PodTech:Dortch On Virtualization

May 25, 2007

Michael Dortch, an analyst for the Robert Frances Group, speaks at the Altiris ManageFusion07 conference on The Dark Side(s) of Virtualization. Wicked smart as well as wicked funny, Michael defies convention during this guerrilla video taping. If you’ve never met Michael Dortch or heard him speak, sit back and enjoy a level of honesty rarely heard in public. The presentation can be downloaded in PDF and PPT format.

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PodTech:RAD Radio Broadband

May 25, 2007

Jim Guido of RAD Data Communications explains the point-to-point wireless broadband products on display at the ITEC Houston 2007 conference.

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PodTech:Web 2.0 from Cap5

May 24, 2007

Cap5 President Tony Hodgson discusses the services his company offers in the Houston area, and the surprising results his customers receive from basic Web 2.0 features on the Web sites he builds.

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PodTech:Unitrends D2D

May 23, 2007

The Unitrends Disk to Disk backup product family is explained by Phil McKenzie, rep for Unitrends. After Phil, Jennifer Wright of Wright Business Technologies details why her company resells Unitrends based on their own search for a reliable backup solution. Interviewed during the ITEC Houston 2007 conference.

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Does Microsoft trust Access?

May 17, 2007

I read this story about Microsoft’s team tracking driver issues with Vista, and one line jumped out and I screamed. The Microsoft manager proudly said they track all driver issues in a 4,000 row spreadsheet. That’s the worst possible way to keep a large amount of supposedly important data. Does Microsoft not trust their own personal database, Access? Do they trust SQL Server? A 4,000 row spreadsheet is aggressively stupid.

PodTech:Security Trends Speech

May 9, 2007

Another clip from my keynote speech at the December 6th ITEC Conference in Portland, Ore., but this time I cover the entire security trends for 2007 and 2008. This video includes the “Beware the BSA” clip.

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PodTech:Xcend Management Tips

May 7, 2007

Scott Hardie, vice president of technology services for Xcend Group talks over a noisy crowd at the Altiris ManageFusion07 event in Las Vegas in April 2007. Scott explains various techniques Xcend implemented for customers small and large using Altiris management products that won them the Altiris Partner of the Year award.

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IT Security Webinar from GT

May 5, 2007

Webinars abound today, and I ignore the majority. This one from Grant Thornton, one of the Big Four accounting firms (used to be Big Six, but…) may be worth the price of admission: free. Understanding IT Security and Corporate Data Theft is open to everyone, but you have to give them your e-mail address and create a login.

PodTech:Data Communications per ITS

May 4, 2007

During the Altiris user conference in Las Vegas, April 10-13th, I had a chance to visit with Wade Wyant, directory of technology services for ITS Communications of Grand Rapids, Mich. One of the premier voice and data communications companies in the Great Lakes Region, ITS communications added Altiris network management products to their solutions toolkit to satisfy customer demand.

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Twisted Pair Shout Out

May 4, 2007

If you haven’t listened to Keith Shaw and Jason Meserve’s Twisted Pair weekly audio podcast, you’re missing some fun. This week they talked about listener response to Keith’s rant after a Microsoft computer meltdown. Hey, guys, if you want e-mails for and against switching away from Microsoft to a Mac, I’ve got 47 from last summer you can have. There’s also strings of user comments on previous newsletters mentioning Macintosh or complaining about Microsoft (I do my fair share). Read the rest of this entry »