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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 21st century, we have willing accepted the idea that in order to be able to obtain anything useful ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 21, 2012
  • 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 in and around the metro areas.  Hot skills include the following: information ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 13, 2012
  • 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 to measure the ROI of your promotional endeavors, and that you are seeking for any and ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 20, 2012
  • 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 is especially important as my children are back on the home school program, and get their daily ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 9, 2010
  • 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 what they evaluated and implemented.  CIOs and IT leaders were told to learn the language of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 6, 2010
  • 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 any closer to proactively applying security guidelines in our personal or professional ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 31, 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
  • 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 problem is that Telligent steadily moved away from the small-to-mid-sized customer and continued ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 9, 2009
  • 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 drive up-and-coming technology solutions.  Not only is it fun in and of itself, but it ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 20, 2009
  • 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, many, many people have been impacted.  I always wonder, in these situations, of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 10, 2008
  • 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 primarily a refinement of the previous version (XP vs 2000), there are complaints about having ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 1, 2008
  • 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. Some of the most recent examples of this silliness are as ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 21, 2007
  • 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 service Unstable systems Utter lack of communication (95% of the time) ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 30, 2007
  • 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 2007, which I have not had time to do in recent months.  Part of the reason is that ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 24, 2007
  • 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 for me, that was just the tip of the iceberg.  I have a ton of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 29, 2007
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