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The thwack team is continuing our efforts into 2015 to improve the overall thwack experience.  As we head into the New Year, we will be making changes to the homepage, global navigation, and even rethinking how we organize the hundreds of thousands of resources available on thwack today.  We kicked off this project last month and many of you took our survey and participated in feedback sessions with myself, mrs.alterego, maria.bungau , and katieb from our User Experience team (thank you!).  We have compiled and analyzed all of the results in this initial phase and, with your feedback in mind, have built out the second part of our testing.  This is where we need your help again.

 

We have built what is formally called a "treejack" to help us better understand how you find things on thwack.  Note: This is not a test, there are no right or wrong answers.  The results from this will directly shape the direction we go with page layout and global navigation.  This should only take 5-10 minutes of your time and for those of you who submit your feedback before January 2nd will receive 500 thwack points for your participation.

 

Click here to get started!

I'm pleased to announce the release of Network Topology Mapper (NTM) 2.2.  Customers under active maintenance can find the new version on the customer portal.  If you're interested in NTM but don't own it, you can download a trial of the new version here.

 

NTM 2.2 includes the following new features:

  • Modular Scanning: build many maps from a single scan
  • Icon improvements
    • New out of the box icons
    • Custom icon import
    • Icon resize, alignment, and spacing tools
    • Movable icon labels
  • Enhanced Etherchannel discovery
  • Performance and scalability enhancements
  • Improved auto-arrange
  • Scan exclusions
  • Bug fixes
  • And much more!

 

For screenshots and more info, check out my blog post: NTM 2.2 Beta1 - Building a Better Network Diagram Tool

That magical season is fast approaching. Soon we’ll bask in the warmth of kith and kin, bathed in the glow of colored lights and ornamental décor. There’s no better way to kick off a festive holiday season than with your favorite pastime. That’s right, the December thwack mission is here and it promises a trove of catchy clues, witticisms, and, of course, fabulous prizes! For a fun way to cap off another rewarding year, make this thwack mission an event to remember.

 

December Mission

Your mission: 12 days, 3 questions per day, and a chance to win big in the 12 Days of DPA! This month is all about (database) optimization.  And speaking of optimization, we've also dramatically increased your chances at winning this month... to the tune of 12 winners who will walk away with some pretty sweet new gear. So, double and triple check your answers, follow the rules and schedule below, and make sure to get all of your submissions in before December 19th to win!

 

Mission Rules

  1. One quiz will be released everyday starting December 1st (Monday - Thursday).
    1. Once a quiz opens, it will remain open until December 18th @ 11:59PM CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
    2. Each quiz will consist of 3 questions.
  2. Only your first attempt at each daily quiz will count. Check your answers before submitting!
  3. 250 points will be awarded for each correctly answered quiz. There are 12 daily quizzes which means you can earn up to 3,000 points for this mission.
    1. Points and badges will be applied to profiles once the mission has closed.
  4. Prize drawings will take place on December 19th.  The prizes are sorted by days of the week (see below).
    1. Monday quizzes: Plantronics BackBeat GO 2
    2. Tuesday quizzes: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth
    3. Wednesday quizzes: Kindle Fire
    4. Thursday quizzes: Piper HD Security Camera

 

 

 

 

Correctly answer all 12 daily quizzes and your name will be in all 12 drawings!

 

Monday Quizzes

Prize: Plantronics BackBeat GO 2

Tuesday Quizzes

Prize: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth

Wednesday Quizzes

Prize: Kindle Fire

Thursday Quizzes

Prize: Piper HD Security Camera

Friday

December 1st

On the 1st DPA Day My Database Said to Me...

I feel slow, oh please set me free.

December 2nd

On the 2nd DPA Day My Database Said to Me...

Five dimensions are what you can see.

December 3rd

On the 3rd DPA Day My Ops Team Said to Me...

The issues are fixed now you see.

December 4th

On the 4th DPA Day My Database Said to Me...

It's the root cause that's so hard to see.

December 8th

On the 5th DPA Day The Root Cause Said to Me...

Four clicks & you've found what you seek.

December 9th

On the 6th DPA Day My Hardware Said to Me...

I'm as fast now as I'll ever be

December 10th

On the 7th DPA Day My Peers All Said to Me...

We're on thwack come talk with us please.

December 11th

On the 8th DPA Day Twitter Said to Me...

On thwack, there's great stuff you can read.

December 15th

On the 9th DPA Day My Monsters Said to Me...

Oh why won't DPA leave us be.

December 16th

On the 10th DPA Day My Platforms Said to Me...

DPA gives us help that we need.

December 17th

On the 11th DPA Day The Free Demo Said to Me...

Just a download & then you will see.

December 18th

On the 12th DPA Day The Free Demo Said to Me...

You've got two weeks to change everything.

December 19th

Grand Prize Drawing x12

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