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Four months with Circle guarding my Internet connection

Several months ago, I posted the unboxing photos and an overview of Circle, an Internet safety device that I ordered to protect my family at home.   I fully expected to be able to post a full review in just a few weeks, but I found that it took a bit longer to really test Circle with […]

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Taking the new HP PageWide Pro 577dw for a test drive

For the first time in forever, HP has birthed a new line and brand of printers – well, sort of.  A couple of years go, HP introduced the OfficeJet Pro X line of printers.  These printers looked a lot like a LaserJet printer, they were built for business, but the actual print tech was more […]

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HP Inc. revamps printing lineup and introduces PageWide brand

The slimmed down HP Inc. today unveiled a new lineup of revamped business-focused printers including the introduction of a brand new brand of office printers to be known with the PageWide brand.  The announcement is expansive, with the introduction of 15 new printer models and a set of Secure Managed Print services from the company. […]

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Unboxing Circle, an Internet safety device for your home

Meet Circle.  Circle is a new take on the age old parental controls for your home’s internet connection.  Circle is a small box that joins your home wireless network or that plus into your home’s wired network and becomes the enforcer for all of your traffic. Unboxing Photos   Technical Details Circle does not replace […]

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Running WordPress? Here’s some plugins to keep you safe and secure…

I have been a longtime WordPress user.  I love the platform and how easy it makes maintaining a blog.  Not only is a great blogging platform, but its great for many other types of websites.  I have helped friends who are musicians, who own businesses and who need a simple resume site setup and get […]

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Cleaning up my structured wiring panel

My wife and I built our home about 5 years ago.  Unlike many people I know, I don’t have a long list of things I would do differently in my house.  We put a lot of thought and effort into our design and took about 3 years examining plans before we found on that worked […]

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Self service IT kiosks and vending machines could improve IT support satisfaction

HP was showing off some of its new ideas for IT support at HP Discover.  The idea behind internal initiatives were to improve overall IT services to its internal customers – its employees. One of the initiatives was setting up areas in offices similar to a genius bar in an Apple store where employees could bring their system […]

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Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins!

Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins! A lot has changed in the last decade and in celebration, here’s a fun comic from Solarwinds celebrating our work and how it has changed and will change in the future.  Have a great day!

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The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a Swiss Army Knife for Home Lab networks

Building out the networking side of my home lab has been the most challenging part of my home lab.  I’ll be the first to confess – I’m not a networking guy – at least, that’s not a primary focus for me.  I rely on my network folks at work – but I understand enough to […]

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Upgrading to a better class of home Wifi – the Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point

A few weeks ago, I purchased and installed a Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point in my home and its the best WiFi coverage that I have ever had.  The UniFi AC is an 802.11ac access point that supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz simultaneously.  At the 5Ghz frequency, the device is rated for up to 1300Mbps throughput and […]

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