Browsing Category: "Vendors"

Licensing in Any World

Servers, Vendors March 14th, 2011

Brian Lewis (IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft) recently blogged about licensing in a virtual world.  He made some interesting points about Datacenter edition licensing as VM density grows.

All that talk of licensing reminded me of a tool I’ve used to manage and license machines in my network – the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) version 2.0.  Version 2.0 has some updated features, including managing Office 2010 licensing in addition to Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.  There is a version 1.1 of the tool that will manage licensing for Vista, Server 2008, Win 7, and Server 2008 R2.

AT&T – It’s Not To Be

General Interest, Networking, Rants, Vendors November 7th, 2008

Well, my AT&T experience has been less than stellar.  I’ve been talking recently on the podcast about my troubles with Time Warner’s RoadRunner service (including having my service drop out several times during the past few shows).  I was looking forward to having AT&T’s U-Verse installed at my home after a sales person had come to my door over the summer to advise me that the service was available in my neighborhood.

Fast forward to October 10th,  I had a sales rep from AT&T in my home discussing the services I was going to purchase.  I was very eager to get them installed and was somewhat dismayed to find that their installation schedule was already about a month out.  I scheduled an installation for today (Friday, November 7th).

This morning, before the technician came to my house, he called me and advised me that I probably would not be able to get service.  While they installed new fiber to the nearby Central Office, the copper lines coming to my block were old and had not yet been upgraded.  They did not think that the existing copper would work for this service.  He advised me that they had previous issues installing on my block and that this has been a known issue (reported several times in the past).  The tech also told me that this segment was not scheduled to be repaired until next year.

So, I’m stuck with Time Warner, until I can find a cost effective replacement (maybe TDS?).

I think the service provided by AT&T was abysmal.  I would have appreciated some notification that there was a potential problem and that service was likely not going to be able to be delivered anytime before today.

I called my sales rep (who is a friend of a friend) and advised him that my service was not going to be installed and that I was going to call and make some noise about this.  I tried to explain that I was not upset with him, as he did not have the information to relay to me, but that I was frustrated and upset about the process and inconvenience.  I also advised him that I would be recording my experiences for the blog and podcast.  I was stunned by his reaction to my experience.  He was more concerned about negative publicity than with the loss of a customer.  He stated that I should not report negatively about my experience, since all I lost was my time. I was stunned and I reacted badly.

Ed, I’m sorry I raised my voice on the phone, that was unprofessional of me. (I really wanted to put a "but, …" in there; however, I was wrong on raising the level of my voice.)  I do not retract any of my statements, but I should not have raised my voice.

People who know me know that it takes a lot to get me upset, but AT&T, in the person of their sales rep, had just discounted the most valuable thing I have, time.  Each person only has so much time in their lives and respecting other peoples’ time is very important to me. 

Time is a limiting factor in our lives and impacts everything we do.  We are paid for our time at work.  We spend time with our loved ones, doing activities we enjoy.  We donate time to causes we believe in.  

In all those statements, time is currency and we have a finite, unknown quantity of it to use.  I get upset when people squander that resource, and enraged when people dismiss its value.

I’m not perfect, but I try my best to respect other people’s time.  I wish other people and companies would as well.  AT&T sure does not.

Episode 61 – You’re Soaking In It

Podcast, Rants, Show Stuff, Vendors July 30th, 2008

Recorded: July 29, 2008
Your Host: Keith Albright and Steven Murawski
Show Length: 49:13

Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy.

Links mentioned in this show:

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Website Picks:

Keith – Convert JPG to ASCII Art

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Bourne Rocks

Geek Stuff, General Interest, Security, Vendors August 3rd, 2007

  

I just got back from the Juniper Networks event; The Bourne Ultimatum was awesome.  If you like the series, then you will definitely like this one.  I listened to an interview with Matt Damon on the way to the event and he promised it had more action scenes than the previous two and he wasn’t kidding.

Oh yeah, and there was some talk about firewalls and network products somewhere in there as well.  Actually, the coolest thing was Juniper giving away three SSG5 firewall appliances with wireless.  Your talking about a $500 security appliance.  It was a nice change from the usual MP3/Digital Camera giveaway.  Unfortunately, I did not win one…..oh well, maybe next time.

Thanks to Allan Sumerfield at Juniper for the invite to the event.

