Monday, 2 March 2015

Playing the Blocking Card

Across all social media platforms the strange unknown invitations or requests to connect pop up. The people without photos, or photos of a hot model, or a small number of connections, etc. The red flag goes up and not only do I ignore these but also make the effort to block and report them. The more people that do that the quicker these guys are flushed out of the system. It's the scam artists or malware distributors. But, there are more, but different, candidates for blocking!

Read about blocking on social networking here.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

#188 A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procol Harum)

#187 Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)

#186 Get off of my cloud (The Rolling Stones)

#186 Wild Thing (The Troggs)

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015

#182 Tubthumping - i get knocked down (Chumbawamba)

Modern technology hasn't changed made hacking any easier

The greatest hacking event in world history remains the decoding of Enigma and Lorenz messages during World War II. The efforts changed history. The two leaders involved were Turing and Flowers (read about them here). It is often stated (refer here) that compared to the hardware used by the World War II hackers,
a modern Pentium PC programmed to do the same decoding task took twice as long to break the code
The reasons are that a custom hardware device designed to complete a custom task will always trump software. But the hack wasn't only about the ingenious hardware devised by Turing and separately by Flowers. It was more than that.

Read the article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

#181 Don't You Want Me (The Human League)

#180 Take A Chance On Me (Erasure)

#179 Hurt (Johnny Cash)

#178 Love hurts (Joan Jett)

#177 Crimson & Clover (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

#176 only you (yazoo)


Sometimes when I think of her name
When it's only a game and I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It's getting harder to stay when I see you
All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew, only you

Welcome to the Failure Age!

When you pull off Highway 101 and head into Sunnyvale, Calif., the first thing you notice is how boring innovation looks up close. This small Silicon Valley city, which abuts both Cupertino, the home of Apple, and Mountain View, the site of the Googleplex, is where Lockheed built the Poseidon nuclear missile. It’s where the forebear of NASA did some of its most important research and where a prototype for Pong debuted at a neighborhood bar. Countless ambitious start-ups — with names like Qvivr, Schoolfy, eCloset.me and PeerPal — appear in Sunnyvale every year. Aesthetically, though, the city is one enormous glass-and-stucco office park after another. Its dominant architectural feature, the five-story headquarters of Yahoo, a few minutes from Innovation Way, looks about as futuristic as a suburban hospital.
Read the full article at the NY Times here.

Barclays rolls out face-to-face video banking

Barclays is to offer a “video banking” service that allows customers to have a “face-to-face” conversation with an adviser via their smartphone, tablet or computer, wherever they are in the world, whatever the time of day. The bank said the move was “a UK banking first”.

Read the full article on the Guardian here.

How male octopuses

Male octopuses have a big problem: female octopuses. Each male wants to mate and pass on his genes to a new generation. The trouble is, the female is often larger and hungrier than he is, so there is a constant risk that, instead of mating, the female will strangle him and eat him.

Read the full BBC article here.

Top Video Conferencing Trends for 2015

Read the guide to learn about the new features of video conferencing, including:
  • Trends in room-based and destop video conferencing
  • Video portals
  • Video collaboration
  • And much more!
Get the guide here!

Passwords Are Dead: Biometrics And The Future of Banking Security

Voice biometrics, fingerprints, iris scans, and other authentication options are beginning to replace passwords as a means to verify a user's identity and simplify the login process when banking online or via a mobile device. The key is to provide enhanced security against hackers while improving the overall user experience.

Monday, 23 February 2015

How I refreshed my LinkedIn Publisher posts

In this neck of the savannah my posts don't feature as well as others do in more populated places on Planet Earth. But I refreshed all my posts to keep them from going stale by creating the following new posts, which are lists linked to my posts in various categories...

Read the full post on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Fault tolerance: its more than just duplication

Fault tolerant systems need to be more that just a duplication of hardware and paths. Mechanisms need to exist to monitor and notify and suitable operational processes implemented to deal with them.

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Do graduates make good hires?

