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The top 24 free tools for data encryption

The NSA, Edward Snowden, corporate espionage, corporate snooping, hackers and crackers, the cloud, mind control rays… there is a lot in the news these days that makes you want to take a much more serious look at encryption to protect your privacy and your data. Whether you are coming up with the next big thing […]

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All my nerdy friends are getting buff

Everybody knows the stereotype: When you think of a computer geek, the image that comes to mind isn’t that of a Charles Atlas bodybuilder or a curvy centerfold model. Sitting in front of a monitor all day doesn’t usually impart a healthy glow to the skin and too often, the only exercise we get is […]

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How to solve Error Code 1603

Don’t you just hate it when you are ready to install that new program you found, or the new software application that the department is dying to use, and you go to install it only to be slapped down with a FATAL ERROR? Or more accurately, an Error: -1603 fatal error during installation. That’s really […]

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How to manage your servers remotely with PowerShell

Windows servers, remote management and scripting: What ties all of these things together? Powershell. You can use PowerShell to manage a local machine and a remote machine as well. Using WinRM (Windows Remote Management), you can configure all of your servers and workstations to accept remote PowerShell connections from authorized users so that they can […]

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Is full disclosure always a good idea?

Today’s public demands far more transparency than in the past – from government agencies, publicly traded corporations, even privately held companies and individuals. The clamor for “full disclosure” comes from both sides of the political aisle and extends across a wide range of industries. We want to know everything about everything: top secret war plans, […]

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How to uninstall software from remote PCs using the command line

The other day I was working with a customer who had discovered several ‘unauthorized’ installs of a particular software package. Apparently the install files, and the serial number needed to activate the software, were stored together on a network share to which everyone had READ permissions, and once word got out, lots of users decided […]

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Embedded tech – wearable tech’s next frontier

The bounty hunter Aurra Sing isn’t a central character in Star Wars. Yet, she really caught my imagination thanks to the built-in comlink antenna protruding from her head.  What a cool way to communicate (since we can’t all be Jedi Masters, able transmit our thoughts without any high-tech aids!) To me, this is the ultimate […]

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What’s your sign? The sys admin’s zodiac

Sys admins, alchemists, astrologers… all three jobs seems to be part fantasy and part mythology to people who don’t do the job. The subject came up around the table recently and we started to compare the traditional traits of the various Zodiac signs to those of the typical sys admin role and character. Of course, […]

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Hoopy froods unite – 77 great quotes for Towel Day

Happy Towel Day, fellow hitchhikers. And if you happen to be a strag*, we hope you have found your towel. ‘What is it with towels?’ you may ask. Fans of the ultra geeky, ultra absorbing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will know that Douglas Adams had a few things to say on the subject […]

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The Dumbing-down of Software (There’s an App for That)

Some tech pundits have long bemoaned the phenomenon of software bloat – increasingly sophisticated and consequently increasingly complex applications that can contain hundreds of thousands or even millions of lines of code. Microsoft Office is a favorite target of these complaints, with between 25 and 50 million lines of code.

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