The Write State of Mind

Documentation.  Nobody likes it, but the alternative of not having it is a potential disaster when it comes to an IT environment.  Have you ever stepped back and thought to yourself, what if something happened and I did not know how to seamlessly 

Contracts in the Cloud - DevOps Teams Learning from Engineering

A Story From Another Century

 A few years after its initial release, I had the opportunity to discuss development of Jini (more recently known as Apache River) with one of the lead software engineers on the project[1]. Jini has a very complex...

Blackjack! When Writing a Computer Program is Like Going to Vegas

I have a friend who used to be a member of the MIT Blackjack Team. He's fond of making the assertion that he could "teach a stick of wood to count cards". It's obviously hyperbole, but the point is that it's not that hard to teach somebody to...

Surprisingly Universal Things Learned from Software Development

by Chris Russo | August 27, 2019 | IT Management, Process, Team, IT Support

I once ran a software development team. This was an amazing group of people who cared deeply about working as a cohesive team and doing awesome things. This was wonderful, of course, but as a manager I found that sometimes their dedication led to...

Troubleshooting a CISCO ASA with ASDM

The purpose of a firewall is to block network traffic, and then allow limited, controlled, and specific traffic through.  For someone who isn’t doing this every day, it can sometimes be a frustrating challenge figuring out why the firewall isn’t...

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