Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waypoints on the road to recovery


Mean-time-to-recovery is a key metric for many IT service groups. Lowering that number means frequent monitoring and a fast response to solve problems. It means having trained staff on hand at all hours, ready to jump into action. This is expensive

Boost the IQ of your console servers

Uplogix Local Managers are hands-down the smartest console servers on the market. They go beyond the out-of-band access provided by a traditional console server to deliver a secure platform for network management automation. Did you know that you can apply the same intelligence to your existing console server installation?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Breach report blames the usual suspects

The annual Verizon data breach investigations report came out this week with findings that show that the biggest threats are not new or unknown, but the same vulnerabilities that have plagued IT for years.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Continuing concerns over industrial networks

It's not a new topic, but SCADA and other industrial control networks continue to be integrated into IP networks and utilize old computing platforms (Windows XP) for management of the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that actually control

Meet Uplogix: Merging software & theater development

When Tim Thomas isn't writing code at Uplogix as a senior software developer, he's writing, acting, producing and occasionally even coding for the Austin theater community.

Tim's work and theater lives collided earlier this year when he worked on Whirligig Theatre's production of Deus Ex Machina, a choose-your-own-adventure retelling of the Oresteia that gave the audience control of the play's storyline. While the original Oresteia was performed in 458 BC, this version was a little more modern.

The audience was encouraged to participate through an SMS message voting system accessed through their cell phones. Tim collaborated to develop the technology that collected votes and projected the results on screens built into the set. Through their voting, the audience determined which prophesies were delivered to characters and ultimately how the play progressed down 1 of 12 potential story lines. Additional voting opportunities expanded the on-the-fly changes to over 12,000 possible unique experiences.

Here is what Tim said about his work in a recent article:
The technology builds upon basic web technology. Each screen is simply projecting a full screen web browser…we use WebSockets to tell the screens when to display voting elements and when to change…we chose text messaging because it was the most accessible option. Something like 87 percent of Austin residents have the ability to send and receive text messages. It also has a built in aspect of one phone number, one vote. No need to have users create accounts for the show. We’d like to eventually add voting by other means, but SMS [short message service] is very simple. 
If you'd like to see more, the application is posted here: https://github.com/tthomas48/deus

As a member of the local theater company Loaded Gun Theory, Tim is currently working on creating a new piece that will use the technology again with added concepts borrowed from role playing games. Some ideas that have been thrown out are things like fighting monsters and winning loot. Tim says the challenge is how to make a personal experience for each member of a 60-100 person audience.