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Tom Hollingsworth
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I wanted to let everyone know that I’m going to be taking part in an excellent event being put on by my friend Enrico Signoretti (@ESignoretti) this September. TECH.unplugged is a jam-packed day of presentations from people that cover storage, computing,…
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It used to be that a data breach was a singular event that caused massive shock and concern. Today, data breaches happen regularly and, while still shocking in scope, are starting to dull the senses. Credit card numbers, security clearances, and even…
It used to be that a data breach was a singular event that caused massive shock and concern. Today, data breaches happen regularly and, while still shocking in scope, are starting to dull the sense...
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Thanks to a couple of recent conversations, I thought it was time to stir the wireless pot a little. First was my retweet of an excellent DNS workaround post from Justin Cohen (@CanTechIt). One of the responses I got from wireless luminary Andrew von Nagy…
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I remember the days when meraki first came into existance. In fact I was one of the early adopters of their hardware but not software. I was able to re flash all meraki aps to a 3rd party firmware to configure Hotspot zones with advance features (thanks to the 3rd party fw). Just because cisco happens to acquire something does not quiet make it enterprise ready right away however I did notice their prices to start hiking once the Cisco acquisition was done. All in all, there are more than ample amount of 802.11 tech providers and my factor for not continuing with meraki was purely cost inclined.
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There are days when IPv6 proponents have to feel like Chicken Little. Ever since the final allocation of the last /8s to the RIRs over four years ago, we’ve been saying that the switch to IPv6 needs to happen soon before we run out of IPv4 addresses to…
There are days when IPv6 proponents have to feel like Chicken Little. Ever since the final allocation of the last /8s to the RIRs over four years ago, we've been saying that the switch to IPv6 need...
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If you’ve watched any of the recent Wireless Field Day presentations, you know that free wireless is a big hot button issue. The delegates believe that wireless is something akin to a public utility that should be available without reservation. But can it…
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Somewhere, someone is thinking about writing. They are confused where to start. Maybe they think they can’t write well at all? Perhaps they even think they’ll run out of things to say? Guess what? Just. Write. Why A Blog? Social media has taken over as…
Somewhere, someone is thinking about writing. They are confused where to start. Maybe they think they can't write well at all? Perhaps they even think they'll run out of things to say? Guess what? ...
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If you haven’t had the chance to read Jeff Fry’s treatise on why the CCIE written should be dropped, do it now. He raises some very valid points about relevancy and continuing education and how the written exam is approaching irrelvancy as a prerequisite…
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Being an independent part of the IT community isn’t an easy thing. There is a lot of writing involved and an even greater amount of research. For every word you commit to paper there is at least an hour of taking phone calls and interviewing leaders in…
Being an independent part of the IT community isn't an easy thing. There is a lot of writing involved and an even greater amount of research. For every word you commit to paper there is at least an...
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This morning, Cisco announced their intent to acquire OpenDNS, a security-as-a-service (SaaS) provider based around the idea of using Domain Naming Service (DNS) as a method for preventing the spread of malware and other exploits. I’ve used the OpenDNS…
This morning, Cisco announced their intent to acquire OpenDNS, a security-as-a-service (SaaS) provider based around the idea of using Domain Naming Service (DNS) as a method for preventing the spre...
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Cisco Live 2015 is in the books. A great return to San Diego. A farewell from John Chambers. A greeting from Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins). And a few other things. The Community is Strong, But Concerned The absolute best part of Cisco Live is the…
Cisco Live 2015 is in the books. A great return to San Diego. A farewell from John Chambers. A greeting from Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins). And a few other things. The Community is Strong, But Conc...
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As technology grows at a faster pace, companies are relying more and more on their users to help spread the word about what they are doing. Why pay exorbitant amounts for marketing when there is a group of folks that will do it for little to nothing?…
As technology grows at a faster pace, companies are relying more and more on their users to help spread the word about what they are doing. Why pay exorbitant amounts for marketing when there is a ...
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I had an interesting time at the spring meeting of the Open Networking User Group (@ONUG_) this past week. There were lots of discussions about networking, DevOps, and other assorted topics. One that caught me by surprise was some of the talk around…
I had an interesting time at the spring meeting of the Open Networking User Group (@ONUG_) this past week. There were lots of discussions about networking, DevOps, and other assorted topics. One th...
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  • Gestalt IT
    Community Manager, 2013 - present
    Outreach coordinator for Tech Field Day and Gestalt IT
  • United Systems INC
    Senior Network Engineer, 2003 - 2013
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The Networking Nerd - Snarky engineer that works on all manner of devices with IBGLs (Itty Bitty Green Lights)
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