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It's the 4th of July - let's talk about freedom http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/uncharted-wate…/…/ and ask the question - what are you doing with it? (Bonus: Cute pictures!)
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Does anyone have advice for training a 3-year old dog we picked up from the pound? Shepard/Beagle Mix. Maybe +James Fogarty  ? I'm looking at you, people with pictures of dogs on their avatars ...
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all of our dogs come from shelters and I have found them to be much better dogs then breeder dogs.  Couple of suggestions:
Crate training - YES get a good crate and use it consistently, putting them in it when you are our really does reduce some of their stress ( and yours)  while they may carry on for a bit (while testing you) they have come to like the crate at our house.  We have found that if there is a lot of action going on ( visitors or loud music) the dogs will self crate as they know this is a safe zone.
Positive treats - YES.  We buy these little Alpo brand dog biscuits that are square $3 for a 2# box at Walmart.  They are small enough you can use them as a reward often but not over feed your dog.
Patience -YES  our newest dog was abused by a male and so has taken a long time  to come to trust me.  Still prefers the women in the house but if one of them is around ( to keep my in check) will come over and visit me.
Walking - use a leash.  Often the shelter dogs have developed the survival skill to run and run far when they sense danger.  You are their keeper now so use a leash and choke chain (or harness) to make sure they stay on the leash.
Have fun, your pets are a great investment that do give many rewards
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published: peer review beyond the code http://blog.smartbear.com/documentation/understanding-why-peer-review-is-not-just-about-the-code/ For SmartBear Software with David Starr
In this article, we discuss peer review for code and artifacts throughout the software development life cycle/process.
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A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video and transcript, with +Robin Miller at +Slashdot )

We hear plenty about American software companies moving to India, but not a lot about Indian software companies moving here. Druva had good reasons for the move, the chief one being a financing deal with Sequoia Capital. Aside from that, though, Jaspreet says the talent pool -- not just developers but software marketing people and other important staffers -- is more concentrated in Silicon Valley than almost anywhere else in the world. "It's like Hollywood for geeks," Jaspreet says. This doesn't mean business is necessarily easy in the USA: Jaspreet ended up laying off his entire staff. Twice. And he made other mistakes as a young, new CEO bringing a company to life in a crowded field. 

Those mistakes, which Jaspreet shares freely with us, are like a business school "Start-Up Pitfalls" class. You may never want to do your own startup, but if you're a developer or otherwise involved with the software industry, there's a good chance that you'll have a chance to work for one at some point. And if you have that chance, you'll be glad you watched this video (or read the transcript) before you take the startup plunge.  #startups  
 
This was originally going to be an interview about the state of enterprise-level backup software in an increasingly edge computing-focused world, but we rapidly drifted into talking about how Druva started in Pune (near Bangalore) and ended up moving to Silicon Valley. We hear plenty about American ...
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Permission (To Try new Things) Marketing http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/uncharted-waters/permission-to-try-new-things-marketing/ On moving from permission to a bias for action.
Have you ever asked for permission for something before? Have you ever noticed that the answer is “no” more often then it is yes? This can be extremely frustrating. In some cases the company just spent several thousand dollars to send you to a course or conference. If nothing changes, the conference was a waste, right? And yet the answer is no. You can be careful — picking a topic that requires no training, no consulting, no new softw...
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Harvard Business Publishing Goes All-In for the Cloud

Of the seven takeaways from a massive cloud migration project, says Harvard Business Publishing’s Ken Griffin, the final lesson is that the best way to manage risk is to commit oneself. No half measures, no long-term hybrid strategy. Griffen explained, “Having two data centers, one on premises and one in the cloud, no longer makes sense, and so we’re all-in on the cloud. Our local data center is technical debt, and our goal is to expedite its demise.” by +Alan Zeichick for +Druva . #Interop   #cloudcomputing  
Of the seven takeaways from a massive cloud migration project, says Harvard Business Publishing's Ken Griffin, the final lesson is that the best way to manage risk is to commit oneself. No half measures, no long-term hybrid strategy. Griffen explained, “Having two data centers, one on premises ...
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These are the 4 ways you can load test your API during and before production, but there is only one of them that is the most risk averse.
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You are too kind.  Other team members did help.  Though you are not wrong about the effort.  It does take effort to make things easier for the team.  The payback is always worth it. ;)
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So You wrote an API http://blog.smartbear.com/service-virtualization/youre-virtually-there-but-whos-listening/ how do you get the rest of the company to use it? by @lworley214 for @SmartBear 
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"The greatest real wealth is your time. Because time can not be saved, we are all spending it constantly. Sadly, like my money on a trip, we tend to spend time gradually, in little bits at a time. What starts as a two-minute funny youtube clip turns into an hour; what starts as watching a show on Netlix turns into an evening binge. Twitter and Skype can be helpful and wonderful … but have you analyzed how much time you spend on them?" - +Matt Heusser 
Travel for work is a real pleasure for me, and also a profit center for our little business. It just never turns out to be quite the profit center I’d hoped. In theory I should make so many euros per trip, plus travel. With an exchange rate of 1.08 euros per dollar right now, that means I should come home with 1.08*rate in dollars, right? If only things were that easy. A Cautionary Tale Flying out of Grand Rapids, I get to the airport hours ...
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    Principal Consultant, 2011 - present
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I'm a software tester/developer who was a collaborative software geek since before it was cool. 

I've been writing about, speaking, and /DOING/ software development, software testing, and systems improvement for my entire adult life. I earned the master's degree at night and now teach IS at night at Calvin College. I also share a monthly column in software test and performance magazine with Chris McMahon.

In addition to that, I am a whole, grown person, trying to live a studied and considered life in a crazy modern world.
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