[EN] New Book on the shelf. From James Bond.

BOOK__TheEnterpriseCloudByJamesBondFew days ago I got a present. The new book about Cloud Architecture. This book has been written by Bond. James Bond. But of course James Bond know everything about SPECTRE but have no experience with Cloud. The real James Bond is a Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett-Packard (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) with a lot of experience with The Cloud. I found very good opinions about this book: 4,8/5 stars at O’Reilly and 4,7/5 stars at Amazon. As we can read on last page:

Despite the buzz surrounding the cloud computing, only a small percentage of organizations have actually deployed this new style of IT—so far. If you’re planning your long-term cloud strategy, this practical book provides insider knowledge and actionable real-world lessons regarding planning, design, operations, security, and application transformation. This book teaches business and technology managers how to transition their organization’s traditional IT to cloud computing. Rather than yet another book trying to sell or convince readers on the benefits of clouds, this book provides guidance, lessons learned, and best practices on how to design, deploy, operate, and secure an enterprise cloud based on real-world experience.

Author James Bond provides useful guidance and best-practice checklists based on his field experience with real customers and cloud providers. You’ll view cloud services from the perspective of a consumer and as an owner/operator of an enterprise private or hybrid cloud, and learn valuable lessons from successful and less-than-successful organization use-case scenarios. This is the information every CIO needs in order to make the business and technical decisions to finally execute on their journey to cloud computing.

  • Get updated trends and definitions in cloud computing, deployment models, and for building or buying cloud services
  • Discover challenges in cloud operations and management not foreseen by early adopters
  • Use real-world lessons to plan and build an enterprise private or hybrid cloud
  • Learn how to assess, port, and migrate legacy applications to the cloud
  • Identify security threats and vulnerabilities unique to the cloud
  • Employ a cloud management system for your enterprise (private or multi-provider hybrid) cloud ecosystem
  • Understand the challenges for becoming an IT service broker leveraging the power of the cloud

And of course few words about author – James Bond:

James Bond is a Chief Technologist for the HPCloud business unit.  He provides cloudbusiness strategy and technical guidance, solution architecture, and transitionplanning to Fortune 100 and Government customers in North America.  Bond’s role is to educate customers andindustry on the transition from legacy enterprise IT to private, hybrid andbrokering cloud environments.  He is acloud keynote presenter at numerous customer and industry conferences acrossthe U.S.

With more than 25 years experience in public andprivate sectors, Bond was an early pioneer in the design and deployment of Infrastructure,Software, and Platform as a Service offerings—long before the term cloudcomputing was coined.  His background indata centers, LAN/WAN systems design, software development, and ISP/ASPmanagement were precursors to his current focus on cloud computing.  Bond is well known on the industry and withinHP as an expert resource of real-world cloud design and deployment experiencehaving successfully deployed cloud environments for some of the largest U.S.Government customers.

Before joining HP, Bond was a Vice Presidentwith Apptix, a leading commercial Software as a Service provider, where hearchitected and managed some of the largest SaaS deployments in the UnitedStates.  Past industry experienceincludes Chief Technology Officer for IceWEB, Vice President of SteelCloud, andpositions with Electronic Data Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, andComputer Data Systems.

Bond holds a Bachelor’s degree in ComputerScience from the University of Maryland. He authors numerous technical white papers and is finalizing his firstbook—on cloud computing.  He is avolunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in his spare time and currentlyresides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I will start to read this book soon, and I hope to give five start after reading.

And here are links for:

  • O’Reilly bookstore page
  • Amazon bookstore page
  • Author’s LinkedIn profile

Post Scriptum:

Only one bad feeling about this book. And it is for O’Reilly: this book – even brand new doesn’t smell. And because I love Smells of The New Book – I’m really dissapointed…

[EN] New Total Commander not only for Windows desktops

As many of other administrators, geeks, or users which works a lot with many documents, files – Total Commander is my favorite management tool from last fifteen (or more) years. At the beginning – again as many of you – I used shareware version, but few years ago I bought my personal license for this tool. License is not expensive and firstly – give me a satisfaction to use legal software, secondly – inspiring author Christian Ghisler for continuously developing new versions.

