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Ethan Banks
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Network architect, podcaster, freelance writer.
Network architect, podcaster, freelance writer.

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Before you read this post, understand that PPTP is insecure. Don’t use PPTP to create a VPN to anything you care about. TL;DR Skip to Solution #3. Problem When successfully making a PPTP connection to a remote VPN server with the built-in Mac OS X client,…

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The more I tune out, the less I miss it. But that has presented me with some complex choices for a nuanced approach to curb social media addiction.

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On October 26, 2016 at 5:30p, I'm speaking to a couple of Chicago-based MeetUp groups banding together to hear me discuss implementing SD-WAN. The talk will be held at Cisco Systems Building - SkylineATS, 9501 Technology Blvd. 3rd Floor, Rosemont, IL.…

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Fred writes, "I've got a conference coming up in December that I've been invited to speak at. This is something I've wanted to do for sometime. However, having never done it, I'm looking for some tips on how to get started."

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A topic I complain about with some regularity is my inability to keep up with incoming messages. I'm too busy creating something for someone else to consume to bother trying to keep up. That's the way of things. If I successfully keep up with all the…

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On the Citizens of Tech Podcast #43, we interviewed Dr. Patrick McCarthy of the Giant Magellan Telescope project, currently under construction in Chile. Pat was an outstanding spokesman for the GMT, clearly explaining the project's worth to science,…

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Over the weekend, I investigated the possibility of Apple replacing the tired battery in my four year old rMBP13. Yes, they can do it. It's $199 for that particular model. But they also require an admin-level username and password for the device. Hmm...

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The scripting language Python can retrieve information from or publish information into the messaging app Slack. This means you can write a program that puts info into Slack for you, or accepts your queries using Slack as the interface. This is useful if…

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TECHunplugged is a one-day event where end users, influencers and vendors come together to talk shop. At the Chicago event on October 27, 2016, I'll be speaking on the following big idea: how the network automation war might soon be won. If you're a…

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In this show, we get into what expiration dates on packaged food and drugs really mean. How should you react when the date expires? If you assume, “Throw it out to be safe,” you’d be wrong. We also chat about dealing with password expiration policies.…
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