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Network monitoring tools: Features users love and hate

IT pros identify what they like, and don’t like, about network monitoring software from CA, Microsoft, and other vendors.

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Cloudflare wins managed DNS shootout

For many enterprises, deploying a fully built-out DNS network may not be feasible. Thus, many have turned to third-party DNS providers. In this review, we look at four major managed DNS providers: Dyn, Amazon Web Services Route 53,...

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Book Review: Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems

The 3rd edition of this book will have you confidently using Wireshark to solve the kind of problems you're likely to run into. You'll be capturing and analyzing packets, understanding network protocols, and gaining important insights...

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Linux Mint 18.1: Mostly smooth, but some sharp edges

A review of the latest version of Ubuntu-based operating system offers long-term support.


Humble Bundle lassos Python

Humble Bundle and No Starch Press have pulled together to offer a really sweet deal on digital books on Python.

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Review: Windows 10 Creators Update is here and worth the download (with video)

Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest version of Microsoft's new operating system update, offers some interesting new features worth knowing about.

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Turn an old Wi-Fi network into a wireless mesh

Add or expand an old wireless router with the AmpliFI HD Mesh Point.

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PodPi makes STEM education exciting!

PodPi makes problem solving with electronics, code, and cartoons exciting. School wasn't this cool in my day.

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Virtual beacons challenge Wi-Fi for in-building, location-based supremacy

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons from Mist Systems and Cisco could revolutionize the consumer experience in retail, healthcare, hospitality.


Review: VMware vSphere gets much-needed facelift

vSphere 6.5 is easy to install, sports a new VM management console and takes a stab at Docker integration.

The Gearhead Toolbox: Raspberry Pi tools

A Raspberry Pi-based personal cloud, automatic license plate recognition a la Pi, and running x86 code on ARM!

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The Gearhead Toolbox: Dashboards and visualizations

There are an incredible number of products and services in the dashboards and visualizations domain and I've chosen three particularly interesting projects to review

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Is a 4G hot spot still needed in today's world?

Review of the latest Verizon Jetpack has me wondering about whether we need these devices anymore.

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Review: Manage desktops remotely with these 5 tools

Remote monitoring and management (RMM) can be a great way to keep tabs on workstations, servers, and other IT infrastructure and also automate some maintenance and remediation tasks. This can help save time and resources in the IT...

The Gearhead Toolbox, second opening. Tools for diagrams and gauges.

These pure JavaScript libraries make it much easier to create beautiful dashboards and displays.


Face-off: HPE vs. NetApp for enterprise flash storage

Considering enterprise flash array storage? Download this free report for side-by-side comparisons of rival products from HPE and NetApp, based on reviews written by enterprise users of the products.

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Review: Slow Internet? Firebind can sniff out the problem

We found Firebind to be an effective tool for reaching into branch office networks to diagnose Internet-based performance problems. Firebind has a simple agent installation procedure and uses email-based alerting, so network managers...

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Zix wins 5-vendor email encryption shootout

In this review, we looked at five email encryption products, four of which employ encryption gateways and one that’s end-to-end. The gateways usually rely on plug-ins to Outlook and browsers so you can continue using your existing...

The Gearhead Toolbox, first opening, and look! Static web sites!

The Gearhead Toolbox on static web sites generators and hosting

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Highlights from Mobile World Congress 2017

A look at some of the exciting emerging technologies on display at last week's Mobile World Congress

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