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Covering All Your Angles

Luke Skywalker: Ben! Why didn't you tell me? You told me that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered my father.Obi-Wan Kenobi: Your father was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and "became" Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. [...]

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Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

Everywhere we turn we’re surrounded by “Policies”. Foreign policies, "Social Media” policies, you name it. Even 7-Eleven has a policy: "No shirt, No shoes, No service". Policies have also wound their way into corporate IT departments. However, one area where defined guidelines are often overlooked is alerting for systems and network problems. Let’s dig in [...]

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Everything Old is New Again

The quote “Everything Old is New Again” can be attributed to lots of people. Performer Peter Allen penned a song by that name. So have the Barenaked Ladies. A character in Stephen King’s 2005 novel “The Colorado Kid” also utters the phrase. I, for one, hope there’s some truth to it. After all, that would [...]

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Less is More?

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Well, it depends who you ask. If you ask the West Virginia winner of a $315 Million Powerball jackpot from several years ago, then he might say “yes”. Shortly following his new windfall, bandits broke into his car and absconded with $500,000 in cash. [...]

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You Say Tomayto, I Say Tomahto … Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

On second thought, let’s not. Better yet, let’s see if we can understand the differences and move on from there. I’ve been an SE in the systems and network management field for a long time. Over the last 13 years I’ve encountered more situations than I can count where we start an implementation and the [...]

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Follow the White Rabbit

“Do you always look at [the data] encoded like that”, asked Neo as he looked over the shoulder of his crewmate. Cypher responds, “Well you have to. There’s way too much information to decode the Matrix. You get used to it. I don’t even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, red-head ...”. [...]

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Any Monkey Can Ping

Right now my favorite show on television is “The Big Bang Theory” (I’m a self-admitted IT geek, what did you expect?). In a rerun from a few weeks ago Amy gives a purposely-nicotine-addicted monkey a cigarette as a reward for some behavior. Sure it is only a TV show, but that got me to thinking. [...]

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Netreo Celebrates a Successful Year

As December winds down, we wanted to take just a moment to reflect on the successful year we’ve had. As you can see from the news we put out recently, in 2016 we were able to build upon the success of previous years offering superior IT management and network monitoring capabilities to many new customers and [...]

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Magic & Monitoring == Ying & Yang?

A little while ago I was imbibing in a quality craft beer or two (or seven, but who’s counting?) with a friend. This particular friend also happens to be a talented network engineer and we began discussing some of the new technologies he’s seeing among his customer base. As is wont to happen when one [...]

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In Case of Emergency, Rely on Single Pane of Glass (Don’t Break It)

Push notifications – whether sent to your smartphone, computer, tablet or watch – can be some of the most important messages you ever get. How else will you know when a blockbuster trade hits your fantasy football league or when to leave for a meeting because of traffic issues on the I-405? Of course, allow [...]

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