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Massive Security Breach at Scottrade
Welcome to Day 2 of Cybersecurity (Breach) Awareness Month! Today's awareness lesson is brought to you by retail brokerage firm Scottrade Inc., which just disclosed a breach involving contact information and possibly Social Security numbers on 4.6 million customers.
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Toys R Us Replaces Senior Staff With H-1B Workers
A federal program intended to bring in workers with special skills is being used by some American companies to hire and train other foreign workers.
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The stated purpose of H1B visas, to recruit high skilled and educated foreign nationals to the US, sounds good but this is how the program has been used for as long as I can remember. Clearly, we've been lied to again and this really is how the program is designed.

+Greg O , I suppose our government hasn't been outsourced so much as it's been sold without our consent, something I believe is usually called theft.
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Middle East Leads in Fake Degrees

Do foreign contractors actually have degrees? Pakistan and India have been in the news the past 2 months for scandals regarding fake degrees and diplomas. India's Minister of Education is accused: - as well as several Indian politicians: - and at least one resignation because of it:

The fake certificates are often from real Universities, but the problem is hidden from American companies because outsourcing creates a layer of abstraction from the credentials of the contractors. Foreign companies need bodies to fulfill contracts, especially if those bodies are in a 1-2 year turnover, and American companies using foreign outsourcing to cut costs have little incentive to question it. India received 86% of all the H-1B Visas in 2014. At least in 2011, they were also the largest manufacturer of fake degrees in the world (I can't locate a more recent report): - Since May however, Pakistan has been making headlines for it: - where a single company is accused of selling over 200,000 of them: - It's also very lucrative, as they made millions doing it:

The NY Times reported on this:

The situation is even more serious when you consider there are planned and organized criminal efforts to leverage fake degrees to obtain tech jobs in order to access or steal targeted company data:…/fake-degrees-but-real-certificate…
This problem has been in the public for years: - and there is a booming business of teaching HR departments how to verify degrees.

"Novelty" Fake Diploma Site: - and their customer reviews:

#Disney #h1b
The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that a fake degree scandal engulfing Pakistani software company Axact has caused major turmoil.
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American Culture Of Fear: 9th Grader Arrested for making A Clock
MacArthur High student Ahmed Mohamed has been suspended, his father is upset and some suspect Islamophobia.
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Is Your Name Going Extinct?

According to multiple sources (including Social Security), these once popular names are becoming extinct due to declining use and the passing away of baby boomers:

Alpha, Barbra, Bertha, Bill, Bruce, Carol, Cathy, Cheryl, Claudine, Corrine, Debra, Debbie, Dianne, Dinah, Dolores, Donald, Edwina, Elmo, Fanny, Gail, Gary, Glenda, Gretchen, Helen, Ian, Icarus, Inigo, Jackie, Janis, Jeanne, Jill, Judith, Kay, Leslie (male), Llewellyn, Lynda, Marcia, Marsha, Maureen, Nanette, Neil, Nigel, Pamela, Phyllis, Remus, Rhonda, Roberta, Sandra, Sandy, Sheba, Sheryl, Sherwood, Sondra, Sue, Thisbe, Trevor, Vickie, Waldo, Wanda, Willie, Zelma

[I also doubt we'll be seeing any Hitler or Voldemort.]

The following names were in severe decline, but now are enjoying a comeback:

Annabelle, Aria, Bonnie, Camden, Clementine, Cordelia, Easton, Emmet, Faye, Ford, Hudson, Jace, Judson, Khalid, Leif, Lincoln, Louisa, Mila, Paisley, Penelope, Piper, Rosalyn, Skylar, Stevie, Thea
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+Master Decker I'm not aware there's data to confirm that is true (or that they were ever significantly popular to begin with). The list is most data from Social Security name registrations, on what was popular but is no longer. I'm sure there are thousands of names that never became popular enough to be thought of as declining.
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Last Year For Disney World Osborne Christmas Light Show

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Walt Disney World says 2015 will be the last year for the long-running Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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+Keith Barrett we're planning on coming down the week prior to Christmas for a few days. We should meet!
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At Least 7 Former Disney IT Staff Suing For Discrimination 

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Gift Boxes That Look like Cats

Our love affair with TP Rolls continues. Tp rolls are simply the best craft materials – especially when working with kids, but I think that these cute little kittens are adorable enough for anyone.. and the best think about these TP Roll Cats, is that they double up as GIFT BOXES too! Yes, how CUTE …
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A Patriotic View On The Disney Foreign Outsourcing Layoffs

