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  • Application Configuration Testing

    Good application developers test their code extensively before each release. They rarely, however, provide system administrators with the ability to do the same.I hope this will start to change as DevOps becomes more popular. One of the ideas associated with… Read More ›

  • Compiling Ansible System Changes

    I’ve been wondering whether automated CM tools like Ansible and Chef make system changes in the best way possible from a configuration management point of view. Right now they make changes by executing a series of script statements. This works… Read More ›

  • Ansible Role for Red Hat DISA STIG

    I just learned that there is a new Ansible role on Galaxy for the DISA Red Hat Linux 6 STIG. For those not familiar with the “STIG” it is a collection of system settings mandated by the US Department of… Read More ›

  • The Problem with Client-Side JavaScript


    JavaScript is everywhere. It’s extremely rare now to find a web site that delivers pure HTML pages. Most include a large number of JavaScript files. The Miami Herald newspaper front page, for example, includes 10 JavaScript files. I think this… Read More ›

  • Novel User Interface Concepts

    Wolfram has developed a programming language that offers a unique way of interacting with the computer. The language acts as a query tool to the Wolfram Alpha database and mathematics engine. I found it very futuristic yet still reminiscent of… Read More ›

  • Application Development Lags Behind IT

    IT has advanced faster than software application development and this makes deploying production-ready applications much difficult than it could be. IT infrastructure has become virtualized and automated. A system administrator can quickly create and provision any number of virtual servers…. Read More ›