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Sudo and Sudon’t: Why, When and How to Sudo on a Linux System

If you’ve ever used a modern Linux distribution you’ve probably used sudo. But if you haven’t, check out this article and come back. I’ll wait right here. References to sudo in forum discussions are countless. It’s a powerful command, but there’s some magic behind it so I feel it deserves a little more attention. Some questions naturally come up: why do we need sudo? When should it be...
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sdg Hosts Second BIG Event

sdg hosted our second CoP Big Event earlier this week and had over 80 employees in attendance. CoP’s – or Communities of Practice – are sdg’s version of brown bag presentations where employees share their knowledge on various topics. During the Big Event, we had three separate tracks with 24 different topics for employees to choose from – in other words, we held our own mini conference...
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The Problem with "Get Creative"

As leaders, we’re often asked to navigate our teams through difficult project waters. More often than not, the project management triumvirate of Time, Cost (Resources), and Scope are all fixed, allowing little latitude to even the most seasoned managers. Quality cast away as but a mere afterthought, delivered as fenced in by the three walls of Time, Cost and Scope. You’ve done everything...
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Know When to Fold 'em: Poker, Game Theory, and the Rise of the Machines

Last month, a team of researchers from the University of Alberta unveiled a statistically unbeatable poker playing program named Cepheus . Cepheus has reportedly solved heads up limit Texas hold 'em , a restricted, two person variant of the popular card game. Not only did Cepheus arrive at a solution (a solution in this case is defined as a strategy that is guaranteed to not lose money) it...
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Exceeding Expectations in Daily Communications

As a project manager consultant, there are so many things that I enjoy about the role: meeting new people, learning new businesses, interacting with individuals throughout an organization, being exposed to new technologies, delivering results -- I could go on. But there is something I look forward to every day at the client site: striving to create quality interactions (what I call QIs)...
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