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Increase Your Salary by Writing - Grow your Personal Network, Get Recognized, Be Ready for Future Promotions

Pen and Paper ImageImproving one's writing skills is an important aspect of career development in the field of Information Technology. Gaining recognition for knowledge in your field as well as the ability to effectively communicate to a wide range of other parties will set you apart from your peers.

I was introduced to the idea of climbing the corporate ladder through writing while at Intel. One common theme among the rising stars and seasoned pro's was participation in creating white papers, documentation and training materials that would further the organization as a whole.Read full article...


Theming Drupal Blocks in a Zen Sub-theme

Adding block styles to your sub-theme are important for several reasons. My original objective behind learning to style blocks was to eliminate large  titles and awkward spacing that was inherited from the parent style sheets, especially the H2 tag. Once I got a grasp on how easy it was to style individual blocks or groups of them I started to utilize this more. Blocks.css comes packaged in your sub-theme's CSS directory with many useful classes and ID's listed (commented with their purpose as well).

Taking a look at the page source you can see how styles are applied to blocks...Read full article...


Taking on the Network Rack full of Spaghetti Cabling

Spaghetti CablesWe've all seen the rack from hell, but not many have the courage (maybe blind ambition) to take on the project of making it right. The bravery pays off since any management in your department will be able to physically see the difference and it cuts down on future tasks the rack requires.Read full article...


Effective Questioning Skills for IT Staff

It takes more than technical knowledge to be able to provide the best solution available for any given situation. Having a clear understanding of the requirements is crucial to meeting them and foreseeing future needs others may have overlooked. These requirements aren’t always clearly stated however. This is where effective questioning benefits Information Technology.

Simply put, you should be able to explain why this solution is the best avenue and what the benefit/cost is using the facts gained from your questions.Read full article...


Deploy Network Printers using GPO

  1. Open Print Management Console in Adminitrative Tools (Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Print Management)
  2. On the left sidebar you will see Print Servers under Custom Filters, right click Print Servers -> add/remove servers then you can either manually enter your print server name or browse for it.
  3. Click Add to List to be able to manage this print server with the Print Management Console
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How to Remove Malware: A Step by Step Guide

Malware is an everyday occurrence these days making the ability to remove it a must for anyone working with end users on workstations. I've outlined the steps I follow when combating these threats, comment to let us know additional steps you follow.Read full article...


Word Templates for Documentation of Server Downtime Impact

Server Documentation plays a critical role in both change management and business continuity by ensuring all involved are fully informed. The purpose of Impact Statements is to have critical information available without the need for time consuming research when a system has unexpectedly gone down or during planning of system downtime. These statements play a critical role in maximizing system availability and safeguarding against accidental outages because of uninformed personnel.Read full article...


Word Template for Rating Attributes

A simple Word Document for rating items/attributes on a scale of 1-5.

I used this document to get accurate feedback regarding mobile devices in the field after the feedback focused on an aspect that was independent of the information needed. Basically following how sports players are ranked in any organized league this should be the way to get a better idea on what's currently working and what could use some improvement.

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Google will Teach your Mom Technology

How hard do you laugh when your friend's phone rings, they pick up and within seconds you know it's his mother wanting help with a task on the computer? It's just comical, for someone that can manage thousands of systems and users including providing support you'd think they'd be able to explain how to open a web page in a new tab and why you'd want to. It just get's ugly and you laugh more... then it happens to you!Read full article...


Internet chatter predicting the Superbowl Winners...

Superbowl LogoIn my mind, this is pure inspiration. A company name Infegy has used data collected from internet trends to predict the outcome of this years Super Bowl. Finding that the team with the most internet chatter the month before the game each of the last four years has won the Super Bowl, they have predicted the Green Bay Packers will be victorious. Read full article...


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