In the beginning, there was IT Answers. But as we all know, the IT Knowledge Exchange community has grown well beyond Q&A to include activity of all types, with our members discussing the latest tech industry news, publishing blog posts on everything from cloud computing to Chromecast, interacting with TechTarget editors and experts and, yes, asking and answering technical questions.
It’s about time we had a site that really features all that activity and growth. Today, I’m pleased to tell you we have one. If you haven’t already, check out the new IT Knowledge Exchange homepage at http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com.
The first thing you should notice (well, aside from the welcome box, which you can close and never see again as long as you’re logged in) is that the URL stays there – no more redirection to the IT Answers section. Update your bookmarks accordingly! Now you will find all the latest community activity in one place. We’re surfacing the latest and greatest items (and people!) so that you can quickly find what you want, or stumble across something you didn’t even know what you were looking for.
Some new things you can (and should) do now as you explore the updated site:
– Edit your profile. One thing you’ll probably notice is a lot of pictures; we’re plastering your expert mugs across the new homepage, on questions and in discussions. So you’ll want to make sure you have a good picture to go along with your profile. To make that change, click on your username in the header on any page.
– Keep an eye on activity. The main section on the homepage features the most recent activity in each of our main content areas (Q&A, Discussions, Blogs) as well as some featured users. Don’t be surprised if you see your face there occasionally. This section will update as fresh content comes in, so you can always check here for new stuff. Further down the page, you’ll find sections for Q&A and Discussions with longer lists of content. Click into any section title to view the full page for that section, which features even more recent content (your familiar lists will be here).
– Follow topics. Topics and tags are key ways that we categorize and filter all of the content in the community , so if you’ve got a specific interest, make sure to subscribe to that tag to get updates in your inbox. You can find the list of topics on the homepage, under Tags in the main menu, or on any individual question or discussion page.
– Start your own threads. Of course, it’s not just about seeing what’s already on the site. IT Knowledge Exchange has always been about taking action, and you’ll find handy widgets where you can add your own questions or start your own discussions throughout the site, on the homepage and on various landing pages.
– Read our blogs. The most recent blog posts in our network will be featured on the homepage, but you can head to the redesigned Blogs page as well to view our full list of blogs and recent posts, now more easily accessible than ever before. Each blog will include a label denoting it as an editorial, member or vendor blog.
That’s a quick tour of our new site – I’m really curious to hear your thoughts and get your feedback on what else you’d like to see. Add comments below or email me at email@example.com or Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As we head into the “second round” of our May giveaway contest, we have a new leader! Once again, Genderhayes has made the move into first place with many users still in the hunt. As of today, here are the updated standings:
- Genderhayes: 550 points
- ToddN2000: 265 points
- CharlieBrowne: 195 points
But don’t worry everyone, we still have an entire half month to go! And to help get you started on accumulating those points, here are some of the top discussions on ITKE.
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Who’s leading the rankings? That’s what many users are wondering about when it comes to our May giveaway contest. So far, we have three users leading the way. Here are the standings:
- ToddN2000: 185 points
- GenderHayes: 140 points
- CharlieBrowne: 90 points
But remember, three users (not one) will get an Amazon gift card so there’s still plenty of time left. How can you continue piling up those points? Simple….take a look at our questions, discussions and blog posts.
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Here at IT Knowledge Exchange, we wanted to present you with an opportunity to be a part of our new referral program. Here’s the way it works: If you recruit a co-worker or friend (with IT experience) to ITKE and they reach 1,000 points, you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Sounds to good to be true, right? Well, all you have to do is send me an email with the person’s username and when they reach the thousand point mark, you will receive your gift card! So, get recruiting!
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Between Heartbleed and the Windows 8.1 spring update, the IT world had its share of breaking news and our bloggers kept you up to date on all the information surrounding these issues in April’s top blog posts.
- MS relents on Win 8.1 Update application timing – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Win 8.1 spring update on MSDN – Ed Tittel (Windows Enteprise Desktop)
- Fear and loathing in Cloudvegas – Brian Gracely (From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise)
- Installing MSDN’s Windows 8.1 Update 1 – Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Distributing Windows 8.1 update with WSUS? Not so fast – Jeremy Stanley (The Windows Server Notebook)
- Huesser on NoEstimates – Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- VMware products added to the list of Heartbleed victims – Nick Martin (The Virtualization Room)
- California government officials get gigantic open records loophole – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- VMware NFS bug strikes vSphere 5.5 Update 1 users – Colin Steele (The Virtualization Room)
- So what’s the deal with the OpenText-Box lawsuit, anyway? – Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
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Remember back at the end of March when we said there would be another contest coming up very soon? Well here it comes as we present our second giveaway of the year but we’re adding a twist this month. Instead of one winner, we will have three! Here’s how it will work:
- First Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card
- Second Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
- Third Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card
The same rules apply so make sure to tackle all of what IT Knowledge Exchange has to offer: Questions & Answers, Discussions and Blogs. Remember…the more points you earn, the better chance you have of winning. And I will keep everyone updated on who’s leading the race each week. Good Luck!
