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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 my networking environment were put on hold.  Additionally, I suffered a few hardware ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 11, 2010
  • Hyper-V is here!!

    On June 26, Microsoft released Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing. You can download it today! Now, I can really finish up with my home network virtualization project, which has been languishing because I haven't had a lot of free time. A few reviews of Beta and Release Candidate code can already be found on the web, including this ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 1, 2008
  • Vista SP1

    It has been officially available for a couple weeks now, but some of us have been running it for over a month at this point.  Of course, outside of the MSDN and TechNet avenues, the only way to get it was due to a Microsoft mistake. In any event, my home and work systems have seen tremendous benefit from the upgrade to Service Pack 1 for ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 31, 2008
  • Making the move to 64-bit Vista -- Finally!

    Yeah, yeah, it took me long enough.  What can I say?  I finally bit the bullet and installed Vista Ultimate x64 Edition on my laptop.  As I mentioned last month, my Vista upgrade path was not as smooth as I had hoped, since I was going to be forced to perform a clean install, but I must say that the actual installation ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 18, 2007
  • Beta 1 of Community Server 2007

    Even though CS2007 has been available for over a month now, and even though I managed to download it just a couple days after release, I still haven't had an opportunity to play with it at home or at work.  I've been too busy finishing up a couple of other projects... Hopefully, I'll have a chance to get to it in the next few weeks.  ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 19, 2007
  • Another Pando Update: Web Sharing

    Pando has just released an update of its flagship file transfer application which adds web sharing to the mix for multimedia content. Take your file sharing to a whole new level -- legally. If you're not using Pando yet, then you're really, really missing out on a great tool for sharing your data and content with family and friends without ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 14, 2007
  • Got my January ActionPack Subscription

    I came home this evening to find out that the January shipment of my Microsoft ActionPack Subscription arrived today. Sweet!! Sort of, anyway...  First the good news:  I got my Office 2007 licenses, or should I say, Microsoft Office System 2007.  It even came with SharePoint Server 2007, and Microsoft Office Accounting ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 31, 2007
  • 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
  • Community Server 2007 is coming...

    Soon, very soon... I haven't had a whole lot of time to check in on Community Server in the past couple months, but I'm happy to see that there is lots of news and information coming out about what was previously referred to as Community Server v3.0. We're only a few weeks away from an open beta, as per this announcement by Rob Howard. There's ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 23, 2007
  • Father and Daughter Time

    ''Daddy, can you show me how to build a computer?'' That was the request I received today from my 11 year-old daughter.   I guess it helped that I had a whole lot of computer parts laying about, with some unfinished systems.  I've been pretty busy of late, but it's all good busy -- nothing to complain about. I still haven't ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 15, 2007
  • Major Holiday Upgrades

    First of all, I hope that everyone has had a very enjoyable Christmas with friends and family.  I know that the holidays aren't always pleasant for everyone, but I hope that this year has been especially good for everyone. I finally have some free time this week.  Things have been very hectic the past few months, but this week I'm going ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 26, 2006
  • Minor System Upgrade

    I was forced to upgrade one of my systems this week because the motherboard (or CPU) died.  Rather than mess around trying to figure out which specific component was impacted, I ran over to NewEgg (virtually, of course), and picked up a new AMD Sempron 3400+ CPU and a Gigabyte Socket 754 motherboard for cheap to replace the previous Athlon ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 5, 2006
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