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Twitter – the should, the could, the would company

Twitter, the decade plus old company is still trying to define what it is and how to make money. It is trapped in a business model of providing free service in exchange for our souls and friends. Based on the past performance there is little hope that Twitter’s future will be brighter. The number of free users is not growing fast enough (if at all) and the revenue from ads is not rising fast enough to stop the bleeding. Let’s…

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You can do better McKinsey

Dear McKinsey, you can do better than this.02 When I saw the article from McKinsey ‘Straight Talk About Big Data’, http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/straight-talk-about-big-data I got excited. McKinsey produces quality content and it positions itself as a thought leader. Not this time. This article is full of truisms, clichés and at worst competing or not fully baked ideas. Let’s begin from the end. ‘ … Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” We haven’t…

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Troubleshoot Error: VMware ESX/ESXi – Failed Power Supply

Rollup alert  The hardware component VMware Rollup Health State on ESX server is now reporting a status of 3. Status 2 denotes yellow state, while 3 denotes red state. This started at 2015-09-02 13:05:35 PDT – or 0h 3m ago. Power supply state The hardware component Power Supply 2 Power Supply 2 0: Power Supply AC lost – Assert on ESX server is now reporting a status of 3. Status 2 denotes yellow state, while 3 denotes red state. This started at…

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This weather update is brought to you by IBM.

Weather is no longer just conversation while paying for your coffee, or chatting around the water cooler – it is becoming big business. That’s why IBM recently bought the Weather Channel for reported $2 billion. And it is also another manifestation of Big Data creating opportunities for companies to capitalize on. IBM has made Big Data and analytics the next mountain it wishes to climb. They understand that a company of any size will need vital sets of information in…

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Troubleshoot errors: Exchange – Mailbox has Exceeded Maximum Mailbox Size

ERROR – The mailbox for has exceeded the maximum mailbox size. This mailbox cannot send or receive messages. Incoming messages to this mailbox are returned to sender. The mailbox owner should be notified about the condition of the mailbox as soon as possible. Most organizations implement mailbox quotas on their Exchange. While this policy is good for managing disk space and enforce users to clean up their mailboxes, this also poses a challenge for individual users when they exceed their quota.…

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SharePoint – The service did not start due to a logon failure

Sometimes a minor detail can lead into severe side-effects, as is the case in this posting. Our client installed a new piece of software, and one of the installation steps generated a rather seemingly harmless question. The installation software asked if it can be allowed to update a GPO (Group Policy object) in Active Directory (AD). The unsuspecting IT staff member assumed this was fine and proceeded to make the changes required to make the software work. However, soon after,…

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To be or not to be in the Cloud: Migration Solutions

There’s been much talk about the cloud as the best solution for meeting today’s changing needs of technology in school districts. Though most IT Directors are advocates of moving to the cloud not everyone’s heads are in the clouds. For many, moving away from on-premise storage and access is a bit unsettling. Data security and privacy is high on the list of concerns for schools especially for Canadian schools who feel uncomfortable with their data hosted across the border. Their…

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Facebook is on its way to dominate the world

Facebook is now ready to dominate the online world of business with the latest announcement from its F8 conference. The company made it very clear that having 1.35 billion active users and allowing them to share bad selfies and cat videos is not their end game. I’m shocked. Really. True, Facebook is making some good money from advertising but hey – that’s just for the cash flow. Their strategy is to dominate businesses within the social networking site as well…

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Even Jack Sparrow can have a copy of Windows

How do you combat software theft? Give it away for free. Microsoft recently announced that anyone in China who has a copy of the Windows 7 Operating System (and up), legitimate or illegitimate, will be able to upgrade for free to the new Windows 10 version. The estimated number of users, who would be able to take the advantage of this offer, would be in the hundreds of millions! Why would Microsoft do such a crazy thing as giving their…

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The distance between your wrist and pocket is exactly $300

What just happened? Did we suddenly move to a new universe where spending minimum $300 on a gimmicky technology gadget is normal? Actually that isn’t new at all – the gadgets seem to change with the season. It seems as though the latest “it” gadget with a $300 price tag can easily go to $15,000 for the fancy version – and this device likely won’t last for more than 3 years!! Even if it does, it will have become obsolete.…

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