September 14, 2005

Experiments in Rapid System Restoration using Tardiff

One great feature of Linux and other Unix variants is that you can quickly make a "bare metal" restoration or duplicate of a system provided you have a full backup of the original.  (With Windows, the registry requires special tools…
September 9, 2005

Running Linux Fedora Core 2 on VMWare 4.0.0

At TCG, many of our servers are running Fedora Core 2.  As an emergency restore technique, I wanted to be able to quickly recreate a server on a VMWare virtual machine running FC2.  In addition, virtual machines are a great…
September 1, 2005

CMMI FAQ

TCG’s Senior CMMI Level 2 Mentor, Maureen Sullivan, just published a great article on www.tcg.com: What is CMMI Level 2 … and How Do We Get There?: A Brief Guide to CMMI Level 2 for Small Software Development Organizations. The…
August 30, 2005

NGP article in GCN

Before I went on vacation last week I was interviewed by Government Computer News’ Jason Miller about the National Grants Partnership’s first white paper. The resulting article was published yesterday and I think it captures the core of the white…
August 18, 2005

Oregon govt uses Asterisk and other open source

Slashdot has a posting today. about the Oregon government’s use of open source technologies, including Asterisk (an open source PBX system).…
August 11, 2005

The Business of IT

An article in the June 2005 issue of MIT’s alumni magazine Technology Review by Howard Anderson called "Good-Bye to Venture Capital" got me thinking. The article says technology spending has crashed because there’s a limit to the number of things…
August 10, 2005

HHS multi-agency systems

Charles Havekost, HHS CIO, was a speaker at an IAC-sponsored lunch yesterday, which I attended, and he spoke a little about a HHS system that services multiple agencies for their ata-collection approval process. This isn’t the only example of such…
August 9, 2005

Vienna using social software for grant applications peer review

(Via Boing Boing) A Viennese art group called netznetz has decided to use a "reputation system" to decide how it will distribute the grant money it receives from the local government. The aim is to encourage collaboration among the grantee…
August 8, 2005

Federal IT Managers Leaning Toward Open Source

(Via Potomac Tech Wire) "An increasing number of government agencies are choosing open source architecture when upgrading their information technology systems, according to a new report from Potomac-based Larstan Business Reports. According to a survey of IT managers in the…

InfoWorld: Build your business with open source

InfoWorld has an excellent set of reports on how to "Build your business with open source", with overviews of products in categories including CRM, CMS, business intelligence, business process management, portals, VOIP, and identity. We’re  huge advocates of open source…