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State of INFOCOM, April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 13:23
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Greetings Marines,

Once again it is time for the monthly INFOCOM report. Yes, yet another one of those dry reports that informs you as to what we think we are doing in INFOCOM. Granted some of my report, well 90% of it, is a cut and paste job from my report last month. It is the other 10% that makes it worth reading this one. Right? Besides you have to read the report to find out which 10% is different. It is a lot like hunting for Easter eggs.


New and Current

This section contains stuff that INFOCOM is currently working on that that is new and exciting (well to us it is!).
  1. New SFMCA site: The new SFMCA site is now live! I think that it is a vast improvement over the last site, and hopefully  everyone will agree. The site features most of the same functions and material that was on the previous site, but it also includes some new information as well, such as the MURP site has been folded into the SFMCA site. Check it out, and while there sign up for a course or two! http://sfmca.sfi-sfmc.org
  2. Recruiting Videos: These videos will be composed from various footage, and will showcase the SFMC. Mr. Hof has already put a call out for material. For more information regarding the project please contact him directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To date Mr. Hof has not received a single submission. If he does not receive submissions within the next month this project will have to be shelved.
SFMC Site Stats
This section contains some interesting stats for the SFMC sites.These stats are compiled from PingDom.com and Google Analytics.
All stats below are for the period of Mar. 1, 2010 to Mar. 31, 2010.
  1. Server Uptime: There were a total of 0 outages translating to 0h 00m 00s of downtime. This translates to a 100% uptime for the month of Mar.
  2. Visitors: 1,529 visitors viewing a total of 19,592 pages spending an average time of 5 minutes on the site.
  3. Top 5 Countries visiting: Unites States (1,212),  Iraq (75), Canada (45), Australia (42), and New Zealand (40)
  4. Top 3 Browsers: IE 8, FF, Safari
  5. Top 3 downloads from the library: MFM, March Edition Attention on Deck! Extra, MOS Manual
Needless to say I'm a little surprised about the #2 country visiting the SFMC site. But then again the SFMC does have a high number of active duty military as members. Safari has edged out Chrome to take the number 3 spot on the top three browsers visiting the site.

Ongoing
While most of the items listed in this section hardly, if ever, change, they are included just as a reminder of some of the ongoing projects and activities that INFOCOM is involved in. Yes, we do more than get drunk and play ping-pong!
  1. INFOCOM is publishing the Attention on Deck! Extra. We would like to hear from you about how we are doing. Also don't forget to submit your stories and articles too! The AoD!E is totally reliant on submissions from the membership. If you would like to tell us how we are doing or would like to submit an article please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  2. Standard maintenance on the SFMC and SFMCA websites continues. If you notice anything amiss please do not hesitate to contact me. 
  3. SFMC Manual CDs are available from the SFMC QM store. All orders for CDs are forwarded to me once payment is received by the QM. Once I receive confirmation of payment I burn and ship them out from my location. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery.
The Future
This section contains items that are on the roadmap for release at some future date or are just pipe dreams. But hey even pipes have to dream!
  1. SFMC Press Kit/Fliers/Etc.: Slated for later in 2010 this project entails the creation of a SFMC Press Kit and other promotional material.
  2. Recruiting Powerpoint Presentation: This presentation will outline who we are and what we do.
Staffing
Staff, volunteers, victims...they are all the same.
  1. Deputy Commanding Officer, INFOCOM: Once again I am looking for an individual to act as my DCO. All applicants must meet the same eligibility requirements as laid out in the MFM and the SFMC Policy manual with regards to the position of  COINFOCOM. Experience in HTML and CSS is a must. Experience in PHP and Joomla! is preferred. The application period will start April 1, 2010 at 0000hrs and end June 1, 2010 at 2359hrs. Please submit copies of "Real World" and SFI/SFMC resumes along with examples of prior work to COINFOCOM at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . An announcement will be made regarding the position on July 1, 2010.
  2. PHP/Javascript/Flash Developer: With Sean O'Connell leaving FLEET and the SFMC INFOCOM is once looking for a PHP/Javascript/Flash developer for various projects. Applicants must have knowledge of PHP, Javascript, or Flash, and HTML. If interested please forward a copy of a STARFLEET and real world resume and if possible any examples of prior work to COINFOCOM.
  3. General INFOCOM lackey: INFOCOM has a lot of projects going on at once and so needs a few people to help out here and there. If you have any web design, graphics, publishing, presentation, etc... experience and are willing to help out, please by all means contact and send me your STARFLEET and real world resume and if possible any examples of prior work. Also be sure to specify what area you would like to help out in (graphic, web design, publication, etc...). This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to help out the SFMC on an international level and to get their foot in the door.
Awards
Add another ribbon to your fruit salad. Impress your friends! Get the Girl! Please note results may vary.

Do you or someone you know publish a newsletter or some other SFMC related literature or media (audio/visual)? Do you or someone you know design and create SFMC related websites? If you do then why not nominate that marine for the communications Achievement Award? To nominate a marine for the award just go here: http://bit.ly/cEQhPV (takes you directly to the award form). Please note that the site, newsletter, video/audio must be related to the SFMC in some way.

SFMC Calendar of Events
Did you know the SFMC site has a calendar of events? To access it just click on the link in the Knowledge base. Also on the pages of the site and to the left there is a mini-calendar that shows which days are important in the SFMC and right below that is a listing of the next 3 upcoming events. If you would like to have your SFMC related events listed on the calendar just email me with the information.

Need help with your groups website?
If there is any Unit, Battalion, or Brigade that needs help in setting up a website or fixing one please feel free to contact me and I'll be more than happy to see what I can do to help. Be sure to have an idea as to some of the site basics (what information is to be on the site, what you want the site to do for you, etc...) as it will help me help you.

SFMC Quartermaster Store

Did you know the SFMC QM has a website of its own? Well it is more than just a website, it is also a fully functional online store! So if you need some SFMC ribbons to complete your rack head to
http://qm.sfi-sfmc.org and purchase them  today.

The SFMC Quartermaster also has a Spreadshirt store. That store can be accessed right through the SFMC website under the "Stores" menu item.

What do YOU want from the SFMC?
If you have ideas you think we should take a look at, please let us know. You can reach the members of the General Staff  as follows:

SFMC Commandant: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
SFMC Deputy Commandant: dep This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sergeant Major, SFMC: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Commanding Officer, Finance Command: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Commanding Officer, Forces Command: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Commanding Officer, Information Command: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Commanding Officer, Training and Doctrine Command: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Remember, we are here to serve you and your needs. We can't do that without your input. Help us make the SFMC even better.

Until next time,

End Transmission....
End of Line
 
--
MGN Sean "Cerberus" Niemeyer, SFMC
COINFOCOM