Cloud Ecosystem Struggles And How I Avoid Them

Cloud Ecosystem Struggles And How I Avoid Them

Google’s GSuite, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, Apple’s iCloud Storage, etc — All of these cloud solutions are built to make your life easier, but as our hardware experience evolves with these platforms, doesn’t it feel like a constant juggling act with your data? Over…

Making Digital Art For a Living Room

Making Digital Art For a Living Room

Taking a look back at some of the cool tech toys of the early 2000’s, you may stumble across articles and cultural references highlighting Bill Gate’s digital art displays. These (relatively) massive LCD screens were rumored to have had sensors that detected exactly who entered…

Place 24/7 Eyes On Your Partners and Vendor Services

Place 24/7 Eyes On Your Partners and Vendor Services

I’m going to start off by sharing a recent story about a vendor and my hope is that by reading this article, you’ll start to do the same if you’re not already. Many months ago, my office signed up for a unique Customer Relationship Management…

Powering Holiday Lights with YouTube Videos

Powering Holiday Lights with YouTube Videos

The title of this article has less to do with SEO optimization and more with the fact that, yes, I will actually be showing you how to make holiday lights dance to YouTube content. Let’s also dig into why this is important and how the…

The $30 Tablet You Bought From Amazon Is Actually Amazing

The $30 Tablet You Bought From Amazon Is Actually Amazing

This holiday season, Amazon rolled out predictable pricing on their line of Alexa powered devices. The best deal, from a hardware perspective, is the $29 tag on their 7″ tablet. The tablet itself has mixed reviews depending on what side of the net you’re on.…

Monitoring The Health Of A Cat Using IOT

Monitoring The Health Of A Cat Using IOT

I’ll agree with the fact that calculating a Return On Investment (ROI) or opportunity cost for anything other than an inanimate object is a bit absurd. That said, calculating the cost of ownership for pets like a cat or dog is where many including myself…

The Way I Approach IoT Use Cases

The Way I Approach IoT Use Cases

After an amazing conversation with a few talented developers, I came to the conclusion that I should probably create an article that can double as both a reference point and illustrative purposes. This article is about the thought process I personally take when creating new…

The Remote Server Far, Far Away

The Remote Server Far, Far Away

At the heart of any great system administrator or network engineer you will find their consistent devotion and energy towards the reduction of liability, as well as a devotion to learn, adapt, and navigate the ways of least troubleshooting resistance. After all, a mental troubleshooting…

Evaluate Your Backup Strategy, Speed Up Recovery, And Save The Day

Evaluate Your Backup Strategy, Speed Up Recovery, And Save The Day

We all leverage and depend on networks and data for everything. For that reason, those who are responsible for the critical components that power the world know how important a solid backup policy is. They also ideally understand how amazing it is to have redundancies…

Why I Use Nagios XI To Monitor My Network

Why I Use Nagios XI To Monitor My Network

Earlier I wrote an article about my uncommon residential network setup consisting of many homes connected and managed through the use of enterprise hardware. As this network grew, so too did the need to keep everything online 24/7 and low maintenance. Monitoring software sends alerts…