New! AWS Migration Hub

AWS iconJust announced today is a new collection of tools to help businesses move applications to the cloud – the AWS Migration Hub.

The Hub is organized into three categories which guide users through the process and offer status tracking and updates:

  • Discover (understand all the moving parts)
  • Migrate (connect tools and start the move)
  • Track (track the status of your migrations)

The hub itself is free to use (but you will be charged for the use of AWS Services during the move.)

Read more about it here and let us know if you decide to give it a try!

T!m3 f0r n3w P4ssw0rd rul3s!

SSL padlockI’m sure most people have had the experience of needing to change a password frequently for security reasons, but do you really know why?

The origin of this practice can be traced back to a password primer written by a man named Bill Burr in 2003 when he was a manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He’s the reason I’ve sometimes had passwords based on whatever was in my line of sight at the time of the change (like Stapl3r2015!) and sometimes had password themes like colors+date (like Red!20160310, Blue!20160608, Yellow!20160906). Continue reading

The End of Flash

Adobe made an announcement last week that it will stop updating and distributing its Flash plugin at the end of 2020. This has been a long time coming.

Years ago the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs chose not to add support for the plugin to Apple’s mobile devices. He explained it in his open letter back then. He said that Flash was created during the PC era, but in mobile era of low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards  Flash falls short.

Major web browsers have begun moving away from Flash as well.

You can read more about it here.

Gelato keeps summertime cool

Gelato conesOn Friday evening, July 28th, a good number of Boyle Software’s New York City team gathered at Mia Chef Gelato in Manhattan to share some time and beverages together – and to learn how to make some delicious and refreshing gelato! Chef Jason walked us through the ingredients and science behind the popular Italian ice cream – including the use of the $25,000 Carpigiani gelato machine!

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Strong messaging with IronMQ

Need a good messaging queue but don’t want to tie yourself to AWS’s SNS/SQS or Google’s Pub Sub ? Then IronMQ from Iron.io might be the solution for you… Highly available and persistent by design, IronMQ is an industrial strength and cloud native messaging queue which helps to tie your distributed systems together.

Offering unicast and multicast ‘push’ queues , ‘pull’ queues , guaranteed ordering , error queues, super easy to use language libraries including Ruby, Python, PHP, .NET and Node.js – IronMQ has it all.

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Girl Scouts Add STEM Badges

It’s been quite a while, a long while in fact, since I was a Girl Scout, and I was surprised and super excited when I learned that the Girl Scouts have incorporated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into their badge program.

The new merit badges include everything from robotics, to app development to cybersecurity. It’s great to see that girls, from a young age, are being encouraged to learn more about the sciences and technology. You go girl(s)!

Read more about the STEM program here:
http://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/our-program/stem.html

Google Glass is Back

Remember when everybody was talking about Google Glass? If you were in a major city a few years ago, you couldn’t help but see early adopters sporting the latest in wearable technology everywhere. Reaction was extremely mixed – generating questions around safety and privacy – and less than a year after its public release, production was stopped with a tentative promise to revisit in 2017.

Well it looks like that promise came true!  Continue reading