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April 7, 2011  6:14 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 7, 2011

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This week’s IT Blog Top 10 fits nicely into April’s storage virtualization theme with a plethora of posts about VMware. Enjoy browsing the blog posts that won the hearts and eyes of the community this past week.

1. Ron Miller takes a moment to look back and chronicle how, one year later, the iPad has changed everything.

2. Brace yourself for notification emails from companies affected by the U.S. Bank vendor Epsilon Interactive getting hacked.

3. Everyone’s talking about the download numbers of Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4, but Wendy Schuchart wants to know if the Firefox 4 and IE9 releases are wreaking havoc on your old apps.

4. Ron Miller warns IT shops to get ready, since enterprise-friendly cell phones continue to lose market share, signaling a shift in what employees are equipping themselves with.

5. April Fool’s Day may be over, but this video of VMware CTO Herrod interviewing Chewbacca is great year-round.
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April 7, 2011  6:12 AM

Featured Member: Rickmcd

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Today’s featured member, Rickmcd, is an ex-air traffic controller with over 20 years’ experience in IBM Midrange Systems. He worked for IBM business partners for 7 years, upgrading, installing, and maintaining AS/400 and iSeries systems. Rick currently works as a Senior Technical Systems Admin, and he uses his knowledge to help out in the community, answering questions.

If Rick has solved one of your dilemmas 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 discussion area 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 5, 2011  6:39 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: April 5, 2011

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Looking for the questions around IT Knowledge Exchange that are getting the most attention? We’ve got them for you weekly in the most-watched IT questions. Maybe your latest IT riddle has already been answered by the community! Check them out…

1. Rechil, CharlieBrowne, Rakei, Jinteik, Sixball, and Davidmichel gave some sound advice to a member wondering how to achieve a Windows 7 backup without a software purchase: You get what you pay for.

2. Do you have any advice to add for a member looking to get a job in telecommunications?

3. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne helped a member create a group profile in iSeries, which turns out to be similar to creating an individual profile.

4. Dream team CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta give aid to a member wanting to delete records from a physical file outside a program.

5. TomLiotta, HMSSL2K, and CharlieBrowne talked it out with a member trying to find a user-related list of AS/400 libraries.
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April 5, 2011  6:21 AM

Featured Member: DanTheDane

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Today’s featured member, DanTheDane, has been a part of the community for some time now. He’s always willing to share his experience in RPG on IBM midrange systems with the rest of us. He is the owner of ADFO Danmark ApS, an IBM ISV, and lives in Denmark. The Featured Member badge is going alongside his Silver, Bronze, and AS/400 Genius badges.

Has DanTheDane helped you out 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 discussion area 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.


March 31, 2011  6:53 AM

Featured Member: Pjb0222

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Today’s featured member, Pjb0222, has been a part of the community for a while now. His expertise in Windows operating systems installations and configurations has earned him several badges: Networking, Microsoft Windows, and Windows Server Nerd, as well as the Silver and Bronze badges. For the past eight years, he has been working as a Windows client computing engineer, dealing with all imaginable aspects of Windows implementation and deployment.

Has Pjb0222 solved one of your IT mysteries? 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 discussion area 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.


March 31, 2011  6:44 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 31, 2011

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We’ve got some newcomers to the IT Blog Top 10 as well as our seasoned veterans. This week: Learn the difference between cloud and virtualization, SAN vs. DAS, and the real reasons behind MySpace’s failure.

1. Carl Brooks teaches a lesson: Learn the difference between virtualization and cloud computing. His pupil is Microsoft, who pointed to Target for private cloud but got it embarrassingly wrong.

2. It’s always embarrassing to get dumped in public, so it’s a shame that Ron Miller is publicly sharing last week’s Dear John letter from Nokia to Symbian Developers.

3. Ron Miller praises HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s recent bold moves in declaring HP’s (web)OS independence.

4. Mrdenny clears up some common misconceptions about SAN: What is faster, SAN or DAS (local disk), and most importantly, why?

5. Join Sulaiman Syed on his journey to learning to run Juniper with GNS3.
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March 29, 2011  6:35 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 29, 2011

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Keep up with the latest questions around IT Knowledge Exchange by taking note of the most-watched IT questions each week. If a question you asked makes the list, send me an email with the link to the community blog post where it is featured, and we’ll give you 50 knowledge points! If you approve the answer that solved your problem, we’ll give you an extra 25 knowledge points. So keep asking quality IT questions, providing those in-depth answers, and we’ll keep dishing out the rewards.

1. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta gave some pointers to a member wondering about the same file being used by two programs in a COBOL job.

2. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta are on the scene again, this time helping to figure out an AS/400 error.

3. CharlieBrowne and Teandy gave some help to a member trying to create a progress bar in RPGLE.

4. Who do you think helped Vatchy figuring out a way to list jobs in a job queue? You guessed it! CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta to the rescue!

5. There are some great suggestions and words of advice from the community in response to a member looking to back up Windows 7 without purchasing software.
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March 24, 2011  6:03 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 24, 2011

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

We’ve got some of our best tech bloggers in this week’s IT Blog Top 10. Give them a read, and let us know what you think in the comments section!

1. Ron Miller delivers all the essentials for a great blog post: Lyrics by The Clash and a declaration of independence. Check out HP’s declaration of (web)OS independence.

2. Perhaps it’s Carl Brooks’s use of the phrase “powdered unicorn horn” or maybe it’s just that he really knows his stuff, but his latest at The Troposphere is worth the read: Microsoft points to Target for private cloud but gets it embarrassingly wrong.

3. Leah Rosin wonders, “What’s in a name?” after the announcement that Ubuntu 11.04 is to have PC and server editions only.

4. Complete with video, Colin Steele announces that VMware vCenter iPad client is on the way.

5. You can try to predict the future, but the truth about the present is: EMC to sell VMware? Keep dreaming!
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March 24, 2011  6:01 AM

Featured Member: Orangehat

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Today’s featured member, Orangehat, has all kinds of experience, dating back 36 years: Starting in mainframes, he’s worked with Novell, Windows, Linux, and Unix. He also has an array of certifications, though not all of them are current anymore, from CNA to CNE, MCNE, CCNA, OCP, and more! No wonder he’s been able to make some valuable contributions to the community in the past few months. If Orangehat has helped solve one of your dilemmas, 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 discussion area 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.


March 23, 2011  2:17 PM

Live Chat with Alcatel-Lucent on April 7 at 10AM EDT (Sponsored)

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This transformation journey is never just about the network. A transformative solution represents a fundamental shift in the way an operator designs, deploys, manages, and supports network and IT infrastructure to deliver new, differentiated value for customers.  Ultimately this transformation must satisfy specific, unique transformation priorities — while giving service providers the capability to develop economic models or business models that engage the new value chain, increase the value of the connectivity they deliver, and provide a network that can support their full set of business aims into the future. 

On April 7 from 10am to 1pm EDT, attend our Live Chat to discuss real-world examples of service providers implementing transformation projects to become more innovative, competitive, simpler, faster and more efficient; while improving customer quality of experience and laying a solid foundation for the future.

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