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The IT world (and the world in general) has been abuzz over the Heartbleed bug that may have affected over 500,000 Internet sites. To help you keep up with all the news, information, and fallout from the bug, we’ve gathered all the cruical information you need to know about Heartbleed.
What’s this all about?
- OpenSSL vulnerability ‘Heartbleed’ may have exposed encrypted traffic – The researchers who discovered the ‘Heartbleed’ OpenSSL vulnerability say it could have exposed encrypted Internet traffic for millions of systems.
- ‘Heartbleed’ bug strikes, personal identifiable information bleeds out – It’s not just about websites; Heartbleed could affect all sorts of systems, from cable boxes to IT equipment (and they could’ve been vulnerable for more than two years).
Who’s been affected so far?
- Mumsnet becomes first known UK victim of Heartbleed bug – The parenting website Mumsnet became the first known UK victim of the Heartbleed bug after the site believed hackers could steal passwords and messages from its 1.5 million users.
- Cisco and Juniper warn of products hit by Heartbleed bug – Cisco and Juniper have issued security bulletins warning that some of their products are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.
- Canada Revenue agency reports Heartbleed data theft – The Canada Revenue Agency reports that attackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug have stolen the social insurance numbers of 900 Canadians from the agency’s website.
- The Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability may pose risk to Android users – Millions of Android devices may be vulnerable to the bug, but experts say the actual risk to Android users remains unclear at this stage.
What has been done to respond?
- The Heartbleed genie is out of the bottle – now what? – Now that the details of Heartbleed are public, anyone can use it against vulnerable servers. What should be done?
- Heartbleed repairs threaten to cripple the Internet – The internet could slow to a crawl as companies scramble to fix the Heartbleed bug, security experts warn.
- ‘Heartbleed’ OpenSSL vulnerability: A slow-motion train wreck – As organizations continue their efforts on repairing the “Heartbleed” OpenSSL vulnerability, one security expert believes the extent of the damage done won’t be known for quite some time.
- Heartbleed denial reveals loophole for NSA spying – Even though the NSA has denial allegations that it knew of or exploited the Heartbleed bug, government officials revealed a loophole that would allow for such actions.
- Both attackers, researchers exploit Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability – Proving the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability can be exploited in the wild, two organizations say attackers have used it to glean sensitive data.
- Tests prove Heartbleed bug exposes OpenVPN private keys – More exploits confirmed, this time with VPN servers running the OpenVPN application.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in the discussions below:
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Post-it notes: the future of data storage? That’s the topic of our top blog post for the month of March. Come check out the top stories and share your thoughts with the community.
- ‘dataSTICKIES’? Sure! Let’s store 32 GB of data on a strip of scotch tape! by Sharon Fisher (Yottabytes: Storage and Disaster Recovery)
- On tech safety by Matt Heusser (Uncharted Waters)
- NetApp plans more cuts as market share drops by Dave Raffo (Storage Soup)
- Learning cloud has never been easier by Brian Gracely (From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise)
- Microsoft, Nokia and the struggle for marketshare by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- The communication deficit in the airline industry by Denny Cherry (SQL Server with Mr. Denny)
- Win 8.1 Update 1 released to mfgrs (RTM) by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Microsoft finally readies Office for iPad…two years too late by Ron Miller (View From Above)
- Windows 8.1 spring 2014 update files “leak” by Ed Tittel (Windows Enterprise Desktop)
- Tintri moves into VMware’s vSphere by Dave Raffo (Storage Soup)
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Ladies and gentlemen…we have a winner! After a grueling month of answering questions, commenting on discussions, and posting blog comments, ITKE user Genderhayes has won the $100 Amazon gift card with a whopping 2,115 points. Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway and look out for our next contest in May (HINT: It may have a “discussion” type feel to it).
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Heading into the final round of our giveaway contest, we have a new leader! ITKE user Genderhayes has made a charging run at the leaders and is winning as of today. Here are the current standings:
- Genderhayes: 1,115 points
- CharlieBrowne: 955 points
- Subhendu Sen: 500 points
- AndreaF: 450 points
- Jinteik: 405 points