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Enhancing My WLAN with a Meraki MR12
I finally got a chance to deploy a Meraki MR12 wireless access point . These are some sweet devices.  I wasn’t that happy with the PoE brick that it comes with for power, but getting it setup has been quite pleasant. As an enterprise device, it supports Read More...
My Workplace Technology Wish List
It is not every day that one gets an opportunity to put together a wish list of technology solutions that could be used to drive a modern, highly productive workplace. So, let’s begin our If Money Were No Object quest… Every office has desktops and notebooks, Read More...
Fun with Verizon Customer Service
Or, Getting Rid of FiOS TV, Part 1. Today, we officially began our project to lower needless expenses, of which the TV subscription service is one of the largest.  As a technology profession, I need a fast and solid internet connection.  This Read More...
Passing the Firewall Torch
I’ve had a Netscreen firewall handling my internet connection at home for almost a full decade now.  I first got my hands on a Netscreen 5 back in Feb of 2001, and it was amazing that you could get that much flexibility in such a tiny device for Read More...
Home Network Overhaul 2010 – Conclusion
This is the sixth part in a series of articles tracking the implementation of virtualization on my home network .  Planning for the project originally started at the end of 2007, with some equipment purchased in early 2008, but the bulk of the work Read More...
Home Network Overhaul 2010 – Part 2
It has been a very productive year so far, as it pertains to my ongoing Home Network Re-Engineering Project .  In fact, the past few days have been especially productive. I was finally able to fix the hardware problem that prevented my old domain Read More...
Home Network Overhaul 2010
For the first time in over a decade, my home network saw no major improvements for almost 2 years. Let’s just say that the past few years have been interesting…  From March 2008 until December 2009, several major undertakings that I had planned for Read More...
The End of an Era
It’s about time – at least, that’s what my wife will say when she learns that I have finally ditched the last remnants of a stockpile of old computer parts that I was hanging onto. These are parts which were actually dead at the beginning of this decade, Read More...
Why Businesses Standardize on Technology
The role of an organization’s technologists are to protect the technology and information assets of the company, while facilitating productivity to move the business forward. This is always a balancing act, as no technology department that I am aware of today has anything resembling an unlimited budget. Read More...
Where Simplicity and Technology Really Intersect
The prevailing wisdom says that technology is supposed to be getting simpler all the time.  This belief appears to be pervasive with many corporate leaders who insist that there should be less of a need for expensive technology experts in an organization Read More...
Let's Get Ready to Virtualize!
After many months, and a few miscellaneous upgrades to other parts of my network, I'm finally about to get a jump on my home virtualization overhaul project .  A number of things have changed from the original plan, however. Since that plan was presented Read More...
Mail Server repairs are ongoing
I posted an announcement over the weekend that my List Mail server had gone down .  I'm pretty sure that the power supply was all I needed to change, but due to a series of parts failures and upgrades over the past 4 or 5 months across various systems, Read More...
Letting Go Of Legacy Equipment
It took me long enough, but I'm finally cleaning out some old boxes of computer parts that I have laying around. Really old parts in really old boxes. My wife will be very pleased to see this stuff go, finally. She's been after me to do this for years. Read More...
Home Network Virtualization Project, Part 2
When I wrote part 1 of the home network virtualization project , I didn't realize that I actually had an updated network diagram available . I created it last October, but never posted it -- for reasons which completely escape me right now. I suppose Read More...
Time For Virtualization at Home
Although I really need to upgrade my network diagram to reflect some major changes since 2006, it is effective enough to indicate the need for server virtualization even on a small network. I currently have 4 servers which are operational, and another Read More...
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