Archive for February, 2020

Google Drive File Stream

February 12th, 2020 Comments off

Google Drive File Stream: We’ve recently had a great addition to our Google for Education services: Google Drive File Stream.
Like many good things around here, this was brought to our attention by one of our students.
Google Drive File Stream, once installed on your Windows PC or Mac, will mount your Illinois Tech Google Drive as a local drive on your system. You can treat it just like any other drive; in Windows it even has a drive letter. And it’s fast. You get two directories on the drive: your own Google Drive and your Shared Drives (what used to he called Team Drives). Log onto your Illinois Tech Google account and go to to download the app and get started. First uninstall the Google Drive application or Google Drive Backup and Sync app if you have either installed. For some reason the text in the installation app on both PCs we installed it on appeared as gibberish, but you might want to use the command-line installer anyway. Open a command line in your download directory, and run “ GoogleDriveFSSetup --silent --desktop_shortcut --gsuite_shortcuts=false “. There is a daily limit of 750 GB of file transfer but this just means you can’t upload your terabyte hard drive all in one day. A HUGE workflow enhancer; enjoy!

NIST Big Data interoperability Framework

February 12th, 2020 Comments off

Most of us are familiar with the huge quantity of cybersecurity publications from the National Institute for Standards and Technology, but they have a standardization role that reaches far beyond security. A prime example that many of us might find useful is the NIST Big Data interoperability Framework (NBDIF). Built as a vendor-neutral, technology- and infrastructure-independent ecosystem; it can enable Big Data stakeholders (e.g. data scientists, researchers, etc.) to utilize the best available analytics tools to process and derive knowledge through the use of standard interfaces between swappable architectural components. It is a series of 10 NIST Special Publications:

NBDIF V3.0 Final Version

  1. NIST SP 1500-1r2  -- Volume 1: Definitions
2. NIST SP 1500-2r2  -- Volume 2: Taxonomies
3. NIST SP 1500-3r2  -- Volume 3: Use Case & Requirements
4. NIST SP 1500-4r2  -- Volume 4: Security and Privacy
5. NIST SP 1500-5    -- Volume 5: Architectures White Paper Survey
6. NIST SP 1500-6r2  -- Volume 6: Reference Architecture
7. NIST SP 1500-7r2  -- Volume 7: Standards Roadmap
8. NIST SP 1500-9r1  -- Volume 8: Reference Architecture Interface
9. NIST SP 1500-10r1 -- Volume 9: Modernization and Adoption

All found at And as always with everything from NIST (since our tax dollars paid for this), it’s free.