The musings of an IT Consultant

October 31, 2011  8:50 PM

Motorola cutting 800 jobs

Posted by: Raj Perumal
800 jobs, cut, Google, Motorola

Hi folks! So once again more jobs are cut in the technology world. This time it’s Motorola that is stepping up to the plate.

One can only assume they are getting ready for Googlefication. The total amount of employees at Motorola is 17,000.

Now the question is, how many more jobs will be cut if this deal goes through.

You can read more about it here.


October 31, 2011  8:46 PM

RIM facing lawsuits over outage

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry, lawsuit, outage, RIM

Hi folks, unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the outage at RIM. For those of you in the IT support business, you had a few harrowing days where customers were ticked off because of the RIM situation.

It’s outages like this that are going to cause customers to go in droves over to Android, or iPhone and RIM really needs to give it’s head a shake.

Now there is a Canadian lawsuit which has been filed against RIM for the outage. This does not bode will for the company.

You can read more about it here.


October 6, 2011  1:48 AM

Rest in peace Steve

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Apple, Dies, passed away, Steve Jobs

Hi folks, it’s with great sadness that I report that Steve Jobs has passed away. Whether you loved Apple or not, I think everyone can agree he was a great man and had a profound effect on not just the IT world, but the entire world.

I for one will miss him lots as he was such a visionary and a great man. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

Rest in peace Steve, you will be greatly missed.


September 30, 2011  11:51 PM

Is your Internet as fast as you think it is?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
bandwidth monitoring, network monitoring, Orion NPM, Solarwinds

Hi folks! Here’s a common problem with both home and business users. You pay for a certain amount of bandwidth and don’t realize you’re not getting what you have paid for.

How can you combat this? Well most ISP’s offer a speed testing web site where you can test this kind of thing out. But you can also use your own network monitoring tools to report on bandwidth to you. My favourite product to do this as I’ve mentioned before is SolarWinds Orion NPM with the Netflow add-on.

By monitoring this, you can make sure your ISP is not stiffing you. On the other side of things, you might be getting the bandwidth you need but maybe a user in your environment is hogging it all by using torrents or something similar. Another good reason to network monitor.


September 30, 2011  11:47 PM

Cheap online backup for home!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BackBlaze, online backup

Hi folks! So you have lots to backup and you don’t know where to back it up to?

If you’re like some people you backup to hard drive and then store that external hard drive off site or put it in a safety deposit box. Or maybe you don’t back up at all or just keep your copy on site? Not very good if your house catches on fire.

Well BackBlaze offers online storage and makes the whole process quite easy. They also have clients for Windows and Mac! The cost is only $3.96/month for unlimited storage too. That’s if you do a long term plan, but you can go month to month for $5/month.

In any case it’s great because if you have lots of data you need to restore they will ship you a DVD or hard drive with your data on it so you don’t need to wait to download it! They will charge you for the restoration that way but it’s quite affordable!

You can read more about it here.


September 30, 2011  11:44 PM

Microsoft Jump Start Training for Server Virtualization!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Microsoft Jump Start Training, Server Virtualization

Hi folks! So one of the complaints about virtualization is that training is so expensive.

People love to virtualize but now they have to teach a whole new set of skills to their staff. Well fear no longer, Microsoft is offering some great virtualization training right now! They are offering something they call Jump Start training which gives you an online class and then the exam included in the package. Apparently all of this for $99!

For those of you strapped for training dollars in your organization I suggest you bring this to your boss. If that’s not cheap, I don’t know what is!

You can see the offer here.


September 30, 2011  11:41 PM

Security hole in Samsung Galaxy S II!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BGR, bypass, Galaxy, lock screen, S II, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S II, security hole

Hi folks! So right in the middle of legal battles for Samsung and the release of the new Galaxy S II, Samsung gets another hit while they’re down. There’s apparently a security hole, and a big one at that.

BGR found the hole and apparently it has to do with the lock screen. The hole allows a user to bypass the lock screen on Android without having to enter the pattern.

You can read more about it here.


September 30, 2011  11:37 PM

EPIC Technology Day is coming!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
conference, EPIC Tech Day, Epic Technology Day, IT Event, Microsoft Tech Days, Tech day, Winnipeg

Hi folks! EPIC Technology day is here! Tech Day will be on Tuesday, October 25th. This year Microsoft has cancelled their conference in town and will be joining forces with EPIC in our own IT event!

As always please make sure you come and say hi to me if you decide to attend, you’ll find me roaming the floor speaking with all the attendees about technology.

You can read more about Techday at our new Tech Day web site. Please make sure you register and attend, it’s free!


September 30, 2011  11:33 PM

How many apps do you really need?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, Apple, Apps, iPhone, Marketplace, smartphone

Hi folks! So when we hear about the war between Apple and Android, the number of apps always seems to come up.

I don’t remember exact numbers, but I remember reading somewhere that Apple had over 350K apps and Android Marketplace had over 250K apps. At this point, does it really matter? Does that extra 100K apps that Apple has really make a difference?

I would think at this point that it doesn’t matter, and you probably aren’t going to use all those apps anyways. All the killer apps are probably out there and any new ones that crop up will probably be created in some shape or form for both platforms anyways.

So realistically speaking, I don’t think that should be the criteria people base their smartphone choice on between the two. Instead, look at all the other features and make your decision!

-Cheers, RP

September 30, 2011  11:30 PM

Battery life for smartphones

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, battery life, BlackBerry, iPhone, smartphones

Hi folks! So as you know, I used to be a huge BlackBerry fan and used the devices all of the time. Then I moved over to the iPhone and never looked back. I also have many friends that used Android based smartphones.

The biggest thing I have noticed outside of BlackBerries is the huge issue with battery life. I’m never sure what it is exactly that these other phones do that cause them to drain batteries so much more faster than BlackBerry devices but I have to say it’s annoying. Don’t get me wrong, there are a million and one ways to conserve power, but if you actually want to use all the features on your smartphone, it will die quickly.

I think it’s time for the industry to put some effort into research and development for batteries as opposed to the latest new features. Maybe then we can have an iPhone or an Android smartphone with long term battery life!


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