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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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Missed my Maintaining your Home Computer class at Niles Library this past weekend? The entire session is live and available on our YouTube Channel already. All kinds of great topics were covered with the capacity live audience including backup best practices, how to properly protect against power issues, patching best practices, and much much more! A keeper of a class!
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The most high profile example of open source success, Linux, has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to gain desktop adoption, with little to show for it. What's holding Linux, and open source in general, back from acceptance in the mainstream? Here's the scoop on what's wrong with the modern open source model and how it can be fixed for good.
There was a very frank question pegged towards Slashdot readers a few months back, which I happened to stumble upon just by chance during some Googling. It was a pretty simple question that merely asked: for the non-coders out there, especially ones taking advantage of open source software, why aren't more of you contributing back to the open source community?
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All those in the tech media rejoicing over the news of Windows RT being killed off failed to fact check what Microsoft really meant behind the move. As my latest op/ed discusses, Windows RT and Windows 10 share far more common ground than most know. Here's a breakdown on why the bones from Windows RT are a critical keystone in the upcoming success of Windows 10.
There's no need to ask for a show of hands. To get a sense of how long the Windows RT hate-train is, you can just spend a few minutes Googling. A few weeks ago when Microsoft let loose that official Windows RT devices, like the Surface 2, were not getting Windows 10 in any proper shape, the anti-RT chorus cheered that they have been finally vindicated.
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Our managed IT services firm FireLogic is centralizing most customer offices on Meraki devices, and for good reason. These firewalls are rock solid, feature excellent 24/7 support, and most of all, have one of the slickest management interfaces around. If you were doubtful about cloud managed networking, here's hoping I can change your mind.
Two of the largest network gaming services, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, took unplanned hiatuses on Christmas Day 2014. And for their credit, both Sony and Microsoft were not the culprits for the outages. Newly infamous hacking group Lizard Squad used DDoS attacks against the gaming networks to chalk up part publicity stunt and part targeted advertising for their new DDoS-for-hire service.
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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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Episode 4 of the Office 365 Tech Show is finally live! I co-hosted once again with Lisa Hendrickson and special guest host Marvin Bee. We talked tips, news, migration stories, and all things Office 365 related.
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Curious about using Windows 10 for Phones while it's in preview form? Here's my take after one full week with it on my Lumia 925. It's far from finished, but offers a great glimpse as to where Windows 10 for Phones is heading!
Microsoft made it pretty clear: Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones is still only meant for serious technical testers only. Of anything I've learned after one full week using my daily Lumia 925 on the preview release, it's that this OS is far from ready for primetime. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, per se.
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The latest episode of the Office 365 Show podcast is up! I co-hosted once again with remote support queen Lisa Hendrickson for a jam packed episode all about Office 365 migrations, planning, and other topics related to moving email to Office 365.
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Special Episode #1 of the Office 365 Deep Dive Series is live! I co-hosted the show with Lisa Hendrickson from Call That Girl and for this show, we went over the full basics of Office 365 as a service. The recording runs nearly 1.5 hrs but has plenty of juicy info for techs looking to dig into Office 365.
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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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