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Why We Have No Online Privacy
Earlier today, as I read a very self-serving article lamenting how online growth will be killed due to impending “Do Not Track” legislation , it became very clear to me why online privacy in the US is almost entirely non-existent. As a society in the Read More...
Dear Recruiter: Help Me Help You
As we head into the second half of 2012, I average about 3 to 4 calls/emails from recruiters per week.  In contrast to the overall job market which is still not doing so well, the market for information technology professionals is quite lively, especially Read More...
I’m Tired of Registration Walls
Note to the heads of sales, marketing, and web site development: I’m tired of your registration walls (regwalls), and will no longer be supporting them. I realize that you want to know who is looking at the materials you are producing, that you are trying 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...
Making Business Sense
Long ago, in days or yore, it was common to complain that most information technology leaders and staff were too focused on deploying cool technology just for the sake of technology rather than ensuring that there was valid business justification for 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...
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...
Disappointment with Telligent
A few years back, I went out in search of a .NET-based forums product and found the then-awesome CommunityServer application.  I built a couple of corporate intranet sites on the platform, and then built a new personal site for myself on it. The Read More...
It’s All Just Hype Until It Actually Ships
As a technologist, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting products, solutions and discoveries which will be coming to a store near me at some point in the future.  Whenever possible, I look to jump on the beta bandwagon and preview or test Read More...
Sad, Sordid Tale has many victims
Marion Jones, who confessed last year to doping and was stripped of her medals , has left even more victims in her wake because of her participation in various relays . Because of her absolutely stupid actions, and her disregard for fairness and professionalism, Read More...
An interesting Windows Vista article
I just finished reading an article on Windows Vista from InfoWorld , and it makes several really good points. Windows Vista brings a lot to the table that gets de-emphasized by the masses.  It's funny that when Microsoft releases a product that is Read More...
The Ever Inconsistent Microsoft...
One of the things that annoys me about Microsoft (and this is true, to some extent, of any large company) is that there are too many times where it seems that one hand is not talking to the other. Sometimes, it seems like one hand doesn't even know that there's another hand. Read More...
ASPnix is an utterly worthless web host...
I don't say this too often, but words cannot express how worthless they are. If I were to summarize the ways in which they failed to provide useful service, I could take all month. In short, they were lacking in a number of areas, including: Poor customer Read More...
Lots of changes coming...
It's been a long time coming, but I finally got rid of my previous hosting company. Their sins are too numerous to mention in this post, but rest assured, I will address them in the next couple weeks. I also need to upgrade my site to Community Server Read More...
Good Ol' Microsoft Fun with Exchange 2007
So, I sort of completed the migration to Exchange 2007 that I had decided to do this weekend. Sort of. The mailbox moves were flawless. Total time for this part of the migration was about 15 minutes, with my mailbox being the longest at 6 minutes. Unfortunately Read More...
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