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“Tape is dead” is probably one of the most successful aphorisms in IT; it is oft repeated and also represents the triumph of a sound bite over reality. The truth is that the global tape market is in a state of very slow shrinkage, being eaten at by disk-based methods of storage, although in the …READ MORE
It can be very frustrating for IT managers and C-level executives to continuously see unified communications in the headlines, and apparently driving business communications and strategy, yet nobody seems to know what it even means. How do you adopt and implement such a thing?
A recent article in…READ MORE
Heard about SOC 3 and SysTrust | WebTrust, commonly known as the “Trust Services”? If not, you are about to start seeing SOC 3 reports surface, due in large part to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) extensive efforts in reshaping service organization reporting. In shor…READ MORE
Twenty-two Media & Entertainment IT professional filled the room at the Morton’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, CA for our first ever Media & Entertainment focused Storage dinner last month. Attendees came from major production companies and networks such as Megatrax, Lion Gate, Disn…READ MORE
You’re never safe in Enterprise IT. Just when you feel you’ve gotten a handle on the last hot topic you’re hit with another. SOA, BPM, Agile, ITIL; You feel like screaming “Enough!” but you know resistance is futile. Gartner have said it’s important so you know full well that you’ll be…READ MORE
The good news is we can handle these samples very easily. The first base64 looks like it will take a bit of work but the second one we can decode right now.
I just happen to have a perl script I wrote to do just the thing.
$new = …READ MORE
Technology deployment and associated management information systems can provide a competitive advantage as well as increased control requirements. Legal noncompliance risks are an irrefutable fact, where consequences range from significant financial penalties to the threat of damage to an entity’…READ MORE
Hitching your IT wagon to the cloud carries organization and personnel implications. This means the deployment of a cloud-based environment requires doing new things that are bound to cause initial discomfort.
This is certainly the case if you are one of those organizations with a sprawling IT depa…READ MORE
I re-visited a Gartner article dated September 2006. It says that Enterprise Architecture road maps can include more explicit life cycle information — showing, or example, the exit timings for technologies in addition to the adoption timing. They can show the overlap of change from older to newer …READ MORE
By now you’ve heard that Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, gave up all rights and claims to the name “Nutella”, the brand “Nutella”, any future exclusivity of its use in any way, shape or form, and admitted in open court “Ferrero no longer owns the Nutella brand, but that’s okay, no other brand, p…READ MORE
After spending four days at CA World in Las Vegas, The Techster is walking away thinking big: Big concepts, big ideas, big opportunities ahead and, perhaps best of all, big dreams. There is also the prospect of big sequester-inspired airport delays, but we’ll leave that subject for another time.
I had an interesting phone call recently with someone in a CISO-type position. They were looking for a consultant to help them keep a seat warm working with information security risk assessments and were hoping to find a resource with practical experience using the NIST 800-53 standard. It was t…READ MORE
I recently did my strength finders again …. after almost 3 years. Of the top 5…. 3 remained the same from last time. I am not surprised at all. Since I got into strength finders I have been focusing on my strengths at work and on many other fronts.
My strengths this time were
When you start Windows Update on your Windows 2008 R2 (or Windows 2008, or Windows 7) machine, you can see in the middle of the window it says “You receive updates: For Windows Only”.
Maybe it’s OK for somebody, but….not for me :).
If you have MS SQL Server or Exchange Server (or any other M…READ MORE
Email archiving is a common requirement for many different types of industries. When it comes to broker dealer compliance, FINRA is the regulator for this particular financial industry. And the email archiving requirements that FINRA has in place are very specific. Let’s look at some of the FINRA re…READ MORE
Facebook is one of the leading platforms where companies try their social media meddle in hopes of drawing followers to their brand or products. However, this is not as easy as posting articles on Facebook and the readers/purchasers will follow. Facebook is a highly competitive arena based aroun…READ MORE
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
Last week I was in Orlando at IBM Connect. I was able to see the new Blackberry10 get released . I was also able to play with it, touch it, and learn more about why it is the device that fits both of your worlds, fun and business. I can tell you it is a really neat device that is fast, and is a who…READ MORE
This is a slightly strange one to my thinking.
If you have a loaded event in a panel on a page, it will get fired multiple times.
This goes against the behaviour of a WPF application (or Winforms for that matter).
I don’t know if the same is true for an Asp.Net forms application, since I haven’…READ MORE
This November the Social Media World Forum will be landing in New York and we are giving you the chance to win an access all areas workshop pass and an invitation to the evening networking party.
What can you expect from #SMWF N. America?
SMWF North America will be providing a format for networking…READ MORE