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A Great Way to Honor our Veterans



Today being Veteran’s day I have being trying to come up with a way to honor our men and women who serve our country.  I stumbled upon this great site Salute to Service.  On this site you can volunteer your time and make a donation to many participating non-profit organizations like Wounded Warrior Project, American Women Veterans, and the USO just to name a few.  Check it out here:

Salute to Service


May God Bless the Men and Women of our Armed Forces.


November 11, 2010 Posted by | Misc | Leave a comment

Beaker from the Muppets ventures into Social Media

October 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wi-Fi Tools Everyone Can Use

Ever have a wireless network that just won’t cooperate and work the way it is supposed to?  Check out Computer World’s article on 6 great tools for monitoring and troubleshooting WiFi networks.  Most of them are free and are a must have for network admins.

6 useful Wi-Fi tools for Windows

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Networking, Wi-Fi | 1 Comment

Test Drive the New BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry has released its BlackBerry OS 6 Device Simulator, giving everyone the chance to test drive it on their PC.  If you would like to download the emulator you can get it here BlackBerry Download.   How-to-Geek has put together a full set of instructions and screenshots check it out here   Test Drive the BlackBerry OS on Your PC

August 17, 2010 Posted by | BlackBerry | Leave a comment

Subnetting Basics

For some, sub-netting can be as hard to learn as a new language.  Even the reason for sub-netting  can be lost in all the tech jargon.   Taking the process of sub-netting one step at a time is the best way to learn.   TechRepublic has a great article on the basics of subnetting.  Cisco IP subnetting 101: Five things you should know In addition, the article has some great links at the end that are great resources for those that may be working on their CompTIA Network+ or Cisco CCNA certifications.

August 16, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Cisco, CompTIA | Leave a comment

Do you need to boost your Windows 7 skills?

If you need to boost your Windows 7 skills or if you are just curious about the new features in Windows 7.  You should check out Microsoft Learning’s Windows Training page.  There you find links to resources such as Tech-Net, Certifications and information about special events.  You will also find helpful links to special offers and the ability to sign up and receive free MSPress material.

For the entire page go here

Microsoft Learning:  Windows – Training Portal

If you are just interested in signing up for the free MSPress chapters go here (You will need to sign in with a Windows Live ID)

Microsoft Press Windows 7 Free Chapter Offer

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft, MSPress, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

iOS 4 iPhone Configuration Utility

Apple recently released its iPhone Configuration Utility 3.0 for the iPhone and iPod.  This new version offers support for the new iOS 4.  If you plan on using either these devices in an enterprise network this is a must have.

From Apple’s website “iPhone Configuration Utility lets you easily create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs.”

For the MAC version click here – iPhone Configuration Utility 3.0 Mac OS X

For the Windows version click here – iPhone Configuration Utility 3.0 Windows

For more information about deploying the iPhone in the enterprise check out Apple’s Support page – iPhone Support – Enterprise

July 28, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iphone, Mac, Microsoft, OS X | Leave a comment

Ride the Virtualization Wave

Virtualization is becoming the norm.  Most organizations I talk with already have virtualized some of their servers or have plans to roll out virtual servers.  I get questions frequently on the process for going to virtual email servers.  Micheal Noel over at Windows IT Pro has written a great article on the requirements and some best  practices for virtualizing Exchange 2010.  Check it out below

Going Virtual with Exchange 2010

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Exchange 2010, Hyper V, Microsoft, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Windows Server 2008 | 1 Comment

Back to the Basics

Cisco Small Business has put together a great short video on “Understanding CAT Cables”.

Check it out

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Cisco, Networking | Leave a comment

Who Doesn’t Love Free Networking Tools

Check out a list of some great free network monitoring and management tools over at

Free Networking Tools

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Networking, Server | Leave a comment