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Henry Brown liked Nicole Willingham's blog post 'Choosing a Voluntary Demotion'
Andreia Farias replied to Henry Brown's discussion 'E-Learning Resource' in the group e-Learning
"Hi Henry, thank you for sharing the website. I also know of this one I have not used yet but my college said is a great source. "
Aug 13
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"Inerest and Value will be all over the map (I have subscribed for 3 weeks now and bought 5 books) BookHub About BookBub is a free service that helps millions of readers discover great deals on acclaimed ebooks while providing publishers and authors…"
Jul 30
Henry Brown commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Let the NSA Do Job of Protecting USA'
"David: I think we are saying the same thing "real leadership yada yada ....."  I would offer that perhaps more could be done to convince the population of the world that NSA has an important mission and that they will NOT abuse the…"
Jul 15
Henry Brown commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Let the NSA Do Job of Protecting USA'
"IMO interesting Survey on how well NSA is doing a public relations.... Yes it is a survey, which can be slanted toward who is paying for the survey but.... The Pew Research Center’s 2014 Global attitudes survey asked 48,643 respondents in…"
Jul 15
Henry Brown commented on GeekChick's group 'The Left Bank'
"Although rather dated (August 2010) and doesn't provide a solution, IMO pretty well hits the nail straight on! "
Jul 14
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"Exclusively Technical books but a true treasure trove of FREE e-books from MS MSDN Blog Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics…"
Jul 9
Henry Brown commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Let the NSA Do Job of Protecting USA'
"From a Boing Boing blog: ... The report is the second summary of government requests Verizon has publicly issued since shareholders pressured the company to divulge information it shared with the government in December. The government issued 72,342…"
Jul 9
Henry Brown commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Let the NSA Do Job of Protecting USA'
"I am one of those privacy advocates, who believes that the ends does NOT always justify the means.  As Thomas Jefferson said "Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”I am not convinced…"
Jul 8
Henry Brown liked David B. Grinberg's blog post '3 Rules for Mastering Media Relations -- And Why it Still Matters (Part I)'
Jul 7
Henry Brown replied to GovLoop's discussion 'Favorite Quotes'
"“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”  Robert J. Hanlon amongst others"
Jul 7
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Gov Gourmet'
"Houston is offering their version of Washington Dining Week except it is for a full month Houston Restaurant Week(s) Looking foward to the first and last week (will be on a 3 week vacation to Germany including a Rhine River Cruise from the 5th to…"
Jun 19
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"RIP Daniel Keyes From Boing-Boing: Daniel Keyes, the MD who wrote the classic science fiction novel Flowers for Algernon, has died at 86, of complications from pneumonia. I met Keyes when he received the Science Fiction Writers of America's…"
Jun 19
Henry Brown commented on Henry Brown's group 'Cloud Computing'
"Could be of some interest to some! AnnouncementFormation of Three new NIST Cloud Computing Working Groups:Cloud Services, Federated Community Cloud and Interoperability & Portability. Joint telecon kickoff session on Wednesday, June 25,…"
Jun 18
Henry Brown replied to GovLoop's discussion 'Favorite Quotes'
"Although rather long probably could use some additional distribution From Krebs on Security blog : "We see a great deal of hand-waving and public discussion about the possibility that foreign cyber attackers may one day use vulnerabilities…"
Jun 5
Henry Brown commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Future of Work for Millennials Will Be Results-Only (ROWE)'
"@David: Don't believe the issue with implementation of ROWE is with Senior Management but the lower levels of management, and until that the majority of all management is replaced with Millennials I perceive that this thinking outside of the…"
Jun 4
Henry Brown commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Future of Work for Millennials Will Be Results-Only (ROWE)'
"Lots of luck! IMO going to require a massive shift in thinking in whatever workplace we are talking about.... I personally knew several of the participants in the 2 year pilot in OPM, and communicated on a regular basis with several of the ROWE…"
Jun 3
Henry Brown liked David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Future of Work for Millennials Will Be Results-Only (ROWE)'
Jun 3
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"from Library of Congress: Stellar Authors Join 2014 Book Festival An even broader lineup of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as chef Cathal Armstrong, Mona Simpson, Elizabeth McCracken, Jack…"
Jun 3
Henry Brown commented on Ed Albetski's group 'Ancient Media: Books'
"RIP Jay Lake one of a couple zillion obituaries this one from Cory Doctorow from Boing Boing"
Jun 1

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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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