Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Tips for Your Next Tech Conference Proposal

The New Stack

It’s that time of year again, the tech conference proposal season. If you’ve ever wanted to showcase your latest techno-gadget or hacker technique to an eager audience, now is the time to get going. The All Important Submission Deadline. Culture Off-The-Shelf Hacker

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Keep Your Projects Moving

The New Stack

Work, family and social commitments around the busy holiday season make designing, building and writing a monumental challenge. Readers know that there’s considerable behind-the-scenes work fielding just about any type of hardware project. You get the point.

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Instantly Upgrade Your Arduino Project Design

The New Stack

My own project, Hedley the Robotic Skull now uses an Arduino Nano clone as a driver board for his jaw servo. I recently replaced the old Arduino NG with the Nano. I was sitting there looking at the skull and it struck me. The two boards are about the same size.

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Building Your Own Compact Portable Power Brick

The New Stack

Fortunately, modern off-the-shelf parts are available at reasonable prices, so you can pretty much get whatever you need. The trick is that you have to build it yourself. For example, I needed a portable power supply for Hedley, the robotic skull.

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Making Parts with a Resin 3D Printer

The New Stack

Off-the-shelf physical computing uses microcontrollers, sensors, networks, various tools, Linux and design thinking to build gadgets that do interesting jobs. Off-the-shelf hardware hackers do the same with the physical gizmo.

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: Add Stereo Audio to Your DIY Gadgets

The New Stack

The sound will come from a small speaker in the roof of his mouth, which coupled with synchronized jaw movement will make him speak. I’m currently searching for the perfect speaker to fit into his noggin. Let’s throw something together for the job.

Off-The-Shelf Hacker: From the Space Age to the Age of DIY

The New Stack

There has been scant little coverage of the Apollo 8 space mission that occurred just 50 years ago around this past Christmas season. In a small capsule, three American astronauts successfully circled the moon and made it back to Earth in one piece. The audio board has six terminals.

How Can CIOs Deal With The Challenge Of Creating Very Large Networks?

The Accidental Successful CIO

As the person with the CIO job, it’s going to be your job to find ways for the company to keep building out its network without going broke. Google has been in the business of creating very large networks for over a decade. Learn what you need to know to do the job.

Spaceborne Computer brings supercomputing capabilities to ISS astronauts


HPE’s Spaceborne Computer, the first commercial off-the-shelf computer which was launched into orbit last year and can process teraflops of data in […]. Imagine a super powerful computer processing teraflops of data in zero gravity. What was until now a figment of imagination or perhaps a scene from a sci-fi movie is soon becoming a reality.

Containers and Software-Defined Servers: A Win-Win


TidalScale has introduced a new concept in the computing fabric: Software-Defined Servers , which allow users to aggregate off -the-shelf commodity servers together in such a way that they form a virtual machine that spans the hardware servers but looks like a single large server to an operating system. Background.

Open source the secret sauce in secure, affordable voting tech

The Parallax

SAN FRANCISCO—The fastest, most cost-effective way to secure direct-record electronic voting machines in the United States, according to cybersecurity experts, is to stop using them. There’s no individual paper records that the voter is verifying,” Adida said. “So

SolarFlare’s Capture SolarSystem


SolarFlare's Capture SolarSystem provides high performance hardware time-stamped Ethernet packet capture, persisted storage, indexed query and network analytics on customer-supplied and specified off-the-shelf server hardware. Furthermore, Capture SolarSystem provides real-time interfaces enabling integration with third party analytics applications, both coexisting with Capture SolarSystem within the server as well as running and being fed remotely. Marty Meehan.

Interpreting predictive models with Skater: Unboxing model opacity

O'Reilly Media - Data

Over the years, machine learning (ML) has come a long way, from its existence as experimental research in a purely academic setting to wide industry adoption as a means for automating solutions to real-world problems. What information can the model provide to avoid prediction errors?

The purpose of tools in mid to large scale transformations

Net Objectives

Any Lean-Agile approach should start with getting an understanding of where the company is. Mapping the value streams of an organization is usually a good start. While it is often tempting to take solutions off the shelf it must be kept in mind that no one-size-fits all. It is at this point, at the beginning of a tailored adoption, that tools can be used to reflect the workflow thought to be the best to be used.

