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Derrick Wlodarz
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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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Many people are calling for the outright censorship of Islamic State propaganda online. These good intentions actually have the worst unintended consequences, which is the concerted silencing of the atrocities being committed by the Islamo Fascists. My newest op/ed digs into the real reasoning behind free speech and how it can help ignite the public opinion war against these scum.
There's a reason we are in a cultural, military, and cyber messaging war with a twisted group called IS -- still widely called ISIS, its old name. It doesn't call itself HISIS; they don't claim to represent Hinduism. Nor BISIS; they aren't Buddhist radicals. CRISIS and JISIS would also be incorrect, since they aren't Christian or Jewish radicals, either.
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Our company FireLogic is hiring! We are on the hunt for (2) daytime IT Support Specialists and (1) daytime Helpdesk staff member -- all full time openings available immediately with benefits. All openings are for our home base in Park Ridge, IL.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be, full job descriptions are available below:

Helpdesk Support: http://goo.gl/X61hZr
IT Support Specialist: http://goo.gl/YGVVvm

There is no official closing date for the jobs, but we are looking to hire immediately and will begin doing callbacks just before the holiday.
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Making the move off Server 2003 soon? Whether you're looking to virtualize, or need to get a new physical server up, here are twelve best practices we've put together in the field.
Most of us have hopefully managed to get off the sinking ship that was Windows XP. As much of a recent memory as that has become, a new end of life is rearing its head, and it's approaching fervently for those who haven't started planning for it. Microsoft's Windows Server 2003, a solid server operating system that's now about eleven and a half years old, is heading for complete extinction in just under 300 days. Microsoft has a fashionable count...
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The fanciest endpoint technology like laptops, tablets, and smartphones are useless when IT systems lacking resiliency fail before our eyes. Why should small businesses be concerned? Here's a quick brief on what resiliency in modern IT systems looks like, and how you can start adapting these best practices for your own organization.
As overused as it may be, the old mantra still holds definitively true: you're only as strong as your weakest link. This goes for sports teams, business divisions, vehicles, and most anything else in life where multiple links make up the entity at large. It shouldn't be surprising that IT systems and networks follow the same logic.
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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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My presentation to students at Maine East High School last week is live and available via YouTube now. We talked desirable skills for the modern IT worker, why people skills matter so much in today's workplace, and the kinds of things that may benefit young entrepreneurs with opening their own tech businesses. A great watch for up and coming students looking to get into IT!
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Derrick, thanks again for coming to speak to our students. It was a great experience for them and your emphasis on people and technical skills re-enforces what they learn in our tech internship program. It's so important that they hear that message from a professional working in the field like yourself. Keep up the great work you do in and for our community!
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When evaluating Cisco and Avaya in the race towards Unified Communications, I've found we've been looking in the wrong places all along. Cloud-Hosted Lync, offered by CallTower, is as close to UCaaS nirvana as it comes. Here's why.
A few weeks back, I finally had a really good chance at stress testing our company's still-fresh hosted Lync solution from CallTower. Merging calls. Transferring calls. Starting ad-hoc conference calls with clients. All the while IM'ing my internal staff and fellow clients, and checking voicemails that were coming through as MP3s in my email along with associated text transcriptions.
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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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    Business Administration, 2005 - 2009
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