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April 28, 2011  6:27 AM

Featured Member: Chippy088

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Today’s featured member is a pretty familiar face around IT Knowledge Exchange. Chippy088 has the badges, cogs, and knowledge points to show for his hard work and great help around the community. He’s his own boss, owning and running a small company that designs and manages infrastructure projects in the UK.

Has David solved your IT problem in the forums recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

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Are you looking for a spiffy badge?

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

April 27, 2011  3:49 PM

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April 26, 2011  6:25 PM

Make like Dog and hunt those bounties!

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You’ve probably heard by now, but IT Knowledge Exchange has a new contest happening RIGHT NOW until May 31, 2011. Since the winners are chosen by their knowledge point earnings between April 25 and May 31, you’ll want to pay close attention to all of your opportunities to earn points around the site.

There are, of course, the usual ways: Asking IT questions, answering IT questions, and getting your IT answers approved! Then there are more fun, interactive ways to earn points, namely: Open IT Forum questions. These questions are usually based on the monthly theme or a timely tech topic, and are usually general enough for anyone in the IT community to offer an opinion on. For all of your chances to join discussions and earn knowledge points, check out the newest IT Answers tag Knowledge Point Bounty for the ever-growing list.

Good luck in the contest, and keep racking up those points!


April 26, 2011  6:56 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: April 26, 2011

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Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions for the latest problems plaguing your fellow IT Knowledge Exchangers and the answers that are helping them pull through. Throw your two-cents in and earn points to help you in our latest contest!

1. Check out the question and its approved answer (from DavidMichel) regarding restoring LTO3 tape without the application that backed it up.

2. Mrdenny gave some pointers for clearing Internet Explorer 9′s cache across the network.

3. Share your opinions about how to improve the IT Knowledge Exchange community and help rid it of spam by commenting on BigKat’s discussion.

4. Rechil and Saturno recommended some programs that might work better for a user wanting to push out Microsoft Security Essentials to an entire network.

5. Did you test out Mrdenny’s suggestion for using the database name while creating the role.
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April 26, 2011  6:44 AM

Featured Member: Labnuke99

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Today’s featured member, Labnuke99, has been a part of the community for some time now. His array of badges and cogs are proof that he’s always willing to help out his fellow IT Knowledge Exchange members. Troy was a US Navy Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Technician who enjoys origami in his free time. He’s also on Twitter as @labnuke. A little bit more about Troy, in his own words:

I am an IT Manager at an organization which designs, manufactures and sells a broad line of electronic components and electronic assemblies, primarily serving the electronic needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). I provide day to day support for international and domestic data network and security.

If Labnuke99 has provided the solution to one of your IT problems, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

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We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


April 25, 2011  10:00 AM

Not your average IT Knowledge Exchange contest

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Today marks the beginning of IT Knowledge Exchange’s latest contest. Many of the usual rules apply, but this time there are way more chances to win: Ten, to be exact.

The Details

  • The top 10 knowledge point earners between today, April 25, 2011, and Tuesday, May 31, 2011, will each receive one (1) Amazon.com gift card for $100.
  • All answers, discussions, questions, and bounty participation is subject to review of the IT Knowledge Exchange editors, and posting questionable or irrelevant content may result in removal of knowledge points or disqualification from the contest.

Ways to Pull Ahead

  • Ask quality questions! Just because an IT obstacle has you stumped, that’s no reason to hang your head in shame. Head over to the forums and ask your IT question! When one of the community members nails your problem on its head, be sure to approve the answer and pay the knowledge forward.
  • Answer IT questions! Is work going smoothly? No catastrophic tech-urrences to threaten your data center or, worse, your job? Well, take some of that downtime and build up a bit more tech karma by spreading your IT knowledge around the community. Browse the unanswered questions or ongoing discussions to see where you can lend your expertise.
  • Take advantage of bountiful bounties! Despite the horrific puns, bounties can be the fastest – and funnest – way to pull ahead in the competition. Keep an eye on the community newsletter every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as the What’s New? Boxes on the right side of home pages for the latest way to rack up knowledge points.

Questions?

Ask your questions about the contest in the comments section or send me an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


April 21, 2011  6:17 AM

Featured Member: Wpoulin

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Bill Poulin, or Wpoulin, recently left his 30-year stint of being an IT director at a college to work as a Systems Administrator for the state of New Hampshire. He works with an IBM Power 6 server with three LPARs at the Department of Revenue Administration. He’s active in other communities, managing the Attendee Mailing List database and serving on the Registration Committee of the Northeast User Groups Conference.

Has Wpoulin answered one of your IT questions recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


April 21, 2011  6:05 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 21, 2011

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Don’t have time to scour tech blogs day after day? Check out the cream of the crop – the IT Blog Top 10 – as chosen by your fellow IT Knowledge Exchange members. Don’t see your favorite IT blog post? Leave us a note in the comments section about which posts also deserve your undivided attention.

1. The storage industry gets political: When shouldn’t you destroy hard drives? Ask Mike Huckabee.

2. Ubuntu’s learning that you can’t win them all, as Ubuntu 11.04 beta testers are divided over Unity.

3. After almost a decade, a massive Coreflood botnet is shut down by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.

4. The tablet war is a serious and strategic one, which makes it doubly unfortunate that RIM appears to have botched its PlayBook launch.

5. VMware Fusion 4 beta testing has begun. Did you get an invite?
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April 19, 2011  6:56 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: April 19, 2011

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Keep an eye on this week’s most-watched IT questions! Check out the popular discussions, get answers, and contribute where you can. Scroll down for a way to earn 100 knowledge points.

1. Wondering if Windows Server 2000 supports Integration Services Hyper-V VSS writer? Check out what mrdenny had to say.

2. If you’re choosing between disks for storage virtualization – SAS over SATA? – check out the community’s discussion on the subject.

3. Mrdenny had some ideas for how virtualization might change your storage needs.

4. TomLiotta and Mrdenny sparked the discussion on how much stronger CPU is these days.

5. Mrdenny, Kccrosser, and Darryn had some ideas of why a user might be experiencing a slow response with SQL server over a network.
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April 19, 2011  6:04 AM

Featured Member: Pick your own!

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It’s true, IT Knowledge Exchange wouldn’t be as valuable as it is without all of you sharing your knowledge and expertise with the community. We fully appreciate your swapping stories and information to help out your fellow IT pro. To show this, we’re always trying to make it worth your while, whether through giveaways, knowledge points, badges, IT Knowledge Exchange swag, or some good old TLC.

That said, we want to hear from you: Cast your vote for a member who you find to be a particularly helpful answerer or exceptional asker. Enjoy a member blog? Let us know what you like about them so we can feature their talents! If your pick is chosen to be featured, you will receive 100 knowledge points.

Let us know who you’d like to see highlighted in the comments section of this post or by emailing me directly at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


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