The musings of an IT Consultant:

December, 2009


December 31, 2009  11:55 PM

Cisco TelePresence reunites a family over the holiday season



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, contest, reunites family, TelePresence

Hi folks, so for this holiday season Cisco did a great thing. They had a contest for people to submit their stories so people could connect over the holidays through the power of TelePresence. TelePresence (if you haven't seen the show 24), is the ability to do video conferencing using Cisco...

December 31, 2009  11:46 PM

Low Battery Life in BlackBerries



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Add new tag, apps running in the background, BlackBerries, low battery life, open apps, RIM

Hi folks, one of the most common things that happen with BlackBerries is low battery life. Numerous times i've had people tell me that their BlackBerry battery is draining too fast for their own good. People ask me how I manage to use my BlackBerry as often as I do and don't have to recharge it...


December 31, 2009  11:42 PM

SMS Auto Reply with BlackBerry



Posted by: Raj Perumal
auto reply sms, BlackBerry, NotNow, text messaging, toysoft

Hi folks. These days with the proliferation of cell phones people need a way to respond to calls and texts while driving without actually doing so. Well with BlackBerry there is an app called NotNow that they can use to do auto replies when people call or text you. NotNow will auto respond...


December 31, 2009  10:52 PM

New CCIE book is out



Posted by: Raj Perumal
4th Edition, ccie, CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, routing and switching, Wendell Odom

The CCIE routing and switching exam certification guide is out! I checked on Amazon and on Cisco's web site and it is now available for purchase. Right now it seems the best price is ordering direct through Cisco from what I can see. This is the new book covering all the updates in the CCIE...


December 31, 2009  10:47 PM

IPS for the ASA



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco ASA 5505, intrusion prevention system, IPS

Hi folks! So it's no secret I love the Cisco ASA firewalls. I find that they provide great security at a great price point. Now one of the things you can do to add capability to your existing firewall is add IPS. The Cisco ASA 5505 has the ability to add an IPS module which will increase the...


December 31, 2009  10:28 PM

Routers and Firewalls



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, Firewalls, routers

Hello again folks! Happy new year and happy holidays to everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. So I wanted to talk about routers and firewalls today. You see one of the more common questions I get from customers is what is the difference? Well at it's core, a router is a device...


December 23, 2009  3:26 AM

BlackBerry down again!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
2009, BlackBerry down, December 22, December 22nd, RIM down again

Hi folks! For crying out loud, BlackBerry's are down again. Just spent the last little bit troubleshooting our servers and BlackBerries to find out that it's out of my control. Apparently RIM has been having issues with various features in the BlackBerry network such as email, BlackBerry...


December 17, 2009  4:43 PM

A Black Eye for BlackBerry



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BIS, BlackBerry, email, network down, network outage, outage, RIM

Hi folks! So today isn't a good day for RIM! It's also not a good day for customers, especially if you use BIS instead of BES. RIM is experiencing some network issues today that is affecting customers across North America. The issues are causing delays in emails for any customers on the BIS...


December 16, 2009  2:16 PM

BES 5 now supports Exchange 2010



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BES 5 SP1 MR1, BES 5.0, BlackBerry, Blackberry Enterprise Server, Exchange 2010 support, RIM

Hi folks, this just in, BES 5 now supports Exchange 2010! This is happening with Maintenance Release 1. Up until now people were limited to trying to find not so easy hacks to make this work and they would still run into lots of errors. Some people who were running Exchange 2003 and wanted to...


December 9, 2009  2:35 PM

Preparing for Cisco ONT exam



Posted by: Raj Perumal
642-845, Boson, Bryan Baize, ccie, ccnp, exam, ONT, preparation

Hi folks! Now it's time to start preparing for the Cisco ONT(642-845) exam! This is my last exam in the CCNP series (BSCI, BCMSN, ISCW, ONT). I suspect this next one will take just as much preparation as the previous ones. The difference with the ONT over the previous ISCW is that it doesn't...


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