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  • 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, and they’ll continue to be useful for quite some time. To make them even more useful, ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 29, 2011
  • 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 – had executed overnight.  Hmmmm?!? Initially, I only thought that it was two scripts that ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 8, 2010
  • 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 a reasonable price.  I quickly setup all sorts of rules and filtering that was light years ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 31, 2010
  • 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:  Faulty McAfee update burns IT execs BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 10, 2010
  • 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 was completed in the past 2 months. For those interested in seeing how this all played out over ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 22, 2010
  • 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 controller from booting, and since the boys’ old Windows XP machine began to fail (spontaneous ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 9, 2010
  • 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 all (relatively new) technologies – especially in recent years – there comes the inevitable ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 9, 2009
  • Why Businesses Standardize on Technology

    I experienced a wide range of emotions as I read this allegedly tech savvy article in the Wall Street Journal, written by someone who is deemed a journalist for reasons which clearly have no basis in reality.  Mostly, I was surprised, because this is not the caliber of information that I expect from a publication such as the Wall Street ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 23, 2009
  • 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 over time, since technology is becoming simpler and less error prone. I touched on this ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 16, 2009
  • 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, I make use of both products, albeit to achieve slightly different objectives.  Due to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 10, 2009
  • 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.  They also have a tendency to remain dormant for a longer period of time. My home network sports ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 21, 2008
  • Windows Vista is finally here...

    At the retail level, anyway. And I am no closer to having it installed at home than I was a month ago, when I laid out my grand plans for software upgrades.  I have been heavily involved in a lot of projects lately, both at work and at church, so time management is crucial.  Let's see what February brings! Anyway, back to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 31, 2007
  • SysInternals Site Migration

    Looks like the SysInternals Website is preparing for a Site Migration, having been acquired by Microsoft in mid 2006.  I can only hope that it retains the same level of usefulness that is has provided for a great many years at this point.  This one site has been incredibly instrumental in providing tools and information ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 30, 2006
  • RSA is headed to the EMC stable...

    RSA Security acquired by EMC for $2.1 billion http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid1_gci1197226,00.html?track=NL-118&ad=557474 Following a slew of rumors, storage giant EMC Corp. confirmed late Thursday that it will acquire RSA Security Inc. for just under $2.1 billion in cash, or approximately $28.00 per share. ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 5, 2006
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