Best Practices for Data Integrity and Security are Frequently Written in Blood

In my job I touch on a lot of technologies. That’s good, because otherwise I would probably get pretty bored! But every now and again I get a good question come up about an aspect of technology that I think bears publishing an article about. The question in its unedited form; Serious but probably stupid question. No one in my household has more than a halfway remedial knowledge regarding computers.

Damn it

Well, with all the discounts I could apply plus the sale going on over at I ended up finding that I could save 35% off the price of a new Alienware Aurora R8 with an i7-9700K, RTX2080, 32Gb of RAM and a 1TB SSD. So yeah… I guess that means I’m getting a new gaming rig…

Star Trek: Voyager Thoughts

So yeah, I’m probably a bit late to the party since Voyager ended like 20 years ago. However, I’m watching it from the start particularly since I really didn’t watch much of the series last time. So far I’m up to the end of Season 2 so far after getting all the way through Deep Space 9 (which I generally really liked). So here are a few semi-random thoughts about

Moving Day

Well, I am moving this blog to a new location. It’s going to a new server and content is being synchronized. As a result… well it may be a day or so before I get everything back to normal because I am quite busy with a trip to Denver in the offing. So check back… the old content will return. Maybe I’ll actually update this thing. LOL… uh-huh… yeah, right

My Car Grew a Pair…

… of doors. Oh… and changed color. Hmm… lost its front wheel drive. Gained a 5-speed. And has a blue and white logo on the hood instead of the constellation of Pleiades. So what’s going on? Have I lost my marbles? No… but I have left the SVX fold for the last time. My SVX started having some issues which I won’t go into here… suffice to say they were

New Look… Material?

OK, if you checked my blog earlier today, you’d have seen that I added a new theme. Well, I intend to add more content soon, as well. Just to prove I’m not dead 🙂 Not going to make excuses; life’s been busy. I’ll fill you in soon… but it wasn’t helped by the fact that Ecto (my blog editor of choice) was having difficulty with WordPress (the blog software I

Death of a Sysadmin

Here’s a rant I posted to Slashdot today that I thought you should read. Computerworld posted an article here, that said in item number 9 that PC Network Admins were a dying computer skill. I wholeheartedly disagreed and posted the following to Slashdot as a comment on the article… Seriously, I would say demand for *good* network administrators is only going to increase because of server consolidation. Why? OK, let

New Toy… Again…

Heh… after all my prattling about the E-Ten M700, I’ve bitten the bullet and bought… something else. What? Oh… yeah. OK… so I was really sold on the idea of the M700; a slick device with a fast CPU, WM5 and an integrated GPS. The cool factor was definitely there. So what happened? Did the luster fade so fast? No, not really. I still love the M700, but I’ve been

Alive Again

If you’re a visitor to this site more than occasionally, you’ll probably note that (a) the system has been down for a few days and (b) that this blog has gone through a few changes. Well, there’s a good reason for that. I’ll keep the gory details behind a cut at the bottom of this entry… but what else is new? Well, I almost hate to admit it, but not

Four Days with the Macbook Pro

Well, I did it. As I said in my earlier posting, I’m switching to an Apple Macbook Pro. Well, this week I placed the order and went ahead and bought myself my first Mac laptop. So after four days with the Macbook Pro, what’s my feeling so far? Well, it’s a really nice little machine. I love the wide, bright and easily readable screen as well as the keyboard that