The musings of an IT Consultant


June 30, 2011  8:50 PM

Spam on the decline

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So here is a problem all email users have – SPAM!

Well apparently spam is on the decline, and the world is better off for it. However people are wondering why this is. Apparently our spam detection mechanisms are way better than they were years ago. This makes logical sense as we have lots of data to work with to build proper detection engines.

The question is, are the spammers giving up to? If they see this as a less lucrative scheme, they might stop spamming in droves to go to some easier scheme. Also user education is much farther along than it was years ago and that must be helping too. Most users know how to recognize spam and not fall for some of the schemes that are perpetrated out there.

So way to  go users, keep on anti-spamming! :)

-RP

June 30, 2011  8:46 PM

Outages in the cloud

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So Microsoft is taking an interesting approach to Office 365 slas.

They are offering customers money back if there is a certain amount of down time. A lot of people on the Internet are making fun of them for that, but I on the other hand think this is a great idea.

Why? Because outages are inevitable. You can build in redundancy to your heart’s desire but at the end of the day there is still the human factor and humans aren’t perfect. All it takes is for some network admin to type something in wrong and the whole house comes crashing down. That is a reality and I applaud Microsoft’s approach to at least trying to ease the burden to their customers.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:42 PM

Office 365!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So Microsoft’s latest cloud offering just launched!

It’s called Office 365 and it’s a great idea! For those businesses or home users that have no need for owning their own license that they install on their computers, this makes a lot of sense.

You can use Office 365 from various machines and access your items in the cloud. As long as you are ok with the inherent security risks that go along with the cloud then this is definitely a no brainer. People will be more likely to do this with a big name like “Microsoft” behind it.

For 6 bucks a user per month the price is right!

You can read more about it here.

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:38 PM

Microsoft Lync

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you have a chance, take a look at the features of Microsoft Lync.

This is Microsoft’s foray into the unified collaboration/communications space! Microsoft decided they wanted to join the game and this is what they have come up with.

Apparently Microsoft uses Lync internally so props to them for eating their own dogfood. I for one am very interested in this product and hope to see great things from it as the product matures. Right now it looks like a great fit in the SMB space!

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:31 PM

SSD drives for the win!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So is your computer slow? Do you hate the boot times your computer brings? Then what are you waiting for, buy an SSD drive!

SSD’s biggest barrier to entry in the mainstream has been cost. People don’t want to shell out lots of money for a hard drive when they can just buy a regular drive for cheap. But then they go and complain about the speed.

I think most people that aren’t in the computer field don’t understand that they can buy a very tiny SSD drive for cheap just as a boot drive, and then use a regular drive for their data! If you just do that, you will thank me for it! You computer will fly like it’s never flown before!

My SSD drive of choice is the OCZ Vertex 2, I love that drive!

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:26 PM

Microsoft to buy RIM?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with RIM’s troubles, rumours abound of a buyout!

The latest word on the street is that Microsoft is kicking the tires to see if RIM is worth buying. Here is a purchase I would love to see! I think if this happened, Microsoft to give to RIM something they don’t have. Which is strategic vision.

Then Microsoft can integrate the best of BlackBerry technology into their own devices and present a mobile platform worthy to compete with iPhone and Android. Here’s hoping this rumour is true!

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:23 PM

MySpace is sold

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So another social networking social site has been sold. News Corp finally decided to sell MySpace. They sold it for much less than they bought it for.

This is no big surprise, since Facebook currently rules the roost. Not to say that MySpace didn’t have it’s place. It helped kick off the social networking era. MySpace will probably go the way of the dodo and if RIM isn’t careful they will follow in MySpace’s footsteps.

People love the Facebook experience and if other sites want to compete, they are going to have to step up their game!

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:19 PM

Sega too?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! It seems like big companies are dropping like flies in the wake of security attacks across the globe!

First Sony, now Sega? Apparently 1.3 million people were affected by the attack at Sega! This begs the question, what the heck are companies doing about security? Why is this happening so much?

I think this largely happens because people adopt a wait and see approach about patching and don’t patch until it’s too late. People also  tend to think it will never happen to them. I think in this day and age everyone should be mindful about computer security and step it up a notch!

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:16 PM

Save your life with a smartphone!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Now this is just cool! Apparently doctors have used smartphones to help save lives!

As most of you smartphone users know, smartphones are great devices for taking pictures and sending them in a flash! As they say the best camera to have is the one you have readily available when you need to take a picture.

Apparently during an operation for someone, the doctors needed to consult with other doctors and used the smartphone to take pictures of the patient and send them to other colleagues to get valuable advice during the operation. This saved valuable time and saved the person’s life!

Read more here.

-RP


June 30, 2011  8:12 PM

Split CEO and Chairman roles

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so as you have probably read in the news RIM is having a whole host of troubles.

Investors are calling for a split in roles for the head honchos and I couldn’t agree more. Without a clearly defined leader, this just leads to confusion for the staff of RIM.

They need to appoint a dedicated CEO and create a dedicated vision that is different than what they have now. Otherwise RIM will just continue to sink.

Read more here.

-RP


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