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Derrick Wlodarz
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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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In the 1990s, a company without an IT department probably wasn't using computers. Today, small/midsize organizations are increasingly ditching the Leviathan that is the IT dept in favor of the cloud and/or managed services. Are traditional IT depts their own worst enemies? In many cases, I'd say so. Here's my take on what is decimating the formal IT dept of yesteryear.
For many organizations under 100 users or so, there has been a trend on the rise that is either decimating formal IT departments entirely, or trimming them down to bare minimum levels. Many in the IT industry wouldn't notice it, because, of course, they may likely be working for such a department themselves. It's hard to have an objective viewpoint when you're part of the status quo.
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The new edition of the Journal for Social Era Knowledge is out, and my article on how digital is saving libraries -- not hurting them --  made the cut. A good read for insight on how libraries are adapting well with the times, and using things like ebooks and digital collaboration to their advantage and actually thriving quite well.
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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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BlackBerry, iPhone, Android... I've tried them all at this point. I never thought I would give Windows on a smartphone another chance, but I'm glad I did. It's by far the most satisfying, clean, and stable mobile experience I've ever enjoyed. Still doubting Windows Phone? Time to give Microsoft another look...
Of all the mobile platforms out there, Windows Phone 8.1 was literally the absolute last option I ever thought I would land upon. I had a burning hatred for Windows on the mobile side, seeing that I was forced into using a Pocket PC 6700 (Windows Mobile 5) years ago while working for a former employer. To say that experience soured my opinion of Windows Mobile is an understatement.
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All good things must come to an end. And as such, Microsoft has officially killed off Outlook.com's free custom domain email capabilities. If you were thinking of using the service, it's time to look towards a paid solution. And same goes for anyone on the service still. It officially enters life support mode after July 31!
After Google chopped off the umbilical cord from the oft-used Free Edition of its Google Apps suite back in late 2012, users were left wondering where they could take their custom email domain needs to. One of the best remaining alternatives was by far Outlook.com, Microsoft's free email service which I use in place of Gmail now. I penned an extensive how-to piece on getting Outlook.com working as your own custom domain host for email last year.
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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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