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Christopher Harrold

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It's been way too long, but the next in the series of IoT "Build-along-at-home" videos is done. In this edition I will show you the "Hello World" project for interacting with the IO ports on your Raspberry Pi. Please click here to watch the video and as always, comments and questions a...
Part 3 of my IoT series is finally here, and it's like Christmas in more ways than one! I have decided to move to video for my updates for the series, and the first video entry is ready. We will be looking at the kit I purchased to build my IoT rig at home, and show you the parts you n...
About 6 months ago I had this "brilliant" idea that I would like to monitor the water level of my plants living on my balcony. The goal was to keep them healthy and happy (and producing vegetables for me in my urban garden). After looking for a commercial solution to aid me in this pro...
Welcome back to our series on building out our own IoT projects and discovering the underlying tech and principals that make up the industrial internet and IoT. I wanted to add a couple of things I learned after recording, that didn't make it into this video but should have. After you ...
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you've been hearing about the world of Big Data nonstop. Big Data promises fortune and power to those that can wield the somewhat mystical and often nebulous power of "Big Data". Unfortunately for the rest of us mere ...
Part 3 of my IoT series is finally here, and it's like Christmas in more ways than one! I have decided to move to video for my updates for the series, and the first video entry is ready. We will be looking at the kit I purchased to build my IoT rig at home, and show you the parts you n...
Today is another exciting day as an Evangelist to a Big Data company, because I love me some data and I love making it accessible to everyone. I got it in my head that I wanted to take my other “how to”, start to finish, make it easy for everyone approach to analytics, and build someth...
Welcome to part one on my new blog series of IoT focused postings. The IoT has been picking up a lot of steam recently and as someone who works with numerous companies building networked devices, I am fortunate to see the evolution of the modern IoT firsthand. This series will focus no...
We have been indoctrinated in the last 3 decades of IT to believe that a system slowdown, outage, failure, change, or anything that has material potential impact is intrinsically bad. Yet, on the software side we have been told to "fail fast, fail cheap" to "develop in production" to r...
One of the things that is bugging me about DevOps and the current conversations about it, is that they are all really heavily Dev focused and talk a lot about tools as they relate to the developer. This isn't a bad thing, but I find myself asking constantly where's the Ops in DevOps!? ...
In my last post I spoke about the concept that Operations needs to understand and embrace the ____ as a service model (viewable here). The concept is difficult, but the reason it has to happen is that it is the most core tenant of DevOps, and it is the only way organizations will be ab...
I am an ops guy. I have been in Ops since I started my career a long time ago. I still remember the glorious days of being the new guy on the Ops team and getting stuck with changing backup tapes. I remember moving servers in the wee small hours of the morning, upgrades that went horri...