I recently watched the movie Neighbors. I did feel empathy for the couple living next to a house full of students. I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch and lived in a student house opposite the local railway station. The scenes from the movie did feel erringly familiar. My dad (read about him here) saved up his entire life to be able to have some funds to send his kids to University. He never had the opportunity so was proud to have his children be provided the privilege. I graduated with a BSc, majors in Computer Science and Mathematics. But sorry, dad I wasn't always the perfect student:

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Eating your own dogfood

The term "Eating our own Dogfood" first came into prominence in 1988 when Microsoft's Paul Maritz coined the term in an email to a colleague challenging him to increase the internal usage of the company's products. The term exists to this day at Microsoft. 

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

The corporate culture of social media ignorance in South Africa

Corporate South Africa treats social media as a necessary evil. The extent of social media participation by the majority of corporates in South Africa is to have the obligatory icons of facebook, twitter and maybe LinkedIn on their web site. However, their social media pages are updated infrequently and are as boring as Oom Schalk Lourens search for his cows.

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

How to climb back onto the saddle after being thrown over the handlebars

Yesterday I went for a cycle along the Spruit. In the area around Delta Park I hit a donga and was thrown over the handlebars. A donga is a rut caused by erosion. I dislocated my shoulder because I had fallen with my full body weight on it and had to call for an ambulance. The paramedics put me on a drip and administered morphine. I was then transported to emergency where I was x-rayed and luckily had no broken bones. My ligaments were severely strained. The doctor's advice was man up and at least you were having fun when it happened.

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Every hurricane and cyclone detected since 1842

This map shows the paths of every hurricane and cyclone detected since 1842 -- nearly 12,000. NOAA keeps the track info in a single database, and made this map which shows the frequency of the storms. You can clearly see that more storm tracks have overlapped in the western Pacific ocean and northern Indian ocean. This is largely because of the length of the typhoon season, which basically never stops in the warmer waters there. NOAA also mapped the storm intensities.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How Hootsuite Helps: A Social Media Toolkit for Banks

We are now living in the “age of the customer” and modern banks stand to reap the benefits of their already-sophisticated customer service experience. Social media gives the financial industry a direct line to reach their current customers as well as find new ones, while promoting and protecting their brand and products.
So why is social media adoption still lagging in financial services?

Read the blog post here on Hootsuite.

Webinar - Profiting from Social: Banking in the Social Era

View the webinar here.

My B.I.T.C.H. on LinkedIn

I have always wanted to write a book. It was going to be called B.I.T.C.H. (Bartels Information Technology Companion Handbook). I haven't yet published it and in reality never will. It was going to be the definite guide on all things Information Technology. No self-respecting techie would do anything without referring to the B.I.T.C.H. 

Now my B.I.T.C.H. will just have to be on LinkedIn's Pulse which you can access here.

Learning from great leaders, Deneys Reitz

The greatest war story was written by a young man racked with malaria banished to an island far from his homeland. He was banished because he showed unwavering loyalty to his father, who refused to live under the rule of the conquering British flag. That war story was the journal Commando, which Field Marshall Smuts called an unvarnished tale and you can read it here. It is a gripping story that has no equal. Reitz served Smuts in opposing the British and then later in life was loyal to him in supporting the British, especially during the two World Wars. Smuts went from being an opposing General to a Field Marshall, possibly the only one to have fought for and against the British Army.

Read the full post on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Monday, 16 February 2015

#175 If She Knew What She Wants (The Bangles)


He's crazy for this girl
(But she don't know what she's looking for)
If she knew what she wants
He'd be giving it to her
Giving it to her

Saturday, 14 February 2015

#219 Post-It Notes

A scientist at 3M in the US, Spencer Silver, was attempting to develop a strong adhesive. Instead he accidentally created one which was weak but reusable.  For years, Silver promoted his "solution without a problem" but failed to gain acceptance.  A colleague who had attended one of his talks, Art Fry, came up with the idea of using the adhesive to anchor his bookmark in his hymn-book. The idea was further developed inside 3M using their bootlegging incentive programme. The original notes' yellow colour was chosen by accident, as the lab next-door to the Post-it team had only yellow scrap paper to use.  It was originally called "Press 'n Peel" but results were disappointing. "Press 'n Peel" was re-introduced as "Post-It Notes"and a legendary product was born.
Important dates: 1968 (the glue for Post-It Notes is created); 1974 (scraps of paper are combined with the glue and Post-It Notes are born); 6th April, 1980 (Post-It Notes is launched).

