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  • IT in a box: the ClearBOX

    IT in a box: the ClearBOX

    As a full time systems administrator, I can tell you without equivocation that IT is hard. There are lots of little problems that occur. Operating systems are fragile. Automation is great, but requires constant vigilance. So I approach things like the ClearBOX with much skepticism. An all-in-one IT solution sounds too good to be true, and it very likely is. I'm sure it offers some great features… Read More

  • Bringing Silicon Valley to Sacramento: Why Entrepreneurs Need to Help Rebuild California's IT Systems

    Bringing Silicon Valley to Sacramento: Why Entrepreneurs Need to Help Rebuild California's IT Systems

    Most people don’t realize this, but Northern California actually has two giant technology centers: Silicon Valley and Sacramento. Silicon Valley is the world’s entrepreneurship capital and Sacramento is California's State capital. They are less than 100 miles away from each other.  But technologically, they’re light years apart. While Silicon Valley’s workers conceive the next revolution… Read More

  • Employees hate IT

    Employees hate IT

    Slate's Farhad Manjoo has thrown down the gauntlet by comparing IT workers to the hated TSA goons at airports. I, for one, won't stand to have my hard work besmirched in such a way! Sure, there are some power-hungry jerks working in IT, taking great delight in causing consternation and frustration to hapless users. But not all IT folks are like that. Read More

  • IT grad can't find job, sues her college

    IT grad can't find job, sues her college

    Who hasn't thought about suing their college for some reason or another? Trina Thompson is doing it. She's a 27-year-old IT graduate from the Bronx who's suing her alma mater, The Monroe College, for the $70,000 worth of tuition she spent there. Why? Because she doesn't have a job and she doesn't think the college has tried hard enough to help her find one. Read More

  • Windows 7 reveals XP mode AKA the IT guy's wet dream

    Windows 7 reveals XP mode AKA the IT guy's wet dream

    So there’s going to be an XP mode in Windows 7. What does that mean? For users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate – sorry, lower-end users! – you will get a full copy of Windows XP that will run under a virtual processor. However, instead of creating a new desktop environment, the XP mode will bring the application up as a window inside Windows 7. This means you… Read More

  • OMFG IT BS LOL!

    OMFG IT BS LOL!

    "Have you turned it off and back on?" is Roy's stock response on The IT Crowd. It's funny because it's true. If you've worked any IT support gigs, chances are you've developed your own repertoire of catchphrases and statements to succinctly distill your years of professional experience into a simple soundbite that can be understood by mere mortals. Read More

  • Windows 7 restricted at Georgetown University

    Windows 7 restricted at Georgetown University

    It looks like the IT department at Georgetown isn't too keen on Windows 7 being installed on campus computers. They claim that, "installing any beta version of software is extremely risky," and that beta software can disable antivirus software, and cause peripherals to malfunction. Read More

  • Oracle launches "Database Machines," tweaked HP hardware to run Oracle

    Oracle launches "Database Machines," tweaked HP hardware to run Oracle

    This is the era of software incarnate. The Roku box makes Netflix incarnate and the Kindle makes Amazon incarnate. But did we really need Oracle incarnate? Isn’t Larry Ellison enough? Apparently not. The database giant is launching a partnership with HP to offer massive “Database Machines,” honking big servers tuned to run Oracle very well. While many of us barely register Oracle… Read More

  • iPhone 3G facing resistance in IT circles

    iPhone 3G facing resistance in IT circles

    For all of Apple’s huffing and puffing (wow I use that phrase a lot), there still seems to be some resistance to incorporating the iPhone 3G into corporate and enterprise environments. And it looks like iTunes may have something to do with it. Read More

  • Got any suggestions for dealing with IT bullies?

    Got any suggestions for dealing with IT bullies?

    Eric Spiegel’s got an interesting article about an IT bully at his previous place of employment along with three tips about how to deal with IT bullies. The first tip is to try to establish a conversational relationship — connect with the other person on a non-work level. The second tip is to wow this person with a flash of IT brilliance — gain a little geek cred. Finally… Read More