Spooked by Technology

To keep with the theme of fear it seemed appropriate I write this week’s blog too since it is so close to Halloween.  Halloween, once referred to as All Hallows Eve, was celebrated by lighting bonfires and wearing scary costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.  Today it has evolved into more social gatherings, costumes and sweat treats, marking the beginning of fall, shorter days and colder nights.

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Scared to Step into the Cloud?

On a recent business trip to Chicago we took a break in our day to play tourist and went to the Sky Deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower.  It was a rainy overcast day so visibility was not ideal but it was a great opportunity to see the Windy City from 1,353 feet in the air.

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PCI and Cloud: How to Safely Store Cardholder Data

Many of you may be a little nervous about placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.  Don’t worry-this is a normal and welcomed concern.  In February 2013, the PCI Security Standards Council released an Information Supplement titled PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines.  This supplement provides organizations guidance if they are going to be placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.

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Dark Wings, Dark Words

Westeros: a fictional place set in a fictional time resembling medieval Western Europe. The differences between modern and medieval times are infinite, but one basic technological advancement comes to mind; one that could change who ultimately wins the Game of Thrones . . . email. Draped in their chains of knowledge, maesters (ancient doctors who treat with leeches and scholars who study magic) delivered messages using specially trained ravens. How would events unfold if email could be used? Let’s look at how email can save us from the “king’s justice,” losing our heads – literally and figuratively.

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Not All Solid States are Equal

As a follow-on to a previous post “The Evolution of Disk Storage”, we discover there’s more than one type of flash technology to choose from.  Depending on the intended use and workload requirements, there are three flash technologies widely adopted and being deployed:

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Working with a myriad of companies from different industries, it is fascinating to discover why they adopted cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service. Commonly, companies want to focus on its capital and technical resources, business initiatives and growth projects. They do not want to put time and energy into computer hardware and day-to-day support needs

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When Email Attacks

How many of us receive e-mail on a monthly basis from our financial institution?  With the technology that we have today I am guessing that most of us receive statement notifications electronically instead of via the post office.  How many of us can actually tell whether or not the e-mail received is legitimate or from someone trying to obtain the username and password to your account?  There are a few signs that you should look for before clicking on a link in any e-mail you receive.

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Mainframe Demise?

My introduction to IT was via the Air Force in 1989.  Graduating from high School in 1985, well before personal computers became common place and before teaching programming was the norm, I enlisted in in the Air Force.

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What’s in a Name?

Have you ever played the game in which you stare at clouds, determining what animal they best resemble? Gorilla? Dog? Horse?

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Time Management 101

As a Project Manager for FNTS, I am constantly seeking ways to use not only my time but the time of my coworkers and clients wisely. Staying organized and on task can be difficult at times, but with the following few tips your life may be a tad bit easier.

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The Extremes of IO: Part 1

IO, IO, it’s off to work we go.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. -Marilyn Monroe

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The Evolution of Disk Storage

Back in 1956, IBM introduced us to the first commercially available disk drive.  It stored 5MB of data, weighed over a ton, and could be leased for $3,200 a month.  Today, with the prevalence of solid state storage, you can fit a 128GB Flash Drive in your shirt pocket for under $100.
Although I wouldn’t store my most critical database on a $100 flash drive, it’s a testament to the advances we have seen within storage industry in a relatively short period of time.

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