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The Futility of Blaming IT
In recent years, it has become popular sport to blame information technology (IT) departments and IT leaders for failures – real or imagined – which adversely impact business operations.  Even some technology trade journals seem unable to get through 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...
Reactive Security: Feel the pain in 2011+
We are only one third of the way into 2011, but we have had some of the largest information security breaches of the decade – and the trend does not appear to be slowing down. Here are just a few of the biggest reports for the year: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/RSA-SecurID-Breach-Shows-Why-Everybody-Must-Stay-Vigilant-595858/ Read More...
Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint - Part 2
Last time, I mentioned that inadequate planning is one of the key reasons why your new technology purchase might prove to be disappointing.  This is true not only of planning that occurs once the project has been authorized and assigned an official Read More...
Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint
Technology continues to provide many benefits for individuals and businesses, and our increasing dependence upon it is a testament to its overall usefulness.  Each day, many, many people make a good living from designing and deploying business solutions Read More...
The Dangers of Consolidation
It has been said that technology in general, and automation in particular, simply make it easier for humans to propagate errors much faster than they could otherwise do so. This morning, I awoke to find that none of my scripts – on any of my machines 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...
It’s Time to Re-evaluate Host-based Security
I’ve said it for a few years now, but host-based antivirus is really not working out anymore.  Not with its reliance on signatures to detect malware. Recently, several prominent antivirus vendors have experienced problems with faulty virus definitions:  Read More...
Expanding Your Reach with Good Technology Partners
I recently read an opinion piece on ComputerWorld about the post-Cloud IT landscape , and it I had a couple thoughts: The author makes a good point that little mention is made of what the world will look like when cloud is the norm… We (both business 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...
Is Google over-extending itself?
Google is in the news quite a bit, lately, but not all of that publicity is good… Google lists $350 fee for early Nexus One returns Update: Google may pull out of China because of cyber attacks Nexus One fiasco continues for Google Contrary to popular Read More...
Lessons from 2009: Functionality still trumps Security
Yes, you heard me correctly… We still think about personal and corporate security only as an afterthought. Despite all the regulatory and industry compliance that has been created and updated in the past 15 years, as we close out this decade, we are hardly Read More...
What Software as a Service Really Provides
Software as a Service, or SaaS , is seen and marketed as a way to remove or reduce the complexities and cost associated with local enterprise software deployments, especially where such software has a desktop installation facet to it. As is typical with Read More...
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