November 2017 SITREP – Performance

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November 2017 was an unexpected growth spurt in many areas of my life. I’ve applied some skills learned from work including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN) configuration for higher security and speed. This GTmetrix score still sucks, though. I’ve created a new landing page – JtSpratley.com – which may or…

5 Websites For IT Training

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Here are 5 websites with great free IT training. 1. I check edX.org first when looking for structured online courses – yes, even before Coursera. Though many courses are paid, there are great freebies including Berklee’s Music Production and Vocal Recording Technology and The Linux Foundation’s Introduction to Linux. You can also embed badges for completed…

Linux Ubuntu Server versus Windows Server

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This post goes further in-depth with my thoughts in the Syracuse University InfoSpace blog about evolving with open source software. The IST 346 presentation is my favorite because it was my first chance to debunk myths and boast the benefits of open source software and Linux. This is the original presentation file. As you can…

10 Sites to find Open Source Alternatives

I’m always looking for newer and more efficient solutions to accomplish a task rather than simply forcing ways to accomplish new issues with older solutions. Here are 10 websites to check out when you want to think outside the box with not only Free and Open Source (FOSS) but substitute applications. 1. AlternativeTo AlternativeTo.net is the first place I…

My Plans for 2017

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I asked IT professionals from the Rallypoint community what topics I should cover in future Linux and FOSS related podcasts. I got great suggestions involving security: Sandboxing applications Backups and disaster recovery Firewalls and antivirus software And more, but my favorite response suggested something much broader: “a series where you start teaching as if someone is completely…