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Keith Barrett
Worked at The Walt Disney Company
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Lives in Orlando, FL
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  • ITIL; Linux; C; SQL; PHP; Java; XML
    Technology, 1980 - present
    Prior developer at Red Hat, IBM, and DEC.
  • ITIL v3 Expert Certification
    CSME, 2012 - 2015
  • RHCE
    Red Hat Employee, 1999 - 2001
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IT Manager, Broadcaster & Developer with large 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

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

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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Hangout Broadcasts

The easiest way to see my past hangouts is to visit them on the Vidcast Network site or the YouTube Channel.

The Walt Disney Company

I worked at The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years in technology revenue service sustainment, projects and development until 2015, when internal service outsourcing resulted in early retirement. My title and responsibilities kept changing during that time, but basically I was an individual contributor or team leader in Parks & Resorts Technology performing Software Development, Service Support and Project Management depending on need. Some of the projects I personally handled include platform migration to Linux and Oracle, the rollout of the first Gift Card services at Disney World, and automating manual bulk 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 at Disney my activities were not limited to my position. I also did press support at media events, helped in the theme parks, 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, Linux and Open Source

I've been part of Linux and Open Source since Linus first released kernel 0.99pl3 on USENET and Stallman started FSF. I was a SCSI driver beta tester back then, 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 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 (defeating competitor 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.


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 always been my unwillingness to relocate my family to California without compensation 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 (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 Glass Community Leader, gave me a tour of the Googleplex, and introduced me to all the Glass developers. 

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

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 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, in an independent film, and until 2007 I owned a Caterham Seven roadster. 

Sample Google+ Contributions:
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Bragging rights
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, Blogger and Developer with Global Social Media Influence
ITIL V3 Expert, Project Management, IT Management, Heterogeneous Infrastructure Management and Security, Social Media Management, System level programming (C, PHP, SQL, Java POJO, XML, Javascript, Applescript, HTML, shell, some Ruby, Perl), Linux, TCP/IP, Open Source, Social Networking, Oracle, OS X, Unix, High Availability, Message Queuing, Eclipse, CVS, 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.
  • The 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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ATM Skimmers

A friend alerted me to the news that an ATM skimmer had been found near my home, although not at my specific bank. These are getting so incredibly perfect because of 3D printing that it's not likely even alert people can spot them. Originally these stories were about older ATMs, but lately they've appeared on modern machines and there are organized crime efforts involved. This is going to create quite a problem, as banks discourage you from using their lobby services and you can't get cash from the Internet, so this becomes a reason to avoid all cash.

The skimmers record or photograph your ATM card, as well as the entry of your PIN number. Sometimes they just record any RFID embedded chip (you don't need to decode the security of an RFID chip to duplicate a card). The pin number is either captured by a camera as you type it in, which can be part of the skimmer or mounted elsewhere in the ATM, or by attaching a fake keyboard overlay. None of these new methods require opening or hacking the ATM itself. The data is not stored locally - it's wirelessly sent to a receiving computer. The circuits are quite small and simple. If you think of how compact the components of Google Glass are, remember those components are not even state-of-the-art, and that there is more hardware in Glass than is needed for this operation. Swapping a magnetic strip reader for a camera or RFID reader means these can be quite small now.

Here are some stories abut difference technologies:

#hacking   #atm #skimming #skimmers  
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Thank You Googlers

I've never worked for Google. I'd like to; I even interviewed with them twice, but the biggest obstacle (assuming I did pass their interviewing process) is my unwillingness to relocate my family to California without compensation much greater than I'm worth (blame Wall Street; the housing market collapse had a major impact on us). Google doesn't hire for telecommuting, which always struck me as odd, so you have to move near one of their (few) area offices.

Despite my not working for Google, many Googlers have been incredibly kind to me. My friend +Adrian Havill helped me join the beta launch of Google Wave, Ingress and Google+. +Vic Gundotra  helped place me on the "Google+ Suggested Users" list for Technology, plus he and +Bradley Horowitz  helped connect me with people to 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, who allowed me to be one of the earliest to own Glass (I don't think they realize how sleepless I would have been until I had it), become a Glass Community Leader, took me on a tour of the Googleplex, and introduced me to the Glass developers. 

These are just a few of the people at Google who have been kind to me and they are the reason why I sometimes wish I was there. People set the tone and culture at a company. Thank you Googlers!
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Poor Google User Interface Experiences

I love Google products but I've been having many struggles with Google user interfaces lately. Most of my issues see to be incredibly short-sighted decisions, possibly because more and more design artists rather than actual users or programmers are designing interfaces, or so much of it is being outsourced that there's little transfer of prior experience. Just this week alone I've had to struggle with:

Hangouts were once my favorite Google+ service. I was one of the first 1000 people to use them, and the first to live-stream them before Hangouts-on-air existed. Google liked Hangouts so much they decided they should replace gTalk and chat as their instant messenger,  -the default- an SMS handler on Android phones, and be a tool to make phone calls. The problem is that they've ignored unique core features we need in these independent services and now I'm in frequent pain:

1. I always appear online. If I tell my desktop I'm invisible, I still appear online because of my tablet or phone. It's sad to say this, but even Microsoft Communicator or Lync understood you need to manually trigger simultaneous online/offline/away status. And I can't individually control the Hangout applications, so "online" for chat also means online for phone calls and video hangouts.

