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State of Infocom, May 2012
Greetings all,

They say April showers bring May flowers, so I need to keep an extra close eye on my staff to make sure they are working and not frolicking in the fields outside the Datawarfare Center.  I wonder if I should tell them I just approved the Infantry Branches request to use those fields as a new mine field...  nah, they'll see the signs I meant to put up.

Let's talk about what going on shall we.

The Pingdom report for April reported 1 outage.  February is still our best month with no outages.  The single outage gave us an uptime of 99.97%.  This is impressive, but we want to strive for no outages and 100% uptime every month.

As many of you know, the sfi-sfmc.org and sfmca.sfi-sfmc.org domains were hacked by external forces, using code injection to redirect our webpages to some other random website.  This same situation happened to sfi.org so we are not alone at this problem.  The problem was only reported after the fact and we worked with SFI CompOps to rectify this situation.  Many thanks goes out to Lauren on the CompOps Team for helping with various problems we have had since then.

QM Store:
Recently USPS changed their shipping rate software, and the version we were using on ZenCart that the QM store uses ended up being out of date.  Once we discovered this oversight, we updated the module and everything was working after that point.  This mistake got overlooked while we were focusing on several other issues, and will be corrected in the future.

SFMCA Course Request:
Since the hack, the SFMCA Course request system had been acting quite wonky.  Sometimes it'd work, most times it wouldn't.  We were unable to track the exact nature of the problem, but after Sean Neimeyer, it was believed the situation was just a case of a bad backup/restore.  Which one it was, we likely will never know.  Due to our relunctance to test the theory of a bad backup/restore on a live working system (it's bad practice to do that anyway) our DCO, BGEN Joe Brouhard, coded a brand new system.  Thanks go to both Joe and Sean for their help in resolving this situation as fast as possible.

Tom has alerted me that a new issue of AODE is coming together for the week of May 27th.  As soon as it hits the DropBox, then I can put it on the SFMC website..

Infocom is seeking a CGI/PHP Programmer role.  We need a member with this knowledge to update the code for the Ribbon Rack Builder and Guidon Builder.  If you can help in this area, then please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The COINFOCOM awards the Communications Achievement Award.

Have you done or do you know somebody who has done something worthy of this award?  Submissions can be made for designing a website or newsletter, writing a story or song, composing music, making a video. The sky is really the limit.

Some might say my work wasn't good enough or significant enough.  To that, I say, you won't know until it gets submited.

Even though this award has a nominator & nominee section on the awards form, this award can be a self nomination.  Who better to know what you did, than yourself.  If you feel you have accomplished a worthy, don't hesitate to nominate yourself.

Well, thats all I got for this month.

Semper Fi.

BDR Michael Timko
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