#218 Scotchguard

Patsy Sherman together with Samuel Smith invented Scotchgard while an employees of the 3M corporation.  An accidental spill of a fluorochemical rubber on an assistant’s tennis shoe was the beginning to the invention of the product. After exhaustive attempts to remove the spill failed, Sherman moved her intention from removing the spill to using the spill as a protectant from spills.  Sherman said:
You can encourage and teach young people to observe, to ask questions when unexpected things happen. You can teach yourself not to ignore the unanticipated. Just think of all the great inventions that have come through serendipity, such as Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, and just noticing something no one conceived of before.
Important dates: 1952 (Scothguard is invented)

#174 CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music (Nigel Stanford)

Friday, 13 February 2015

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

At a warehouse in New Jersey, 6,000 used copy machines sit ready to be sold. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports here almost every one of them holds a secret.

Why Leaders Fail by Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE

Ken Maupin, a practicing psychotherapist and colleague, has built his practice on working with high-performance personalities, including leaders in business, religion, and sports. Ken and I have often discussed why leaders fail. 

Read about the “warning signs” of impending failure here.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

At least I wasn't responsible for disabling a submarine

When I was in the navy I connected a printer that had a 120v power supply to 220v mains. It exploded.

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

#173 Lookin' out my back door (CCR)

The top 4 causes of network downtime

Business people often believe that in order to have a reliable system, you need reliable components. Using reliable components to build your network certainly helps, but it’s not essential. The task of an engineer is building a reliable whole out of less reliable parts; a well-engineered network built out of somewhat less reliable parts wins from a somewhat less well-engineered network built out of more reliable parts. Which is a good thing, because super-reliable devices and services are much, much more expensive than regular devices and services.

Read the list of the top 4 causes of network downtime here.

#172 Don't Speak (No Doubt)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

#171 Kiss Me (Sixpence None The Richer)


Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon's sparkling
So kiss me

What’s The Real Value Of Social Media Engagement?

Is social media engagement over-rated? Some marketers judge social media success by the number of blog comments, Facebook page comments, “likes” and retweets.

Read the full article here.

A point of view: Security is about time

Let’s talk about the security part of this equation. I would submit that In security, it’s all about time. Time really matters quite a lot. Because the velocity, volume, and impact of threats continues to grow.

Read the article here, A point of view: Security is about time by Juniper Employee

Wernher von Braun: "Missile to Moon",

6 habits that will be sure to make a network go titsup

The following 6 habits will be sure to make your network go titsup. Whether it it an enterprise, broadband or mobile network, the behaviours listed here are not useful when you are responsible for a relatively large communications network.

What is publishing long-form posts on LinkedIn?

We're always looking for new ways for members to contribute professional insights on LinkedIn. We're expanding LinkedIn's publishing platform by allowing members, in addition to Influencers, to publish long-form posts about their expertise and interests. While publishing a long-form post on LinkedIn doesn't mean you're a LinkedIn Influencer, publishing allows you to further establish your professional identity by expressing your opinions and sharing your experiences.

Read the full help including best practices on LinkedIn here.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Learning from great leaders, Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx, born 17 June 1945, is a Belgian considered to be the greatest pro-cyclist ever. He sells his own line of bicycles and I have owned one since 1997. He is one of my heroes and his never-equaled domination while cycling led to his nickname, when the daughter of one French racer said, "That Belgian guy, he doesn't even leave you the crumbs. He's a real cannibal."

Read the full article on Pulse here.