The musings of an IT Consultant:

December, 2008

December 22, 2008  6:30 AM

More on Managed Services

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So I'm starting to see more and more companies coming up with Managed Services divisions in their IT consulting business as of late. Looks to me like some people see dollar signs and figure they can just jump on the band wagon and provide great service. This bothers me for a variety of...

December 22, 2008  5:43 AM

3 Major Cables cut in the Mediterannean

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So 3 major cables were cut in the Mediterannean causing massive slowdowns and service disruptions to the Internet in certain areas of the globe. This is very similar to the cuts in February. The question is, was this intentional?

I think since there is no way to adequately protect these...

December 22, 2008  5:30 AM

Steve Jobs stepping away from MacWorld!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So here's something strange, Steve Jobs is not doing the keynote at MacWorld! This is very strange considering this is where he would typically make major announcements. Also MacWorld is a huge deal for Apple lovers around the world.

This is definitely a disturbing trend, first Novell...

December 22, 2008  5:23 AM

PayPal Canada comes up with a way to combat scams!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So recently PayPal announced a new security measure for PayPal Canada. It's called a security key.

The way security keys work is that you go to login to the resource in question and when you go to login it asks you for a second factor of authentication - in this case the security key....

December 20, 2008  2:41 AM

Passed yet another Cisco exam!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so I passed yet another Cisco exam. This is the 642-383 exam. This exam is specifically written by employees of companies that are Cisco partners. It is the Cisco Express Foundations Field Engineer exam and is a requirement for certain levels of partner status.

The exam was...

December 20, 2008  2:36 AM

BlackBerry Storm sells out at Telus in Canada

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So here I was all ready to get a BlackBerry Storm for my wife when it comes to Canada. I diligently signed up for the alerts from Telus to be the "first" to be informed when it came to Canada.

Instead what happened was the Storm came and left and apparently I was the last to know....

December 20, 2008  2:08 AM

Novell cancels BrainShare!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, this just in from the conference world - Novell has cancelled BrainShare! This is a huge deal!

For those of you that don't know, BrainShare is the most important conference for Novell over the past 20 years. For them to cancel this sends a message to the public clearer than...

December 13, 2008  6:41 PM

BlackBerry Device software version 4.5 available for Canadians

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Recently the latest software revision came out for our BlackBerries for us Canadians that use BlackBerries. Also for you BES users, the latest maintenance release is out and it provides HTML email support. I recently tried these updates out and I have to say I love them. My BlackBerry Curve now...

December 12, 2008  4:29 PM

Passed the CCNA exam (640-802)!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Just in case people are wondering, I finally passed my Cisco CCNA exam! Got 94% on it.  For those of you intending to write this, I wouldn’t take it for granted. This is not the easy CCNA exam from the days of old, this is a brand new CCNA exam that...

December 1, 2008  1:26 AM

IT Industry Certifications and Standards

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, this is going to be a bit of a rant. Over the years I've written many exams and certifications and the one thing that is common amongst them is that they have almost nothing in common in terms of quality and standards. I have written many an exam and done quite well on them in my IT...

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