Tom Howarth

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Apr 18

GDPR: What is it, and Why should I care?

GDPR is a new set of European regulations that, in a nutshell, set out to codify how a data holder should secure and protect any personal data that they hold. Further, it also codifies the rights of the individual regarding any data held about them. Of course, it being a European regulation, it is obviously a …

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Apr 16

Round One in Social Media and First Amendment Rights

I recently wrote an article about a potential class action court case being brought against the President of the United States by the Knight Foundation. In the article, I posited that public servants who use their private social media accounts to make work-related statements may run the risk of causing their accounts to become public domain, considered …

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Apr 13

NotPetya: First Strike in a Cyperwar?

The law of international conflict is clear on when and how a state may invoke a state of armed conflict between sovereign nations. For example, in the US, the power to declare war is reserved for Congress, regardless of the President’s position as head of the US Armed Forces. It also dictates the reasons for …

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Apr 09

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner – 1.1 Define the AWS Cloud and its value proposition

1.1 Define the AWS cloud and its value proposition Definition of the AWS Cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure public services platform that offers a number of services including compute power (EC2), database (RDS), storage (S3), and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow without the need to own phyiscal hardware or …

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Apr 07

AWS bits and pieces – my journey to Certification

What is AWS? Amazon Web Services or AWS is the worlds leading provider of IaaS public cloud.  it is also  not a single thing, it is made up of many different services, and is accessible from several locations across the world these locations are called Regions.. Currently AWS has 18 Regions these are shown below. …

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Jan 22

Error “Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11]” when joining a VCSA to AD domain

This is not clear in the documentation, but if you receive the following error when adding your device to an Active Directory: Error “Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11]” when joining a VCSA to AD domain  The root cause of this is because of incorrectly formatted entries in the details form. …

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Dec 20

Tis the Season to be Jolly and heres a little Christmas Gift from Cormac and Duncan the VSAN Elves

Tis the season to be Jolly, and here is a little festive treat from Santa’s little VSAN helpers Cormac Hogan and Duncan Epping. Holiday gift: vSAN Essentials book available for free or from vSAN Essentials e-book is now free VSAN as we know is VMware Software defined storage solution that is integrated at the VMkernal …

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Oct 26

TWITTER AND THE RIGHT NOT TO BE BLOCKED

What follows in pure conjecture, and in no way constitutes legal opinion. It merely outlines one of many possible outcomes. An article in the New York Post on June 6 reported on a potential legal case aiming to force President Trump to unblock users he has blocked from seeing or tweeting to his timeline, either directly or by replying. …

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Oct 25

“NO THANKS, WE’RE TOO BUSY,” OR PAY BACK TECHNICAL DEBT?

We have all heard this refrain. I bet many of you can even hear yourselves saying it. Over my many years in IT, I have often heard this from coworkers, bosses, and clients. I have even said it a few times myself. But what if we just stopped and listened? Who knows where that conversation …

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Oct 12

Privacy: it is such a personal thing, Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles that outline the legal position on an individual’s right to privacy with regard to personal data held across the world. There is an implicit assumption that every individual has the right to privacy. In fact, you could say it is a human right. This right to …

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