ITKE Community Blog

September 2, 2008  7:00 AM

September Member contest: Win a Microsoft Xbox 360 or Chumby

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Xbox and ChumbyAfter a long, stressful day in IT, video games can be a great way to unwind and relax. That’s right, you know where this is leading. It’s time for a cool new contest on IT Knowledge Exchange. The month of September ( Sept 1-Sept 30) is your chance to get your hot little hands on your very own Xbox 360 game system.

Let me recap how our Most Active Member contest works. Each time our members ask, answer or discuss a question, they automatically earn Knowledge Points for their participation. Keep in mind we will be reviewing all entries and adjusting Knowledge Points.

Looking for unanswered questions? You can find them by topic here.

This contest runs for the entire month of September. So shortly after September ends, we’ll award one of the great prizes below to the top three Knowledge Point earners. You could be our next winner!

Here are the sweet prizes we’re offering…

1st PlaceMicrosoft Xbox 360 game system

Xbox 360 puts you at the center of the most exciting games and entertainment experiences on earth. Xbox 360 not only has the best, highest-rated games, and the most robust title library, but it also offers access to the industry-leading Xbox LIVE service and tailored digital entertainment experiences that revolve around you.

2nd PlaceChumby – Interactive media player

Chumby takes your favorite parts of the Internet and delivers them to you in a friendly, always-on, always-fresh format. It’s a window into your Internet life that lives outside your desktop, so content like weather, news, celebrity gossip, podcasts, music, and more has a place to play away from your world of documents and spreadsheets.

3rd Place$100 Amazon gift certificate

Redeem your gift certificate for whatever you wish. You’ll find lots of geek gear and toys on and we’re paying.

Our contests are our way of thanking the top members who put a lot of effort into sharing their hard-won knowledge and expertise. This is a brand spanking new contest so everyone has an equal chance of being the next Most Active Member. As usual, read the Contest Rules and start participating today to be eligible to win one of these cool prizes. Thanks!

Community Manager

August 25, 2008  7:48 PM

Get your storage questions answered by the folks at Dell

Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18

dell-logo.gifDell, who is the sponsor of our storage section, will be in the community over the next few months asking and answering your questions. We thought it would be interesting to get information right from the source and allow you, the community, to pose questions directly to Dell about products you may be using or things you would like to see from them.

The Dell experts in the community are…

They have a wealth of knowledge and are willing to share it with you. To ask your question visit the “Ask a Question” page and tag your question “Dell Storage”.

Also keep an eye out for questions from Dell on your overall storage strategy.


August 11, 2008  7:49 PM

And we have a winner!

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

nine winners, to be exact: Our contest concluded on July 31st, and since then, we have been reviewing all of the questions, answers, and discussion posts on IT Knowledge Exchange. After some points adjustments for appropriate posts, we are proud to announce our winners:

3,000 Knowledge Point Bracket
$200 gift card
–> Jaideepkhanduja
–> Technochic
–> Schmidtw

2,000 Knowledge Point Bracket
$150 gift card
–> Gilly400

1,000 Knowledge Point Bracket
$75 gift card
–> Mrdenny
–> Labnuke99
–> Flame

500 Knowledge Point Bracket
$50 gift card
–> Tpinky
–> Yasirirfan

Congratulations to all of our winners… happy shopping!

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager

August 6, 2008  6:37 PM

“The art of asking”

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Question KeyAs many of our community members have gathered, the “art of asking” is an issue near and dear to our hearts. As Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani points out, only the good questions get answers, and sometimes, asking good questions requires a certain amount of expertise:

In order to find the answer you’re looking for, you have to ask the right question. No, I didn’t just pull that out of a fortune cookie. Asking good questions is an essential skill that takes mindfulness, strategy and practice. The bottom line is: few people will help a person who doesn’t help herself.

Geek to Live: The art of asking [via]

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager

August 6, 2008  4:47 PM

Three more blogs for Data Center fans

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Data centerTrying to keep up with the latest changes in the data center world? Here are three new community blogs that aim to do just that. Written by the editors of, you’ll find coverage of everything from Big Iron to green data centers.

Server Farming | About the bloggers
Servers and systems administration news and advice, covering Unix and x86 systems and blades, and the tools to manage the server farm.

Mainframe Propeller Head | About the bloggers
A blog about mainframe computers and related issues, including Linux on Big Iron, application modernization, mainframe jobs, CICs, server consolidation and third party mainframe software.

