10 Rules For Being a Great IT Contractor Or Employee

It doesn’t matter how you are paid; staff, contractor, agency… you customer will look to you for reliability and that means you need to be more than good, you need to be great. These are the rules I live by and judge others by.  It you want to be a quality IT IS ICT Computer contractor / staffer, you need to do these (in no particular order): Be BUSY: When you are working for your…

Facinating Video on Money and Motivation In the Workplace

In addition to the “motivator / hygiene“ theory stuff many of us learned about in University, this presenter explains two additional and fascinating concepts: Over pay actually reduces performance Letting people work on their own corporate projects works for knowledge workers (but not labourers) and especially so, if you require staff to show what they have done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

NAS vs iSCSI vs DAS vs Fiber Channel vs Internal Storage… A Simple Explaination

UPDATED: November 2016 If you are confused by SAN, NAS, DAS, iSCSI, FC… and want a simple explanation, then this is the post for you! INTERNAL STORAGE = Disks in the Box The classic.  A bunch of disks inside a standard (usually Windows) server, configured in whatever RAID you want. DAS = Direct Attached Storage This used to be good old SCSI connected disk arrays but now is primarily external SAS connections to a pile…

SOLVED: Project 2003/2007/2010 Does Not Calculate Work or Duration Correctly

MICROSOFT PROJECT DOES NOT CALCULATE DURATION PROPERLY If you have ever had the pleasure of working with Microsoft Project you will likely be quite happy with it until you start changing the RESOURCE UNITS percentages (in the TASK INFORMATION pane).  If you make changes you will find that it often miscalculates (or appears to miscalculate) the number of HOURS in WORK.  After reading many many blogs and help files, I was about to give up…

How to EASILY Create Videos From Still Pictures and Video Clips

I recently completed a Lunch & Learn on how to EASILY take any number of still photos / graphics and add it to video clips to make a single video using just FREE Microsoft software. The primary tool is Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 and this course covers: preparation adding and editing still pictures and video’s finding free music, adding it to the video and editing the background music pushing the resulting video to YouTube.com The…

Things to Consider When Selecting a Phone System in a Post Nortel World

NORTELS DEAD: What are you going to do now? It used to be so easy to choose a quality phone system that would last 15+ years with almost no maintenace, but then Nortel went Bankrupt. In 2006 Nortel (Bell Canada) had 82% of the North American corporate phone market, was huge in Chinese Goverments and popular everywhere else in the world.  By 2011 Nortel had 52% of the North American market for corporate phone systems.  Nortel (soooo…

SSD and RAID, What You NEED to Know

Originally, this post was titled:  “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1 (Mirror), don’t.” but after many more hours of calls to Intel and pages of reading I can safely say: “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1,5,6,10…, go right ahead!” THE PROBLEM WITH ‘TRIM’: SSD’s perform two writes for every one you ask them to do.  The first write, wipes…

Cannot Adjust Power Settings on Your Samsung Laptop?

To be direct the answer is disable Samsung FAST START program. Samsung’s own software overrides Windows 7 POWER OPTIONS settings and greys out several options, including: REQUIRE A PASSWORD ON WAKEUP POWER BUTTON AND LID LID CLOSE ACTIONS POWER BUTTON ACTIONS SLEEP BUTTON ACTION FAST START is enabled by default and it claims to ‘enable’ the laptop to enter sleep mode whatever the power settings. In fact it forces sleep mode by hard setting all the power-off options…

How To Disassemble Seagate 3TB GoFlex Drive and Use it Internally

Seagate does not sell a 3TB external drive (as of December 2010) but I needed one. The only other drive today is Western Digitals 3TB but it is slower, and I am not a fan of Western Digital… oh ya, and the Seagate 3TB EXTERNAL was $40 LESS expensive that the 3TB WD INTERNAL.  This made my decision to rip appart a brand new Seagate 3TB GoFlex drive an easy one. Check out our video —————–…

Office 2010 Starter and Office WebApps are Two FREE Versions of Office (Word and Excel)

In addition to several new features like the Social Media pane in Outlook and the use of the fantastic new “Ribbon” on all programs, Office 2010 brought us two completely new versions which are completely free! Office 2010 Starter Edition – FREE: Starter includes only Word and Excel and they have some advanced features removed which I doubt 99.99% of users would notice.  It also has a small panel on the bottom right which contains…

Optimize BIOS Settings Explained

TomsHardware.com October 11, 2005 CPU Level 1 Cache: Enabled. CPU Level 2 Cache: Enabled. Quick Power On Self Test: Enabled. This will skip the repetitive memory count that occurs when you turn on your PC; chances are that if you really do have bad memory, this basic test won’t catch it anyway. First, Second, or Third Boot Device: Set your boot order, and disable any boot device here that you do not want to boot…

Comparison on External Device Connection Standards: USB, FW and eSATA

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 14, 2010   If you are like me you probably have to go looking for the exact specifications for external connectors like USB and Firewire every few months.  For some reason, I have been unable to find a simple table that contains the core information for each product and version… so I did the research and made one:       USB 1.1 USB 2 HiSpeed USB USB 3 Firewire1…