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How to export contacts from Office 365

October 10th, 2018 Posted by Email 0 thoughts on “How to export contacts from Office 365”

Office 365 makes a great platform for most of your business’s needs. If you are sending email to a lot of people though, you’ll need to start looking at a mail marketing service, like Mailchimp or Constant Contact. But how do you get all your contacts from Office 365 into your new Mailchimp account? Below are some easy steps to export your contacts into something that can be imported into a mail marketing platform:

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The biggest threat to computer security… again

January 4th, 2018 Posted by Security 0 thoughts on “The biggest threat to computer security… again”

If you tune into any tech news sources this week, the only thing people are talking about is Meltdown and Spectre, two new vulnerabilities that every modern processor is affected by.

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KRACK Attack! Massive vulnerabilities in wifi and easy fixes to keep you safe.

October 20th, 2017 Posted by Security 0 thoughts on “KRACK Attack! Massive vulnerabilities in wifi and easy fixes to keep you safe.”

It sounds like some new blues rock band, but it’s the latest in attacks against wifi technology. I mean, we all knew we weren’t really as safe as we pretended we were; sending data through the air is inherently leaky. That’s why radio works in the first place, but now the measures we thought gave us reasonable security, don’t.

Overview

  • A new vulnerability affecting all WPA2 connected clients means an attacker could compromise clients even on password protected wireless networks.
  • This targets client-side systems and is unlikely to affect routers except in bridged mode in some instances.
  • Microsoft has already released a patch in their October 10th security updates.
  • Apple is currently working on a patched release to be released on all MacOS, iOS and tvOS devices. AirPort routers are unaffected.
  • HTTPS and VPNs continue to keep you secure as they always have and provide an effective mitigation technique.

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Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 4: Reformation

September 26th, 2017 Posted by Business, DevOps, Monitoring, Uncategorized, Zenoss 0 thoughts on “Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 4: Reformation”

This is the fourth part in a series on shifting our thoughts about Monitoring. All of this came from a talk I gave at GalaxZ’17 in Austin, TX earlier this year. You can find part one, “Ein Minuten Bitte”, part 2, “Empathetic Monitoring”, and part 3, “New Partners” from their respective links. But if you’re ready to read on, we’ll talk about…

Reformation

That’s a heavy word. But I want to be clear about how much work goes into this process. There’s risk involved here, too. Change, being introduced the wrong way, can cause schism instead of reform. You’ll notice in the 16th century the Protestant Reformation didn’t create a new and improved Roman Catholic Church, but rather a whole assortment of new Protestant sects from Lutheran to Baptist to Pentecostal.

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Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 3: New Partners

September 22nd, 2017 Posted by Business, DevOps, Monitoring, Zenoss 0 thoughts on “Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 3: New Partners”

This is part three in a series about monitoring all coming from a talk that I gave in Austin, TX at GalaxZ’17. In part one I introduced the problem and in part two I discussed how we should start to change. Today we’re looking at who, in our organization are our…

New Partners

Hopefully at this point you’re on board with me. And maybe you’re thinking “Sure, sounds good, but where do I start? Who do I even talk to?” And that’s an awesome place to be, you’re eager to move forward and that energy is going to be needed for really encouraging organizational change.

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Reflections on DevConf Poland

September 20th, 2017 Posted by Community, DevConf 0 thoughts on “Reflections on DevConf Poland”

I spent this past week in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland for the spectacular DevConf Poland. Thinking this is a new conference is far from the truth, as the organizers have run DevDays since 2011, changing the name this year. From what I hear, they have not changed not the fantastic experience.

I was accepted to give my talk, Fending Off Zombies With OTP, and speaking at the conference was one of the best speaking experiences to date.

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3 Reasons Your Email Aren’t Getting Received

September 7th, 2017 Posted by Email 0 thoughts on “3 Reasons Your Email Aren’t Getting Received”

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Email is the heart and soul of business communication. Even as tools like Slack and FlowDock seek to take over messaging within businesses, email is the go to messaging platform for interacting with clients, vendors and partners, and it’s been that way for nearly 30 years.

Once you hit the send button, emails go through a few steps before they get into the receivers inbox. At each step a number of tests occur to verify that 1) you are who you say you are; 2) you aren’t sending something malicious, such as a virus; and 3) you aren’t sending spam.

What exactly is spam? The simplest definition is “any email that is sent someone without the consent of the receiver.” Every message, on it’s way to the inbox, goes through a spam filter. The spam filter runs each message through a series of rules which look at the where the email is coming from (the server and the person), what information is in the header of an email (the part which stores information for the computer to read) as well as in the subject and body of the email. Each rule gives a score for the email. Just like in golf, the higher the score the worse the results and when the score gets too high, the message get put into the junk mail folder.

You’re not sending spam though. So why are emails still going to the junk mail folder? Or worse, why aren’t messages getting received at all? According to Return Path’s 2017 Deliverability Benchmark Report, 24% of emails don’t get into the received inbox. Of that, only 8% gets put into the junk mail folder, leaving 16% that never goes anywhere. So why aren’t your customers, vendors and partners receiving your emails?

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Empathetic Monitoring

Skeptics in the Church of Data, pt.2: Empathetic Monitoring

September 5th, 2017 Posted by DevOps, Monitoring, Zenoss 0 thoughts on “Skeptics in the Church of Data, pt.2: Empathetic Monitoring”

This is part two in a series about monitoring stemming from a talk that I gave in Austin, TX at GalaxZ’17. In part one I initially brought up the point of what I think is terrible in the current world of monitoring and why I think it should be changed. Here we’ll look more closely at one way how to do that. Today we talk about…

Empathetic Monitoring

Where we’re at right now, we’re tracking our System Metrics. Hopefully many of us are monitoring more than just the actual box health and are tracking things like User Latency, Database Performance and page load times, but it’s still fight with our businesses to see the value of the data. We need to start monitoring Business Metrics. When you tell an organization that you want to start monitoring the vital signs they care about it’s a much easier sell.

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Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 1: Ein Minuten Bitte

August 30th, 2017 Posted by DevOps, Monitoring, Zenoss 0 thoughts on “Skeptics in the Church of Data, Pt. 1: Ein Minuten Bitte”

This will be the first in a series of blog entries from me about changing how you think about monitoring in your tech business. All of this comes from the talk I gave at GalaxZ’17 this year in Austin, TX. I’ll setup the general monitoring situation as it is, and present to you my thoughts about what needs to change. In further parts of this series I’ll actually get in a little further about how to make these changes. And now keep reading for Part 1, What sucks and why:

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DevOpsDays 2017 -or- Why I Love This Community

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Community, DevOps, DevOpsDays 0 thoughts on “DevOpsDays 2017 -or- Why I Love This Community”

Some of the blog readers may know that I (Aaron) have been doing a bit of traveling lately. Some of the conferences I have been attending fall under the DevOpsDays heading. Recently, I was at DevOpsDays Toronto and earlier this year at DevOpsDays Seattle. I've gone to so many (and applied to speak at more) mostly because I love these events. What's awesome, what really makes them stand out, is that they're not just another lineup of Big Names pitching their brand of How To Do DevOps Correctly, but that the organizers push for local and locally relevant content that speaks to their communities directly.

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