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March 17, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Why I Certify

I’m a addicted to certifications. I’ve always been good at taking tests, but I didn’t realize how rewarding it could be until relatively recently. I had been in IT for 15 years as a sysadmin and certification had never seemed valuable to me. In 2009, I made the shift from working primarily as a System […]

March 14, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Importing contacts from WebEx Connect to IM & Presence

Currently, WebEx Connect has no method of exporting contacts into Jabber or IM & Presence. I came up with this solution to help a couple of my users migrate their large contact lists, and thought I would share the solution with you. Let me know what you think. This method relies on the use of a perl script and […]

March 12, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Getting started in IT

Recently, I researched wireless home internet packages at a local mall and being the IT guy that I am I asked some very technical questions. “Is this running over WiMax?”, “What frequency band is it operating in?”,”Where are your base stations located?”, “Is the signal quality line of sight dependent?”. He was honest and after two questions admitted he wasn’t technical and […]

March 4, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

#IoE Napkin Math and Your Daily Commute

Google is creating a vehicle that drives itself. This isn’t really news, right? They’re testing it all over the place, and it’s on the roads in California, at least on highways and freeways (it’s my understanding Google employees are required to be hands-on on side streets and residential areas) and few would argue that the […]

February 18, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

How I became a Networking Enthusiast

I’ve always been curious about networks. I remember opening up an old Linksys Router and discovering the physical circuit, the processor and integrated memory. But my official networking life didn’t start until my coworker taught me the basics of routing. The first thing I learned was how to log in and enter commands within the […]

February 14, 2014

NETWORKING

Data Center Replication: WAN Optimization vs. Bandwidth Upgrade

During the past years WAN optimization devices were used to optimize end-user traffic mainly. Employers connecting to remote applications can achieve better user experience if a couple of WAN optimization are deployed. Typically web applications, file sharing and email can be well accelerated: end users can increase their productivity with a little investment. On the […]

February 11, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Discovering and Managing your Office Personalities

One of the fascinating aspects of being an IT manager of a distributed company is discovering the office personalities. Not people personalities like “the office joker”, but how each office itself has a personality of its own. The challenge of managing technology in these environments is learning the idiosyncrasies of each location and then guiding […]

February 7, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Get Inspired by Cisco Live Europe 2014

Cisco Live Europe 2014 (Milan) just ended and I think I will need a few days to reorganize my ideas. It was my first opportunity to attend #CLEUR, and...

January 30, 2014

PERSPECTIVES

Summary: Crossing the bridge – Five cloud services you should pay attention to

A number of key applications consumed by businesses through premise-based deployments are now available from the cloud. Irrespective of where you are in the evolution to the cloud, here are five services that are worth your attention. Read my full article for a closer look!