Data center facilities pro | About the bloggers
A TechTarget blog on data center facilities management, design and engineering, covering energy efficiency, site uptime and more.

Why aren’t you blogging and sharing your IT knowledge? If you have what it takes, fill out this short online form to request your own blog. We’ll help you get started and attract a readership of your peers and colleagues. Come join our blogging community and start sharing your IT knowledge.

Community Manager

August 5, 2008  6:47 PM

Manage enterprise data, boost your IT career or let loose an IT rant

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

MouthIntroducing three new community blogs on IT Knowledge Exchange. If you’re involved in enterprise data management, looking to boost your IT career with certification or additional education or would simply like to share an IT rant — then these blogs have you covered.

Please join me in welcoming our newest bloggers…

Enterprise Data Management, by Wynand van Zyl
Data is a corporate asset and there is a need in most companies to better understand, protect and exploit it for business benefits. This blog journals my thoughts on data management and information management, data architecture development and how to align them to your business strategy.

IT Career JumpStart, by Ed Tittel
Do you feel like your IT career is stalled or bogging down? There’s a lot you can do for yourself to improve your work situation and long-term prospects. Learn about skills development plus training and learning opportunities to improve your knowledge base and skill set. Dig into the pros, cons, and costs of college degrees and IT certifications at all levels. Share your comments, questions, and concerns with long-time IT Certification and Career Development expert Ed Tittel, creator of the Exam Cram series of cert prep texts, and a contributor to over 100 IT certification books, plus countless Web and print articles in this subject area.

The ranting of an IT Professional, by Jason Tramer
An IT consultant’s critical (and often caustic) look into the problem’s he faces on a daily basis. This will cover not only hardware and software related issues, but issues involving the vendors and clients he deals with.

If you haven’t been browsing our community blogs, then you’re missing out. You’ll find some gems of wisdom from members just like you. We do have to be selective but if you’ve got what it takes, drop me a line by filling out this short online form to request a blog of your own. We’ll help you get started and build up a readership. Thanks.

Community Manager

August 5, 2008  2:52 PM

New monthly contest: Ask a question, get a t-shirt

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

We are pleased to announce that beginning this month, we will be giving away ten t-shirts to good questions asked on IT Knowledge Exchange — ten t-shirts per month! All you have to do is submit a well-thought-out, well-written question to the IT Knowledge Exchange community.

Need a refresher on how to write a good question? Check out our best questions guide.

Need some examples of great questions? View the winners of past question contests for some ideas.

Happy posting, and good luck!

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager

July 28, 2008  4:46 PM

Announcing the winners in the latest Best Questions contest

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Our latest contest for the best questions on IT Knowledge Exchange has ended. We saw many stellar questions come through the community over the past week, and we are happy to announce the winners:

-> Lonewolfbw
-> WoodEngineer
-> Adaher
-> Littlejuanito7
-> Jortizga

Each winner will receive an IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirt.

Stay tuned; we will be announcing a new monthly questions contest very shortly. In the meantime, brush up on your question-asking skills, and keep asking your toughest questions!

Happy posting,

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager

July 21, 2008  8:02 PM

Our first blog turns one year old

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

milestone.gifHey, we just hit another milestone on IT Knowledge Exchange. Our first community member blog published its first blog post one year ago this month. Since that inaugural post on July 16, 2007, we’ve provided our members with dozens of blogs and you can now read over 2,000 blog posts on a variety of IT topics.

Curious as to which blog was the first? It was the Connectivity blog by Tony Bradley — and Tony is still blogging with us today.

Join our corner of the blogosphere and start your own blog. We’ll provide you with a blog and help you get started. We’ll also help you build a readership by promoting your blog to a large IT audience. I’m looking forward to seeing your blog on IT Knowledge Exchange. Thanks.

Community Manager

July 17, 2008  2:47 PM

New contest: Questions for cool threads

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Starting today (Thursday, July 17, 2008), submit your best questions to the IT Knowledge Exchange community for a chance to win a free IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirt. Not sure how to post? Check out our guidelines.

Next Friday, we will review all newly created questions and choose five lucky members, who will be announced on the IT Knowledge Exchange community blog and in our weekly e-mail newsletter.

If you’ve got a question that you just haven’t been able to answer, or you need a second opinion, post it on IT Knowledge Exchange! You might receive a prize — and a little taste of fame.

Happy posting,

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager

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