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Looking forward to Windows Server 2012 R2
I was just reading the ComputerWorld article on some upcoming features of Windows Server 2012 R2 , and I see some really intriguing improvements: In Windows Server 2012 R2, the PowerShell command-line scripting language introduces a feature called Desired 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
My Resume Cloud
Today, I came across a very interesting tool for generating a word cloud – basically, a visual representation of the frequency of words in a block of text, just as you might find in the tag cloud of a blog.  I was first made aware of this tool from 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...
Short Takes for April 2009
It’s only the second of April, and already I’m dealing with chaos.   And not the kind I expected, either. We’ve all been waiting for Conflicker to do something this month , but so far, nothing has occurred.  This is not a bad thing, mind Read More...
The Tangled Web of Troubleshooting
As the connectivity between various systems becomes more intricate and complex, the risk of tricky configuration problems grows considerably.  When such problems finally manifest themselves, they are usually harder to identify and resolve.  Read More...
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