State of INFOCOM October 2012
This has been a crazy two months... between being appointed the
permanent COINFOCOM by our Commandant, hiring on a new DCO, and
finishing off the final touches of the SFMC Beta website before it goes
"live"... I have hardly had time to deal with the SOR on top of my real
life duties!!It certainly is one of the crazier times of my life.. all
this came during a 3-4 week period where everything just comes crashing
down at the wrong times.But that's life!
INFOCOM Staffing -
I want to take this opportunity to welcome Colonel Mike Tolleson to the
INFOCOM Staff as my Deputy Commanding Officer.He's the go-to guy for
anything related to INFOCOM other than myself.He'll be in charge of the
WebTeam, as well as the G-3 and will serve as a sounding board for
myself.In addition to all this, his job is to smack me upside the head
when I screw up, or worse yet, make a mockery out of my own sorry
self.(Inside joke in case you guys missed it..)
WebTeam will be spearheaded by myself and Mark Anderson.Mr. Anderson has
shown a great amount of initiative and knowledge on web technology
(especially HTML5/CSS3) through the websites he manages and I have asked
him to remain onboard as a member of the WebTeam.That said, we could
certainly use more knowledgeable folk to help us bring the SFMC into the
future of web services.If you feel that you have something to
contribute, and have knowledge of HTML5/CSS3/PHP5 please by all means
send me an email to infocom at sfi-sfmc.orgso I can get in touch with you.
WEBSITE Information -
As many of you have been aware, the last SOR posted on the current SFMC
website was dated back in July 2012.I implemented a website "freeze"
during August to try to roll out the new SFMC website towards the end of
the month.Several issues have arisen since then and the roll-out date
kept getting pushed back.Among those issues:
1) Links at the top of the website "hacked" - This was in most cases a
client-side malware issue.Very few members were affected, and a vast
majority did not experience the problem.Nonetheless with the help of
Laura Victor, the sfi-sfmc.org site was backed up to a known working
2) SFIDB roll-out delayed - Due to the fact the FORCECOM Reporting forms
were being integrated to the SFIDB, we had not planned our own
versions.Due to this and the fact October is a reporting month, we held
off on this.
Finally 3) Updating all relevant information.We've tried to simplify the
browsing experience as much as possible.Any information that is
considered "general information" has been moved to the library site at
http://library.sfi-sfmc.org.This includes (but is not limited to):
Awards, Ranks, Uniforms, Callsigns and manuals.There is *ONE* Manual
that can be viewed on-line from any browser (other than Internet
Explorer) and that is the Marine Force Manual.I have, as well as several
others, tested this to work on various tablets as well.
We have had 100% uptime for the month of October.On a related note, I
checked our 6-month running uptime.It comes out to 99.93% with only 7
instances of downtime, totaling 3 hours 15 minutes.
I have to admit the last 2 months have been hell on me.Bruce announced
me as COINFOCOM, then the following week I end up picking up the extra
slack at the Taekwondo School I teach at cause the Chief Instructor was
working 12-hour days at work for *TWO* weeks straight, then rank
testing, and following on to that one of our instructors had to back out
of teaching one day a week until further notice.I've been having to
juggle all that and try to find a balance between all this, on top of my
existing commitments to both INFOCOM and to some private contracts I had
accepted prior to the beginning of the month.For this, I apologize for
missing the August and September SOR's.That was entirely my fault, and I
accept that.I will endeavor to do much better in the future, or you'll
see one of the SOR's from my DCO.
With the winter setting in a little early in some places (in fact, the
weather out here in midwest USA has been extremely whacky... ) I hope
everyone's bundling up and getting prepared for the
Holidays.Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but not before all the
ghouls and goblins come out for candy!!!
Until next time folks!Keep those Isolinear Chips running!
BGEN Joe "Wolfpack" Brouhard
Commanding Officer, Information Command (COINFOCOM)
STARFLEET Marine Corps
infocom at sfi-sfmc.org