Nothing wrong with preserving our borders, culture, language and traditions.
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You are preaching to the choir, and I'm getting tired of countering false assumptions.We're not talking about manual labor jobs, or jobs no one wants, or people who are better or cheaper winning jobs. I work hard, get good performance reviews, hold the industry's top certification, and am known for being a crusader of disruptive tech. I'm a self-made man who originally came from a fairly poor background. However that does not excuse companies treating their high and long-term performers so badly, and placing people in the job market in their final years before retirement, just because people become more expensive at 50 than 25. Success isn't a liability. It is unethical and not leadership. Also it's exploiting a system not created for that purpose. The salaries are capped, their medical costs are removed, their residency limited. The game is rigged so you cannot compete, and you aren't allowed to join them at their own level and cost. You are assuming this is the same as losing low skilled jobs or straight outsourcing. It is not. This isn't more "hungry" immigrants competing for the same jobs and getting them because they're better or cheaper. It is Americans being terminated from their current high tech job for the cost saving of sending it overseas, in bulk, and circumventing the illegality of that by laundering it through a 3rd party firm. No STEM career will be worthwhile.
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BB-8 Tired Her Out

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So the BB-8 is some pretty cool stuff, but your kitteh is gorgeous!
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  • ITIL, LAMP, Java, C, Linux, SQL, PHP, XML, GitHub, Wordpress, Broadcasting
    Technology, 1980 - present
    Linux/LAMP/C Developer at Red Hat, IBM and DEC. Java/XML/SQL developer at Walt Disney Co. IT Projects Management at Walt Disney Co and Bayer Pharmaceuticals ($2Mil+). ITIL v3 Expert Certification. TOGAF 8 trained. High Availability, Security & Architecture steering committees at Bayer and Red Hat. Corporate Blogger & Open Source community leader at Red Hat. Webmaster at and Broadcaster and Internet show host at and
  • ITIL v3 Expert Certification
    CSME, 2012 - 2015
    ITIL Expert is the top certification in the IT industry. It is a framework for designing, deployment and supporting all IT services and working with the CEO on solving business goals.
  • RHCE
    Red Hat Employee, 1999 - 2001
    Was a Linux Engineer & Developer at Red Hat. Contributed to the actual content of the RHCE course.
    TOGAF 8, 2012 - 2012
    TOGAF 8 Certification training.
    Advanced Router Management, 1998 - 1998
    CISCO Router and EIGRP enterprise management.
  • KEANE Project Management
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Tech Thought Leader, IT Manager, Developer & Broadcaster with Social Media Influence
IT Leader and Project Mgr (formally with Walt Disney Co & Bayer) with large Social Media Influence and a passion for emerging technology • Linux Developer (formally with Red Hat) • Social Media SME • Broadcaster & Owner of The Vidcast Network • Blogger Photography Enthusiast

"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. That's the dilemma of being an early adopter." - Me

Thank you for viewing my profile. I try to share informative and entertaining information, often of my own authorship. If you'd like to CIRCLE me, I'd tend to post about #Technology, #Social Media, #Rights / #Privacy, #Disney, #Google#GoogleGlass, #Humor #Geek and photos. You can learn more about me from interviews I did in 2010 2012, and 2013 (twice)

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I AM ALSO A GOOGLE GLASS COMMUNITY LEADER and manage the Google+ Glass Owners Community_

Hiring Me

I'm always open to great opportunities. My greatest success is in IT Leadership roles and I look for Director, Manager or Project Manager positions because of their diverse responsibilities and the authority to act. I have extensive backgrounds and hands-on experience in Computer Security, Architecture, TCP/IP Networking, and Social Media, so the best opportunities incorporate one or more of those responsibilities. I also have an ITIL Expert Certification and TOGAF 8 training.

I'm open to software development opportunities, but I'm not currently an app, UX or iOS programmer. My expertise is in systems level programming, SaaS or Middleware. I'm the back-end or API guy. I have expert Linux and C skills, and average PHP, XML, SQL, REST and Java skills. I also enjoy Ruby. You can visit my GitHub repository.

We prefer to live on the central east coast, favoring North Carolina where we lived for 10 years. We're also open to Georgia, Virginia (away from DC), Tennessee and perhaps Alabama and Texas if the opportunity is awesome in position or compensation. I prefer salaried positions, but I'll consider contracts if they are 12 or more months in duration. I'm not yet financially independent, so I prefer salary or long-term contracts so I can focus on the work instead of splitting my attention between it and my family's survival. Most of my professional friends are in Silicon Valley, but to move and live there I'd have to ask for such unbelievably high compensation that I don't believe I'm worth it.

The Walt Disney Company

I was employed at The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years in Technology, working with revenue service sustainment, IT projects and development until 2015, when their controversial outsourcing to Indian contractors resulted in about 250 highly skilled employees being laid off or forced early retirement. This became a national news story and prompted an investigation into H-1B Immigrant Visa exploits causing American job loss. Being the first (and still only) person to come forward non-anonymously I was featured in the New York Times.

My title and responsibilities at Disney kept changing during my time there, but basically I was an individual contributor or team leader in Parks & Resorts Technology performing Software Development, SaaS Support and large Project Management depending on need. Some of the projects I personally handled include platform migration to Linux and Oracle for thousands of users, the roll-out of the first Gift Card service at Disney World, introducing client certification testing to ticketing, and automating manual bulk ticketing processes.

Disney World provided a wealth of technology distraction and professional opportunity [not to mention 43+ square miles of theme park property to enjoy]. And like many there my activities were not limited to my position. I also did press support at large media events, helped in the theme parks during the holidays, volunteered at "Give Kids The World Village", participated on creative solutions teams, assisted friends and families when they visited, beta tested new services and attractions, contributed to internal social media (I had one of the largest followings in the company), and sang in the Epcot Candlelight Processional Choir. 

Red Hat, IBM, Linux and Open Source

I've been part of Linux and Open Source since Linus first released kernel 0.99pl3 on USENET while in college and Richard Stallman started FSF. I was a SCSI driver beta tester for Linux, and I ran a free newsgroup server for the Waterbury CT area. I'm experienced with Jana, SLS, Slackware, Debian, Red Hat, Fedora, Knoppix and Ubuntu releases. On "Advogato" I'm rated by my peers as a "Master" of Linux

Because of my extensive backgrounds in Linux, middleware messaging, TCP/IP, high-availability services and cluster systems (I was a VMS middleware engineer at DEC in a previous life), I joined Red Hat in 1999 as employee #121 and Team Leader for developing High-Availability services in Linux. This was when Bob Young was still in charge and my team included well-known people like the creator of LVS, and Stephen Tweedie (creator of EXT2). I was a core developer of the Piranha Open Source project, co-creator of the "Red Hat High Availability Server" product (a competitor to Turbo Linux), project manager for global EXT3 beta testing, blogger and community manager for several Open Source projects, and QA tester for RH Linux V6-V7. During Red Hat's global expansion in 2000 we merged our HA technologies with acquisitions from other companies (such as "Mission Critical"), or into the core Linux product. In 2001 the "dot com" bubble collapsed, forcing Red Hat to shutdown some projects and layoff Engineers, including the HA team.

I've also done Linux contracting at IBM, and I've been a long promoter of Open Source and Linux, including at Disney.


Although I have a great relationship with Google and have many friends there (some who use to work with me at Red Hat), I've never worked for them. I'd like to; I've even interviewed with them twice, but the biggest obstacle has been my unwillingness to relocate my family to California without compensation far greater than I'm probably worth (blame Wall Street; the housing market collapse had a major impact on us financially). Google doesn't hire for telecommuting (which always struck me as odd).

Despite not working for Google, Googlers have been incredibly kind to me. My friend Adrian invited me to the beta launch of Google Wave, Ingress and Google+,  Vic Gundotra helped place me on the "Google+ Suggested Users" list for Technology twice (as well as he and Bradley Horowitz connecting me with people to help resolve problems), Chee Chew supported me during the beta launches of Hangouts and Hangouts On Air and during my show broadcasts, and I can't forget the Google Glass Team - they allowed me to be one of the first to own the device, designated me a Community Leader, gave me a tour of the Googleplex, and introduced me to all the Glass developers. One of the most memorable times in my career.

All these great people are why I'd love to work there someday. Thank you Googlers!

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

When I joined Bayer's Pharmaceutical Biologicals division (originally as a contractor), they had just networked all the desktops and badly needed someone to turn the stand-alone PCs to a LAN/WAN/Server infrastructure. The department had no staff or budget, but within 5 months I hands-on created an entire environment using mostly open Source, Linux, TCP/IP services, recycled hardware and modeling based on the Internet, I created and deployed NFS and Samba file services, military time sync, DNS, print services, shared CD-ROM towers, Microsoft Domain sign-on, remote patching & installations, intranet web services, documentation sharing, automated backups, email and more. I completed this with less finances than corporate used just to evaluate things. I was hired and promoted to department project manager, where over 5 years I created a team, cleaned up the wiring and data center, managed the routers, outsourced PC and network support, implemented standards, formed a help desk, handled GMP compliance, controlled technology evaluation and purchase, wired 12 new buildings, created business continuity & disaster recovery plans, created another data center, lead corporate steering committees on Security and Architecture, created the new division HQ, and much more. The ease, accuracy and efficiency of operations were greatly improved. By the time I left to join Red Hat, I had signatory authority of $10k, a staff of 8 direct reports, my own office, was in change of an annual operating budget over $1.2Mil and networking projects over $2Mil. This is an example how valuable my diverse experience is in software and hardware technologies, and how well I work when given the authority and trust.