2. It's too tied to Google+. When they spread the Hangout butter on other services, they kept it coupled to Google+. I constantly get invites (and calls and SMS) from strangers to join them in a hangout. I can't block people from Hangouts because it also blocks them from my Google+. Isn't it obvious that I may want to let people follow me on Google+, but never talk to them? Google+ let's you control who sends you NOTIFICATIONS, but you can't block them in Hangouts or SMS only, 

3. There's no externally accessible API like gTalk had, so my multi-protocol chat programs don't work with Hangouts. There's also poor support for embedding Hangout chat in your web site. This means it can't replace irc as a chat service on my live-streaming. 

4. When you use Hangouts as your SMS it merges SMS texts with Hangout chats and I need them separated. Trying to hide what service was used, which gets confusing when you send a message to someone on a non-Android phone, plus not everyone has free SMS.

Android Lollipop
1. The clock icon bears no resemblance to any actual clock. I'm constantly looking for it, even when staring right at it, because looks like a pie. I've replaced it with a 3rd party app.

2. Lollipop changed the way unlocking the phone works. Someone just bully decided swipe-left means camera, swipe-right (the motion all right-handed people have been habitually or naturally doing for 6 years) now means "phone call" (the thing we all do the least frequent) and swipe-up (the most unnatural movement you could choose) means go to home screen - the place we all really want to be and have come to expect. And if you happen to "swipe up" while already on your home screen, it means "delete the icon or folder your finger happened to be pressing". Oh; and there's no user settings to change these mappings.

Google Now
I'm so fed up with Google Now that I've disabled it entirely.

1. It CONSTANTLY yells at you if you have Location services turned off. It doesn't matter that you already acknowledged you understand this, or said you don't want the so-and-so cards.

2. The calendar alerts ignore the reminder setting in your calendar entry, so I was getting constant alerts for things I marked as no reminders like "blocked out", or "Unavailable" or "out of office".

3. Google doesn't believe people may not have a work destination or commute. It won't let you delete your previous work destination, or disable the commute cards. if you delete your work destination, it will just repopulate from Google's cloud. You'd think that in Silicon Valley they'd understand that people leave their jobs or retire.

[End of Rant]
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Lollipop definitely has some weird design decisions. After seeing it on my wife's phone, i actually haven't updated mine yet... I'm OK with pretty much all of Google Now.
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Google Uses 300 Phones & Tablets To Create An Android Chorus

I wonder if mine is in there somewhere.

#Android #Google
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Is that why my Android phone is flakey lately?
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Spiderman Will Become An Avenger!

It's official; the Disney-Marvel and Sony Pictures movies deal is done and Spiderman is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He will be joining the Avenger's team, probably in "Captain America: Civil War".

Marvel's press release is here:

#marvel   #theavengers   #disney  
Spider-Man will appear in upcoming Marvel movies. A deal has been announced between Sony Pictures and Marvel that will see a new version of the web slinger appear in an as-yet-unspecified movie in...
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I prefer Toby over the beiber look alike they chose to play peter and the 3 older ones may have had some artistic license applied to the story line, the new 2 ones threw out the comic story lines all together. 
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The Ultimate Cat Playground
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I think I could use a kitty house make over. (I was going to say cat house, but that didn't come out well.)
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Look what arrived today! Thank you +Google Glass​​​ ! Although I wasn't cool enough to make it in the book I'm happy to have one!

Congrats to +Josh Jett , +Ana Medina​​​ and +Noble Ackerson​​ for getting in!
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Now when people ask why I'm not in it, I can say "+Keith Barrett​ didn't even make it!"
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Google Helpouts Shutting Down
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LinkedIn Closes Most Of Their Public API

Have to be a registered developer now.
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Linkedwho? ;p j/k. hehe
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Making Hiring Decisions Based On Social Media Data

An article was published [below] on how Your Facebook data, specifically what you "like", is being used to determine your personality in deciding to hire you. This story is timely, since I just re-entered the job market. My future goal should be to look good on Social Media instead of having actual skills an employer needs.

There are many problems with this. Introverts seldom look good in these situations, partially because the pool of public data will always be smaller, and partially because most executives and "people persons" are extroverts often not valuing other types of personalities. The most valued artists, talented programmers, avid gamers, detailed planners, and consumers of geek culture are introverts by majority.

Extremely knowledgable people who understand how technology and security work in detail, and choose to not participate to protect their privacy, may look less desirable too because there's less to go on compared to the general public.

