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SCUP Catalogs vs. Software Vulnerability Manager

With the addition of SCUP to SCCM, a lot of people are looking to a SCUP catalog as a way to address the challenge of application patching. After answering the same question about the differences between Flexera SVM and this SCUP catalog capability, I decided to sum it up in this blog post.

In summary, SCUP does not provide any amplifying information to help prioritize, the patches cannot be customized, it only know about what is included, and what is included is likely less than 10% of what you care about. In the end it is a good way to address a very select few applications but is in now way “patch management”.

Product Insights (Video Series)

After a brainstorming session about the fact that sites need to quickly, simply and easily provide answers that may be on the minds of visitors, this Product Insight series of videos was born. I wrote out the questions and answers and I got some people to join me in recording these short videos that answer the questions I think people may have when considering the product I run, AdminStudio.

 

 

 

Spoon at the Orange Peel

An amazing show and a great performance, I was very lucky to be right up front in the middle. I always enjoy recording shows, but this one was especially worth recording as I’ve already watched it many times myself.

Eleven songs in total:

  1. Do You
  2. Whisper I’ll Listen to Hear It
  3. First Caress
  4. Do I Have to Talk You Into It
  5. Underdog
  6. I Ain’t The One
  7. Rent I Pay
  8. Don’t You Evah
  9. Stay Don’t Go
  10. Can I Sit Next To You
  11. Camera

Application Book Forward

I first got a copy of The Application Book by Tim Mangan as an early look of something I would review online. It was outstanding. Having edited several books in the past, I was compelled to provide lots of unsolicited feedback which he happily accepted. Later Tim asked that I provide a forward for the book which I was honored to do.

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Beer Blog

I’m a big fan of craft beer. I don’t get excited about food– in fact, there is a ton of food I don’t like (or won’t even try). I know, not very mature of me but that’s just my thing. Anyway, beer is the one thing I am adventurous about. In fact, if there is a beer of a style I like that I’ve not had, I will always choose it even if one of my very favorites is available right alongside it.

This blog is largely about professional topics, but I’ve been working in some music and concert info for a while and have decided to make it about anything I’m interested in and not just work. So, I’m expanding it to talk about some of my favorite beers and breweries. I’m in the Charlotte, NC area so the focus will mostly be on this region.

Right now I like sour beers most. I enjoy most wheat and fruit beers and have gown to appreciate most all styles with the exception of anything very hoppy (which excludes most pale ales), smoked or containing rye. My latest favorite style I’m on the look out for is a dry-hopped sour.

I was a big fan of Wicked Weed until they sold out, some favorites of the moment are  Burial, Fonta Flora, Salud Beer Shop and a few others. As for places, or the spots where one can get these tasty beverages, I decided to take it a big step forward and produce a new website on the topic!

Miike Snow at the Fillmore Charlotte

I record a lot of concerts and have for many years. I started with a point and shoot camera that took video and it was relatively good for video but lighting was a problem and audio was often quite bad. I’m so impressed with how each new iPhone handles the very load bass of a live concert better and better. The last show I recorded was one of the best I’ve managed and that was Spoon at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC a couple weeks ago.

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AppDetails Recommendation Services Explainer Video Project

The idea of offering recommendation services for products and services is a bit of a new concept for many. It walks the line between an analyst service and a kind of free third-party pre-sales service. Explaining this clearly while also letting people know it is free can take a lot of reading. I was not convinced people were bothering to digest my offering and so I decided to have an explainer video produced.

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Creating Deployment Packages with Scrum

As I’ve spent more and more time in recent years working in Scrum environments, it’s got me thinking how this agile process might adapt itself well to projects outside product development. And being the “AppDeploy” guy was naturally compelled to think how it might apply well to the world of application packaging.

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