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Today at 1pm - Interactive Hangout discussing IT Automation with Ansible. 
 
How do you manage all of the servers, applications, at scale? One great solution is +Ansible.

On this week's Office Hours Hangout, Rackers +Alan Bush and +Drew Cox will be joined by Ansible CTO Michael DeHaan as they discuss  Configuration Management, IT Automation, and managing cloud architecture at scale. 
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Rackspace. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Spoiler Alert! Someone spoiled everything in something called a "book."
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But don't take my word for it!
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Did Microsoft just un-Scroogle Google? 

If the entire premise of the "Scroogled" campaign was that Chromebooks aren't real laptops because they can't run Office (already a lie, since, you know, https://office.com), then Microsoft has just made it possible for an even more native Office experience. I'm glad to see this change, but a bit surprised by it.

I think this makes buying a Chromebook or a Chromebox more appealing than ever - does this change your plans any? 
Summary: Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.
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I've had a chromebook for 2 years and I'm not going back to Windows. It does 100% of what I need it to do. Boots up in 6 seconds and runs like a dream. 
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Heartbleed Password Shuffle: 9 Passwords Changed; 3 Accounts Deleted; 3 Accounts with 2 Factor Auth Added. Still waiting on a few more.
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Hey +MLB Fans! At Bat is now available on Chromecast.

This is something I've personally been waiting for. It's a perfect fit for Chromecast - I know I'll be testing it this evening. 
Should also help cord cutters frustrated over a lack of live sports options. 
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Wear it with pride?
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call me a techno-luddite if you will, but i can't help but feel that 'OpenSSL' was a poor choice of a name for security software.  I know it's open source, but the last thing you want your SSL to be is, um, "Open."
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Don't mess with Texas
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Well there's your problem. #pollen #allergies
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So glad I'm not allergic to this stuff.
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How many hours of productivity do you think we lost to #Heartbleed  password resets? Unfortunately not enough.

Change your passwords, people. 

Great point by +John Baker - Wait until the site has fixed the vulnerability before updating your password - otherwise you'll just be exposing your new password, too.

I used the +LastPass Heartbleed tool - https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/ - to find which sites had been impacted. They scrubbed the list of sites for which I've stored passwords against a list of known exploited sites. This is a great value-add service from LastPass, and saved a lot of time in getting everything changed. 
If there's a silver lining in this cloud, it's that I was able to delete accounts at three abandoned accounts, and turn on 2 Factor Auth on four other accounts. 
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Only after confirming the place that you are updating the password with has resolve the bleeding heart.
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Cloud Launch Manager - I am a cloud usability expert
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Cloud Computing, Cloud Architecture, Linux, SaaS, IaaS, Project Management
Employment
  • Rackspace
    Cloud Launch Manager, 2012 - present
    I help new cloud computing customers get started using the cloud. I work with brand new customers as an advisor and technical project manager, to help them build awesome things in the cloud.
  • Central Desktop
    Implementation Consultant, 2010 - 2012
  • Employers Health Network
    Healthcare IT, 2007 - 2010
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Springfield, MO - North Kansas City, MO - Warrensburg, MO - Lee's Summit, MO - Liberty, MO
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Moustachioed Cloud Technology Mentor by day; Daddy, Husband and Improvisor by night. I work for Rackspace, but these posts are my own.
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Alan Bush is a founding member & architect of Rackspace's Cloud Launch Team. Before Rackspace, Alan helped create the Stevie Award winning onboarding program for Central Desktop - a really cool cloud collaboration suite - where he worked directly with companies and organizations like MLB.com, Sesame Workshop, and IEEE. When he's not helping customers learn how to build awesome things in the cloud, Alan can be found performing improv comedy with Comedy Sportz San Antonio, or grooming his award winning moustache. 

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My coworkers put me in a straight jacket. Based on my moustache, I'm someone's evil twin.
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I have a theory that the larger the giant, anthropomorphic pig mascot, the better the BBQ joint - Augies definitely delivers on this theory. This is some of the best BBQ in San Antonio, and I try to make it back as often as I can. The pulled pork is the best I've found in the city, and the sauce isn't totally overloaded with black pepper like other places in town <cough>Rudy's</cough>. Also try the Mac 'n' Cheese, it's delicious. Great food, more beer than your usual "lite" domestics, good prices, no-frills atmosphere.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
This place is great. If you appreciate great craft beer, then you'll love it here. They have an always-rotating selection of beers, most local to Texas. You can get a taster, a pint, or a 32-64 oz. growler to go. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and always happy to give a suggestion for new beers to try. I like that they always have root beer on tap, so I can stop by with my kiddo (and my wife can still enjoy while she's pregnant.) I stop in about once a week, and I always recommend Big Hops to my friends.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Very fast service. Probably 45 minutes* between my first call and Troy showing up. Very polite, very prompt, very responsive to my questions. Got in, did what needed to be done, and left. No high pressure tactics to sell their maintenance plan, just explained it, and offered it. I don't often have plumbing needs, so I don't really know how the price compares, but I didn't feel like it was completely out of range. *I'm pretty sure that was a lucky coincidence, but the person answering the phones set up a realistic expectation of when the service person would be there. I would definitely recommend Mr. Plumber to anyone else needing a plumber.
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Public - a year ago
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Halftime is under new management, apparently, and has an all-new lunch menu to go with the new management. I came in just after noon today for lunch, and was the fourth customer. The only waitress took my order (sliders and fries) and brought me my soda. My meal (3 small sliders and an order of fries) took about 35 minutes to reach my table. The waitress was friendly enough checking on me and refilling my drink, but never once mentioned the long wait, or offered to check on the food. The food itself was good. The sliders were well seasoned, and cooked perfectly. The menu claimed one slider would be dressed with the chef's homemade BBQ sauce, but I realize now that it wasn't. The fries were nicely done, crispy, but not burnt. The sliders and fries were served in a plastic basket with a paper liner - standard bar food plating. From what I could see, there isn't a seat in the restaurant without a direct line of sight to a tv, including a massive projection screen taking up most of one wall. A few "sporty" knick knacks line the walls, but not much else in terms of decor. Halftime has 4 beers on tap, two light beers, an ultra light, and Blue Moon. I noticed about a dozen bottled beers, the most "exotic" being Guinness and Dos Equis. They have a full bar, however, and appeared to have a few specialty drinks available. This seems like it would be a nice place to watch a game or two, drink light beer, and have some wings, or other sportsy food. As of right now, I can't recommend it for anything else. I want to come back and try Halftime for dinner, and to catch a game or two. I hope that service and meal times can improve by then.
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Don't get me wrong, the BBQ at Rudy's is good. It's perfectly passable BBQ, really. But it's certainly not anything to write home about, let alone write a glowing review. I still don't understand how Rudy's consistently rates as San Antonio's best BBQ. Call me a BBQ snob, but I'm left underwhelmed by their meats. The sides were, for me, the star of the show. The creamed corn is excellent. I was much less impressed with the beans. Perhaps the "Rudy's Experience" is enough, for most, to make up for the average BBQ. I definitely enjoy the atmosphere and decor. The service is friendly and prompt, and I always feel welcome when I visit. Overall, Rudy's has a great atmosphere, and decent BBQ. If that's your thing, then you've found it at Rudy's. For me, I know that there's better BBQ out there, which makes Rudy's an acceptable BBQ joint, but not a destination I will seek out for future BBQ adventures.
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Food: GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago