The musings of an IT Consultant


November 14, 2013  1:53 PM

Cisco Share Scare



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So Cisco’s shares have dropped around 13 percent after news surfaced regarding their current quarter.

Due to Cisco’s warnings of a revenue decrease due to emerging markets. Much of this has to do with lower sales to telecoms and other providers.

Hopefully Cisco can turn this around and get back to regular business in the next quarter.

-RP

November 14, 2013  1:50 PM

Pfizer is moving away from BlackBerry



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So in the latest bad news for BlackBerry, another huge company has decided to jump ship.

Pfizer the drug company has decided to move away from BlackBerry as their mobile platform. They have mentioned BlackBerry’s volatile state as the reason. I can’t say I blame them, but it is unfortunate.

Hopefully the great minds at BlackBerry can figure a way out of this mess.

-RP


November 5, 2013  9:59 PM

Cisco and OpenStack



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So for those of you that don’t know, Cisco UCS has come far in the past few years and is one of the best selling platforms out there on the market today.

Cisco has decided to take it even further by using OpenStack. Cisco has announced that they will have accelerator packs that work with OpenStack that allow users to easily deploy OpenStack on UCS platforms.

This is great news for cloud providers, and it should be interesting to see how this unfolds. You can read more here.

-RP


November 5, 2013  9:47 PM

The need for regular Security reviews



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So with all the news about security, I wanted to make a quick mention on some of the things we all should be doing on a regular basis.

It’s quite easy to fall into a false sense of security and assume your network is secure. Administrators can patch and backup regularly, and even put in the latest greatest equipment to secure their network. But don’t assume you’re safe.

Usually, the bad guys out there are 10 steps ahead of you waiting to take advantage of your false sense of security to breach your network. How do you stay ahead of them? Make sure you conduct regular security audits and make sure you don’t just install the latest greatest security hardware and software, but you also analyze and examine the logs these technologies produce.

After all, you can have all the information in the world, but if you don’t analyze it and produce meaningful data from it, you’re still just as vulnerable! If this doesn’t sit in your wheelhouse, I encourage you to reach out to a reputable security firm who can provide this type of expertise to you to help you out!

-RP


November 4, 2013  1:46 PM

BlackBerry no longer for sale, Thorsten Heins Replaced



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So BlackBerry is no longer for sale. The folks there have decided to keep it all in house and replace the CEO instead.

Word on the street is that they will raise $1 billion dollars and replace Heins with John Chen. Time will tell if this is a wise move.

-RP


November 1, 2013  9:20 PM

A quick and easy way to use wifi securely!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So using public wifi hotspots has become more common in this day and age. Everywhere you go you can find free wifi of some sort.

But how do you secure against somebody listening in to what you’re doing? How can you protect yourself against someone gathering information on you?

Well there is one quick and easy way to secure yourself. Setup a VPN tunnel back to another location like home or the office and browse through that connection. Typically you would setup a VPN connection with no split tunnelling so all your traffic is piped through back to the site your vpn terminates at. This way all of your traffic is encrypted in the vpn and someone can’t snoop on you.

As long as you have the capability to easily establish this vpn tunnel, you are good to go!

-RP


October 31, 2013  8:39 PM

Evernote



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So I’ve been using Evernote for quite some time now and I have to say I’m still loving the app!

Why do I like Evernote so much? It’s essentially the same experience on every platform, with a native client for every major OS. Evernote is also extremely searchable with even the ability to search within PDFs.

I also like the ability for notes collaboration with other users, and the constant syncing with the cloud. Evernote also has a host of 3rd party apps that support integration with Evernote.

You can read more here.

-RP


October 31, 2013  5:08 AM

EPIC Technology Day



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So EPIC Technology Day was a great success! Thank you to all the customers and vendors that came out to support us!

EPIC showcased various solutions, and this tech day was one of the largest tech days yet! If you are interested in any deep dive technical sessions on what you saw, please contact me and we can arrange it.

You can read more here.

-RP


October 30, 2013  6:13 AM

BlackBerry and Facebook



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! So BlackBerry and Facebook apparently met. Reports say that executives traveled to California to meet with Facebook.

The details of the discussion aren’t known, but it has been speculated that Facebook may have been entertaining purchasing BlackBerry in some shape or form.

Stay tuned for more details.

-RP


October 29, 2013  6:09 AM

BlackBerry Layoffs Again



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IT consultant

Hi folks! Looks like more bad news for BlackBerry employees.

Another round of layoffs have been announced. This will cause a loss of 4500 jobs. Out of those, 300 of those jobs are in Waterloo. The smartphone maker is unfortunately continuing to bleed.

Here’s hoping there is something that can be done to save this once great company.

-RP


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