Help Local Kids in the Bay Area – Come Bowl for Kids’ Sake!

By Kelly Kitagawa

I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost two years now. We pair at-risk kids with a Big Brother or Sister – someone they can look up to, explore the world with, put their trust in – truly a role model that can be life-changing. Just by spending one-on-one time with someone with different experiences and a fresh perspective, kids learn more about the world and their own place in it. It can open doors, and their eyes, to a future full of possibilities.

And while every story is unique and different and beautiful, researchers have found that these relationships pay off. After 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the participating children are:…

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Smart AnSwerS #44

Hey there community and welcome to the 44th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Have you been looking for an opportunity to expand your Splunk search fu? Look no further! As mentioned in a previous Smart AnSwerS post, come join 60+ RSVP’d users (and counting!) this Monday, November 23rd, 2015 @ 11:00AM PST in attending the SplunkTrust Virtual .conf Session #2. The presenter, Kyle Smith, will be covering his popular .conf2014 session “Lesser-known Search Commands”. Be sure to visit the Meetup page to RSVP, find the URL to the WebEx session, and come learn a thing or two with the rest of us next week :)

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Is there a posted percentage

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From the Locker Room to Silicon Valley: Career Advice for Women in Male-Dominated Workplaces

SherryThe following excerpt is from a contributed article to Fast Company:
Career Advice from one of the First-Ever Female Sportscasters

As one of the first female sportscasters in the country, it wasn’t unusual for me to be the only woman in the locker room. In fact, I’ve spent my entire career working in male-dominated fields, first as a broadcast journalist for FOX and ABC affiliates, and later working in, then running, marketing departments in Silicon Valley.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 9.23.07 AMWhile the U.S. has come a long way since passing the Equal Pay Act in 1963, gender equality in the workplace remains elusive. Particularly in male-dominated fields, women often face challenges that go far beyond the wage gap. Researchers from Indiana University, for instance, …

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Smart AnSwerS #43

Hey there community and welcome to the 43rd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It’s been a pretty long week, but what better way to take a break for a change of pace with a party! I just got a reminder email that Splunk HQ is celebrating Diwali this afternoon, a Hindu festival of lights celebrated in the Fall every year. The courtyard will apparently be full of food, mehndi, and a talent show, oh my! Time to give my eyes a break from this monitor for a bit.

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to get a table cell color to change depending on the field value?

fredkaiser did some hunting around Answers, but couldn’t quite …

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Nanyang Polytechnic | Splunk Challenge 2015

It is once again the annual “Splunk Challenge” competition held at the School of IT in Nanyang Polytechnic today. This competition aims to promote awareness of data analytics using machine data and Splunk as a platform for Operational Intelligence. I saw a class filled with eager students waiting to display their “splunkfullness” skill in the competition to bring home a Macbook Air, iPad mini and iPod nano.


Taking on the tasks set in the questions paper is no easy feat. There are two parts to the competition. First they will need to understand and interpret the dashboard shown to them and also the datasource that is needed to populate the reports. The second part of the competition requires the student …

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Splunk Community Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Data Tree(Hi all! I’m posting this on behalf of one of our community members, Skip (aka f8al in our user groups chat), who is organizing the exchange. -rachel)

Get your holiday spirit on!

Do you like spreading holiday cheer? Of course you do!  Do you like seeing your splunky friends happier than Buttercup with a fresh apple? Who doesn’t?
If you answered yes to these questions then come on down and sign up for the 1st annual Splunk Usergroups Holiday gift exchange!
Elfster is a fun platform for doing this and keeps your information private and only shares it with the person who got your name, and even then, theres no obligation to use your …
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Smart AnSwerS #42

Hey there community and welcome to the 42nd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Last week, we had our very first SplunkTrust Virtual .conf Session, the beginning of a series of live online talks via WebEx to give users access to the best technical content presented every year at the Splunk Worldwide User Conference, .conf. Our first presenter was SplunkTrust member Martin Mueller who covered his .conf2015 session “Optimizing Splunk Knowledge Objects –  A Tale of Unintended Consequences”, followed by Q&A. We had an amazing turnout of 100+ users from different timezones around the world. Our next session #2 will be on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 @ 11:00AM PST, presented by alacercogitatus on his .conf2014 session “Lesser-known …

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Smart AnSwerS #41

Hey there community and welcome to the 41st installment of Smart AnSwerS.

There have been a lot of questions on Answers throughout the years asking for a way to add comments to searches such as this 3 year old post with almost 16,000 views. The Answer by steveyz just below the accepted one is the latest development that many of you will be happy to learn about if you haven’t already seen it on this page. Splunk technical writer lstewart updated the documentation to share and publicize this solution: configuring and using a search macro to add comments to search strings with no performance or resource impact. *applause!*

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:


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Smart AnSwerS #40

Hey there community and welcome to the 40th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

The San Francisco Bay Area Splunk User Group met up last week at Splunk HQ, and we had some great topics covered. With the latest release of Splunk 6.3 during .conf2015, jcoates presented an on-the-fly overview of new and improved features, spuchbauer gave an awesome demo of new custom alert actions and other dashboard improvements, and lstewart gathered feedback on syntax for search documentation to create better consistency with content. frobinson & smoir tag teamed to provide live updates on happenings during the presentations on the SFBA UG Slack chat channel, in case folks who couldn’t make it out wanted to stay in the loop. We had …

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Smart AnSwerS #39

Hey there community and welcome to the 39th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Playing catch up with work after .conf2015 last week in Las Vegas has been hard, but well worth it. It was great getting to meet many Splunk users for the first time in person, and I have to say, you’re pretty awesome ;D The folks I had the chance to speak to were excited to see old faces, network with other users passionate about our various products, and learn everything and anything possible. Even just overhearing conversations over meals at the same table or in passing, I could feel good vibes all around as the community of users got value not only from the content of …

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