If you flat-out asked your resident nerd what gifts they are hoping for as
the holidays get into full swing, you might get a response like, "You mean
besides for an uncut Blu-ray version of the original Star Wars Trilogy? Hmm,
let me think..." But even if the family Jedi is less than helpful at giving
you insight on their wish list, you simply need to avoid some common pitfalls
on gift-giving and remember: when in doubt, the basics are always best.
There's actually a shocking variety in geekdom when you start drilling down
into it, so you really have to know your geeky loved one's tastes in movies,
TV shows and games if you're going to go that route. A Dr. Who Geek is not
the same as a Star Wars geek is not the same as a Trekkie, etc. If you're not
sure which breed of super fan you're buying for, you want to go with the
things that are universal to the full spectrum ... (more)
As our reliance on effective data centers continues to grow, we run into more
and more issues that must be addressed to ensure security and availability.
We've been turning to virtualization solutions for some time now, and many
organizations have come to believe that it is the cure-all that will save
them money and reduce the level of complexity. However, virtualization isn't
a plug-n-play kind of thing. You can't just set it and forget it, because if
it isn't done exactly right, you will only shift the costs and complexities
rather than eliminate them.
In order to get the most... (more)
As we get into the full swing of the new year and put another CES behind us,
it’s time to take a look at the current trends in technology and get a feel
for some of the developments we can expect in 2013. There are a lot of
interesting products just around the corner – some of them will seem
revolutionary while others will be a big update to current technology – and
many of them are well worth a look.
The release of Windows 8, which was optimized for touchscreens, is
encouraging a lot of companies to really innovate with their laptops. Last
year we saw the... (more)
Many organizations are trying to find the time to do remediation and updates
with software such as Windows 7. In some cases it's taking them 6-8 months
just to complete these tasks, especially when complications like Windows 8
are added in. So the question is - are there quick tips that your IT team can
access in order to streamline the process to save time and money?
Utilizing ITNInja will help build your IT team's knowledgebase. Keeping up
with changes in technology and understanding the demands of doing so is
critical, especially in business. ITNinja is a resource site with exc... (more)
As our technological infrastructure has become more advanced, it has also
become more critical to our daily lives and the very functioning of the world
economy. With all of that weight resting on sometimes fickle devices,
manufacturing to meet stringent usability and operational standards has
become even more important.
NEBS Level 3 Certification
The Network Equipment-Building System (or NEBS) is such a standard,
attempting to force device builders to engineer their products to withstand
extreme conditions. The Level 3 certification is a compliance standard that
addresses safety... (more)