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March 1, 2012  2:24 AM

Why Cisco not Juniper



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, juniper

Hi all, Cisco has put a post on one of their blogs about the benefits of Cisco over Juniper. That video is tongue-in-cheek humors.

http://blogs.cisco.com/borderless/why-cisco-not-juniper-opex-capex-and-the-frankenkluge-in-the-branch-office-closet/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

February 29, 2012  3:06 PM

Google Two-Factor Authentication



Posted by: Joshua Wood
authentication, Google, two-factor

Hi all, recently I had a family member who got her Gmail account hacked by someone outside of North America. Apart from the sick feeling of violation that she felt she also wanted to know how to make sure that this didn’t happen again in the future. Enter Google’s two-factor authentication. It works with most if not all of the Google’s products. It is easy to setup and free to use. Best of all it greatly increases the security level of your Google accounts such as Gmail.

The link below is a place to start of the information and the service has had some improvements over the last few months that make it more feasible if you are traveling. I strongly recommend that you grab the travel codes and print them off and store them somewhere really safe, like a safe. They are very useful for a variety of reasons

All-in-all the service is a great idea and I hope that other companies start something similar.

http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=175197

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


February 29, 2012  3:01 PM

HP Network Cert Fasttrack



Posted by: Joshua Wood
certification, Cisco, HP, MASE

Hi all, so you have your Cisco CCNA or CCNP or possibly even CCIE and you want to work with one of the other network vendors in order to say … expand your horizons or just to know what is out there. But you don’t want all of your learning and studying of the dark side to be in vain. No you want to get some paper out of the deal (money or certs, your call). HP has a way to make your transition to their side (dark or otherwise) a bit easier. The link below is to the HP certification fasttrack paths that is has setup to pave the way for network certified people that currently know their major competitors products (Cisco) to also get their cert.

The link provides information for newcomers as well but lays out the needed training plan for any level of certification all the way up to their master level cert, the MASE. The master level cert is HPs equivalent of the CCIE, although much easier to obtain if for no other reason than it doesn’t require you to do an 8 hour lab to prove your skills.

http://h17007.www1.hp.com/docs/training/upgrade_4AA2-2763ENW.pdf

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


February 29, 2012  2:54 PM

Lync is Evolving



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, Lync, voip

Hi all, Microsoft has Lync and Cisco has their IP Communicator. At present Gartner is putting the two products very close to each other. Where this gets interesting is with newer versions of Lync. The product seems to be maturing quite well. The key to Lyncs success though, may not have to with its features as a phone or ability to use voice. The success may lie in its integration with the other Mircrosoft products such as SharePoint or even Windows itself.

The integration that Lync has now is good. The ability for it to do VoIP calls is also good. If it keeps expanding on those benefits then it might start to edge out more traditional voice providers quickly.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


February 29, 2012  2:37 PM

Google Privacy Policy



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Google, privacy, youtube

Hi all, Google has changed their privacy policy so that all of your Google services will be (kind-of) merged into one online identity. This will allow them, or so they say, to offer a more comprehensive experience. This is obviously a problem if you maintained your lives of say Google+ and YouTube separate. If this is a situation that is familiar to you be warned. Your online identities will be more public and more controlled by Google than ever before.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


February 29, 2012  2:33 PM

Dell Voice



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Dell, fongo, voice

Hi all, Dell has decided to partner up in order to bring voice to the market with their own twist. At this point the voice market for Dell Voice is only Canada but it is an interesting move by a company that is not traditionally one to deal in voice. Dells voice or VoIP offering comes with an Android and iPhone app so that you can use the voice service on your phone without using your minutes.

Their VoIP offering is offered via partnership with Fongo. Since Dell is willing to partner with an incumbent such as Fongo would Dell be willing to do the same thing for other countries with incumbents? We will see.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


January 31, 2012  7:11 PM

Google Change Privacy Policy



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Google

Hi all, Google recently changed their privacy policy. The changes where pretty widespread. It seems that the looming FaceBook IPO is putting Google on the defensive at least in the short term. Based on the changes that they have made it looks like they are consolidating all of their resources into one pool of data about you. This will allow for the cross-solution sharing of information. For example, Google+ now shows up in your Gmail whether you want it to or not.

That could be good because now all of your information is immediately more accessible but that is also likely the issue with it. Having all of your data immediately be highly available creates another problem that some people don’t want. Do you necessarily want all of your Google+ friends to see you online while you are checking your email or have your searches customized to you? Probably not for most of us.

Until next time,
TechStop(JW)


January 31, 2012  7:05 PM

Apple Sales Surge



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Apple, IOS

Hi all, Googles Android OS for smart phones has dominated the scene over the last year. The rise and use of the Android OS isn’t new to the field of smartphones. It has been around for a while and the price for the OS is pretty solid, free. The assumption was always that the Android OS was also a choice made by people because they liked it and preferred the Android OS.

The recent rise of the Apple products casts that into some doubt. Looking at the link below shows a solid rise of the iOS products. It will be interesting to see where this takes Apple.

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/techstop/wp-admin/post-new.php

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


January 29, 2012  6:16 PM

eBooks Galore



Posted by: Joshua Wood
ebook, ebook reader

Hi all, over the holidays I purchased and eBook reader. The reader I purchased isn’t fancy in comparison to some of the models that are out in there but it does the job really well. After looking through the news it would seem that several other people also bought eBooks and eBook readers during the last year. eBook sales are up, double what they were last year.

All of this growth in the eBook sector comes at the demise of the traditional paper books. The traditional paper companies should be aggressively looking at the eBook market and how to improve their sales because it doesn’t look like a market that is going away. I for one really like the convenience factor and the fact that eBooks are cheaper than their partners makes it all the more worthwhile.

More Books Published This Week Than In 1950:

http://www.mediabistro.com/ebooknewser/more-books-published-this-week-than-in-1950_b19683

Ebook sales in the US double year-on-year, paper books suffer double-digit losses:

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/20/ebook-sales-in-the-us-double-year-on-year-paper-books-suffer-do/

Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period:

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/E-readers-and-tablets/Findings.aspx

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


January 29, 2012  6:02 PM

Study with FlashCards



Posted by: Joshua Wood
flashcards

Hi all, I will bet that the ones of you that are in the IT industry are studying for an exam of some kind. Whether it is Cisco, Citrix, Microosft or other the ones of us lucky enough to work in an industry that likes to reinvent itself every 2 or 3 years knows about the constant need to keep your skills up to date.

Over the course of the many exams I have taken I have found that flashcards really help me out. While I am reading through the study guide or book that I am learning from I make flashcards out of various pieces of information that I know I will need to know for later.

There are several sites that allow you to do this. Some, like flashcardmachine.com, have mobile versions of their sites in the form of apps that let you learn on the go or while at a really boring meeting or right before the exam itself. This is a tool that has helped me out in the past and might well help you as well.

Quizlet: http://quizlet.com/
Ediscio: http://www.ediscio.com/
Flashcardmachine: http://www.flashcardmachine.com/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


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