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IT security staffing shortage? Nonsense.itsecurity@jmproffittitsecuritykingcatch22

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:35:57 +0000

From Codas to Coding Many years ago I was a kid living in the Raleigh area and I met a music teacher who was leaving her job to go work for IBM as a programmer. I asked whether she had any programming background and she said no — but IBM was going to train her.…(image)

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Goodbye #GamerGate@jmproffitt

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000

Via Twitter, I happened upon Rob Pegoraro’s post — A grab-bag of #GamerGate responses — and his comments rang true after following the story for a while and after getting attacked on Twitter by sock-puppet accounts operated by the young and the deluded. #GamerGate has been a big deal in the tech world for a while…(image)

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Thank you for Alaska, Joe McGinniss@jmproffitt

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:30:34 +0000

I was very sorry to hear about the death of writer Joe McGinniss. He had a large, and unexpected impact on my life, though we never met (but I did once see him at Bernie’s Bungalow in downtown Anchorage). He’s a big reason I moved to Alaska briefly in 1996, and again for a much…(image)

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Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:45:58 +0000

I would much rather read an Om post than an Andreesen tweet any day. Any. Day.Filed under: Gravity Medium(image)

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How Microsoft’s Board nullified Gates, boosted Nadella, and set a positive tone for the next 10 years@jmproffittnadella-ceo-2

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:22:43 +0000

After reading Barb Darrow’s post earlier today asking the question “What about Bill?” in the Microsoft transition, I immediately recognized what happened and quickly commented on Google+. But I wanted to take those notes and expand a little further here, because I have always had a keen interest in organizational strategy and culture, and especially how…(image)

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Chromebook Awesome: The Chromebook no one’s built yet@jmproffitt

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:00:31 +0000

I like Chromebooks. I’ve owned 2 of them. But there’s a big problem with all of them. And it’s not the fact they have small SSDs or only run Chrome OS or have a ridiculously high price (hello Pixel!). The problem is that all Chromebooks on the market in January 2014 stink in one or more…(image)

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Build your own LEGO / NASA Curiosity Rover@jmproffitt

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:00:21 +0000

Earlier this month LEGO launched their own take on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover — the amazing red planet crawler that successfully landed on the surface back in August 2012. Now you can buy and build your own interplanetary rover for just $30 + shipping at the LEGO store. I bought one on launch…(image)

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Ignore the Windows XP anti-malware extension and dump XP immediately@jmproffitt

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:00:41 +0000

Microsoft announced today they will continue to provide anti-malware software updates past the April 2014 end of support for Windows XP. For those that felt pressured to migrate to Windows 7 or 8 before the deadline, this might sound like a big relief. It is not. Don’t be fooled. Yes, continuing to get updates to Microsoft-supplied…(image)

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Where the Eisenhower Interstate system went too far20140115-012134.jpg@jmproffitt

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:30:10 +0000

I love long distance driving and most of the amazing U.S. Interstate system. But the “broken” parts have always been those within our cities — they’re not scaled quite right, they break up local communities too much, and they’re often ugly. Now I understand where we went wrong in carrying out Eisenhower’s vision. Check out…(image)

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Patch your Adobe plugins when you get a minute@jmproffitt

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:30:34 +0000

Recent editions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash have prompted users to install an auto-update feature along with the core application code. Hopefully you’ve got that turned on, because it will pick up security patches and feature updates for you in the background. If not, get a fresh download here: Adobe Flash Adobe Reader Adobe…(image)

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New year, new focus@jmproffitt

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:50:25 +0000

I’ve been spending a lot of time over on Google+ these days, adding posts, sharing links, and so forth. But that work is kinda of disappearing into the ether, partially because Google+ is not my site — it’s Google’s site — and partially because it’s a giant site with a relatively small number of users. So…(image)

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What’s high in the middle and round on both ends?@jmproffittDowntown Columbus

Sun, 30 Jun 2013 01:54:59 +0000

BIG NEWS. I will be leaving Alaska at the end of July. I’m headed to the Columbus, Ohio area. I’m moving south to be closer to family, especially my parents, who live in the Toledo, Ohio area. After the move I’ll be 2.5 hours away from them by car, instead of 12 hours away by…(image)

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When it comes to Google Apps, I’m certifiable@jmproffitt

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:03:01 +0000

Back in mid-2007 I deployed my first instance of Google Apps, replacing a Microsoft Exchange 2003 server. It was a controversial choice back then — Google Apps was still pretty new and it wasn’t yet clear whether Google was going to stick with the platform and build it out. But there were several deciding factors…(image)

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Defining informatics for health center teams@jmproffitt

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:10:22 +0000

I just ran across this great short post on informatics and had to share it. I wish Dr. Gibson had written this post a couple years ago when I first used the word “informatics” with my new health center colleagues. When I said the word, I might as well have been speaking Klingon — no…(image)

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Buzz is building around the Fitbit Flex@jmproffitt

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:10:29 +0000

Fitbit was one of the first to bring a consumer activity tracker + web site + mobile app ecosystem to the edge of the mass market, and they’ve won a lot of converts over the last couple years. But at the same time, there’s been an explosion of other trackers and platforms for capturing physical…(image)

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Desperately seeking a HIPAA-compliant Ford Mustang@jmproffitt

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:10:17 +0000

After the harrowing account of a hospice in northern Idaho being slapped with a $50,000 fine for 411 breached patient records, it’s good to see that even the big players — the biggest in the industry — screw up from time to time. This widely-cited case, first reported by the L.A. Times, tells the story…(image)

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Updated ‘quantified self’ gear coming this year@jmproffitt

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:10:11 +0000

The quantified self movement keeps chugging along, with updated tech announcements coming from both Withings and BodyMedia this week. BodyMedia will introduce an updated version of their arm-mounted health data collector, theoretically shipping in August. The new version is quite a bit more attractive than the current one. It measures activity / movement, sleep patterns,…(image)

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Fitbug pitches employers and launches new activity, weight, and blood pressure gear [UPDATE]@jmproffitt

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:10:58 +0000

[Update at bottom of post] This is a new one on me. I follow the “quantified self” market fairly regularly, but it’s the first time I’ve seen activity tracking devices and services being pitched directly to employers. The idea: As an employer, you want to encourage healthier behaviors, in order to drop your insurance costs.…(image)

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Health IT for Health Centers: 2013-01-07@jmproffitt

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:10:01 +0000

Here are my latest recommended links and comments on news items from the Health IT, community health center (CHC), nonprofit, and general IT sectors. I’d be delighted to hear your comments here, or chat me up on Twitter (@jmproffitt) and Google+. Security Today in free-reports-you-might-like we have a new one from a group of major…(image)

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How about a Chromebox for patient web access?@jmproffitt

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:15:37 +0000

In the run-up to building our new health center in Anchorage, we had plans to buy and deploy kiosk-style computers in the facility. These would be made available for patients to access a patient portal or our web site. But three things got in the way: True kiosk hardware that’s hardened against public tampering is…(image)

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