Securing voting machines means raising funds

The Parallax

The problem is that it involves cooperation in Congress. The most recent federal dollars devoted to improving elections came from the Help Americans Vote Act of 2002, which was itself flawed because its authors failed to predict cybersecurity standards for voting machines.

3 Reasons You Should Add AIOps to Your Tooling Arsenal


AIOps seems to be all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Read on to get some basic AIOps 101, major value propositions for implementing AIOps solutions plus a deep dive into the data you need to make the magic work (it’s not really magic, but it might as well be).

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Putting @Platfora next to your Hadoop Cluster provides powerful #BigData analytical capability


One of the best ways to know the realm of the possible with immediately available commercial off the shelf technology is to watch a demo. The Platfora Big Dat Analytics 3.0 The webinar will underscore more on: Analytics at big data scale.

3 Reasons You Should Add AIOps to Your Tooling Arsenal


AIOps seems to be all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Read on to get some basic AIOps 101, major value propositions for implementing AIOps solutions plus a deep dive into the data you need to make the magic work (it’s not really magic, but it might as well be).

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Objectively Measuring Code Quality


“All of the software engineering candidates seem equally qualified. After all, you’ve worked hard to fill the funnel with highly qualified candidates, host interviews, coordinate technical assessments, and schedule on-site visits. The Problems with “Traditional” Coding Assessments.

How to run a custom version of Spark on hosted Kubernetes

O'Reilly Media - Data

Do you want to try out a new version of Apache Spark without waiting around for the entire release process? This is the blog post for you, my friend! We will help you deploy code that hasn't even been reviewed yet (if that is the adventure you seek). If there is an off-the-shelf version of Spark you want to run, you can go ahead and download it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to turn our Spark project into an assembly JAR.

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Motivated Team Of Mission Focused Technologists From Software AG Wins Rapid Integration Challenge of Plugfest


Hands down, one of the coolest things I have seen in months was PLUGFEST 2014, held in conjunction with AFCEA West in San Diego 10-13 Feb 2014. In most cases, all the involved agencies spend the first hours forming up their teams and IT capabilities to work together.

Objectively Measuring Code Quality


“All of the software engineering candidates seem equally qualified. After all, you’ve worked hard to fill the funnel with highly qualified candidates, host interviews, coordinate technical assessments, and schedule on-site visits. The Problems with “Traditional” Coding Assessments. Unfortunately, most off-the-shelf coding templates fail to assess a developer’s understanding and proficiency with their daily responsibilities.

Hitachi Vantara’s API Strategy for The Smart Data Center

Hu's Place - HitachiVantara

In this post I will take a deeper dive into one of the key enablers for Digital Transformation, the REST API. I will cover our strategy for utilizing it in our products and provide some example of how it is utilized to enable the Smart Data Center.

Thanks Darpa: Minimally Invasive “Stentrode” Shows Potential as Neural Interface for Brain


DARPA funded research has produced a device, called the "stentrode," capable of direct recording of brain activity, right from neurons. The catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the neck. Bob Gourley.

Serverless in 2019: From ‘Hello World’ to ‘Hello Production’

Stacks on Stacks

As the CEO of Stackery, I have had a unique, inside view of serverless since we launched in 2016. I get to work alongside the world’s leading serverless experts, our customers, and our partners and learn from their discoveries. It’s a new year: the perfect time to take stock of professional progress, accomplishments, and goals. The Stackery team has been in this mindset for months, focusing on what 2019 means for this market. Alas, we’re probably stuck with the name.

Black Box Machine Learning in the Cloud

Erik Bernhardsson

Here’s a nice map from Bloomberg showing some of the landscape. I wrote a pretty cynical tweet the other day. Instead of the negative let’s go through the ways I think a machine learning API can actually be useful (ok full disclosure: I don’t think it’s very many). Model fitting isn’t the issue, getting to model fitting is the hard part. Here is a bunch of real-world scenarios I worked with over the last years: Ad targeting based on music consumption.

Navy Acquisition Can Easily Be Fixed

Marv's Smart Future

Driven by peer naval competition from Russia and China, the U.S. Because commercial IT is globally available for peer competitors to adopt, the hard reality is that the U.S. Improving the DoD acquisition processes has been a constant theme for the past twenty years.

