The Sara Chana Chronicles

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  • Blog Post: That Elusive Social Culture

    As someone who runs a large number of global communities, I'm acutely aware that people are the platform . Many of us delight in the technologies and the services that enable social connections, but less of us stop and consider that without people none of these actually matter much. All the technologies...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Children Safe on the Internet (Part 1)

    I’m not the foremost expert on this subject, but I am a parent and think about these matters a lot. Even in the technical world I operate in I often find parents know this kind of stuff but rarely do they secure their home environments as much as they do their work environments. Although the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Practical Best Practices for Infrastructure Projects

    In the many years I've been consulting as a Lead Technical Consultant, Architect and Engagement Manager there are a number of things I've learned from the school of hard knocks. Many things are obvious, and some less so. We can often find methodologies and material about how to run projects effectively...
  • Blog Post: Practical Architecture at TechEd Online

    Franco Rother, a Solution Specialist at Microsoft, and I discuss practical architecture in a video recording for Microsoft TechEd Africa 2009. Click here to view
  • Blog Post: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Architecture (Part 1)

    Recently, at TechEd Africa 2009, I spoke to a rather large audience about a topic I entitled ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Architecture’. It was essentially a redelivery of material created by Miha Kralj (upon whom much credit is graciously bestowed), but with a local spin and additional material...
  • Blog Post: Think Like A Criminal (Part 2 of Keeping Children Safe on the Internet)

    I used to think all Internet-based crimes came about as a result of the criminals present on the Internet but I now realize that is a naïve perspective on the problem. Even in the Bible we find murder, rape, brutality and deception. It is actually full of sinful acts and as such I think it should...