
Now something else we can all do to help. Look at the pictures from the Met Police. If you know any of these clowns, tell the police. They need to be stopped before someone gets seriously hurt.
Tags: blogs, WordPress
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 37 posts. There were 75 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was April 7th with 32 views. The most popular post that day was OneNote in the Cloud.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were 188.8.131.52, mobilenoter.com, ifreestores.com, iheartonenote.com, and stumbleupon.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for onenote iphone, iam governance, one note iphone, motorola5200, and mobilenoter.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
OneNote in the Cloud September 2009
OneNote, iPhone and Wi-Fi January 2010
Send Back Pictures to OneNote January 2010
1st Impressions – IBM and IAM Governance August 2009
OneNote to go … September 2009
Tags: blogs, PostAWeek
2010 has been a bit of a watershed for me and the new direction for my career has left me seriously short on time. Sadly, one of the things that has suffered is the time I’ve devoted to this blog. I’ve promised myself that I’m going to rectify this in 2011, by posting on this blog once a week throughout the year.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun and it will be inspiring. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to keep me going, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous New Year,
This time last year, we were cruising the Caribbean, on our way to the Panama Canal.
This year, looking out the window of V1951 Towers, I can see the Christmas lights in the trees reflecting on the snow.It’s been another frenetic and eventful year, with business making an unexpected but thus far fruitful change of direction.
We’re taking just a short break over the holiday period and we’ll be back in the office (and back on WordPress) from Wednesday December 29th, but in the meantime, we’d like to wish all our friends and colleagues
Best Wishes for the Holidays
Happy and Prosperous New Year
We look forward to chatting with you again in 2011.
Tom and Hilary
After what you might term an eventful year, Mrs V1951 and I are headed off somewhere warm to test our remote access capabilities.
We’ll be back in the office (and back on WordPress) from Monday December 28th, but in the meantime, we’d like to wish all our friends and colleagues
Best Wishes for the Holidays
Happy and Prosperous New Year
We look forward to chatting with you again in 2010.
Tom and Hilary
Tags: Programme Management, risk, Thinking String
I was delighted (and more than a little anxious) to be asked recently by Simon Perry to contribute to his Thinking String website. As you may know, Simon has established Thinking String as a federated consultancy, providing expert and hype-free guidance to technology vendors, service providers and academia which are developing solutions that enable an effective and equitable low carbon economy.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Simon for a number of years, when we were both part of CA’s EMEA Security team. More recently, Simon was ranked the 2nd most influential analyst on Green IT and Sustainability in the Analyst of the Year annual survey, conducted by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR).
I’ll be writing for Simon from time to time on matters concerning risk and programme management, as well as my own subject area of Identity and Access management.
Destined to Fail?
My first article for Thinking String addresses the problems that seem to surround delivering large scale infrastructure projects and programmes successfully. By large-scale infrastructure projects, I’m thinking of those projects, which span all (or most) Business Units and locations and impact upon multiple business processes. Admittedly, my observations are drawn mostly from enterprise security management deployments (in particular Identity and Access Management), although I suspect that the same is true of other technology management areas, such as Network and Systems Management and Service Management. You can read the whole article on the Thinking String website, but I’ll include the key points here:
- Make a plan – and stick to it! Once the design is signed off, resist the temptation to adopt a new version or service pack, unless there’s a very clear need for some functionality to overcome a major problem.
- Listen to the vendor. They know what they’re talking about (most of the time). Consider the use cases that need to be satisfied during the selection phase and select a vendor that closely aligns with those. During deployment, the closer you can then stay to the chosen vendor’s logical architecture, then the more likely it is that the deployment will be successful.
- Beware Showstoppers. Be sure that the governance arrangements for your project are adequate to ensure that the impact to your project will be considered by the decision makers and also that you have a channel to “escalate” if a project assumption should prove false.
- Deliver frequently in small increments and prioritise by value returned. Deliver key use cases first and make regular deliveries of additional functionality, to ensure that the Business can see the value of continuing.
Infrastructure projects can and of course do succeed in delivering value to the Business. But, to achieve this, you need to put a lot of effort into programme management and in particular into publicising your project and its successes to the Business. Above all, keep in mind that just because it’s infrastructure, doesn’t mean that it’s all about IT. Remember that people and processes are involved too.