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More transitions.

So, those of you who read my former colleague Chris Dorobek’s blog may already be familiar with the change in path my career took yesterday. I’m no longer at 1105 Media, no longer editor of Defense Systems magazine. I may be continuing a relationship with 1105 as an independent contractor–not an unfamiliar role for me, as I freelanced for GCN (and its three corporate parents over that time–Reed Elsevier, Post Newsweek, and 1105) for more than 14 years.

Wyatt Kash and 1105 GIG editorial director David Rapp are high-class people, and I wish them the best. I hope that I do continue to work with them in some way. David was very gracious to me, and despite the fact that anything like this always stings, I have nothing but the highest regard for him and for everyone on the 1105 GIG editorial team.

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First things first — let’s make it a holiday

Congress passed a resolution yesterday making this coming Friday “National Data Privacy Day.” If the move, intended to raise awareness of data privacy issues at a national level, seems a little last-minute –which is somehow appropriate, considering how data privacy, while a major regulatory issue, often is addressed as an afterthought.

I think we need a parade. We can have themed floats: “Don’t lose Energy Department Lab Hard Drives in the Kitchenette” and “Don’t take Veteran medical records home on your laptop” are two that immediately spring to mind.

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First things first — let's make it a holiday

Congress passed a resolution yesterday making this coming Friday “National Data Privacy Day.” If the move, intended to raise awareness of data privacy issues at a national level, seems a little last-minute –which is somehow appropriate, considering how data privacy, while a major regulatory issue, often is addressed as an afterthought.

I think we need a parade. We can have themed floats: “Don’t lose Energy Department Lab Hard Drives in the Kitchenette” and “Don’t take Veteran medical records home on your laptop” are two that immediately spring to mind.

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Cloud computing meets Ow’d computing at White House

All the Web 2.0 savvy, Facebooking, Twittering, Crackberrying technorati coming into the White House this week got the ultimate wake-up call about the state of government IT: some of them didn’t even have phones waiting for them, according to the Washington Post.

The Press office continues to use GMail to do its work, while web divas coming in to work on the White House website were horrified to find that rather than Macs, they would be using Windows XP.

Considering the turnout at a recent Web 2.0 breakfast run by the Bethesda AFCEA chapter, it would seem that there are many who share their pain — and also many who have no idea what they’re talking about. A favorite moment from that breakfast: after a discussion of how NASA JPL was using Second Life for educational purposes, a woman asked if Second Life was interactive, and how questions got answered. Eventually the nice young AFCEAn tending the mic explained to her that maybe this wasn’t the forum for these questions….

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Cloud computing meets Ow'd computing at White House

All the Web 2.0 savvy, Facebooking, Twittering, Crackberrying technorati coming into the White House this week got the ultimate wake-up call about the state of government IT: some of them didn’t even have phones waiting for them, according to the Washington Post.

The Press office continues to use GMail to do its work, while web divas coming in to work on the White House website were horrified to find that rather than Macs, they would be using Windows XP.

Considering the turnout at a recent Web 2.0 breakfast run by the Bethesda AFCEA chapter, it would seem that there are many who share their pain — and also many who have no idea what they’re talking about. A favorite moment from that breakfast: after a discussion of how NASA JPL was using Second Life for educational purposes, a woman asked if Second Life was interactive, and how questions got answered. Eventually the nice young AFCEAn tending the mic explained to her that maybe this wasn’t the forum for these questions….

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Starting over.

There’s something about taking something you do for 15 years and trying to transition it from one media to another while going through a major transition of your own. So, this little blog has languished while I tried to deal with the question of what to do with the Packet Rat while I was in the midst of moving into a totally new personal mindset.

Hi. I’m Sean Gallagher, and I’m currently the editor of Defense Systems magazine. And for 15 years, I was scribe to the Packet Rat. Continue reading

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