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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
  • Miscellaneous Notes from Summer 2009

    Just a quick few notes as the Summer of 2009 draws to a close – much faster than desired… Vacations… We didn’t take our summer trip to Cape May, NJ this year but we did finally get out to Stokes State Forest for our annual camping expedition.  It was fun and refreshing – even with all the work of setting up the tent!   It ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 1, 2009
  • It’s FIOS Time

    The past month or two has been interesting for my home network from a technology standpoint.  I have a server that went down because of a motherboard issue; I need some new drive rails to bring my Windows 2008 server online; my cable service from Comcast went out for a couple days; and I finally made the jump to Verizon FIOS. It’s only been ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 9, 2008
  • 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
  • Random Notes on a Leap Day

    I have a little bit of everything to share today. Professional Networking LinkedIn has performed quite a few upgrades in recent days, and they've upgraded their site quite a bit.   It looks nice, I must say.   I hope this is just the beginning of them implementing some long-awaited changes, such as the ones I compiled last ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 29, 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
  • Windows Server 2008

    Lately, I've been so busy with processes and procedures and policies, that I haven't had a chance to play with the upcoming version of Windows Server 2008.  I have had an opportunity to read a number of reports, including the one from eWeek, and it seems that the reports are favorable, especially where the new virtualization features are ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 4, 2007
  • The Microsoft Dilemma

    The issue I speak of relates to how many changes and new features should go into a new release of their software product.  If Microsoft adds lots of new functionality, then customers and analysts conclude that the likelihood of bugs within the new code is high and so they avoid product adoption for months or years or until several service ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 9, 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
  • 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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