Is Now A Good Time To Replace CIRA? Jul28

Is Now A Good Time To Replace CIRA?

EasyDNS CEO Mark Jeftovic recently sent a letter to the Canadian Minister of Industry regarding the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)’s new positioning to enter the managed DNS space. “They have obtained an outside legal opinion to discern whether CIRA could be...

Review: Plex with Chromecast Jul28

Review: Plex with Chromecast

The search for the perfect home theater personal computer (HTPC) setup over the years has had me try tons of different widgets and programs. For the longest time, I was a huge proponent of simply hooking up a desktop made out of old hardware from past gaming rigs to my TV and stereo. From...

Unsatisfactory Responses Jul15

Unsatisfactory Responses

Sysadmin Day is coming (much like winter). Be nice to your IT staff. Plan a party, eat some cake etc.  For those of you deep in the trenches, finish early and go home and see your loved ones. I’ve worked with SMEs for a long time now. My friends know this and so occasionally one of them...

Review: Samsung Gear 2 Neo Jun18

Review: Samsung Gear 2 Neo

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 (+Neo/Fit versions) released in Q2 this year, with high expectation. The Galaxy series of phones is one of the best selling in the world, and a product update to the Gear smartwatch had many consumers eagerly awaiting the release. The Samsung Galaxy S5...

Storage that’s nearly INVINCIBLE Jun02

Storage that’s nearly INVINCIBLE

The ioSafe 214 NAS was provided to me by ioSafe to check out. I’ve looked at a few NAS units before, but generally low end devices. This unit is far from low end, having both advanced management capabilities and superb physical protection. “Superb” is a big call, but this...

Coping with infinite email May30

Coping with infinite email

Exchange 2010 and 2013 have an option called “Retention Policies”. I’ll base the below on what I see for Exchange 2010, but most of not all should apply to 2013 also. Retention Policies are useful if you need to keep your user’s mailboxes clean, as well as trying to...

TechEd North America – The Closing Line May18

TechEd North America – The Closing Line

TechEd North America 2014 is now over. You can read about the first two days of my experience here. The second half wasn’t too different to the first half unsurprisingly, and there wasn’t a huge amount of excitement in the air. Wednesday morning started off slowly. There were a...

TechEd North America – Half Way Mark May15

TechEd North America – Half Way Mark

It’s now Wednesday 14th May, and we’re at the half way mark of TechEd North America 2014. This is my first TechEd outside of Australia, and it’s been an interesting experience. A lot of the following reflections will be due to my TechEd Australia exposure which gave me...

TechEd North America keynote liveblog May12

TechEd North America keynote liveblog

Adam Fowler has flown from Adelaide, Australia to Houston, USA in order to bring you the up-to-the-minute information from the TechEd North America keynote. Join us for the latest Microsoft news as it...

Windows Phone 8.1 Is Out! Apr21

Windows Phone 8.1 Is Out!

The Windows Phone 8.1 OS update is now available to ‘Developers’. In this case, a developer is anyone who downloads and briefly sets up the Preview for Developers app and then runs a phone update. This is actually a decent way to let people who are happy to play with an update do...