30 Minutes of Search Engine Optimization

By Ian Matthews November 16, 2008, updated August 28, 2010 I am regularly asked by clients how to optimize their web site.  The first thing to know is that, with few exceptions, Google is the only engine you need to optimize for.  Today, all of the other engines will follow their lead.  Below are some of the critical search engine optimization “rules”. The first rule of Search Engine Optimization is that you cannot be indexed/ranked…

How to Make a USB Drive Bootable in 5 Minutes

Prepared by Ian Matthews April 23 2007 – Updated July 1 2007 There are many ways to make external devices bootable. USB/Flash/Pen/Thumb/Memory Sticks and even real external hard drives are now commonly used as boot devices.  The process detailed below can be understood and successfully completed by anyone with basic knowledge of DOS disk commands. The most famous and easiest to use USB boot software is a free Hewlet Packard tool but the most we…

How to Evaluate and Buy a Firewall

By Ian Matthews January 31, 2006 If you have ever been responsible for purchasing a firewall you know it can be quite intimidating.  There are lots of buzzwords and lots of fast talking salesmen.  This document is intended to provide a simple grid for you to evaluate competing products.  For home users, almost anything will do but for small and medium business more critical evaluation is required prior to purchase and that is the real…

What is VoIP, Skype, Vonage, SIP Phones

By Ian Matthews, July 2005 Click HERE for an explanation of current e911 issues. Click HERE for an biased but still valid comparison of Skype and a New Service called Gizmo. Voice over IP (generally through internet) has been in popular use since the late 1990’s.  Using a computer to call another computer and transmit voice and video was the first iteration and was in use until about 2001.  I remember frequently talking and watching…

Email Problems with McAfee 8 Enterprise

Prepared by Ian Matthews May 24, 2005 After dealing with several odd problems that have been caused by the seriously enhanced security provided by McAfee version 8 I thought I should document the solution. Problem 1: Can not send email from servers Backup Software called Vital Vault Problem 2: Can not email information from forms on FPSE2002 extended IIS6 server Problem 3: Can not send email from a CRM product called GoldMine Problem 4: Can…

Briefing Paper on New Privacy Legislation in Canada

Prepared by Ian Matthews August 2003 Most companies have a general awareness of new Canadian privacy legislation but lack detailed information they can use to develop a compliance strategy.  The purpose of this paper is to highlight some of the key items in the legislation so that companies can start developing that plan. Federal legislation called Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) becomes applicable to all Canadian corporations on January 1, 2004.  The…

What is RAID 10, 0, 1, 5 and 6?

This document is reprinted from “Intel:Build a Real Server” section of a Microsoft “How To Technology Fair” handout dated Aug 2000. Updated by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technologies on August 28 2010 to include RAID 6. We also have a very simple explanation of SAN, NAS, DAS, iSCSI, FiberChannel updated in November 2016 Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. The term was coined in 1988…

Amazing Microsoft Surface

This product has been released to a small number of commercial testers, including Harrah’s in Vegas From MARCH 2007 (i.e. PRE-Apple iPhone): From CES, January 2008 Interesting “Surface” Experiments in 2006