Alex Lawn

Cutting our AWS spend in half

It often seems that, by default, our AWS monthly spends go in only one direction - up. Our AWS cost reduction strategy has evolved over time, through the work we’ve done for...
Gavin Porter

Security vulnerabilities: what you need to know

Wi-Fi KRACK Overnight, security weaknesses have been published in the WPA2 protocol used by most home and commercial Wi-Fi systems, including public Wi-Fi. The attack that...
Russell Michell

Blockchain 101

You’ve heard of bitcoin, and you read about Silk Road a while back. Bitcoin is just ‘geek money’ and you can’t possibly do anything useful with it... right? Wrong. The bar...
Evan Hanson

Vagrant and LXD

Managing Development Environments We use a variety of technologies to help us manage development environments. One of these is Linux Containers, and more...
The SilverStri…

SilverStripe at Catalyst

Our team Catalyst’s Agile SilverStripe Team is a group of six dedicated IT professionals with a combined professional experience in website and web-application...
Catalyst

Catalyst and the Public Sector

Catalyst IT was formed in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1997. Over the last twenty years, we have developed longstanding successful relationships with a wide range of public sector...
Don Christie

Diversity, inclusion and marriage equity

Since Catalyst developed its diversity policy earlier this year there were a number of things that struck me. The first was that it had taken us 20 years to describe the...
Don Christie

Open source underpins Open Knowledge

"Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restriction. Open knowledge is a set of principles and...
Brendan Heywood

Under the hood of Moodle’s cron system

At Catalyst we work with a lot of clients who have pretty big Moodle instances. One of the critical parts of Moodle is the Task API aka cron system which ticks along in the...
Brooke Penny

It's safe to say, we made the tourists day!

You may recall seeing an article on Stuff.co.nz late last week, which told the story of the two 23 year old French tourists, Antoine and Sven, who had their van they were living...
Russell Michell

ScaleConf 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending ScaleConf here in Wellington for the second time. For the second year running, the conference was sponsored by Catalyst...