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July 2006 - Posts

Computer Hardware Upgrade Methodologies
Over the years, my perspective on computer upgrades has changed significantly. There was a time back in the mid-to-late 90s when I would go out and obtain a new motherboard and processor every 15-18 months, and swap out the components on one of my systems. Read More...
Some interesting freeware tools
I was looking around for some security scanners earlier today, and I came across this cool website with a fair amount of freeware tools, most of which are security related. The only downside is that they are predominantly GUI-based utilities, which doesn't Read More...
Driving, Driving, Driving...
Generally speaking, I don't like to drive for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time. Maybe even 4. Somehow, various family members (primarily my wife) have managed to convince me to take far lengthier trips by car over the past 12 months or so. For instance, Read More...
What a great weekend...
We had a fun time camping this weekend. Except for a little rain on Saturday afternoon, the weather was gorgeous, and we even got to see a good bit of stars on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was a bit better, because it was less hazy. This was Read More...
Microsoft Buys Tools Vendor Winternals
Microsoft on July 18 announced that it has acquired Winternals Software, which provides security, recovery and management tools for enterprises as well as a respected collection of free Windows tools on the Sysinternals site. The privately held, Austin-based company makes tools that assist in the recovery of damaged systems and lost data. Its new Protection Manager products provide greater control over privileges for users and applications than is standard in Windows. Read More...
Forrester Research on Blogging Tools
Forrester Research has recently completed a study on Blogging tools, where they rated products such as WordPress , TypePad and CommunityServer . CommunityServer came away with a decent rating, with the only complaint that the content management and workflow Read More...
Weekend with Nature
This weekend, we're going camping. We, as in my entire family. Actually, to be more precise, every year, our church has one Spiritual Retreat Weekend where we go off to the woods for a nice, semi-quiet time with nature. I say " semi-quiet " because we Read More...
Camp Meeting with Chaplain Barry C. Black
This past Saturday (July 8th) , the family and I had the extreme pleasure of hearing Chaplain Barry C. Black preach at the Allegheny East Conference Camp Meeting which was held in Pennsylvania. It was an incredible event, and Chaplain Black is a powerful Read More...
Comparing Software Stacks: OpenSource vs .NET
Recently, eWeek conducted a comparison of software stacks: OpenSource software running on Linux, vs Microsoft's .NET combination. They also tested PHP, Apache and MySQL running on Windows, the so-called "WAMP" stack. Read More...
Net Neutrality and Information Security
There's a very interesting article up on SANS Internet Storm Center concerning the security implications of the proposed Net Neutrality legislation that is being discussed ardently in some circles... Briefly, network neutrality is designed to prevent Read More...
New Features are on the way...
I can hardly wait for the new release of Community Server -- version 2.1. According to the CS Monthly Bulletin , it is expected sometime toward the end of this month, which means I should be able to update my installations at home and work by mid August. Read More...
Playing in the sandbox
I've been testing out a new utility called Sandboxie which is basically a tool that allows you to run various applications in an isolated fashion on your system, where they don't have direct access to the disk or the registry (they think they do, but they are being virtualized). This allows you to capture the full effects of their efforts to write to either location, and helps minimize any damage that comes from misue of the application, bad coding, or hidden spyware/malware accompanying the installed app. Read More...
Flexing some Community Server Muscles
This is just a short post to test out the ability to cross-blog. I'm going to be able to save lots of time by posting blogs on my internal server and having it cross-posted to my public server. Let's see if it really works (or, more precisely, if I set Read More...
Adventures in Wireless Media Entertainment
To capture the streaming video and audio, I use the Replay AV software. Nice app that comes with a flexibile, built-in scheduler, and as opposed to some of the applications that I tried previously, does not have to record via my computer's soundcard. This means that I can download multiple streams simultaneously, and not worry that my downloads will be affected by my own use of the computer. Read More...
Blogging with Community Server
I have to admit that I am having lots of fun with this site make-over. Yeah, yeah, let's not talk about how long overdue it was. Suffice it to say, I've been busy. The CommunityServer software is just awesome. I'm so glad I came across this. Interestingly Read More...
Teen struck by lightning...
He's extremely lucky to be alive, although he probably doesn't feel like that right now. Apparently, the storm was a bit closer than he first believed. It's interesting to see the disconnect between the headline of the second story and the last paragraph Read More...
My Career Objectives
I am an experienced, hands-on Technology Manager who has designed, deployed, securely maintained the technology infrastructure of companies large and small, in various capacities from Consultant, to Systems Administrator, to IT VP. Read More...
RSA is headed to the EMC stable...
Following a slew of rumors, storage giant EMC Corp. confirmed late Thursday that it will acquire RSA Security Inc. for just under $2.1 billion in cash, or approximately $28.00 per share. Numerous vendors were reportedly in the bidding for RSA Security Inc. amid speculation of an impending buyout. It was believed the identity and access management vendor had a wrenching choice to make: sell while its value may be at its peak, or stay the course and gamble that a growth strategy dependant on acquisitions can succeed. Read More...
Avoid Symantec appliances, says Gartner
Companies should avoid investing in Symantec's network security appliances, and should evaluate offerings from other vendors, Gartner has warned. The analyst firm said that it issued the warning because it believes that Symantec is moving away from selling network security appliances as it concentrates on "new business directions". Gartner's advice comes after Symantec told some customers on 23 June that it is winding down development of the Symantec Gateway Security (SGS) and Symantec Network Security (SNS) products. Read More...
Space Shuttle Discovery has launched...
We just watched the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery -- the first time a shuttle launch has occured on the 4th of July. Read More...
Innovation Takes More than Inspiration; It Takes Investment, and Persistence
Moore's new book, Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution, just published by Portfolio, argues that innovation by itself is not enough. Innovation also requires an investment strategy that puts your resources where they count, and a people strategy that aligns those resources with the best skills of all your employees. Read More...
New Beginnings...
This is a time of new beginnings... It's July 2006, and I've finally gotten around to updating my website, or rather, my websites. It's been quite some time since I did anything major in the way of updates, but the time has come to make a number of modifications Read More...