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After last update (in fact not update, but as always for me installing from scratch) my systems to Windows 10 Insider Preview (actual build 10565 on production and build 10575 on test) I visited page for downloading newest version. New version {build 8.52a, released Sept. 17th, 2015} is available with shareware license for Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, and Windows® 3.1 – where most important are newest versions of Windows of course. What’s new in this build? Based on VENDOR SITE – Features in Total Commander 8.52a now include :

  • Two file windows side by side
  • Multiple language and Unicode support
  • Enhanced search function
  • Compare files (now with editor) / synchronize directories
  • Quick View panel with bitmap display
  • ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling + plugins
  • Built-in FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support
  • Parallel port link, multi-rename tool
  • Tabbed interface, regular expressions, history+favorites buttons
  • Thumbnails view, custom columns, enhanced search
  • Compare editor, cursor in lister, separate trees, logging, enhanced overwrite dialog etc.
  • Unicode names almost everywhere, long names (>259 characters), password manager for ftp and plugins, synchronize empty dirs, 64 bit context menu, quick file filter (Ctrl+S)
  • USB port connection via special direct transfer cable, partial branch view (Ctrl+Shift+B), and many improvements to ftp, synchronizing and other functions
  • And many more!

It’s important to remember that this software – even is avesome – is not free:

Total Commander is a Shareware program. This means that you can test it for a period of 30 days. After testing the program, you must either order the full version, or delete the program from your harddisk.

I strongly recommend to spend 38 EUR/44USD (which is not huge amount) and keep your licensed software till the end of life – yours of the software. 

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In the same time, I discovered brand new, stable version {build 1.1 final, released Sept. 14th, 2015} for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile. This version is distributed as FREEWARE software via Windows Store with many functionalities implemented:

  • Copy, Move whole subdirs
  • Rename (via properties), create dirs
  • Delete (no recycle bin)
  • Zip and Unzip
  • Properties dialog
  • Search function (also for text)
  • Select/unselect groups of files
  • Select by tapping on file icons
  • Select range with long tap on file icon
  • FTP client (built-in plugin)
  • WebDAV (Web folders) (built-in plugin)
  • LAN access (built-in plugin)
  • WiFi direct file transfer (plugin)
  • Cloud Storage: Microsoft, Dropbox, Google
  • Thumbnails for pictures
  • Virtual two panel mode
  • Bookmarks as in Total Commander
  • Simple help function in English, German
  • Supported languages of the main program: English, German, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese and Ukrainian.Translated via crowdin.net, using strings from the Android version

More information You can find at special page: http://www.ghisler.com/wp.htm 

Few screenshots from freshly installed Total Commander on my old Nokia Phone. Looks promising!

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Go to the Page. Go to the Store. And ENJOY!

[EN] VirtualBox 4.3.30 released. Wait v.5.0.2 too!

Last three months I was very busy. Too many things to do, too many travels, to many… The result of this I had no chance to update my VirtualBox system for newest version. But I notice yesterday, that new version is available – I spend one day a little bit mozy lazy mode with updating/upgaring/de- and installing some software.

I went to VirtualBox Site to download newest version of Oracle’s software (version 4.3.30 released 10th of July). Then I discovered that it’s the family of old builds (as v.4.3.30, v.4.3.28, v.4.3.26 and older):

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It was yesterday morning (Sept 13th) when I get newest version of VirtualBox – version 5.0.2 (why i missed version 5.0.0 from 9th July? Have no idea). Neverming. This is the newest, fresh version of VirtualBox. Based on Release Blog form latest versions. In short summary most important from my perspective:

