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Uncharted Waters by Matt Heusser

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From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today.


Of Trips and Project Planning

February 9, 2016 - (or: Getting to New York City) It was a short trip; in Tuesday, out Thursday. See a client, work out of their office a bit, go to a user group meetup, head home.  You’d think, by now, I would have this down pat. In some ways I did. All my tech and clothes in one...... READ MORE


  • A Last Hurrah: It's Been a Good Run, But...

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    Dear Readers:

    It’s been my great pleasure and privilege to have worked on this blog since August 4, 2008. Over that period, I’ve posted 782 times here (including this post) for an average of 11.5 posts per month. Considering that my target was 12 posts per month, but that life (and vacations) hav…READ MORE

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  • Modern Network Architecture: Work Place productivity

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    This last week I gave a presentation about CRM strategy.  After the presentation, there were some interesting comments made by the business owners in the group I thought might be interesting to both my technical and non-technical readers.  Specifically about business services workflows.  After a …READ MORE

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  • Is Anti-Virus Dead?

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    This is an interesting topic to discuss.  There’s still a lot of companies that enforce anti-virus procedures (and after working help desk I can see why).  However, is there an actually real need for it?  I proclaim not really.Anti-virus software in itself is a scare, in that they provide “facts”…READ MORE

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  • Word of the Day: FLAPE and FLOUD


    WhatIs Word of The Day

    Word of the Day

    Daily updates on the latest technology terms |January 7, 2015

    flape and floud

    FLAPE is an approach to tiered storage that relies on two storage technologies, flash plus tape.

    This ap…READ MORE

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  • Is IT Still Relevant?

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    When an inpatient business unit marketing manager with a credit card can stand up an instance of Salesforce in a matter of a few days, and many companies have long outsourced their daily IT operations, many business executives are questioning if a traditional centralized IT organization is the right…READ MORE

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  • Conferencing server did not respond error with Lync


    I set up a new Lync server, everything worked fine except for conferencing which would fail with the error “Conferencing server did not respond”.

    Enabling logging shows the following error

    A SIP request made by Communicator failed in an unexpected manner (status code 80ef025b). More informatio…READ MORE

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  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumors

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    Hi folks! So Samsung is another mobile company hoping to make a splash at MWC.

    In an effort to overshadow everyone else, rumor has it that Samsung will either announce or launch the Samsung Galaxy S5. If that’s the case it will probably completely drown out the annoucement of the Foxconn BlackBer…READ MORE

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  • New TIA 942-A standard published


    TIA 942 was published in 2005 and has been recently updated to 942-A with a variety of changes.  Most notable changes include the removal of category 3 and 5e for horizontal cabling (they are allowed for voice backbone only now), and an incorporation of 942-1 and 942-2 making 6A the minimum recomme…READ MORE

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  • Data center facilities equipment and design stats from Gartner conference


    At this week’s Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, research VP John Phelps asked users a series of questions about their data center facilities technologies. Here are some of the stats:

    What type of data center fire suppression system do you have?

    -Water sprinkler only 21%
    -Water…READ MORE

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  • Get a good deal on a great read with Amazon's new Kindle Countdown Deals program

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    If you are in the market for a bargain on a new book to consume your idle time, Amazon has a new service that might help you out. Amazon launched Kindle Countdown Deals today, which allows publishers to offer Kindle-exclusive titles with limited-time promotional pricing.

    With the Kindle Count…READ MORE

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  • Xerox gets it: The power of good content marketing


    I’ve been writing a fair amount about content marketing and related concepts, like native advertising, lately. Content marketing is the publication of material designed to promote a brand, usually through a more oblique and subtle approach than that of traditional push advertising. The esse…READ MORE

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  • Looking for a faster flash drive? Kangaru has the answer


    File transfer speed is always the name of the game and transferring files onto a faster flash drive is no exception. That’s where the Kanguru e-Flash drive really shines.

    The e-Flash drive is unique in that it has a USB connection on one end and an e-SATA connection on the other. In tests the e…READ MORE

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  • Amazon earnings disappoint, Juniper opens OpenFlow

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    Amazon’s third quarter earnings disappointed almost everyone, and the fact that there were so many different views about just what was disappointing makes it all the more challenging to analyze. Many said the profit picture was the problem; Amazon’s margins have been thin historically, and the…READ MORE

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  • Setup a WIKI on your network


    Smaller companies can’t afford sharepoint. But they can setup a  free WIKI that their employees can use pretty much in the same way as sharepoint.

    Are you running a WIKI? If so what product are you using and what are you using it for?

    Hit us up in the comments below and we will have a follow …READ MORE

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  • Gartner: Mainframers don't care about zEnterprise blades


    LAS VEGAS – zEnterprise (z196) may be doing well with its core audience according to Gartner Research VP  Mike Chuba, but reaction to the platform at Gartner was shaky, and the BladeCenter Extension flat-out negative.
    Chuba mentioned that IBM projects a strong Q4 on z196 sales, but an instant po…READ MORE

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  • PCI SSC's Bob Russo, Troy Leach discuss PCI DSS 3.0

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    On the eve of the release of PCI DSS 3.0, SearchSecurity spoke with Bob Russo, SSC general manager, and Troy Leach, SSC chief technology officer, about the most important changes in the new version of the standard that debuts Nov. 7, 2013. Russo and Leach also offer their perspective on the most imp…READ MORE

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  • Useful spam fighting technique


    Not a spam filter or any other server/client based tool but a simple temp email address generator that can help you keeping the real mailbox clean of spam!

    Check MeltMail and see how in a simple click you can create a temp email address that you can use for “note really important” things….READ MORE

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  • Visit the Security Corner

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    Here at ITKE we’re trying to enrich your experience and create even more relevant discussions. Therefore, I’m moving my posts over to the Security Corner blog for a bit to see if the additional posts and fun stuff that’s coming in from Ken Harthun make you smile.

    Find both of us over there for …READ MORE

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  • Saying so long to View from Above

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    Almost 3.5 years ago, I started writing this blog and today represents my last post. At the time, I wanted to explore the cloud-mobile connection, and I still believe to this day, that while each can exist on its own, they work so much better together. That much hasn’t changed since I wrote my first…READ MORE

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  • Taking the mystery out of colo and cloud terminology

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    When it comes to great crime thrillers set in colocation facilities, it’s tough to find one better than Michael Connelly’s “The Scarecrow.” It’s also difficult to find one that’s worse, mostly because no other books come to mind.

    It’s fair to say fiction writers have neglected the c…READ MORE

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