Four keys to successful BYOD | Eric Vanderburg | Network World

The bring your own device (BYOD) movement formally advocates use of personal equipment for work and obligates IT to ensure jobs can be performed with an acceptable level of security, but how can risks be addressed given the range of devices used and the fact that you lack control of the end point? Companies looking to embrace BYOD — 44% of firms surveyed by Citrix say they have a BYOD policy in place and 94% plan to implement BYOD by 2013 — need to address four key areas:

1) standardization of service, not device,

2) common delivery methods,

3) intelligent access controls and

4) data containment

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Star Trek Biofilters and Terahertz ray technology

The biofilters from Star Trek may some day become reality.  The Star Trek biofilter is a device that scans for harmful biological substances and it was primarily used as part of the transporter system.  This technology that seemed so fantastical might soon be seen in airports, hospitals, postal offices, and ports.  The technology is called a terahertz scanner.  Terahertz ray technology is being researched as a way to identify bioterrorism agents in amounts as small as parts per billion.  Terahertz scanners operate on a different area of the spectrum from x-rays so scans from them would not be harmful to people.  These scanners, if perfected, could be installed to check packages for harmful agents or to check people entering and leaving secure areas to determine if they are carrying a harmful agent.  The scanners work in real time so there is no need to wait for an interpretation of a scan.  People could walk through an area normally and only be stopped if there was a concern with the terahertz findings. 

See this article in the New Jersey times for more details. 

Virtualization for Competitive Advantage | Cleveland State University

I will be joining Pei-Ying Lin at Cleveland State University today to present on Virtualization for Competitive Advantage.  Virtualization can easily transform your IT infrastructure, making your business more agile and give you better ROI on your IT equipment.  You can view the presentation below.

Interviewing Tips from Microsoft

In a 2008 blog entry by Steve Clayton at Microsoft he mentions the five things he looks for in candidates when hiring.  This information is useful for both job candidates and those looking for qualified people.  Here are his five tips:
  1. Hire for diversity, not consistency ÔÇô I wanted people in my team as diverse as I could. Having twenty brilliant but unmanageable tech wizards in the team doesnÔÇÖt work. Balancing out the wizards with the delivery guys worked out well.
  2. Hire Delivery Guys (and girls) ÔÇô I donÔÇÖt mean postal workers. I mean make sure you have folks who simply deliver ÔÇô again and again, on time and with minimum fuss. When the chips are down, they come to the fore and your wizards take a back seat. As a side note, figure out what makes these people happy and reward them well. TheyÔÇÖre gold.
  3. Hire Wizards ÔÇô in my experience everyone great team has one (ore more) who are just brilliant minds. TheyÔÇÖre the creative ideas people who differentiate you from the average team. TheyÔÇÖre often a nightmare to manage but theyÔÇÖre worth it. How do you know a wizard? TheyÔÇÖre curious
  4. Hire Curious People  by this I mean people who have natural curiosity. Stephens mentions this in his interview with Bill Taylor and it struck a chord with me. These are the people who ask questions. Constantly. They may not ask questions out loud but they will questions things and often go away and explore to find the answer for themselves. They may never need the information or us it  but one day they may. Trust me this is a very valuable skill. These people become information hubs and you hear their names again and again in the company as theyre go to people. I learnt some of this from my Granddadbut thats a story for another day.
  5. Hire Passionate Readers ÔÇô this doesnÔÇÖt mean hire people who read Mills and Boon. ItÔÇÖs similar to curious people but worth calling out separately. A friend (who is a wizard and curious) taught me this interview question when I joined Microsoft. Ask someone what magazine they regularly read. Lets say they answer with WIRED. Then ask them how many back issues they have in their loft. ItÔÇÖs not a deal breaker question but my guess is if youÔÇÖre reading this you know what I mean. People who are passionate about stuff read about it. A LOT. Okay so they may read online now and this question may be dated but try it anyway. They may say "ah I just auctioned off my 8 year collection of National Geographic on eBayÔÇØ. ThatÔÇÖs a hire.

