The musings of an IT Consultant


July 31, 2012  10:24 PM

Job losses looming at RIM

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

In the wake of all the bad news at RIM, more is coming soon. Rumor has it that another 300 jobs will be lost before August 31st, RIM’s quarter end. RIM needs to do this to save money it is losing hand over fist to it’s competitors.

These losses are really going to hit RIM hard as they are going to be hard pressed to get things done without enough people to do it!

Apple and Google must be laughing all the way to the bank at this point. I really don’t see anything new from RIM being of any significance in the smart phone war at this point. I really hope RIM survives, but I really think they won’t unless they are bought out.

July 31, 2012  10:20 PM

SonicWALL ICSA Labs Enterprise Firewall Certified

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So a lot of people don’t realize that SonicWALL is considered one of the top firewalls with UTM capability in the world.

UTM is rapidly becoming the new standard by which all firewalls are judged. This capability is frequently referred to as next generation. Well SonicWALL has now taken it a step further by becoming the first company to get ICSA Enterprise Firewall certified.

SonicWALL not only holds that title but is also considered the fastest UTM firewall on the planet. If you’re looking for great firewall protection and a reasonable price point, you should give SonicWALL a fair shake.

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:15 PM

New Version of Chanalyzer Pro

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know I’m a big fan of MetaGeek’s Chanalyzer Pro software for wireless spectrum analysis. It is a fantastic tool at a great price to scan your wireless networks for interference.

This software coupled with the WiSpy hardware from MetaGeek makes for an integral part of any wifi network engineers toolkit! Well now MetaGeek has released a new version of Chanalyzer Pro with new features!

Some of the new features include extra filtering capabilities and better device finder abilities. If you want to know more, you can read their blog here!

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:11 PM

HTC One X Wireless Issues

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, as you know I’ve had tons of wireless issues with my HTC One X smartphone. As time has gone on I’ve tried many things but have not been able to fix it.

One of the issues I’ve had is with my cellular connectivity not reconnecting even if it shows that I have full bars on my phone. I have to reboot the phone or turn on and off airplane mode just for the phone to work again.

Also my 802.11 ABGN connectivity is still having issues. The phone likes to stay connected to the first wireless network it sees and won’t let go even if i’m out of range. Hopefully HTC fixes my issues, I have a pending support call with them.

-RP


July 31, 2012  9:57 PM

Outlook.com

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So this just in, Microsoft has launched a new email service! This service is called Outlook.com and is not a revamp of Hotmail, but a whole net new service!

This service is poised to take on Gmail! If you haven’t yet, head on to outlook.com and sign up to get your username!

If you have a hotmail account and have been stubbornly sticking by Microsoft’s side all these years, now is the time to finally transition to a better state. The new interface is nice and clean and not chock full of crappy ads. You can read more here.

-RP


June 30, 2012  10:33 PM

SonicWALL wins in Network World’s Performance Tests

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So in a recent Network World report, SonicWALL ran away with the belt in a compare on performance.

SonicWALL’s SuperMassive firewall (their top tier firewall) destroyed the competion in SSL Decryption tests. It shined when performing decryption on a large amount of flows, but slowed down when relatively few flows were thrown at it. Network World surmised that this was due to the parallel architecture of the SuperMassive.

You can read more about the comparo here.

-RP


June 30, 2012  10:25 PM

Centralized Wireless in the Small Business Space

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So you have a small business and you find that your home based wireless router you bought from Best Buy just doesn’t cut it? It might be time to upgrade.

Money can be tight in a small business environment, you have to spend your IT dollars wisely. However wireless isn’t going away anytime soon. More and more, people are beginning to rely on their WiFi network for daily tasks. With the plethora of iPhones, iPads, Android tablets and smartphones out there you are going to eventually need to provide stable WiFi access to your staff.

At this point you might want to look into an enterprise wireless solution at a cheap price point. Many wireless vendors offer lower end solutions that can fit a small business’ IT budget.

If you have a chance, check out Meru Networks and their MC1500 controller along with their 1000 series access points. If you’re already virtualized, check out Meru’s virtual controllers that can run as a virtual machine instead, you’ll save money and take advantage of your VMware environment! Once your WiFi network is deployed, your employees will thank you for it!

-RP


June 30, 2012  10:20 PM

Great switch for home use

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you looking to setup a computer lab at home for training, things can get quite expensive. For example, the need for a managed poe switch in a home lab these days is pretty much a requirement.

Where can you find something that is small enough for home use, can do vans, and have poe capability with gigabit speeds for a good price? Well Netgear makes some great low end products that are just fine for a home use lab. In particular I like the GS108PE switch.

This is an 8 port gigabit POE switch that allows you to do vlans in a limited fashion. You’re allowed to have vlans numbered from 1 through 8 only, but this is more than enough for testing in a lab environment. The best part? The switch is dirt cheap. You can easily find it for $150 CAD online.

-RP


June 30, 2012  9:46 PM

No Flash Player Support in Jelly Bean

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Apparently Adobe will not be supporting Flash Player in Jelly Bean. Adobe announced a long time ago that they were considering this and are now making good on their announcement.

As you upgrade from ICS to Jelly Bean they are recommending uninstalling flash player. It looks like the future looks great for HTML 5 and that Flash will eventually go the way of the dodo.

You can read more here.

-RP


June 30, 2012  9:42 PM

Free Netflow Monitoring

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Do you need to monitor netflow in your environment but aren’t ready to pay for it? Well you have many options. I will highlight two of them here.

You can use Plixer’s free product called Scrutinizer which will hold 24 hours of data, or you can use SolarWinds NPM and NTA in a fully functional 30 day trial. Either way you will be able to get the data you need to quickly troubleshoot issues.

While free, I highly recommend you purchase the product you are more comfortable with as you will unlock great features and the ability to keep historical records of your network.

-RP


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