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September 8, 2008  7:51 PM

Technology Can’t Solve Everything



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department

Last week there was quite an uproar over an Ad Agency HR executive accidentally sending out an e-mail to their entire staff divulging news of upcoming layoffs. It's an excellent example of how an honest mistake can cause a...

September 2, 2008  1:43 AM

Macs to Double Marketshare by 2011?



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Macintosh

A Gartner study from earlier this year predicts that Apple will double the marketshare of the Macintosh by 2011. Despite my own reluctance to move onto the Mac for my day-to-day machine, I'm inclined to...


August 28, 2008  2:21 AM

Not Converting to the Mac



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department

I've decided to end my attempt to convert to the Mac, but not necessarily because it didn't work. I've been using a MacBook Pro as my primary machine for about a month now, but I've decided to return to a PC. The reason I'm going back is that I was spending way too much of my time on the PC side...


August 22, 2008  7:08 PM

Keeping Users Out of FaceBook – I Don’t Think So



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT Policy, Web 2.0

This is another great example of why IT in Advertising is unique. One of the biggest challenges facing us in Advertising is educating our users, a group of marketing and creative executives, in the new world of digital media. When you've got a group of individuals who desparately need to learn...


August 18, 2008  3:54 PM

Storm Preparations



Posted by: JohnWilder
Backup, Disaster Preparedness/Recovery, Storage

As Hurricane Fay approaches the Florida today, we're rapidly making plans to insure our Sarasota office is prepared. This is something of a new twist for us, because Upstate NY companies typically don't have to worry too much about hurricanes. One thing our preparations have highlighted is our data...


August 13, 2008  2:46 AM

IT in the Ad Biz, Take 2



Posted by: JohnWilder
Blogging, IT department

When I started this blog several months ago, I did so with the premise that IT in the Advertising business was a somewhat unique niche. I suggested that the people and the nature of our business, our use of two platforms, and our insatiable need for bandwidth and disk space make our version of IT...


August 7, 2008  5:13 PM

Dual Platform Issues



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Virtualization

Yesterday wasn't a great day in my migration to the Mac platform. I was doing a couple things yesterday which seemed to present some challenges for a dual-platform machine, and it highlighted some of the difficulties this presents. While these difficulties are manageable (but no less frustrating)...


August 4, 2008  8:33 PM

User Feedback via Company Blogs



Posted by: JohnWilder
Blogging, IT department, IT Policy

We had an interesting post on our company blog (internal) today. It was a very negative post regarding Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac. We're not particularly heavy users of PowerPoint on the Mac platform, so I'm not terribly concerned about the perceptions regarding this particular product,...


August 4, 2008  1:15 AM

Virtualization and the Mac



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, Virtualization

As I mentioned in my previous post I'm in the midst of migrating to a MacBook Pro for my day-to-day computer, and virtualization is a big part of my making the move. I'm running VMWare's Fusion, and it's helping make the transition easier by keeping some of my Windows apps close by. As a company,...


July 31, 2008  4:02 PM

Migrating to a Mac?



Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, Virtualization

A few years ago I spoke at an IT in the Advertising Business event, and I made the case that IT Directors in this business really need to live in both worlds. I suggested that we should have both Windows and Mac platforms on our desks, and that we should use them both on a daily basis. I still...


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