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Managing PTC Integrity Licensing (Windchill RV&S)

When licensing your Windchill Requirements Validation & Source (RV&S) server, there are a few options for purchase or implementation.  Many readers may recognize Windchill RV&S as the latest version of PTC Integrity -- or, if you have worked in software...

How to Maximize Engineering Design Automation for CAD/PDM

In recent years, interest in engineering design automation across multiple industries skyrocketed, especially due to the high return on investment (ROI). Relieving your engineers from tedious, error-prone tasks and directing them toward automation presents a fantastic...
Using Speccy to Understand What’s Inside Your Computer

Using Speccy to Understand What’s Inside Your Computer

This week we’d like to cover a tool that assists with understanding what is actually in that desktop or laptop you work with. Most of us know in lesser or greater detail that there is a CPU, some random access memory (RAM) a hard disk drive (HDD), various peripherals...

Get Insight Into Your Misbehaving Laptop With Three Free Tools

Get Insight Into Your Misbehaving Laptop With Three Free Tools

Get insight into your laptop’s status and taking some precautions with CPUID’s Hardware Monitor and CPU-Z and Belarc Advisor It happens to most laptops eventually.  After two or more years of heavy (ab)use, most of our laptops are not in the condition they were...

Five Reasons to Outsource Compute Farm and Server Management

Five Reasons to Outsource Compute Farm and Server Management

The paradigm of computing resource configurations have changed several times of the last 40 years. From mainframes to mini computers, through desktops and file servers to server farms, software as a service and the cloud. Any company that uses server farms or...

Two Ways IT Outsourcing Can Unleash Innovation

Two Ways IT Outsourcing Can Unleash Innovation

One of the most frequently cited windfalls of IT outsourcing is the level of autonomy that’s created for internal IT staff who are able to devote more time and energy to pursuits aimed at benefiting the business. This includes innovative approaches to applying...

How to Install Software Packages Using Ninite

How to Install Software Packages Using Ninite

This week we want to have a look at a useful website that enables us to quickly and accurately install any of a large number of useful software packages. The website, www.ninite.com, presents a large number of current freeware packages, along with trial versions of a...

What Happened to Google Wave? A Look at Collaboration Alternatives

What Happened to Google Wave? A Look at Collaboration Alternatives

Two years ago, Google announced a new product: Wave. Their (and I use the term loosely, since all new Google products seem to come from the same giant, faceless Googleplex) original goal was to unify messaging – have you thought about how many tools you use to...

Leveraging Netapp’s Deduplication Feature

Leveraging Netapp’s Deduplication Feature

We recently obtained the necessary licenses required to enable one of our clients' FAS2050 filers for deduplication.  Currently, deduplication is offered by Netapp for free.  You simply need to get in touch with your reseller and request both ASIS licenses...

One-click Installer for PADS Flow 9.3 and Update1

One-click Installer for PADS Flow 9.3 and Update1

Everyone loves a one-click installer, but setting this up can be a headache, especially when a company changes the way this is done. You can setup your installation script to install both PADS9.3 and PADS9.3_update1 with a double-click of the mouse! Here are the first...

Network Monitoring with Cacti

Network Monitoring with Cacti

In my initial blog post, I explained a little bit about Nagios, and how it can be configured to monitor any networking device or server.  Nagios' basic operation is this: Define a check Execute the check at a specified interval Take the result of the check and...