The Face of Intolerance in America

I have lived with gay family members all of my life, and I love them for being who they are, not what they do. I simply disagree with some of their choices in life and I hope and pray that they find the kind of peace their hearts truly need. People can have have compassionate disagreements on difficult subjects like this, but that isn’t enough for some people who must punish everyone around them for daring to have a different point of view. This is the exact kind of intolerant hatred that was waged against them so many years ago, and now they too have emerged to become the very same kind of people they feared and despised so long ago.

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Where Did Civility Go?

Yeah he’s probably the loudest, most socially reactive President we’ve had in decades, but the wheels didn’t magically come off the country…

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Memorial day: Our Living Tributes

Another Memorial Day is here, and I think back on friends I have lost who served.  I remember standing in front of my father’s coffin and the vault engraved with the Navy Cross he was so very proud of.  I remember Sgt Mulkern’s bagpipes, Stripe’s crooked smile and SSgt Arnold’s tortured grin…   When I …

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Information Security. It’s About Integrity

How your company addresses security is often seen as a simple cost-value equation. …How you approach information security today often influences how the public views your overall integrity whether you like it or not.

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Installing Cumulative Updates on Exchange Server 2016

Microsoft has released cumulative updates for Exchange Server 2016 (CU2) and Exchange Server 2013(CU13), clearing the technique for .NET Framework 4.6.1 use by organizations. Microsoft Unlocks .NET Framework 4.6.1 : possibly the most outstanding updated…

How To Pick This Year’s President

Many folks on social media are inundating me with political propaganda this month; I’ve been guilty of sharing a few tidbits myself and I get it: You want your candidate to win, or you hate both of them and want to revolt. The problem is that 90% of this stuff is pure garbage (or satire) from …

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Republican Party: On the Brink

Straddling the precipice seems to be where the Republican Party feels most comfortable this year. Between the elementary school playground slap-fights played out on the national debate stage to massive policy shifts by the party front-runner in a given day, there seems to be ample evidence that the Republican Party lacks both stability and integrity …

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QuickBooks Not Windows 10 Compatible

Windows 10 has been in general release since last July, and since that time Intuit has released yet another version of its desktop accounting software as well: QuickBooks 2016. However, if you are one of those small businesses taking advantage of Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrades, you will be in for a bit of a …

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Exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 (beta)

Microsoft is offering 350 beta seats for the Exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2016/01/13/designing-and-deploying-microsoft-exchange-server-2016-beta-exam-now-available…

Windows 10: Releasing the hounds

I look back at the history of this latest version of Microsoft’s new flagship operating system and I find myself hopeful. Surprisingly hopeful…

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Windows 10: A Sys Admin’s Preview

I eagerly await how the actual delivery of these features turns out, but this very well could be the turning point that takes the public scorn of Vista and 8-8.1 out of the public consciousness and replaces it with something business users and managers have been anxiously awaiting over a decade.

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The fleecing of Idaho: A prescription drug coverage scheme

If you’ve had to get your own healthcare, then you’ve seen Mountain Health Co-op; the newest addition to the Idaho marketplace.  Unfortunately, they are playing an all-too-familiar game with their healthcare coverage that you may have already found upsetting…   It seems like a good deal, their rates are low and the coverage appears to …

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Memorial Day: 2015

All through the ages our proud men & women have served and fought as well as did their families who also served by supporting them.

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Obama Sits Upon His Throne To Watch The World Burn

This President has abandoned this nation as no other before him has ever done. Carter? Obama outpaced Carter’s idiocy years ago.

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A new direction: Technology Advocacy

My goal today is to take IT Consulting in a bold new direction by abandoning the “Value Added Reseller” model which just doesn’t allow for the flexibility required to serve customers more effectively.

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Before the Berlin Wall Fell: A Parting Shot

The base motor pool began to thunder with the sound of massive engines as every tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew began loading up a full fighting load of arms and men. Downs Barracks in Fulda West Germany had gone from silent to a war footing in mere minutes.

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Speaker John Boehner: A Spine At Last?

So now what? We’ve won the House again and the Senate… We still have the weakest leadership we’ve ever had and just because we have control doesn’t mean the same fools who squandered it before won’t turn around and do it all over again.

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Abraham Lincoln: A Fearless Revolutionary

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. -Abraham Lincoln It shouldn’t be a surprise that Abraham Lincoln is our revolutionary for the month of May. He fits our definition…

The aftermath of Windows 8

They (Microsoft) had no clue how attached people had become to their beloved start button and the comfortingly familiar desktop.

“Hey, look! Here’s a cool new touch feature to play with!” Would have gone over so very much better than the “Hey look! We took away everything you like and replaced it with a cool new (mandatory) feature most of you can’t use!” we all received.

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Microsoft Windows: You took away my what?!?

Most of us have a very personal (-ish) relationship with our computers, we connect to people through them, we pay bills and explore through them too. So, when Microsoft turned our familiar Windows on its head, the public let loose.

The tile interface idea for Windows 8 by itself wasn’t all that bad; for users with touch laptops and tablets it works just fine, but then Microsoft went a step beyond. They took a nice innovation for touch devices and inexplicably shoved it into the desktop realm.

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Has Microsoft Learned its Lesson?

When you can’t get more than 12 percent buy-in on a flagship OS after nearly two years in a market you nearly monopolize, you’ve made some earth-shatteringly bad assumptions about your customers.

What were they? Has Microsoft learned anything from it?

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Free Appliance Pickup: Convenience, or Raw Deal?

If you’ve ever heard those commercials from your local power company urging you to use less electricity, then you’ve heard the plea to use wisely, conserve energy, and they even offer to pick up your old appliances for free if you buy new energy efficiency ones. Sometimes they even offer to pay you a small amount of money to pick them up for you.

It seems like a decent gesture on the surface of it, why else would they want to haul away your broken appliances?

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Memorial Day: Promises Broken

The list of broken promises to our nations heroes is growing longer every day, the resignations within the VA will not raise those veterans who died at the hands of the own caregivers.

…And but for a proud few; as a nation we have yet to do anything but stand aside and watch it unfold… Unmoved, unstirred and apparently uncaring: United we stand, our integrity stolen, our honor besmirched, our heroes forgotten…

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How to secure your home computer without the scare tactics

Every time an advertisement on a website declares they’ve found a “Weird new trick” that will magically evade all car insurance rules, or will make you rich “while you work at home,” you open the door yourself to invite disaster in for a free meal.

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The Magical Mystery Batch, how bank’s use it to rip you off.

Some banks have changed how they process payables, and by payables I mean those checks or other types of transactions that pay funds from your bank account to other people or businesses. This type of processing, which for simplicity’s sake I’ll call the Magical Mystery Batch…

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What you (or your IT department) should do right now to secure Windows XP

Everyone keeps telling you how every hacker on the planet is now targeting you and your XP machine. But is it really the end of the road for Windows XP? Are you left hanging in the breeze with no recourse? The answer may surprise you.

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