  • support for encryption YAY!!!!
    • disk image encryption
    • encryption settings tab
    • encryption password validation on the fly
  • beginning of support for Windows 10
    • fixed crash when opening Windows 10 dialog
    • fixed audio (less important)
    • fixed potential WDDM driver crash
    • Please be aware that Windows 10 is not yet officially supported! There are known problems with VirtualBox 5.0.2 on Windows 10 hosts and with Windows 10 guests. Some of the problems are fixed in the most recent test build which can be found here.
  • support USB 3.0
  • support for paravirtualization

The following major new features were added with version 5.0.0:

  • Paravirtualization support for Windows and Linux guests to improve time-keeping accuracy and performance
  • Make more instruction set extensions available to the guest when running with hardware-assisted virtualization and nested paging. Among others this includes: SSE 4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX-2, AES-NI, POPCNT, RDRAND and RDSEED
  • xHCI Controller to support USB 3 devices (see the manual for more information)
  • Drag and drop support (bidirectional) for Windows, Linux and Solaris guests
  • Disk image encryption (see the manual for more information)
  • VMs can now be started in separate mode. The VM process is started headless while the frontend runs as a separate process which can be terminated without stopping the VM.
  • GUI: VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)
  • GUI: New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling
  • GUI: New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images
  • GUI: HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)
  • GUI: Hotplugging support for SATA disks
  • New, modular audio architecture for providing a better abstraction of the host audio backends
  • Support for the NDIS6 networking framework on Windows (default on Vista and later)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added with version 5.0.2:

  • VMM: added support for guest crash report MSRs with Hyper-V paravirtualization
  • VMM: fixed an issue causing artifically high load averages on Linux hosts
  • VMM: fixed a kernel panic with thread-context hooks caused by incompatible changes made to Linux 4.2 kernels
  • VMM: fixed a saved state issue with VT-x/AMD-V disabled (5.0 regression; bug #14304)
  • VMM: fixed VERR_SUPDRV_TSC_DELTA_MEASUREMENT_FAILED Guru Meditations on certain AMD CPUs (5.0 regression; bug #14370)
  • VMM: fixed a crash while creating a guest core dumps via the VM debug facility (5.0 regression)
  • VMM: This release has AVX2 passthrough disabled on every host and AVX passthrough disabled for 64-bit VMs on 32-bit hosts. This will be properly fixed in a future 5.0.x maintenance release (see e.g. bug #14262).
  • GUI: fixed rare hang and crash on VM shutdown/poweroff
  • GUI: X11: fixed few crashes caused by the Qt alien widgets feature
  • GUI: X11: fixed various mini-toolbar geometry quirks like positioning, z-order, transiency issues on certain window managers (bug#14257)
  • GUI: X11: fixed mini-toolbar minimize button issue under certain window managers (bug #14284)
  • GUI: VM menu actions availability should now be properly updated on full-screen/seamless/scaled mode switches
  • GUI: disk encryption password validation should be performed when user confirmed the password, not after each entered symbol
  • GUI: do not change the VM/group selection in the VM Manager to the newly created VM if it was created by another client (e.g. VBoxManage)
  • GUI: Mac OS X: do not treat ‘almost maximized’ VM windows as ‘maximized’, watch for the strict window geometry instead
  • GUI: improve the quality in scaled mode under some circumstances (5.0 regression; bug #14303)
  • VBoxManage: do not deny changing the network adapter type at VM runtime (5.0 regression; bug #14308)
  • VRDP: allow Windows 10 RDP clients (bug #14216)
  • Audio: fix a possible crash on VM process termination (5.0 regression)
  • Storage: improved raw disk access on OS X by unmounting any accessed volume before first use and prevent any mount attempt by the host (bug #14219)
  • 3D: basic support for saving/restoring display lists
  • Drag and drop: fixed guest to host transfers on OS X hosts
  • Drag and drop: fixed memory leak on Windows guests
  • Shared Folders: fixed a problem with accessing CIFS shares (bug #14252)
  • Shared Folders: improved path conversion between hosts and guests with different path separators (bug #14153)
  • API: skip resetting of immutable media when the VM in saved state is started (bug #13957)
  • API: fixed method for setting medium IDs which used zero (invalid) UUIDs instead random (valid) UUIDs if no UUIDs were passed (bug#14350)
  • API: for Windows host fix detection of API client crashes which have a session open
  • OVF: properly export all VBox features including the setting for paravirtualization (bug #14390)
  • Mac OS X hosts: El Capitan USB fixes
  • Windows hosts: fixed crash when opening Windows dialogs from the VM process on Windows 10 (bug #14351)
  • Windows hosts: fixed host-only adapter creation issues on Windows 10 (bug #14040)
  • Windows hosts: fixed audio on Windows 10 (bug #14432)
  • Linux hosts: more fixes for activated SMAP on Linux 3.19 and newer (Broadwell and later; bug #13961)
  • Linux hosts: check then name space before attaching to a host network interface (bug #13795)
  • Linux Additions: Linux 4.2 fixes (bug #14227)
  • Linux Additions: improved the performance of stat() to speed up certain file operations on shared folders
  • Windows Additions: fixed a potential crash in the WDDM driver with Windows 10 (bug #14190)
  • Solaris Additions: added support for X.Org Server 1.17
  • X11 Additions: various seamless mode fixes, including invisible windows under LXDE.

