Michigan So Many Jobs, So Few Bodies – THDP9

Michigan So Many Jobs, So Few Bodies – THDP9

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  The subject we are covering tonight is timely if somewhat off base from our past podcasts.  We aren’t trying to explain an IT issue.  Instead we are discussing a current affairs IT issue……the shortage of IT talent in Michigan.  There are two issues here (I believe).  (1) High Schools are not producing nearly enough graduates willing to go into Computer Science or Math, and (2) what graduates the Michigan Universities are turning out are going elsewhere.  Suddenly Austin, TX, Tobacco Road, The Carolinas, Boston, Silicon Valley and Seattle are all looking more romantic than Detroit so that is where the traffic goes. Show Links MLive Media Group is Michigan's largest local media organization.  Stitcher - Listen to over 20,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad,
THDP8 – Social Engineering 101

THDP8 – Social Engineering 101

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...good security takes into account the least common denominator…….the human being.  Yes, even the human being who may be in charge of enforcing those very security tenets. I don’t remember who said this but the biggest truth in this discussion is that the best security policy is only as good as its people staffing it. Show Links: MalwareBytes Pro McAfee Norton’s Kaspersky Labs AVG fREE Avast be free Avira Free Antivirus Bitdefender eSet family of security products Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security Webroot Sophos Symantec End-Point Protection Windows Defender Algorithms   References used for this Podcast/Blog: Social Engineering:  The Basics, by:  Joan Goodchild, CSO Online, December 20, 2012,  http://www.csoonline.com/article/514063/
Social Engineering 101

Social Engineering 101

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A Hi again, I’m Gary Hunt and I want to start right off thanking everybody that has downloaded and subscribed and listened (I hope because if you download and don’t listen, well what would be the point…right?) Anyway, by the time you hear this, we will have passed 500 downloads of our podcasts.  That makes it oh, let’s say 5 weeks since we really started.  It’s been about that long since I started only recording each episode once.  I was going through a perfection obsession during the first few episodes.  Obviously if you are listening you realize I came up ……well let’s just say I came up waaaay short of the perfection thing.  Working full time and putting out a podcast weekly, well let’s just say it’s not easy.  I will promise you though that I never fell asleep while I was recordi
THDP7 – Son of Cryptolocker

THDP7 – Son of Cryptolocker

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There are three components of an information security strategy: the things you’re required to do by law; the operational processes and procedures you put into place; and the technology tools you use to get the job done.  Tonight’s episode is about ransomware generally and Cryptolocker specifically.  We just touched on it during episode 3 entitled: “There’s a New Outlaw in Town…Cryptolocker”.   Ed Brzozowski will be joining us later for some discussion on the subject. Tonight we are going to share a couple of emails with you.  We have gotten nothing but positive feedback from you so far.  Also there is an IT Conference called Brainstorm 15.0 that is going to be held at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.  I went there a couple of years ago and brought so much back…….I just
THDP6 – The Death of XP

THDP6 – The Death of XP

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Our special guest this week is Ed Brzozowski, the Director of Information Technology at Taylor Public Schools, Taylor, MI.  We discuss some points large enterprise organizations are having with the approaching end to support for Windows XP. Interop Las Vegas This Week in Enterprise Tech Hosted by Father Robert Ballecer, aka Friar Tech The FOG Project, a free computer cloning solution Symantec’s Ghost Microsoft Systems Center 2012 R2 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium David Gerwitz’s article in ZDNet entitled:  “Did I just hear this right? Microsoft activation servers will allow new XP installs after doomsday?” Mary Jo Foley’s article also in ZDNet entitled:  “Windows XP end of su
2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5

2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5

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This podcast is quite a bit longer than I would have like to have gone.   I try to keep our episodes to around 30 minutes.  This is more like 50.  It has some good info in it though and some great links.  I hope this helps you buy wisely. The Help Desk Podcast – Podcast – #5 – “2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5” Links to our Amazon Affiliate program You can find (and buy) all the models we talk about in this podcast with our Amazon Shopping Link. Amazon sells the Samsung 120GB 840 EVO SSD drive for $99.93, the Samsung 500GB 840 EVO SSD Drive for $329.99, and on and on… What is a refurbished laptop? I feel I must explain what refurbished and open box laptops are.  In my mind, they represent what many, heck most of us should be buying in the notebook/laptop market.  Whe

2014 Laptop Buying Assistant

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I am assuming that because you are buying the laptop for school, you will need all the attachments.  ie. DVD drive, wireless (get 802.11n), and make sure you buy Microsoft Office.What size screen do you need/desire?  Are you buying mobility or a desktop replacement?  Is this going to be your primary machine?  Are you a gamer?  Do you want to play DVD's on your new notebook? Netbooks are generally up to 10" or 11".  Ultrabooks fall into the 11" to 15" range and notebooks are anywhere from 12" to 18".  This is really a preference thing.  If you are buying a workstation replacement that you will not carry around much go with the 17” models.  I use 13.3” laptops at work because they are lighter and small…thus for me more convenient.  If I am going to make presentations then I would go with
Giving Thanks, Happy New Year

Giving Thanks, Happy New Year

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…the setup… It’s about time I stop and give thanks for what I have.  I know, it’s after Thanksgiving and THAT is when I should have been doing this. But here it goes… I give thanks to the guy who put me here in the first place.  I give thanks for meeting my wife five years ago and secondarily I give thanks that she saw something in me interestingly enough to marry me.  I give thanks for a sister-in-law who saw talent in me and convinced me to turn my IT hobby into a profession.  I give thanks for having a wife that has supported me unconditionally in my endeavors.  I give thanks for what we have, what we have built and what we have accomplished.  I give thanks that I am living in an era and country when/where you CAN accomplish what you can dream. The Scott Buehler story So
Happy New Year – XP – THDP4

Happy New Year – XP – THDP4

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This is a much shorter podcast than I had planned but I wanted to break this off into it's own episode and then over this next weekend get our next regular episode out.  Pardon my indulgence here but sometimes you "just gotta" give out props when they are so earned. The Help Desk Podcast – Podcast - #4 – “Happy New Year - XP”  The blog for this podcast is located at:  http://thehelpdeskpodcast.com/thdp4-blog I talk about what I have to give thanks for this year.  I especially talk about Scott Beuhler who really impressed me as a good person last November. Scott is a pure online marketer with a blog called the “Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Google Plus”.  I subscribed to his WebHostingChoose.com. Scott’s Google+ page is here. Tomorrow, January 3, 2013 Scott is launchin
You Have Six Months to Live, You are XP

You Have Six Months to Live, You are XP

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They say we live in the information age.  They say that we have never had more information available to us on a daily basis than we do currently.  So you would think that when we are faced with a certainty…such as an event that will affect everyone equally, an event that has been warned about for literally years, yes an event that is getting closer and closer and closer…..so you would think we would be prepared for this event.  You would think we all would take steps to protect ourselves from this event.  That event I am talking about is the certain death of Windows XP.  On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop updating and maintaining XP therefore ending its ability to give you the Operating System experience that you have come to know and trust over the last 13 years. Not only that but it