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Henry Brown replied to GovLoop's discussion 'Favorite Quotes'
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow"
Apr 13
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"Authors Announced for 2014 National Book FestivalFrom Library of Congress Press ReleaseApril 10, 2014Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott Among Authors at 2014 Library of Congress National Book FestivalRenowned Illustrator…"
Apr 10
Henry Brown commented on W. David Stephenson's group 'Internet of Things'
"Commentary from Andy Oram on O'Reilly radar blog: Business models that make the Internet of Things feasible  For some people, it’s too early to plan mass consumerization of the Internet of Things. Developers are contentedly…"
Apr 9
Henry Brown commented on Henry Brown's group 'Climate Change'
"Pretty much so says it all! "
Apr 5
Henry Brown commented on GeekChick's group 'The Left Bank'
"Not SURE why this should be a left/right issue but pretty much says it all! "
Apr 5
Henry Brown commented on GeekChick's group 'The Left Bank'
"What Americans Really Think About Economic Inequality: Ritholtz ChartThe rich aren't like the rest of us -- at least when it comes to the way they think about education and social spending.That's the conclusion of a paper examining policy…"
Apr 1
Henry Brown replied to GovLoop's discussion 'Favorite Quotes'
""The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket." -Frank McKinney Hubbard  from the Big Picture blog by Barry Ritholtz"
Mar 29
Henry Brown replied to David B. Grinberg's discussion 'Will Gov Embrace & Adopt Wearable Tech?'
"Here is a google YouTube Video that perhaps proves you at least partially correct Am having a great deal of trouble believing that Mr. Manning was far enough out of the loop that Google announcement came only 3 weeks after SXSW... Here is…"
Mar 28
Henry Brown commented on GeekChick's group 'Geeks in Government'
"from Technet Blog: On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time.The museum has done an…"
Mar 27
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"FYI: From Houston Tx NBC outlet:Consumers nationwide who bought e-books through Amazon and other online retailers will get credited a total of $166 million stemming from price-fixing settlements with five publishers, according to the New York…"
Mar 26
Henry Brown commented on Dr. GovLoop's group 'Digital Communications'
"From National Archives Tumblr Account  And to think that this memo was dated 1944!"
Mar 25
Henry Brown commented on Barry Everett's group 'OpenGov21: Enabling Collaboration'
"one of EFF  contributions Sunshine Week: Transparency Tip: How to Track Government Projects Like a Defense ContractorOver the last year, thousands of pages of sensitive documents outlining the government’s intelligence practices have…"
Mar 20
Henry Brown replied to David B. Grinberg's discussion 'Will Gov Embrace & Adopt Wearable Tech?'
"Interesting and Related blog posting from theNY Times Bit Blog: Daily Report: Airlines Use Wearables to Get More Personal At a time when many airline “innovations” — like charging extra for an aisle seat or cutting back on…"
Mar 18
Henry Brown commented on Patt Franc's group 'Federally Employed Women'
"Could be of some interest to some! The Society of Women Engineers more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our…"
Mar 14
Henry Brown posted a blog post

Security and Public Health

A blog posting by Bruce Schneier Which IMO ought to have widest distribution Title: …See More
Mar 14
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"From the Open Culture MOOC The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooksEvery revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned…"
Mar 12
Henry Brown liked David B. Grinberg's blog post 'The Importance of "Diversity Thinking" -- and Compliance'
Mar 12
Henry Brown replied to David B. Grinberg's discussion 'Will Gov Embrace & Adopt Wearable Tech?'
"Basically, I agree with the speaker as SXSW in Austin Texas  “I don’t think wearable technology has found its niche,” Manning added during a panel session Monday at the SXSW Interactive conference. “We all know we want…"
Mar 12
Henry Brown liked David B. Grinberg's discussion Will Gov Embrace & Adopt Wearable Tech?
Mar 12
Henry Brown commented on W. David Stephenson's group 'Internet of Things'
"Cisco And NineSigma Announce $300,000 Grand Challenge To Secure Internet Of ThingsSAN JOSE, Calif. and CLEVELAND, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, and NineSigma, a leading innovation company, announced the…"
Mar 8

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Security and Public Health

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 8:25am 1 Comment

A blog posting by Bruce Schneier Which IMO ought to have widest distribution

Title: Security as a Public Health Issue 


I think there's a good case to be made for security as an exercise in public health. It sounds weird at first, but the parallels are fascinating and deep and instructive.



