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Derrick Wlodarz
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After a 5 year absence, I co-hosted the Podnutz Daily Podcast once again this past Sunday night. Google's Project Fi cell service, tools like PC CHECK / Fabs Autobackup, and Meraki's cloud networking line are just some of the topics we covered on the show. Great material for the up and coming technicians out there!
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You did fantastic Derrick, thank you very much 
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We had a capacity crowd at Niles Library this past weekend for our newest class, Cutting the Cord. Erica Bosco (Lead Helpdesk Tech) and me co-presented this session which showcased a sampling of the services and devices that can make a post-cable TV lifestyle possible. The full class recording is LIVE on our YouTube channel as of today. Check it out if you missed us!
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Forget Ruckus, UniFi, Cisco Aironet, Aruba, or any of the other established names in WiFi. Our company is finding great success with Meraki's MR access point line in the smallest offices or the largest campuses. Here's my take on why Meraki's got some magic that shouldn't be ignored.
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When a brand turns from a mere option of choice into a revered lifestyle, it takes on a new meaning. Apple, by expert observation and scientific testing, has transformed an already loyal following into a near cult-like obsession for its faithful. What drives Appledom into a holier than thou status? My latest op/ed dives into the new Religion of Apple.
As someone who is always on the prowl for new podcast material to enjoy, I recently came across one which is hosted by a name familiar to many in the States. Joe Rogan -- currently best known for being lead color commentator on most large UFC PPV events -- doubles as someone who hosts an interesting podcast under the simple guise of
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Cloud hosted VoIP is a great product with super low overhead associated, BUT it needs a network backbone to match its appetite for bandwidth and low latency data flow. The ones complaining their deployment stinks are the same ones who failed to follow industry best practices. Here's a deep dive on the areas our company is busy fixing before rolling out VoIP at customer sites.
Too often, cloud hosted VoIP gets a bad rap on the internet. People bashing provider A because call quality stunk. Or giving provider B a tough time because staff constantly had
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Guns and Confederate flags didn't breed this monster. The hate burrows of the internet did. Here's my take on how the mainstream media has derailed the honest debate about how we honestly prevent the next Dylann Roof.
No less than a week ago, young Dylann Roof, a self-described hardline racist, decided to take nine wonderful lives in Charleston, SC. This was an individual who, through a manifesto since unveiled, had shaped his worldview so narrowly that he irreversibly joined the corrupted fringes of society.
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Nothing to so with guns and politics ?http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/12/us/gun-law-homicide-drop/
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There are few reasons OS X couldn't thrive on regular PC hardware competing with Windows. And Apple's reluctance to let OS X free from its Apple hardware chains is a big reason many (like me) don't buy Apple. Here's my concise take on why Apple should open OS X up to the PC world and in turn, the big benefits that would bring to all computer consumers.
As an IT professional by day, it's a question that has confounded me for some time. I've tossed it around in my technical circles, trying to get a feel for what true reasons exist for Apple's double standard when it comes to not allowing OS X onto other platforms -- but gladly allowing Windows to run natively via Boot Camp.
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We had a great turnout for our very first Windows 10 for Beginners class of the year last weekend! Two more sessions to go until year's end, but for now, if you missed my presentation at Lincolnwood Library on Sep 13, the full class recording is now up on our YouTube channel.
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Trying to decide on a cloud productivity platform? I've just posted the first of a special four part series diving into the Google Apps vs Office 365 debate. This part dives into an objective, qualitative look at pricing and what each vendor bundles in their plan levels. Who comes out on top may surprise you.
If there's one common request I get from readers via email, it's that they want an updated deep dive on my thoughts regarding the whole Office 365 vs Google Apps debate. It's a topic I've written about on numerous occasions in the past -- dissecting the facts, wading through the FUD, and piecing together my honest opinion on who comes out on top.
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Why does public or guest WiFi usually stink? And more importantly, how is WiFi done right? Here's a cheat sheet on 15 best practices we follow when doing WiFi planning and installation to ensure the best end user experiences. Great WiFi doesn't have to break the bank.
Pitiful Wi-Fi implementation is so prevalent these days that people take it for granted. From the hotels we visit, to the cafes we frequent, down to the offices we call home 9-5 daily. And that's unfortunate, because when done right, Wi-Fi is an enabler for connecting us wherever, whenever.
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Since I recently picked up an Xbox One, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the big reasons I skipped on PS4. Here's why Microsoft's value proposition with the Xbox One is comfortably better than what the PS4 has on the table. All from the perspective of part casual gamer, part home theater minimalist.
I owe Sony a lot of credit. It wasn't the original Xbox and the young Xbox Live service that gave me my first taste in console online gaming. It was my beloved PS2 that connected me to the early adopters skating around Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3, and wannabe commandos practicing flanks together in the original SOCOM.
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FireLogic is growing and we're hiring again! We're on the hunt for a skilled technician to fill an IT Helpdesk position in our managed services department, for a customer site in Westchester, IL. This is a full time position with health benefits. Please check out the link below for the full job posting details and how to apply!
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I'm a geek by hobby but a professional by trade. Technology & the cloud is my driving passion but I also enjoy hockey in all forms - ice and inline.

I happen to be one of a handful of Google Apps Certified Trainers in the States, as well as a Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist. I've also got a scattering of certifications from CompTIA including the A+, Network+, Server+, and Security+. I hold Microsoft's MCTS certifications in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

My company FireLogic is based in Park Ridge, IL and provides computer repair, technology consulting & training for the northwest Chicagoland area. Visit our website FireLogic.net for more details.
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