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How Engineers Used Twitter During SolidWorks World 2018

How Engineers Used Twitter During SolidWorks World 2018

Last week, SolidWorks held its annual conference, SolidWorks World 2018, in Los Angeles where over 5,000 engineers, manufacturers, educators and enthusiasts attended. Many who could not attend streamed the conference sessions online and scanned the 5000+ tweets that...

Unix 101: Utilize the “Screen” Command

Unix 101: Utilize the “Screen” Command

In my previous post, I highlighted 5 great commands to improve administering your Unix machines within your infrastructure. The very first command I mentioned was screen, which allows you to run multiple pseudo-terminal "windows" within one shell session. Screen also...

Ultrabooks Place in the Workplace

Ultrabooks Place in the Workplace

Ultraportable laptops and Ultrabooks have become the new machines to have. They are smaller, thinner, and lighter making them the preferred choice for most engineering and IT professionals over the older clunkier notebook workstations. Even before the push by Intel...

5 Unix Commands You Might Not Be Using (But Should Be!)

5 Unix Commands You Might Not Be Using (But Should Be!)

Pretty much every day I do some system administration on one of our many Linux servers that we support as part of our managed IT services. It occurred to me that I use a bunch of utilities and tools within Linux to make my job easier and wanted to share my top 5 Unix...

Engineering and IT Professionals: Take a Break!

Engineering and IT Professionals: Take a Break!

It's easy to get caught up the task at hand -- more so if its something you find interesting. But over the years, more and more papers are being published on the hazards of non-stop work, from eye strain to carpal tunnel, there are countless pitfalls to sitting in...

Keep Track of Passwords with Pleasant Solutions

Keep Track of Passwords with Pleasant Solutions

When involved in IT strategy consulting services, you need a way to keep track of passwords in a safe and accessible manner. There are a number of different options out there ranging from single machine managers to cloud-based services. The one I found to be a great...

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

One of the powerful features of a full enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) system is being able to post process content uploaded to it. For example, adding a watermark, or changing a revision of a document automatically. The idea behind Solidworks Workgroup...

DIACAP Testing with Retina Network Scanner

DIACAP Testing with Retina Network Scanner

Recently I took over DIACAP testing on a few machines. The task of starting DIACAP testing may seem overwhelming when presented with the number of tests and findings you will need to complete. Thankfully, there have been some automated tools released to help aid the...

Tackling Email Archiving Regulations

Tackling Email Archiving Regulations

Whether or not your in a heavily regulated industry, having a solid email archiving solution is an absolute necessity. Email’s importance in the workplace for the past decade-and-a-half is similar to the need of having a dial tone in years past. In addition, email is...

3 Must-Have Mods for Windows 8

3 Must-Have Mods for Windows 8

New software may not be something you want to use or look at, but if you are in the IT services field, it is necessary. Windows 8 has been a controversial release with many people refusing to upgrade and use it, stating that it is a mistake by Microsoft. Despite...

The IT Guy’s Backpack

The IT Guy’s Backpack

I hate being unprepared. When I was in high school, I had a locker. I even had one of those clever plastic shelves and a magnetic mirror. You know what I stored in there? Nothing -- I spent far too much time watching MacGuyver. So I carried around all my books, pens,...

Calling the Experts to Manage Your IT Network Infrastructure

Calling the Experts to Manage Your IT Network Infrastructure

An often overlooked part of IT network infrastructure management is network security. The majority of business networks, even for small businesses, have a large variety of heterogeneous devices that are working together to provide the services for the various...