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Lost emails?! The IRS’ taxing tale

You may never – ever, ever, ever – feel sorry for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But, surely, you can appreciate the migraine-like headache that officials from the US government’s tax agency are experiencing.

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On the beat: Social media and free speech – a Supreme decision

Your social media posts can get you fired. They can also get you hired. But can they send you to the slammer?

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Making remote support a little easier

Does this kind of conversation ring any bells? “It says it’s connecting now…oh hang on…are you in yet? No? I’m sure it said it was connecting…let me try this, wait a second…are you in?” If this reminds you of an unsuccessful attempt to gain control of a user’s PC, you’re not alone! There are few […]

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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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Bad Office fix: when the cure is worse than the disease

It’s the reason both individual computer users and admins regard patch day with at least a little trepidation: the prospect that an update that’s supposed to make our software better will, in fact, make it worse or even render it useless.  You might remember the problems caused by some Office patches that were released last […]

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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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On the beat: The next big Wi-Fi threat? Buckle up

Carjacking – the often-violent scenario where an automobile is stolen – is among the most prevalent crimes on the planet. But car-hacking?

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IT help needed – only sys admin superheroes need apply

What are some of the most important issues facing sys admins today? Is it ‘the cloud’? Or is it ‘Advanced Persistent Threat’? Maybe it’s the surge in BYOD and the commoditization of IT? What other buzzwords do you hear thrown around by managers? Are any of those the most important issues facing sys admins? No. […]

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June Patch Tuesday roundup

Writer James Russell Lowell summed it up best: “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” This is traditionally the month of weddings, school vacation, lazy summer days with flowers in full bloom. For IT professionals, it’s a month when we hope we’ll have a light patching […]

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