Escape from California

Having developed and applied control system software my entire career, I was looking forward to my new job in California. I had accepted a position with a leading semiconductor equipment firm that specialized in metrology. Metrology is the technology, not unlike a microscope, that can examine circuits being built in production facility with extreme precision.

3 Great New Security Features in Windows 10

With the recent release of the Windows 10 technical preview, Microsoft is showcasing a new set of security features and an operating system built to withstand an increasingly hostile cyber world.

This is what we know about the security improvements in Windows 10 so far:

Active Directory integration with Azure: If you have services hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud, your workstation login will give you access to all your cloud services as well.

Small world big world

I can actually recall the first time I got on the Internet. I was looking around on my Compuserv account and noticed a button that referred to something called the “internet”. And when I clicked on it, I felt like I was leaving the safety of compuserv and entering a much larger world; and I was.

Thinking of a VOIP system but confused by all the Hype?

There are a multitude of VOIP systems on the market today with more market entrants on a continual basis. The approaches to the best and most cost-effective solution are varied. So how does a small business owner get started on selecting a replacement for their aging phone system?

Let’s break these approaches down to 3 categories:

Traditional Analog: This is the type of service that hasn’t changed a lot in over 100 years.

4 Things a Business Owner Must Never Do

Use a consumer grade firewall: Any business represents an attractive target for a hacker, who now employ a multitude of attacks to steal identities, sensitive information, or passwords. Since many companies use cloud services, and their employees are spending more time online, firewalls must do much more than ward off external attacks.

Process Above All

A lot of business owners that we talk to are very focused on the technology they are using and what they believe they need. For example, should they stay with their current in-house setup or should the “go to the cloud”.

While these are important considerations, they are not the right questions to ask if a business is experiencing technology-related problems.

Too Many Wireless Access Points?

For larger buildings or in high-density environments such as schools, it’s tempting to try to solve performance problems by adding additional wireless access points. However, does this strategy actually work?

Quite often, it will not. The access points will tend to interfere with each other because they will likely be transmitting on the same frequency or frequencies that are close to each other.