Often people "like" something to show support to friends or family, or to get free stuff. Also I'd hate to think what "Liking" a funeral notice, divorce, or hospitalization indicates. This also assumes you are telling the truth, and that the source of your data is keeping it pure (on Facebook, other people can invite you to groups, and saying you "saw" a movie is identical to indicating you liked it), or that you are acting like a person instead of a brand. People also "unlike" things when they get cheated, but that would be too late if the data was already collected.

It's a growing circle of inaccuracy. A marketing campaign is just effective enough to trick me into liking their product (maybe to get something free or support a cause), then automated analysis software places me in a groups associated with fandom of that, which in turn creates incorrect decisions and alignments. Today I noticed a data service called "peekyou" doesn't even have my middle initial correct in their data extraction; how do I know who gets their data about me from them? [Note: Since posting this, Peekyou is correcting my data]

The reason is that gross assumptions are being made at the highest levels of analysis; you were not required to formally approve or even review the accuracy of the core data being applied. It borders on being junk science, but that won't stop it from being popular. It's a shame because I'm sure the analysis tools are getting better, and the amount of data larger, but the accuracy is getting lower while its trust is getting higher.

It's also a movement in business and government to view what the majority of people do as the preferred norm (standardizing on the lowest common denominator) and penalize people who fall outside it. How can you value diversity if you simultaneously act to eliminate it?
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4th Grader Suspended As Terrorist For ... Bringing the "One Ring"

You bring in the ring, and the next thing you know there's Orcs, war breaks out, ...
A fourth-grader in west Texas has been suspended, his father says, because he pretended to have a ring like the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings canon, and said it could make a classmate...
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One Ring to show-and-tell them all
One Ring to hide them
One Ring to upset them all
And in the morning suspend them
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So Long Disney, And Thanks For All The Pixie Dust

On Friday I retired from working for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Technology after nearly 11 years of service. This was a forced retirement due to outsourcing; you can read the details on my Facebook post:

Working at Disney was a unique experience that I exploited to the fullest. Here are just some of the memories I have that I can share [Note: This list is slightly different than what I posted on Facebook]:

** Hands-on responsible for sustaining several billion in service revenue, and multiple large scale technology migration projects (which is why they were paying me)
** Obtaining my ITIL Expert and CPR/AED Certifications, and learning elementary ASL.
** Being in training classes with Sous chefs, Imagineers, exotic animal handlers, and animators. 
** Driving the Monorail and lining the doors up perfectly both times.
** Working the next day helping guests after 3 hurricanes had closed Disney World for the first time in history.
** Choir singing in over 100 Epcot Candlelight Processionals, and meeting many celebrities.
** Learning how entertainment is run as a business.
** Hugging actress Marlee Matlin, and chatting with Edward James Olmos, Kirk Cameron, Jackie Mason and Arlo Guthrie
** Backstage tours of The Great Movie Ride, Haunted Mansion, Tower of Terror, Expedition Everest, Shops area, and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
.** Having drinks with Joe Rhode at the Adventurers Cub, listening to his excitement about the new Animal Kingdom Park he's building.
** Being able to call some people whose email addresses end in "" and "" friends.
** The VP of Technology sending a global email about how impressed he was with me, just 6 months after I had joined the company.
** Attending movie premieres of Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron Legacy, Brave, and Tangled. Nothing is as fun as seeing a new Disney movie at Disney World with excited cast members.
** Watching a private Jonas/Gomez concert in the middle of Epcot while eating a dessert prepared by the "Dinner:Impossible" show.
** Standing at Cinderella's castle in an empty Magic Kingdom park at sunrise and thinking "someone would pay a lot of money to be here right now".
** Meeting +Trey Ratcliff , +Cali Lewis , +Amber Mac , +Gordon Laing , +Brian Matiash , +Karen Hutton , +Gilmar Smith , +RC Concepcion , +Robert Scoble , +Anna Nguyen , +Dave Veffer , +Virginia Poltrack , +Jono Poltrack , +Kalebra Kelby , +Chris Brogan , Michael Eisner, +Katie Couric , and many more for the first time.
** Visiting the Castle Cinderella Suite. Twice. Once with Cinderella.
** Having a private conversation with "Crush" at "Turtle Talk" while he tries to give me the Kongaloosh salute.
** Riding "Test Track" at 2am, 3 times in a row without getting out, to help test the new photo system.
** Watching "Lightening Mcqueen" learn to drive.
** Pinching the horns on Darth Maul. 
** Dining on the set of the "Indiana Jones Stunt Show"
** The closing of the Adventurers Club
** Massive amounts of free food

My last act as an employee was filing an expense report for the travel to pick up my replacement badge. 

My retirement is not a genuine retirement from work; it's just from Disney.  I still need to find employment somewhere [let me know if you can help] . I retain all the benefits and perks I had as Disney Cast Member, I just don't get medical coverage, backstage property access or a paycheck. I can even work there through a contracting arrangement. So if you come and visit me we can still have fun!

#WDW   #Disney   #DisneyWorld   #waltdisneyworld  
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Also, that's really an amazing read for your tour! I'm super jealous.
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