Read the entire article here : http://blogs.msdn.com/stevecla01/archive/2008/08/18/5-tips-for-hiring-a-star-team.aspx

For interviewing help go to http://interviewexcellence.org

 

Arcade Update

It has been a while since I posted anything about the arcade machine and for good reason.  It has been a while since I have done anything with the arcade machine.  Last Friday, Aimee and I had a little party for some friends and Chris and I were playing King of Fighters on the arcade machine when he made a comment that the screen was fuzzy and that I should replace it with a new LCD screen.  This got me thinking.  The next day I opened the case and found the VGA port on the board but there were other cables connected to it.  I disconnected those cables and attached a 19" LCD to the system but nothing ever displayed on the screen.  I pulled the mainboard from the machine and moved it to my workbench for further analysis.  After a few hours of messing with mainboard jumpers I found out how to change the output mode from NTSC to VGA.  I tested it on the monitor and it worked but I could not do anything as the mainboard was not connected to the coin ops.  I put the board back into the machine and setup the LCD close to the machine and did a full test of games and found that it did look a lot better.  The monitor that was in the arcade machine must have been 25-30 years old so it was due for a replacement. 

The next step was to price out a good monitor.┬á I wanted to get something rather large as it is a decent sized arcade machine.┬á The problem, however, is that my budget is not large.┬á I finally found a Sceptre 23" LCD with a low resolution for a very fair price.┬á Normally I would be ashamed to buy a large monitor with a low resolution.┬á I always buy the monitors with the highest resolution.┬á In this case it is actually better as the machine will not output in a high resolution and the further away I get from a LCD’s native resolution, the worse the monitor looks.┬á

The next step was to remove the old monitor from the machine.  Once a number of boards and glass was removed from the front of the machine, Ian and I were able to remove the old monitor.  I then measured the case and the new LCD monitor and went to Home Depot to get several boards.  I also got poster boards and cut them to size around the monitor so that it would be framed within the machine. 

On Friday, Chris and I built a frame for the LCD with the boards and then covered the boards with a thin packing material for cushioning and to resist slippage.  My measurements were correct and the LCD fit perfectly in the system.  We then put the newly cut bezels in front of it and connected the new screen. 

I have to say that even I was impressed.  You cannot tell that the screen is a replacement screen as it fits so perfectly in the system and the colors are perfect.  The screen is very bright (300 cd/m2) and it has a good contrast ratio (1000:1).  Both Chris and I are very happy with the latest modification to the system and I have been showing it to everyone who stops by.  A special thanks goes to Chris for his ideas and help installing everything. 

So what is next?┬á Well…There have been a few items that I have never gotten to with the system.┬á I still need to add a new vent to the top of the system and a fan or two to the bottom to increase air flow.┬á I also have a broken A button on the player 1 console so I need to fix that as well.┬á There are also a number of nicks and scratches that I want to paint.┬á I would also like to do some customizations to the main menu screen so that the games are displayed in a better order.┬á In the next year or so I may replace the sound system and I am thinking of adding some side art too.

The arcade project is an ongoing one but the nice thing is that I can still use it as I slowly upgrade things.  It is a lot of fun. 

IT Training: Cardinal Virtues & Deadly Sins | Eric Vanderburg | Certification Magazine

I recently published “IT Training: Cardinal Virtues and Deadly Sins” in Certification Magazine.┬á The organization from which you receive your IT training will have a substantial effect on your understanding and proficiency within the technology of your choice, the quality of your skill set and, of course, your marketability. Not all IT training organizations are created equal, and the choice of which organization to partner with (or switch to) should be made carefully and knowingly. If you find yourself at one of the virtuous organizations, as we like to call them, you will no doubt learn a lot and be satisfied. Alternatively, you might end up at one of the more sinful establishments that will be detrimental to your success. Because you are probably paying a lot of money for IT training, it is important to be able to identify these virtuous and sinful organizations before you get in a parable trap.

The Cutting Edge: New Technologies to Watch | Eric Vanderburg | Certification Magazine

My latest article in Certification Magazine can be viewed online.  New technologies are touted every day as a way to increase productivity and decrease the time you spend doing mundane tasks. With so many to choose from, which should you spend your time learning about? Which ones will benefit you? And which ones will be used within corporations in the near future?

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750 GB Drives

Seagate just announced the release of their 750 GB hard drive.  They also state that I should see 1 TB drives by the end of the year.  There is a SATA and an ATA (PATA) version for sale.  The drive is 7200 RPM and it has a 16 MB cache.  I am a hard drive fanatic so I am excited about the announcement and I may pick up one of those terabyte drives in December.