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Sometimes all you need is what's in your pocket.
 
Admin in your Pocket: Mobile Tools to Make You More Efficient

For a system administrator, when the phone rings at two in the morning, it's rarely good news, writes +Wayne Rash . If you run a data center, or you are an administrator for a data visualization system, or for that matter, you are pretty much anyone in IT, you know when the phone rings that it's probably terrible news. Likely, your sleep for the night is over. 

But it doesn't have to be that way. For most people responsible for the smooth running of a company’s data systems, it may be that everything you need is right there in your pocket, or on the table next to your bed. If you plan ahead, a surprising number of system admin problems can be handled using apps on your phone or tablet. But you do have to plan ahead. #sysadmintips  
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The #HeartBleed OpenSSL bug is a significant security threat. While you may not be able to do much about information that may have already been stolen, you can still prevent further data loss. This means you need to act quickly, but not before you've confirmed that the sites you work with have been updated. Here are some things you can do: http://www.eweek.com/security/heartbleed-ssl-encryption-vulnerability-requires-quick-attention.html
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You need to read "Who Writes Linux" before you spread your misinformed opinions re. "The scandal is that giant enterprises are doing nothing to contribute to the development, testing and validation of the free software..." 
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#BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced publicly that he's dumping #TMobile and its customers in a fit of wounded pride over an event that's long past. Unfortunately, BlackBerry is so weak that the company cannot afford to chase customers away, or to shake the confidence of the customers remain. What set of customers will BlackBerry dump next as Chen strives to prove how macho he is? This is a very bad move. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/blackberry-ceo-chen-puts-pride-before-profits-by-dumping-t-mobile.html
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The network is dead. Ever since we declared "The Year of the LAN" the network has existed as a separate entity held apart from the rest of IT, but that's changed. Now the network is just part of the background, another service like electricity and water that we take for granted. And that's a good thing. http://www.eweek.com/networking/at-interop-you-could-watch-the-network-disappear-in-real-time.html
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The best idea for cloud security seems to be a security layer in the hypervisor, proposed by Martin Casado of VMware. Name sounds familiar? He's the inventor of OpenFlow. Equally important, he wasn't proposing the security layer specifically for VMware, but rather a standard for virtualized systems. #SecurityLayer #cloud http://www.eweek.com/cloud/cloud-security-viewed-as-vital-but-effective-solutions-lacking.html
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The smartphone kill switch announced by +CTIA-The Wireless Association is a good compromise for all concerned. Some may complain, but it's more important that we get a solution in place rather than hope for a solution that may never happen. This solution is very much like what Apple provides with iOS7, and it's an important source of protection. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/ctia-carriers-finally-agree-to-a-smartphone-kill-switch.html
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The time has finally come, and you're still running #WindowsXP on the day when support expires. It's too late to panic, but there are steps you can take to protect your data, things you can do before you migrate, and it's always possible that you can just keep on running XP. Maybe. http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/windows-xp-support-expiration-doesnt-mean-its-time-to-panic.html
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BlackBerry is in enough trouble already. Dumping thousands of loyal customers in a fit of pique is simply dumb. Yes, #Tmobile made a mistake, but they fixed it. Time for #BlackBerry to fix its blunder.
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An effort by cloud providers to make their products seem new, cool and  trendy by inventing new jargon simply confuses IT managers, and delays adoption while they figure out what it really means, But not everyone does this. We have a refreshing interview with HP's Margaret Dawson. http://www.eweek.com/cloud/road-to-cloud-computing-obscured-by-confusion-marketing-hype.html
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#Microsoft is offering $100 off a new PC to get you to dump #XP . This is a good idea, since you have two weeks before it's abandoned. After that, you're on your own, liability issues and all. Fortunately, Microsoft will also help with data migration and even recycling. It's time to move to something besides #WindowsXP . http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/microsoft-offers-100-discount-to-get-you-to-dump-that-old-xp-machine.html
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