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January 11, 2010  9:34 PM

Sound off, get points, win a Nexus One!

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

That ghostly, mesmerizing light above? It’s the Nexus One boot screen, and it (and, err, the rest of the phone) could be yours if you enter the the ranks of the top 10 Knowledge Point earners over the next month. You don’t even need to be answering questions to get those points! Tweet out the contest if you’re on Twitter, for example, to get 250 free Knowledge Points. Simply ask a question and get 5 points. Don’t have any questions to ask?

Ok, we’ll make it even easier: Make a great comment that catches the eye of one of our IT bloggers, and you can receive up to 200 more points. Each blogger has been given a directive to seek out their “comments of the week,” and this week and next we’ll be scouring blogs for other great comments. Looking for some reading material? Browse through our full list of blogs, or choose from this list of bloggers who have agreed to keep an eye out this week (check back as the list is updated):

Add an insightful comment that catches the blogger’s eye, and they might submit it as their “Comment of the Week,” and we’ll credit your account with 200 knowledge points.

Users are only eligible to win one comment of the week bonus, and only quality comments will be nominated, so no spamming!

January 7, 2010  3:54 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: Jan. 7, 2010

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10. How to reset the Cisco Catalyst Switch to Factory Defaults Yasir Irfan offers up a helpful, illustrated tutorial.

9. Choosing a block size when creating VMFS datastores Eric Siebert has written a guide on how to choose the right size for VMFS datastores.

8. What is Changed Block Tracking in vSphere? Eric Siebert discusses how new block tracking features can ease incremental backups.

7. Gartner acquires Burton Group, bolsters presence Robert Westervelt takes a look at the consolidation of security analysts, what it means for smaller shops and what it means for IT organizations.

6. Forrester points to 2010 changes in application development Jack Vaughan points to changes down the pipeline for application developers.

Continued »

January 7, 2010  2:40 PM

Google’s Nexus One: Yours free!

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

You’ve heard the buzz, seen the videos (you haven’t?!), and now is your chance to win an unlocked Nexus One (aka, the Google phone) for yourself.

We’ll pick one winner randomly from the top 10 Knowledge Point earners between now and Midnight, Friday Feb 26th EST. How do you get points?

  • 5 points for every quality question.
  • 15 points for every quality answer.
  • 100 points and beyond for answering bounty questions, like this Cisco networking question Uscgcwo4 answered.

But wait! There’s more: We’ll also have other limited opportunities, popping up here on the Community blog, on our homepage and on our Twitter account, @ITKE.

Our first opportunity? Tweet this out and we’ll award you an extra 250 points to get you started:

I’m doing the @ITKE #NexusOne Challenge by asking and answering IT questions. You can too!

And just in case you need a little more incentive, here are the Nexus One specs:

  • Android Mobile 2.1 Platform
  • 4 GB space (expandable to 32 GB)
  • Cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 5 MP camera
  • 3.7-in display
  • Touchscreen
  • Unlocked!

Good luck!

January 5, 2010  2:53 PM

The Top 5 ITKE Blogs of 2009: Editorial

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

In addition to all the user-written blogs hosted on ITKE (check out 2009’s top member blogs here), we also host editorially written blogs from across the TechTarget network. Following are the 5 most popular, and you can also read our full blog roster.

1. Virtualization Pro

2. Server Virtualization

3. SOA Talk

4. Security Bytes

5. Storage Soup

January 5, 2010  2:26 PM

The Top 5 ITKE Blogs of 2009: Member Written

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

With 2009 dead and gone (finally!), we decided to take a look back at what the most popular blogs were in the past year. To check back on the most popular individual posts, read through the IT Blog Top 10 archives. Think you can do better? Apply for a blog of your own by e-mailing me at and maybe your blog will be up here in 2011!

1. SQL Server with Mr. Denny

2. David’s Cisco Networking Blog

3. Network technologies and trends

4. Unified Communications: Click to talk

5. The musings of an IT Consultant

December 29, 2009  3:59 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 29, 2009

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Once again, we bring you the most-watched questions and more in this week’s update. Have a question of your own? Ask it!

1. Rlino asks how to save file doc, xls, into database sql server 2000 in VB6, which MrDenny answers, with CarlosDL and Vatchy offering some helpful suggestions.

2. A reader asks the eternal question: EVA 4400 vs. EMC CX4 120. Read on for MrDenny’s answer and reasoning.

3. Jdleon woke up one day to find they had no connection to the mail server. Labnuke, MrDenny, and Nnf97 tried to help.

4. A funny thing happened to Wabcan on his way to Outlook 2010 (Beta): His e-mails disappeared. Technochic and MrDenny offered some tips.

5. Sherryborden has a numeric test in SQL that just isn’t working. CarlosDL welcomed her back and helped work through the problems. Continued »

December 22, 2009  12:05 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 22, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Want to know what’s the difference between me and you? Ask Dr. Dre. But if you want to know the difference between RDBMS and ORDBMS or active and passive switches, ask our readers. Below, we answer those questions and more in this week’s most-watched IT Questions.

1. A reader asks what is the difference between RDBMS & ORDBMS, with MSI77 and MrDenny chiming in, and CarlosDL laying down the snark.

2. Shircol says their problem is SQL Server Express 2005 cannot see a drive on the server (drive q) but MrDenny explains this isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

3. A reader looks for development help on Exchange to intercept all emails at point of sending, but all they’ve gotten (so far!) is a shameless plug by Mrdenny.

4. A reader asks why IP addresses are divided into five parts, which Labnuke99 and Hetmil ably correct and explain.

5. A reader asks for SQL Server 2005 Performance optimization advice, which MrDenny and kccrosser offer gladly. Continued »

December 17, 2009  6:42 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Tony Pearson of “Inside System Storage”

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Tony Pearson is a Senior IT Storage consultant at IBM. With over 20 years’ work in IBM storage, Tony has plenty to talk about in his blog, Inside System Storage. Most recently, Tony has been covering his experience at the Data Center Conference 2009 in Las Vegas. He has also recently talked about the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Tivoli Storage Manager, as well as IBM System Storage DS8700. His blog is a great read if you specialize in storage, or even if you want to get some insight into working for IBM Storage. Be sure to visit Tony’s blog today.

December 15, 2009  7:05 PM

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December 15, 2009  2:06 PM

The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 15, 2009

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

Here are the 10 most watched questions on ITKE: There’s some great discussion going on. Go answer a question now!

1. Ak1bo78 asks for a C# how to on IF Statement’s, which Mshen and CarlosDL help create.

2. Dbsi2006 asks for help on how to map drives without UNC, which Rklanke, MrDenny, KevinBeaver and CarlosDL weigh in on.

3. A reader asks for tips about an Oracle 9i installation on Windows Server 2008 and CarlosDL is there with the answer.

4. A reader asks about NAT without BGP, a route which MrDenny and Sonotsky debate.

5. A reader asks for SQL Server 2005 Performance optimization advice, which MrDenny and kccrosser offer gladly. Continued »

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