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The New iPad: Initial Thoughts and Data Plan Information

It has finally been announced!  The “New iPad”. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the naming convention, but the device specifications seem to have been well accepted. I don’t believe Apple went beyond what has been expected, but they … Continue reading

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The Do Not Call List: Has It Stopped Working?

It has happened to you before. You are enjoying time with your family, eating dinner or participating in a business meeting when you phone rings. It is a number that you don’t recognize. It isn’t a local number. It could … Continue reading

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Secure Shell: Part 1- The Basics

In our technological infancy, no one really was very concerned about security. Use of the telnet application was the common method used to establish text-based connections to remote systems. The downside of telnet is that all of the traffic (usernames, … Continue reading

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WPS Security Vulnerability: Ease of Use -> Less Secure

Several weeks ago, a security researcher by the name of Stefan Viehbock identified a pretty serious vulnerability in the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) protocol that is supported by most consumer-grade wireless routers produced over the last several years. Although I … Continue reading

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Apple Upgraded the AirPort Utility to 6.0 for Lion Users: A Blessing or a Curse?

I always thought that one of the negatives of using Apple products in my network was the fact that you could not configure them through a browser.  All other consumer-grade routers that I am aware of provide a browser-based network … Continue reading

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Removing Microsoft Windows Updates: A Temporary Solution to Restore Productivity

Although most often harmless to existing installed software and computer configurations, occasionally, Microsoft Windows updates can negatively impact your system. It isn’t possible for Microsoft to test every combination of hardware and software prior to shipping these updates. Often, these … Continue reading

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White Spaces: What Is It and Why Do I Care?

On December 22, 2011, the FCC announced approval of the first television white spaces database and device.  This announcement will have an impact on you in the future. An additional relevant FCC announcement can be found here. In layman’s terms, … Continue reading

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Roku 2 XS: A Good Buy For Streaming Media

Although I already own an HD TiVo and Apple TV, I have been looking for a streaming media alternative that would allow me to use other video sources for media consumption. For whatever reason, HD TiVo seems to have problems … Continue reading

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Kindle Fire: Unboxing and First Impressions

As indicated in an earlier post, I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire.  It arrived safely today.  Here are a few photos of the unboxing process.  I was amused by the packaging which made it look as though it was packed specifically … Continue reading

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Traits and Skills of a Good Software Test Engineer

I have been in the software industry for nearly 25 years.  In that time, I have had various roles including software developer, trainer, software builder, tester, development manager, test manager, test lead and software release coordinator.  I recently put together … Continue reading

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