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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Let's Get Ready to Virtualize!

    After many months, and a few miscellaneous upgrades to other parts of my network, I'm finally about to get a jump on my home virtualization overhaul project.  A number of things have changed from the original plan, however. Since that plan was presented back in October, Microsoft has released Windows Server 2008, with a beta of Hyper-V, ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 31, 2008
  • Letting Go Of Legacy Equipment

    It took me long enough, but I'm finally cleaning out some old boxes of computer parts that I have laying around.  Really old parts in really old boxes. My wife will be very pleased to see this stuff go, finally.  She's been after me to do this for years.   Seriously! Just to give you an idea of what this amazing box ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 17, 2008
  • Home Network Virtualization Project, Part 2

    When I wrote part 1 of the home network virtualization project, I didn't realize that I actually had an updated network diagram available. I created it last October, but never posted it -- for reasons which completely escape me right now. I suppose that I was waiting until I actually performed the upgrades at the end year before I would post ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 14, 2007
  • Looking for the next CPU breakthrough...

      The folks at MIT have made some serious progress in the search for the replacement material for silicon in transistors.   One of the materials being discussed, according to this ZDNet article, is gallium arsenide, even though there are some kinks to be worked out. The transistor technology is young, and researchers ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 9, 2006
  • 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, this sort of cost is much better than the price of two previous-generation (or, should I say ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 13, 2006
  • Recent Home Network Woes...

    The annual upgrade plans for my home network have to be accelerated somewhat due to a couple of system failures I have experienced over the past few months. It all started back in August when my old desktop system died.  Thankfully, it was already the former desktop system at the time of its demise, and I was getting ready to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 12, 2006
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