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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

Episode 2 Onward, Ultrabook solderers! Marching as to war...
Simon Travaglia, 29 Jan 12:00

'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Reg columnist snorts suspicious powder
Alistair Dabbs, 29 Jan 10:02

Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

The more your phone knows about the world, the more useful - and invasive - it becomes
Mark Pesce, 28 Jan 08:01

Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure

Comment Take your SaaSy nonsense and shove it, pal. This is the real deal

BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

Episode 1 The internet’s new motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius
Simon Travaglia, 22 Jan 14:11

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Trevor Pott

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Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He splits his time between systems administration, technology writing, and consulting. As a consultant he helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them.

Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

Today, I was a user Every now and again The Register runs articles from sysadmins around the world about the horrors of working in IT. From time to time, however, it is probably worth reading something from the user's point of view. This is one such story. Today at the grocery store, I saw an advertisement for a smallish regional bank. I used to …
Trevor Pott, 10 Feb 2016
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The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches

Sysadmin blog Buying new infrastructure does matter. Even small business need a basic set of features and equipment that meets industry standards, not just some proprietary vendor ones. But most businesses simply don't need the bleeding edge. Let's look at an upcoming switch replacement as an example. This customer is going to need to move …
Trevor Pott, 07 Dec 2015
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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

Sysadmin blog Working with small businesses is a master's degree in the real lifespan of IT infrastructure. Companies with real budgets replace everything regularly; refresh cycles are two or three years apart, rarely five. The same doesn't necessarily apply to SMBs, and there are very real lessons to be learned. Perhaps the most important …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 2015
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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

Sysadmin blog Researchers think they have figured out how Sony was hacked. Long story short: the hackers knew what they were doing and covered their tracks with some clever, but really basic, tricks. I'm not particularly surprised by this, but I am surprised that others are surprised by it. The Register commenter Yet Another Anonymous …
Trevor Pott, 24 Nov 2015
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Want to defend your network? Profile the person attacking it

Sysadmin blog If you want to hack someone's network then learn your target. This starts with recon. What does your target run? What information can you find out about them? Remote scanning will tell you lots about a target system ... unless their sysadmins are good and have changed all the banners to throw you off. So you learn about the …
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2015

This storage startup dedupes what to do what? How?

Sysadmin blog Two months ago hyper-converged infrastructure appliance startup SimpliVity sued its rival Springpath. I know next to nothing about the lawsuit – nor do I want to – but the whole thing has caused commentators and armchair analysts everywhere to ask what exactly SimpliVity does that is unique. I have spent the past two months …
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2015