The history of PC hardware, in pictures

I'm Programmer

This article takes a look at the time when the computer apparatus we now take for granted was fabricated and what it looked like back then. Here we know the history of PC hardware in pictures. THE FIRST COMPUTER MOUSE. He is also one of the inventors of hypertext.)

How to Perform A/B Testing on Your App Store Page?


These few seconds are not enough to tell the app’s story and its benefits. A proper research is required before the launch of the mobile app. Without which, you run the risk of wasting lots of your marketing budget if the users see a campaign link but don’t download the app. Achieving success in the app stores is difficult if your app store optimization decisions are not perfect. You don’t need to re-invent the wheel. Now monitor the test.

The Problem with Patterns

A List Apart

It started off as an honest problem with a brilliant solution. As the ways we use the web continue to grow and evolve, we, as its well-intentioned makers and stewards, needed something better than making simple collections of pages over and over again. Enjoy the outdoors.

DISA’s CIO Dave Bennett on Achieving Efficiencies


The Defense Information Systems Agency’s chief information officer and director for Enterprise Information Services Dave Bennett opened for FedScoop’s “Lowering the Cost of Government with Information Technology (IT) Summit” on August 21. Bennett’s opening discussion began with the focus on infrastructure and capacity services contracts. He brought to attention DISA’s closing three Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECCs) in the past year, saving roughly $3.2

More on OnLive: New Cloud Solution Delivers Secure Cross-Platform Deployment for Graphics Intensive Applications


We introduced OnLive at: OnLive: Building the future of enterprise services from the cloud. OnLive CloudLift Enterprise PaaS provides the first seamless solution for businesses with Graphics Intensive Applications. OnLive CloudLift Enterprise is being launched in the U.S.

It’s Time to Transform ERP into a System of Engagement

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog

The IT industry has steadily been moving beyond its roots in data management and record keeping for a few decades now, approximately since the advent of corporate e-mail. Yet few projects allocate anything like this amount, especially to off-the-shelf systems.

News on @Fixmo and Defense Information Systems Agency Mobility Management for U.S. Department of Defense


By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: I serve on the Fixmo advisory board and have never been prouder of my association with this very virtuous firm.- The following exciting information is from: [link]. n June 2013, the U.S. The Impact of the DISA Mobility Plan.

6 Ways A CIO Can Shake Everything Up

The Accidental Successful CIO

When you get the CIO job great things are going to be expected of you. Everyone understands the importance of information technology and so they are going to be looking at you with the assumption that you have all of the answers. Learn what you need to know to do the job.

Breaking the Deadlock Between User Experience and Developer Experience

A List Apart

In other parts of the world the difference is even more staggering: in African countries, more than 64% of web traffic is from mobile devices ; in India, nearly 78% of traffic is mobile. Developer experience goes beyond the tech stack. to find the tag I’d forgotten to close.

How to benefit from robotic process automation (RPA)

Bernd Rucker

A robot named Pepper holding an iPad” by Alex Knight on Unsplash RPA (robotic process automation) is hype at the moment. The sweet spot of RPA is the automated control of existing graphical user interfaces (UI) when the application does not offer an API.



One third of the fuel that goes into a car is spent overcoming friction. Friction is the force that resists motion when the surface of one object comes into contact with the surface of another. the internal workings of “their” code on an on-going basis. The reason?

Domestic “Drones” Are the Latest Object of Threat Inflation


The story seems to lend credibility to speculation that model airplanes could be the next terrorist threat. In reality, however, these fears are part of a larger pattern of threat inflation about domestic “drones” that mirrors the kind of threat inflation that we see too often in public policy debates about new technologies. In that work, I have called attention to the threat inflation that often drives these debates. Or perhaps it is the other way around.

Overcoming Objections to an Application Security Program

Jeremiah Grossman

They understand the importance, the best-practices, the value, etc. What inhibits their success the most in building an effective application security program is a lack of buy-in from the business and support from development groups. Justifying the investment remains extremely challenging and many security professionals tend to encounter the same objections. Jeff then helped me develop the content below.