The musings of an IT Consultant


November 30, 2011  11:55 PM

How safe is social networking?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with the proliferation of users using social networking, the most often question I get asked is how safe is it?

Well there are a few ways to look at this. One, you could end up posting something that you regret later and it can come back to bite you later on . Two, the social networking site you are using may use your private data in ways that you aren’t aware of basically putting your private details out there for people to see. Finally, three, quite a few social networking sites are direct targets of hackers and the information gathered is used in criminal situations such as identity theft in an effort to launch other crimes.

So what can you do? Well abstinence from social networking would obviously be the most effective method of security, but that isn’t always feasible. After all in today’s business world, more and more companies are turning to use it. If you decide not to opt in, you can be left standing out in the cold. So instead I would suggest joining in, but contributing the least amount of information possible, and highly restricting who has access to your information using in built controls in your site of choice. Also practice safe browsing practices by using highly secure browsers with the appropriate add-ons/plugins and surfing securely. Try to avoid using public computers for social networking because ¬†you never know when your login info can be compromised.

Follow these steps and you will have a much safer experience!

-RP

October 31, 2011  9:20 PM

Siri works on Iphone 4

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the iPhone 4S coolest feature by far has got to be Siri. The personal voice assistant.

Well for those of us in Canada maybe not so cool, because she can’t search Canadian locations. :) Anyways, apparently if you have a jailbroken phone you can port it over to your iPhone 4 and use Siri.

As interesting as this is, i don’t know why Apple just doesn’t release it for the iPhone 4 as a paid upgrade. I guess they figure they will sell more iPhone 4s’, if they do it the way they’re currently doing it.

-RP


October 31, 2011  9:16 PM

China builds a very fast supercomputer!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the latest in the technology world is that China built a 1 Petaflop supercomputer!

Apparently this supercomputer is the 15th fastest supercomputer in the world and it uses 8704 homegrown processors!

What’s cool about it is it’s low power consumption for what it is, and the fact that it’s not using Intel or AMD!

You can read more about it here.

-RP


October 31, 2011  9:12 PM

HP PSG

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you haven’t heard, HP is keeping PSG!

This is great news for companies that have bought into the HP strategy of being an all in one provider. HP has a long term outlook for it’s product lines and it’s nice to have one company you can go to for everything from enterprise to SMB.

When HP announced they might get rid of PSG, the IT community panicked, but it looks like cooler heads have prevailed and HP will be keeping PSG. It will be interesting to see how this affects the tablet market going forward.

-RP


October 31, 2011  9:10 PM

iPhone 4S

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the iPhone 4S is out! Lots of people have asked me if i’m going to get one.

I checked out some of my friends and co-workers phones and i’m going to say no to this. Not because it’s not a good phone, it’s great as a matter of fact. But in comparison to my iPhone 4 it’s not a big enough jump up in my opinion to warrant the hassle.

However for those of you with iPhone 3′s, i highly recommend the upgrade!

-RP


October 31, 2011  9:09 PM

iPhone BlackBox Battery Case

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So how many of you are having battery issues with your iPhone? Whether it is a 4 or a 4S, complaints abound of poor battery life.

If you’re like me, coming from the BlackBerry world, you were use to your phone running forever. And if you live by your phone like I do, you can’t possibly let it die out. The problem with the iPhone is you can’t carry a spare battery. So what do you do?

Enter the BlackBox Battery case! It’s a case with an integrated battery that allows you to turn it off and on at will with a little button on the back and an led read out that shows you how much juice you have left. It also enables you to charge with a regular cable instead of a proprietary iPhone cable.

I picked mine up on sale at Memory Express for just 20 bucks! They normally sell for about $59 canadian dollars, but i’m sure you can find a deal out there somewhere.

-RP


October 31, 2011  9:06 PM

Microsoft Lync FTW!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So what has been the buzz in the collaboration world? Microsoft Lync!

I’ve spoken about it before, it’s a great product that allows you to do many things such as calling, IM, and video. What’s so great about it?

It’s easy to use! I find that compared to other products i’ve used of a similar nature, Lync is easy to just start using and get other people using. It tends to catch on quite quick in an organization and leaves all your contacts at your fingertips.

Next steps for Lync? We need to see more support for all the smartphones out there. This will go a long way to helping Lync’s penetration in the marketplace. I want to see an iPhone app!

-RP


October 31, 2011  9:00 PM

Another Successful Tech Day!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So yet another successful Technology Day for EPIC!

We had over 700 people registered to attend the event and around 500 people in actual attendance! It was a great day of education, collaboration, and innovation!

Make sure you set the date for the next Tech Day in your calendars which will be in April of next year. You can register at techday.ca.

Thanks to everyone who came out!

-Cheers, RP


October 31, 2011  8:58 PM

Mail Archiving, why aren’t you doing it?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Do you mail archive? You should be!

Why should you be doing this might you ask? Because when you send or receive a mail, if someone deletes it before backups run, you can lose that information (depending on what mail server software you use).

Mail archiving does a great job of intercepting mail as it flows and keeping an archival copy of it. There are many products out there you can use but one of my favorites in the small business world is GFI Mail Archiver.

Easy to install and configure and a decent price too. You can read more about it here.

-RP


October 31, 2011  8:53 PM

CCNA Voice Exam

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So I just wrote my CCNA Voice exam not that long ago and I passed!

This new exam covers CME and does a good job of acquainting you with the voice world and terminology. I do wish however that the exam was more in depth. But it seems Cisco reserved the in depth stuff for the CCVP, or CCNP Voice as it’s now called.

I think I will pursue the Voice QoS exam to delve a bit deeper into this subject area to complement my networking experience. The new exam number is 640-461.

-RP


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