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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...
Online File Storage and Collaboration Tools
Two of my favorite tools for online storage and collaboration are DropBox and Box.net .   Because each product offers features that the other lacks, and because they appear to be attacking the challenges of collaboration different perspectives, Read More...
Vista SP1 vs XP SP3
I recently read a couple of reports from ComputerWorld regarding the performance of the upcoming service packs for Windows XP and Vista. Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim Vista SP1 no faster than stock OS, says testing expert The outlook Read More...
Getting Used to Windows Vista
My Vista initiation continues, and so far, I don't have much to complain about. I've done this whole " new version of Windows " thing enough times in the past 15 or so years that I know that there's really no point in not spending a week or two getting Read More...
Scorching Fast Video Cards
nVidia has released it's next generation card family, the 8800 series , and the reviews are looking great ! Sure, I'm not personally going to be purchasing a $450 or $600 video card, but for those who were previously contemplating SLI configurations, Read More...
What I'm Reading This Month...
I should have mentioned this earlier, because I've been reading it for most of the month, but as I mentioned previously, things have been crazy busy for a couple of weeks now . My current book is Beyond Fear by Bruce Schneier , an easy to read and highly Read More...
Sage Management and Career Advice
When it comes to management and career information for techies, I don't think there's quite enough focus on good reading material. Over the past year, I've been reading lots of good material from the Harvard Business Review, particularly their series on career development called: The Results-Driven Manager Series It's definitely one of my Recommended Reading items, along with some others on my technology consulting website. Read More...
The wonders of Pando: Making email attachments easy
If you haven't tried Pando yet , you really need to. It's currently in open beta, and is a technology for sending large attachments (as large a 1GB) to recipients with the simplicity of email. It uses a mix of email and peer-to-peer technologies to perform Read More...
More CommunityServer fun...
Well, a second beta is available for CommunityServer version 2.1 , and it's looking very good. I'm running it on my internal server at home, but I haven't upgraded my public site (this one) or my Intranet installation at work as yet. I'll wait for the 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...
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...
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...
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...