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Now you can do to DOWNLOAD PAGE, get it for free and install: Virtual Box (for host) an Extension Pack (for host/guests). By downloading, you agree to the terms and conditions of the respective license.

  • VirtualBox 5.0.2 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack All supported platforms
    Please install the extension pack with the same version as your installed version of VirtualBox!
  • VirtualBox 5.0.2 Software Developer Kit (SDK) All platforms

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What’s new BEFORE installation? Is not as easy as could be:

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Pict. 01 | Two processes blocking installation. Just kill them and click next.

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Pict. 02 | Another nine processes stopped installation. Should I kill them immediately? Nope!

Here is the list of all (in my case):

  • 11652 – iTunes Helper
  • 15332 – Outlook
  • 18004 – Total Commander
  • 2128 – iType
  • 2248 – Apple Mobile Device Service
  • 28300 – Microsoft Word
  • 5304 – Lync (Skype for Business)
  • 6092 – Snipping Tool
  • 8472 – Send To One Note

How they are connected with VirtualBox? It’s question for another post…

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Pict. 03 | After firs execution we need update Extension Pack to version 5.0.2 release 102096

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Pict. 04 | Here we can see three newest features: USB 3.0, support for WebCam (!) and Disk Encryption

What’s new AFTER installation? Some samples just from interface:

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Pict. 05 | Section: GENERAL >> new bookmark: Encryption /Cifrado. And User Interface/Interfaz de Usario at the bottom. We will back for this part, later.

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Pict. 06 | Section: GENERAL >> Bookmark Encryption and three options: Leave without Changes/Dejar sin Cambiar, encryption AES-128bit and encryption AES-256bit (only word PLAIN is a little strange, but I will investigate it later). Of course my machine is not prepared for encryption (I will investigate it later).

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Pict. 07 | Section: SYSTEMS/SISTEMA >> Motherboard/Placa Base with new functionality : support for USB Tablet/Tableta USB (very useful for for graphic desiners)

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Pict. 08 | Section: SCREEN >> new feature for standard screen Scaling (zooming)/Factor de Escalado (useful for disabled users)

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Pict. 09 | Section: SCREEN >> bookmark Video Capturing/Captura de Video Whoooha! amazingly funcionality added not only speed (fps) but quality too (kbps). hope support for more screens will be added soon.

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Pict. 10 | Section USB – not only full support for USB 1.1, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 but easy way to enforce which USB we want to share with virtual machine.

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Pict. 11 | Section USER INTERFACE/INTERFAZ DE USARIO >> new functionality which give the administrator opportunity to choose which tasks, features, settings will be available for users.

