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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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Which chess piece are you?

In IT, as in Chess, sometimes you have to play the long game, sometimes the short. You can try to come out on the offensive, but far too often you find yourself playing defense to stay in the game, forced to react to your opponent’s moves. Although you want to be proactive and stay ahead […]

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De-stress with cloud computing

IT administration is a stressful job, intensifying every day as new technologies are developed and the cloud is pushed as the next best thing in computing. Actually, the cloud is not a bad idea at all and if you take control of the strategy, it can make the job of IT administration, while not quite […]

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Wi-Fi glossary -71 terms you need to know

With the growing popularity of Wi-Fi and its increasing prominence in corporate networks, it is important to understand the various terms, acronyms, and standards that are rapidly becoming a part of the lingo. To that end, we’ve put together this glossary of common terms that are used.

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The cloud career boost

Many a CIO’s career began as an IT administrator, a process that took years, sometimes decades. Cloud computing in its various forms offers an unprecedented way for an admin to take a fast-track route and move their career forward.

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May the 4th be with you – 30 Star Wars quotes to fit any IT situation

“May the 4th be with you” always makes me see Sylvester the Cat dressed up in Jedi robes. And since today is Star Wars Day, we wanted to provide a fun post to combine two of our favorite things: sys admins and Star Wars. To the ‘normals’ that are out there, some of the things […]

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Windows 8.1 early adopters forced to update, or become insecure

Those of us who like to stay on the cutting edge of technology are probably well on our way to fully deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. While it’s great to be on the cutting edge, sometimes that edge is sharp enough to put us on the bleeding edge. That’s where many of […]

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How to confirm your systems aren’t suffering a major Heartbleed

The Internet was rocked last week when a two-year-old bug in OpenSSL was revealed. Heartbleed, as the vulnerability is known, can result in massive information disclosure through simple requests that require no privileges, and leave no logs. Anything from command … Scan your systems with GFI LanGuard to make sure that the Heartbleed Open SSL […]

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April showers bring May flowers…And the end of an era

Upgrades necessary as key Microsoft products go end-of-life April 2014 is a significant month for many reasons. Spring weather finally returns to the Northern hemisphere. The Final Four NCAA tournament games will all be played. And three of the most widely deployed and impactful products from Microsoft all reach their end of life. In case […]

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13 tips to make your email work for you

Email is a double-edged sword. You cannot work without it, yet the daily, incessant flow of emails drives you up the wall. Well, if you can’t beat email, there’s still a lot you can do to make your email work for you. Here are a few tips to implement both on the client and server […]

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