Government Computer Systems Breach

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 6:57am 1 Comment

Although somewhat long reading (all three news stories are ~1100 words NOT counting alot of relevant comments) I believe that this ought to have at the least somewhat wider distribution....

From NextGov:


The FBI memo, Reuters reports, was meant to call for aministrators to clean up the mess…


Personal Goal and Thank You

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

Have finally reached a personal goal I set for myself when I retired from Active federal service (Dec 2011).

I have managed to collect 100,000 "govloop points",

Doubt seriously that it will make much difference to the number of people who follow me, doubt that there will be a great deal of change in my sharing information on this great "network", although because of my desire to maintain the proper work-life balance AND the fact that my lovely bride is having to deal with…


ID Theft Prevention

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments


This blog posting from Michael Peters should be almost mandatory reading by anyone who uses a computing device (be desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, smartwatch etc.)

The Truth about ID Theft: No fear mongering, no snake oil, just simple…


Smart Phone Issues AGAIN

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 1:58pm 0 Comments

This is beginning to remind me of the good ole days where everywhere one turns there was a new vulnerability being announced regarding PC's and associated software...

one of several mainline media stories...

From Forbes:

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of…


Android Smart Phone Vulnerabity

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 4:14pm 1 Comment

For you Smart Phone Users....


from bluebox's blog

Uncovering Android Master Key That Makes 99% of Devices Vulnerable

The Bluebox Security research team – Bluebox Labs – recently discovered a vulnerability in Android’s security model that allows a hacker to modify APK code without…


Veterans Data at Risk

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 2:58pm 0 Comments

Don't know how much of this pure spreading of Fear Uncertainty and Doubt but would offer that if the possibility exists that it might have some truth to it it probably needs much wider distribution than my email distribution group and the sharing on a social network or…


IRS Scandal

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 6:56am 0 Comments

Ever since this scandal broke, on or about the 14th of May, I have struggled to see what the beef is,  other than some effort by some to gain political traction for their agenda.   

The first problem I have: I don't believe that any organization which engages in political activity should be granted tax exempt status.   And I would like to think that the IRS would make every effort to ensure that doesn't happen.  As I understand the situation, during the 2010 political campaign, alot…


Reactionary Rhetoric

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 9:03am 0 Comments

Yes from which means that the author most likely has an agenda...

IMO a very interesting discussion of the various political arguments going on across the country but primarily inside the beltway...

An article/commentary by Cass Sunstein:

Don’t Buy the Slippery-Slope…


ROWE's Obituary

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 6:58am 0 Comments

At least some version of telework is still available for some!

Although I suspect that for the same reason(s) that ROWE experiment failed is PROBABLY the reason that Telework will continue to struggle to gain traction. Although Teleworking can still show some economic benefits for those organizations which provide more than lip service to teleworking.

From Federal…


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At 3:53pm on May 8, 2013, Gabe Gabrielsen said…

Harry - Thanks for adding me as a friend.  I look forward to sharing great ideas.

Have a great day.

Gabe Gabrielsen


At 2:48pm on May 1, 2013, Dave Hebert said…

Thanks for the friend request, Henry!

At 11:42am on July 2, 2012, Tonya T. Neaves said…

Thanks for "friending" me and providing the report!  Tonya

At 10:25am on May 3, 2012, Barbara Skoglund said…


At 11:23am on May 2, 2012, Barbara Skoglund said…

I'm new to this forum. Did you like what I said this morning?

At 7:42pm on January 9, 2012, Patricia said…

Hi Henry,

Thank you for the friend invite.


At 7:56pm on June 28, 2011, David M. Mooney said…

Hi Henry,

I just moved to the Seattle area. I've been in "Corporate America" in senior management positions all of my life. My specialty is computer/internet security, strategic initiatives, marketing and senior management.  For an understanding of my expertise see my LinkedIn profile:  

I'm interested in obtaining a Federal Government job but don't really know where to start. I'd appreciate your consideration and thank you for your feedback.

Have a great week and upcoming 4th holiday - be safe.


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At 9:08pm on April 13, 2011, Andrew Krzmarzick said…
Henry...see you're having some me at
At 1:38pm on April 4, 2011, GovLoop said…
Does it work w/ Firefox?  Wonder if an IE issue - we'll explore
At 8:45am on April 4, 2011, GovLoop said…
Hey...still having problem with messages on Govloop?  Just wanted to check in...Steve

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