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Metal Toad Templates Part 4: Our Project Timeline Template

Up today is a brief post to share our project timeline template. This one gets used primarily in waterfall-ish projects as a Gannt chart type of visual calendar when something as simple as a list of dates doesn't properly communicate project duration and important milestones. First up, pull up the project timeline template in your browser so you can follow along with what exactly I'm talking about. Read More…

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AWS NAS Test

As part of Metal Toad’s Managed Services Team, I have worked extensively in custom cloud based solutions. There is no doubt Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads the pack in Cloud hosting, but when it comes to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution, I have found a shortfall...a fast solution. Simple Storage Service (S3) is AWS’s file solution to NAS, and it is a great system, but without refactoring our code to serve the images directly from S3, we are left with using the S3 Fuse Driver which responds slowly when serving content. One could also argue for the use of Elastic Block Storage (EBS), and it solves the issue of slowness when using S3. But EBS is unable to be mounted on multiple EC2 machines, essentially defeating the purpose (NAS needs to be shared). Read More…

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What I Learned Having Lunch with My First Grader

My wife and I decided because Lucas worked so hard on his fall school play "The Garden Show" in which Lucas played the Alien Grandfather, we would take lunch to him at school. What we did not expect is that we would be having lunch with the whole class. OK so we knew that they would be there, however we did not know we would be recruited to help manage lunch time! Not by the staff, but by the children. Read More…

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A Toad at TEDx Portland

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Portland’s fourth TEDx event at the Keller Auditorium. Known as “ideas worth spreading,” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The x represents a TED event that is licensed through TED but organized through local channels alone. Hooray for the over 50 volunteers and community partners that sponsor and help put this event together! Read More…

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ToadCast 022 - Open Source and Cover Oregon

Toadcast 22 hosted an All-Star cast including: Dave Bellous, co-owner of Yellow Pencil, Jacob Redding, Open Source Manager at Accenture's Emerging Technology Innovation Labs, Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2, and Joaquin Lippincott, President of Metal Toad Media to discuss Open Source, Oracle, and and the healthcare web-tech industry (Cover Oregon). Read More…

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We Are Providing Time for all of Our Employees to Change Their Passwords - Your Company Should Too.

With the highly publicized Heartbleed vulnerability this week, a vulnerability in the core of internet security has been exposed. While the vulnerability hasn't been widely known, it has existing in perhaps 2/3 of the internet for more than a year, meaning any passwords that have been used during that time are likely compromised. Read More…

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Metal Toad Templates Part 3: Our User Story Template

Following up on part 2 introducing our agile burndown spreadsheet template, part 3 focuses on our User Story Template, another document rooted in Agile concepts that we apply to many projects regardless of their methodology. This one was created by Tom, Matt, and Jordan as they worked through a huge number of user stories for a project a number of months back. Read More…

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