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Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC)

I recently attended the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), a rather impressive and unique gathering that prompted several relevant notions. First, about the conference. Looking around the room, I saw about 1000 attendees. This conference is in its 10th … Continue reading

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Reliable information, reliable decisions, reliable systems, reliable teams

I don’t attend many meetings these days, but when I do, I’m reminded of the failure modes of meetings, when group think can take over, leading to poor decisions by the group. But like all human reliable systems, the group … Continue reading

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I hava a cold. Did I fail?

When a person gets ill, say from a cold like the one I have right now, we tend to slow down, maybe have trouble focusing, or otherwise performing certain tasks. Clearly we function, but not as well as we would … Continue reading

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What is the cure for Diversity Fever?

Everyone seems to have diversity fever. We want to improve the reliability of our engineered solution, or the availability of a network, so we add redundancy, make sure we have diverse access to the service, and so on. Diversity is … Continue reading

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It’s all about Reliability

If you consider yourself an engineer, think about what you do in a very broad sense. Engineering is all about applying scientific discovery and making it practical, useful, and widely used. If you are an Electrical Engineer, for example, then … Continue reading

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Capacity Management, Failure Mitigation, and Where to Start?

Standard mitigation tools are a great place to start with Capacity Management, just like any failure mitigation need. As a telecommunications and IT consultant, we’re often called upon to solve problems. I remember some of my early training that suggested … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Reliability Based Steel Sheet Pile Assessment

On Thursday, November 29th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society enjoyed an evening of professional discussions and networking, with a very interesting technical talk from Dr. Rui Liu, a drawing for a book by Gregg Hobbs, and pizza … Continue reading

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Think you need Capacity Management?

Then you must improve your management. If your organization realizes it needs to do better with it’s Capacity Management, that is a good place to start. It is a healthy desire to check your health if not a recognition of … Continue reading

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FMECA with Wireshark

Returning from Sharkfest, I found that my laptop’s configuration must have changed. The laptop, running Windows 7 home version, was now not able to see a few of the non-windows machines on my network, including the NAS. Assuming the cause … Continue reading

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Network availability and performability modeling tricks

I read a lot, and I mean a lot, of network reliability, availability, and performability papers. The ones we publish in the IEEE Transactions on Reliability, I read multiple times. So there are a lot of relationships that go unnoticed, … Continue reading

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