Open Source vs Commercial Software

Part of Cameron’s ongoing IT Fundamentals series. Open source software is software with its coding open to the public either partially or completely. The licensing for such software is often relaxed or nonexistent. There are numerous advantages to OSS (Open Source Software), including better penetration of the market, more flexibility, and theoretically more reliability due to the large number of independent testers/users that are constantly […]

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5 Personal Computer Operating Systems

Part 2 in Cameron’s ongoing series on IT Fundamentals. Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s more popular recent operating systems. Like most versions of Windows, it’s written using various dialects of the C programming language originally developed in the 1970s. One unique feature of Windows 7 is the BitLocker Drive Encryption, which enables you to encrypt your hard disk. The minimum system requirements (for the […]

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The Four Major Mobile Operating Systems

Apple iOS is an operating system designed for the Apple line of smartphones. Its security consists of a secure boot chain utilizing a hardware root of trust and boot ROM where the software is safeguarded from being manipulated by coding in the deepest foundations of the phone’s programming. Swift, a programming language developed by Apple, is the primary code used to develop Apple software and […]

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Two Exciting Trends on ExchangeTips

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has never been very busy. I post now and then, but I’m generally too busy with projects in meat-space to do much with ExchangeTips. Here are two things that I hope will change this: More RollUp RoundUps. I have to keep on top of Microsoft’s Exchange updates for my own benefit, so why not share that information with you? […]

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NSFW Gear – The COFFEEBOXX

Instead of NSFW, I should say that this gadget is actually very SFW. In fact, it’s safe for just about any workplace you can think of except zero-gravity environments. It’s the COFFEEBOXX, a rugged, go-anywhere, use-anywhere, K-cup compatible coffee maker. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist yet. This is a Kickstarter project trying to raise money get the product onto the market. The Kickstarter page says… The […]

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NSFW Gear – Corning’s Photonic Circuits

Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass, radiation shielding glass, and hyperspectral imaging, has been working with Polytechnique Montreal to etch photonic circuits directly into the surface of Gorilla Glass. These circuits can then be used as sensors to detect light and temperature changes. Eventually, the technology could be used to take a temperature, read fingerprints, or conceivably even take pictures, although that kind of application […]

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Why Am I Online?

I’m not the most accomplished, the most credentialed, or the smartest systems administrator around. Not that I’m bad at my job, but I know that there are guys (and gals) out there who are better, and they’re not all online trying to tell people how to do their jobs. So why am I here? A few things. One of the best ways to learn something […]

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