Episode 10 – Losin’ My Religion

Career, Certifications, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Networking, Podcast, Security, Vendors August 1st, 2007

Recorded: July 31, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright, Rich Niemeier, and Ted Miller
Show Length: 1:29:40

This week we cover a variety of news and other topics; We have a brief discussion on technology vendor salespeople, Instant Messaging to interview job candidates, and a new fiber-optic cable. Ted informs us of the deadly threat lurking in our laser printers. As usual, we end with our website picks and we hope you enjoy.
NOTE: I think we finally nailed the sound quality. Let us know what you think.
Links mentioned in this show:

Other podcasts mentioned in this show:

Technorama

PaulDotCom Security Weekly

See the full show notes here.

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: Youlicit.com
Rich’s Pick: Free Church Music
Ted’s Pick: Etsy.com


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Episode 8 – Legacy Devices

Geek Stuff, Podcast, Rants, Security, Servers, SPAM, Vendors July 6th, 2007

Recorded: July 5, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:47:02

Rich and I discuss legacy devices and the problems encountered when trying to replace them. It extends our discussion from last episode on the conflicting viewpoints between the business leaders and the IT organization. News items on VoIP regulations and contact-less payment methods. Rich starts exploring Network Access Control (NAC) while I rebuild all of my mail security servers. A new resource for portable apps for your USB drive. We finish off with a couple of website picks and a musical finale courtesy of Pantless Knights Productions.
As usual, we hope you enjoy.

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Full Show Notes

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: MacorPC.org
Rich’s Pick: Slide.com

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Episode 7 – Get Organized

Career, Podcast, Vendors June 25th, 2007

Recorded: June 22, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:39:05

Rich and I discuss IT Organization structures and the trend toward the ‘hybrid’ model to align IT goals with the business. News items on Motorola acquisitions, RFID umbrella tracking privacy concerns, Safari Browser on Windows, and Spam Spikes. Rich talks about his battle with Internet connectivity problems during a big event and I relate my email and hard drive failure problems. We finish off with a couple of website picks.

As usual, we hope you enjoy.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Full Show Notes

Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: WhoCalled
Keith’s Second Pick: Feed The Pig

Rich’s Pick: PhysOrg
Rich’s Second Pick: Webcast Index

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Episode 6 – Extreme Jobs

Feedback, Geek Stuff, Podcast, Rants, Security, Vendors June 8th, 2007

Recorded: June 7, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:28:00

Rich and I discuss an article on extreme jobs and how IT workers fall into this category. We discuss a couple recent news items related to Wi-Fi and security as well as Dell’s recent legal troubles. Rich experiments with his Blackberry as a tethered modem while I rant about email etiquette. A couple of utilities and our website picks rounds out the episode.

As usual, we hope you enjoy.

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Website Picks:

Keith’s Pick: My Best FM

Rich’s Pick: Trunk Monkey

Rich’s Makeup Pick: E-How

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Episode 4 – Policies & Procedures

Desktops, Geek Stuff, Networking, Podcast, Rants, Security, Servers, Vendors May 9th, 2007

Recorded: May 8, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:54:28

Rich and I discuss development of IT policies and procedures; how to start and why they are important. In addition, I throw in a couple of my thoughts on how to audit yourself and how to handle an audit. Rich talks about his move from the Treo to the Blackberry and his battles with a SCO Unix box that died. Rich uncovers some new Virtual Machine appliances available from Microsoft. We discuss Microsofts proposed $3 educational software bundle for developing countries. I attended a seminar on wireless network troubleshooting by Fluke Networks and we discuss their products as well as our own personal experiences troubleshooting wireless systems. This episode marks the debut of our show promos that we’ve asked other podcasts to play. Take a listen and we hope you enjoy.

Thanks everyone.

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We’re Back!

Hosting, Rants, Vendors March 19th, 2007

 

Actual Error

 

Just to give a quick update to the four people that visit the site………

In order to get up and running quickly, I used the blog package offered by our hosting company.  It’s a nice package (WordPress), however, they ran into a ‘glitch’ on friday night and the site came down.  I called Saturday and they said they were working on it and that it was a known problem.  Having been in similar situations myself and this not being anything mission critical, I didn’t press the issue.  It finally came back up Monday morning (right about the time I WAS going to call and press the issue). 

I guess I should have invested the time up front and loaded my own software rather than rely on the hosting company.  That will have to be my next project.

My apologies for the outage (if anyone noticed beside Rich and myself).  Hopefully fixing the ‘glitch’ will not cause Milton to stop receiveing his paycheck either.

Keith

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