This is a great example of the opportunities I seek in my career. I appreciate the freedom to identify and address problems.

Prior Background

I've worked primarily in technology development and infrastructure support for leaders in the computer, municipal, retail, financial, pharmaceutical, hospitality, and entertainment industries, at both large corporations and start-ups. This includes large Enterprises like IBM, Bayer, DEC, and Disney, government contracting for the USPS and Town of North Haven CT, and several startups (including Red Hat, and 2 of my own). This is why I have an unusual range of experiences and creative input. I also have a significant history in social networking and live broadcast production.

I began at DEC programming on PDP-11s and VAX/VMS. I was one of the developers of DECmessageQ (aka BEAmessageQ), the computer industry's first multi-platform messaging middleware. I was also one of the world's earliest adopters and beta testers of Linux (v0.99pl3 circa 1992) directly from Linus on USENET. At Bayer I designed, built and supported High Availability Enterprise Infrastructures at facilities in NC. Because of my long history with Open Source (rated "Master" by my peers), I became Red Hat employee #121 as their High Availability Services Team Leader on the Piranha Open Source project. I created the Linux High Availability Server product, the first "out of the box" secure Linux system, and I authored of much of the product manual and white-papers

[I was also the author of the original Internet FAQ for "The Prisoner" TV series, and a major contributor to the MST3k FAQ.]

Outside of work, I am an audio/video and home theater hobbyist, and a producer of video podcasts on The Vidcast Network. I've also studied sign language, been in an independent film, and until 2007 I owned a Caterham Seven roadster. 

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Original Google Glass Explorer • G+ User since 6/29/11 • 1st to stream Hangouts • 1st to host a NASA Hangout • Driven Disney World Monorail • Been on TWiT (4x) • Been on MST3k set • In IMDB (
IT Manager, Broadcaster & Developer with large Social Media Influence
IT Project Mgmt, ITIL, Security, High Availability, Social Media, Programming (C, PHP, SQL, Java, XML, HTML, CSS), Linux, TCP/IP Expert, Open Source, Mac OS X, Message Queuing, Eclipse, CVS, github, emacs, Wordpress, Live Streaming, Video Production
  • The Walt Disney Company
    Parks & Resorts Technology [retired], 2004 - 2015
    Development and support of tier-1 middleware revenue services and projects for global financial and ticketing transactions. Nominated for "Partners in Excellence" corporate award and letter of commendation from the VP of Walt Disney World Technology. Additional activities include internal Social Media and Open Source SME, PCI Compliance, Media/Press Event Liason, and Epcot Candlelight Processional Cast Choir.
  • Vidcast Network / Keith Barrett Online
    Founder, Owner, Producer, 2009 - 2015
    Journalist, broadcaster, video producer and web master for personal blog and live Internet shows. Hundreds of videos on Technology, Photography, Social Media, and Geek News. Frequent guest on Internet Shows and Podcasts.
  • IBM
    Linux Expert (Contracted), 2004 - 2004
    Converting proprietary POS products and technology to Suse Linux
  • Red Hat Software
    High Availability Technology Leader, Linux Developer, QA Tester, Community Blogger, 1999 - 2001
    Leader of Linux High Availability international team, Co-creator of the "Linux High Availability Server" product - the first "out of the box" secure Linux release, developer on "Piranha" Open Source project, QA Engineer on Linux 6.1 - 7.0 releases, corporate blogger and community manager.
  • Bayer Pharmaceuticals
    IT Project Manager / Infrastructure Architect, 1994 - 1999
    IT Project/Middle Manger for the hetrogenous LAN/WAN/Server infrastructure at 5 facilities in the Raleigh/RTP NC area for approximately 2000 users. Hands-on handled the architecture, security, network, deployment, support, and outsourcing responsibilities. Managed staff of 8 and operating budget of $1.2mil.
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
    Sr, Software Engineer, 1988 - 1993
    Co-author (in C language) of "DECmessageQ" (aka "BEAmessageQ") - the computer industry's first multi-platform message queuing middleware product. Also creator of the 3271 and 2780 protocol emulator products.
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