Submitted by lev_lafayette on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:24
For those who love their system's
For those who love their system's
uptime it is a sad moment when a power outage causes your system to go down after months or years. Worse still, on a reboot, you discover that your time is out by a hour, courtesy of daylight's saving time. Which is fine in itself, but it would be a better world if we all just used UTC. But that's another argument.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:46
Tutorial presentation of GnuCash given to the CPA Young Professionals group at Victoria University, 19th November, 2014
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:50
"Big data" requires processing. Processing requires HPC. Increased processing results in increased research output. Research organisations that do not increase HPC usage will fall behind. HPC requires either 'dumb down the interface or skill up the user'. Making "user friendly" interfaces may not be the right path to take as HPC use will always have a minimum level of complexity. Training courses that use andragogical technqiues correlate with increased HPC use.
Presentation to eResearch Australasia, Melbourne, October 28, 2014
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:40
Recently a simple statement of PRINCE2 governance structures was provided. From this it is possible to derive a checklist for project managers to tick off, just to make sure that everything is done. Please note that this checklist is tailored and combines some functions. For example, there is no Business Review Plan as it is argued that any sensible project should incorporate these into the Business Case and the Project Plan.
A simple graphic is provided to assist with this process
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:22
Linux offers most of the expected file attributes from the command line, including the owner of a file, the group, the size, the date modified and name. However often users want find out when a file was created. This requires a little bit of extra investigation.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:48
As regular readers would know, I make some effort to avoid using closed-source and proprietary software. This includes that popular operating system common on laptops and servers, MS-Windows. However there are a small number of reasons why this O.S. is required, including life-saving medical equipment hardware which, for some unfathomable reason, has been written to only interface with proprietary operating systems. Open source developers?
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:10
Free and open source software is based on key principles that are firmly grounded in instrumental advantages and ethical principles. It is heavily used in infrastructure and in new hardware forms; it is less used in user-end applications and traditional forms (laptops and desktops); however there is a good range of mature and feature-rich business applications available. The development of increasingly ubiquitous and more powerful computing is particularly well-suited for FOSS and workplaces that make use of such software will gain financial and positional advantages.
Presentation to Young Professionals CPA, October 8, 2014
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:45
Pre-Project and Start-Up (SU)
A project is defined as a temporary organisation created for the purpose of delivering business products with a degree of uniqueness according to an agreed Business Case.
A project mandate must come from those managers and those authorised to allocate duties and funds, subject to delegated authority ("corporate /programme management").
Authorised individuals must raise a Project Mandate. This should state the basic objectives, scope, quality, and constraints and identify the customer, user, and other interested parties.
Submitted by lev_lafayette on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:54
Presentation to Software Freedom Day (Melbourne), September 2014
Stepping Down as President of Linux Users Victoria and 2014 Committee (President and Secretary's) Report 2014Submitted by lev_lafayette on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:07
LUV annual general meetings are typically our smallest meetings of the year. It is a bold and few technically-inspired individuals who wish to sit through the necessary administrivia that keep the organisation alive in a formal sense, and the lack of an advertised speaker does suggest the possibility of ad-hoc pot-luck when it comes the short, technical lightning talks. However, I would like to make a special plea for LUV members to attend this agm. The reason being is that, after four years as president of LUV, I am going to step down from this position.