And finally one of the newest functionality: The User Interface for VM’s:

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Pict. 12 | Section: ARCHIVE >> Preferences, Network

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Pict. 13 | Section: MACHINE/MÁQUINA >> Configuration, Pause, Start, Save State, Shutdown and more

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Pict. 14 | Section VIEW/VER >> Full Screen, Scaling Mode, Capturing Screen, Capturing Video, Remote Desktop, Virtual Screen, qutoscaling and more

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Pict. 15 | Section: INPUT/ENTRADA >> Keyboard, Mouse

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Pict. 16 | Section: DEVICES/DISPOSITIVOS >> Disks, Camera, Network, USB, HDD, FDD, DVD, Shared Folders and most important Insert CD <Guest Additions> which is nomally use to connect external CD/DVD or throught process of instalaltion VirtualBox Extension Pack

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Pict. 17 |Section: RUN/DEPURAR >> Statistics, Command Line, Trace Logs, History

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Pict. 18 | Section: ABOUT/AYUDA >> with links to VirtualBox Site, and info about installed version of VirtualBox

 

Really, Really nice. Gooood Jooob Oracle!

[PL] Przestrzeń Talentów

Post ten jest odrobinę zbliżony, inspirowany wpisem Procenta {TWITTER|BLOG|RADIO} znanego też jako Maciej Aniserowicz, który jest nie tylko ważną i rozpoznawalną postacią na polskiej ziemi (ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem białostoczczyzny), ale i wielce inspirująca postacią nawet dla takiego nie-dewelopera jak ja (tak, przyznaję się, że po chichu i w ciemnościach czytam jego bloga i słucham jego radia).

Za tydzień o tej godzinie (11:00 AM BST) będzie już po. Wówczas w końcówce tego posta (albo jako nowy wpis) pojawi się drobna aktualizacja o tym jak było. Tymczasem warto napisać co będzie. W czerwcu miałem okazję wystąpić na konferencji InfoTRAMS jaką zorganizowała ISSA Polska (Information Systems Security  Association) w Warszawie. O samej konferencji wkrótce będzie można przeczytać na ich stroni, tudzież w newsleterze.

Kilka tygodni po konferencji dostałem list emaliowany od osoby, która teraz nazwę MS, z uwagi na brak zgody (jeszcze) na podanie jej danych. Całego maila też nie moge przytoczyć, ale krótki cytat wystarczy:

Ostatnia konferencja ISSY podsunęła mi pomysł aby zaprosić tam Ciebie.. z tą ostatnia prezentacją, która miałeś – albo jakaś inną która korespondowałaby z tematem.. może będziesz miał jakiś pomysł..

Muszę przyznać, że to dla mnie bardzo miłe zaskoczenie. Wprawdzie zdarza mi się pojawić na jakiejś konferencji średnio trzy razy w miesiącu (gdyby policzyć ilość sesji), ale zaproszenie na wewnętrzną imprezę firmową to nowość. Wprawdzie zdażyło się już zmnienić status uczestnika ze słuchacza na prelegenta (jak było na Identity Management w Londynie), ale… zaproszenie na wewnętrzną imprezę firmową to nowość.

Po dziesiątkach maili dotyczących ustalania terminów, przelotów, tematów, rodzaju sesji udało się wczoraj/dziś opanować ten chaos. Na chwilę obecną harmonogram zakłada dwie sesje pod roboczymi tytułami:

  • Trust. The Primer – czyli coś o bezpieczeństwie, zaufaniu, własnych i cudzych wyborach
  • Leadership Challenge. Self Case Study – czyli coś o prowadzeniu owieczek (ale nie na rzeź)

Przyszły tydzień szykuje się więc arcy-zwariowanie: baaardzo ranny pociąg (LEI-STP), metro (o ile nie będzie strajku, znowu), samolot (LCY-FRA-KRK), taxi* (to the venue), potem sesja, wieczór integracyjny, dzień pełen wrażeń, kolejny wieczór integracyjny, kolejna sesja, krótki skok do Wrocławia i powrót do Krakowa a stamtąd do Londynu.

* zwolennikiem taksówek nie jestem, ale inne połaczenie wygląda zdecydowanie mniej ciekawie:

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I tylko pogoda mnie martwi…

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