Tech Field Day 7 is on!

August 11th, 2011 at 5:00 AM  No Comments

Tech Field Day 7 starts this morning and I am excited to get to our first presenter, Solarwinds (they have Tacos!).  After we eat our Tacos and hear about Solarwinds we will move onto Symantec and then to Dell.  You can follow the action on twitter or watch it live, right after the break!


Austin isn’t ready for this!

August 10th, 2011 at 12:49 AM  3 Comments
Photo by Steven Foskett at TFD4

When you have 13 geeks (plus a Foskett, not sure what to classify him as) transcending on a city at the same time there will be shenanigans. This is exactly what is going to happen tomorrow!

I will be joining a great group of tech bloggers at Tech Field Day 7.  It will be two days of amazing information and discussions revolving around data center technologies.  Sponsoring the event will be SolarWinds (@SolarWinds_Inc), Symantec (@Symantec), Veeam (@Veeam) and Dell (@Dell_Storage).  My fellow TFD 7 deleates are below!

Scott Cochran
Theron Conrey
Scott Lowe TechRepublic
Roger Lund vRoger
Frank Owen TechVirtuoso @FOwen
Bob Plankers The Lone Sysadmin @Plankers
W. Curtis Preston Backup Central
Truth in IT
Fabio Rapposelli Juku
P2V It!
Brandon Riley virtual insanity @BrandonJRiley
Reed Robins Truth in IT
Backup Central
Derek Schauland Technically Speaking @WebJunkie
Matt Simmons Standalone Sysadmin @standaloneSA
Matt Vogt Virtualization, Storage, Community @MattVogt

Keep an eye out on Twitter and my fellow blogger/tweeters above for information throughout this great event.  We will also have a live feed posted on the forum tomorrow for anyone who wants to join in.

Disclaimer: Travel and accommodations are being provided by the sponsors of Tech Field Day 7 (which are listed above).  My posts, and my opinions will always be my own.  I am not required to post any material to participate in this event.

Edit: I can’t believe I left Dell out!  Thanks gminks for pointing it out!

Companies react to offering up Security Essentials through Microsoft Update

November 6th, 2010 at 12:12 PM  1 Comment

You know you’re probably doing something right when three of your biggest competitors start acting like the world has come to an end. In this case, it’s Microsoft versus the anti-virus world.

While we like to stress the importance of anti-virus products on all platforms, they’re sort of like insurance companies. Their products are usually expensive and bloated, and when you really need them most of the time they’re not that effective. Microsoft’s Security Essentials product is arguably one of the best anti-virus products on the market, and it’s free, and it’s got traditional vendors like Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro scared. Even more so now that Microsoft has begun distributing the software to users directly through it’s Microsoft Update service.