Stronger Together

I wasn’t going to get sucked into the 2016 election, then Donald Trump ran for President I’ve struggled with what to write about this election for months. I’m not shy about my opinions on social media but when it came down to going long form about making my arguments in this election, I’ve written and […]

16GB Problems

For many years, 16GB devices have been an issue for Apple and its users. However Apple fixed this in September, bumping up to 32GB of storage as the new minimum capacity in the iPhone 7, and then going as far as to rev-up the existing iPad line to this new minimum. 16GB problem, gone. Yesterday, […]

AT&T Mobile Share “Advantage”

You know you have a problem when you get excited about plan changes on your cellular provider. Yesterday, AT&T gave me a problem. Initially, no more data overages, higher caps, and reduced pricing tiers looks like good news all around, but is that really true? After looking at the details of these new AT&T data […]

Nutanix files for IPO

Nutanix announced on Wednesday that it has filed a Form S-1 with the SEC for a proposed IPO. The number of shares being offered and the price of the offering have not yet been determined, although the company says it intends to raise a maximum of $200 million; Nutanix will be listed as “NTNX” on […]

NetApp to purchase SolidFire

NetApp, Inc. on Monday announced its intent to acquire the Boulder, Colorado based all-flash array (AFA) vendor SolidFire, for $870 million in cash. According the to announcement, NetApp intends to incorporate SolidFire’s products into NetApp’s existing product lines. Following the close of the transaction, SolidFire CEO, Dave Wright, will lead the SolidFire product line within […]

Juniper finds backdoor exposing encrypted VPN traffic

In a security advisory posted late Thursday, Bob Worrall, Juniper Network’s Chief Information Officer, announced that the ScreenOS software used on the company’s NetScreen firewalls contains an unauthorized backdoor allowing third parties to potentially monitor encrypted VPN traffic. “During a recent internal code review, Juniper discovered unauthorized code in ScreenOS that could allow a knowledgeable […]

Keeping USB drives clean with BlueHarvest

I’ve long been annoyed with copying files to a USB stick, and then handing them to a Windows user (typically a customer) and then telling them to ignore all the .whatever files that are created. Recently I found BlueHarvest, which runs $15 and has a 30-day trial, and it’s appears to be the new solution to […]

The new(er) Apple TV

When the 4th generation Apple TV was announced a few weeks back, my initial response was basically “take my money!” But then, I had second thoughts, and I didn’t order one at the start of the week when they were first available. I don’t really know why, my heart just wasn’t in it. I decided […]

Regrets of a Plus sized model

My original bout with the 4.7” iPhone 6 lasted almost seven months to the day. I remember this because I received it on September 19, 2014. It was the same day my second son way born. On April 18, 2015, I purchased an iPhone 6 Plus. Why Switch? That’s what everyone had been asking me […]

EMC announces Data Lake 2.0 strategy

Data Lake 2.0 is the next generation of the EMC Isilon portfolio. Isilon is EMC’s scale-out network attached storage product. Traditionally, Isilon OneFS runs on physical nodes, with the cluster scaling from roughly 30 TB of raw capacity, all the way up to 50 PB. The nodes are all connected across a redundant, private, Infiniband […]

IBM acquires Gravitant to expand hybrid cloud offering

IBM announced that it has acquired Austin, Texas based Gravitant, a company that develops software to enable businesses to manage and purchase cloud services from multiple suppliers, and to create mixed environments of private and public clouds. Gravitant’s software, called cloudMatrix, allows users to quickly compare capabilities and pricing from multiple vendors, and then provision […]

VCDX defense process drops troubleshooting questions

Those who are looking to obtain the highest certification level in VMware’s portfolio, watch out, the company announced in a blog post by Chris Colletti that they’ve made an adjustment to the process. Gone is the final part of the defense, where in the last 15 minutes candidates would be given hypothetical troubleshooting scenarios. Instead, […]

Hewlett Packard Enterprise goes public, splitting HP into two companies

On Monday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, as well as partners and customers, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and with it the long planned separation of the HP’s consumer and enterprise businesses became official. Going forward, HPE will focus on infrastructure, servers, networking, services, software, and […]

Neil

Neil McNeill was the most interesting man in my world. Neil knew something about everything and had an opinion to share on all of it. Not in a way that made you feel inferior or insignificant, but in a way that kept you wanting to hear more. It wasn’t hard to spend hours in his living […]

Java Jive

Yesterday my local paper posted an article about a new coffee shop that has opened up near my house. Arshad said he has instilled his own requirements for quality in the restaurant. Most of the products used are kosher and organic and he uses organic fair-trade coffee. And with that philosophy, he also balances the […]