Welcome to the technology page of my blog. I love tech, and I have been doing IT since high school (the mid-80s). I cut my teeth on an Apple IIe, self-taught basic. When I graduated high school, I joined the Marine Corps and was selected for a technology field. At that time, the Marine Corps didn’t have a systems administrator, so I cross-trained as a Unix System Admin, becoming certified in SunOS, shortly after that period, I started to learn the Windows OS,. learning Windows 3.0 and then 3.1. I also became a certified Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 System Admin. 

As time went by I became MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) twice, once for Windows 2000 and once for Windows 2003 (these certifications include Windows 2000 and Windows XP). To include modern certifications include CompTIA Security + SANS/GIAC GSLC (GIAC Security Leadership Certification). And extensive RMF (NIST Risk Management Framework) training and real-world application.

Today, most of my modern experience is with the Windows desktop side of the world (Windows 7, 8 10 & 11), but I do have plenty of servers 2008, 2012, 2016 & 2019 experience.

I also have very strong networking and Cyber Security experience, working in various IA (Information Assurance) efforts over the years. 

cyber security

Computer Security Day

November 30, 2023

Computer Security Day Sadly there is only one Computer Security Day each year as I know many people seem to never learn anything about Computer Security. Cyber security affects everything from where we bank and how we spend our money to who we elect to public office. It isn’t a...

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Raining Money

Is This Going To Be The Death of YouTube?

November 7, 2023

Is This Going To Be The Death of YouTube? YouTube has been getting rather greedy with these ads/commercials. They announced that in late 2023, they were experimenting with instead of showing short ads interspersed throughout a video, YouTube is trying out longer chunks of ads for non-Premium subscribers that appear...

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HP Printer Ink

HP Ink and Toner as a Subscription Service

October 31, 2023

HP Ink and Toner as a Subscription Service HP seems to be dipping its feet into the “product as a service” or subscription-based with their “Instant Ink” service. Long story short, they will send you “free” ink if you subscribe to their service. They will monitor your printer and when...

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The Microphone Blocker

October 26, 2023

The Microphone Blocker For all of us tin-foil hat-wearing people, I want to talk about IT security devices. These are devices that will enhance your overall security by fixing “design flaws” in your everyday IT equipment. First, let me state that I’m not representing or recommending any of these products....

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temu online shopping

What is Temu and is it Safe?

October 15, 2023

What is Temu and is it Safe? Who is Temu –  Temu (pronounced TEE’-moo) is an online marketplace operated by the Chinese e-commerce company PDD Holdings Inc. and headquartered in Boston. PDD Holdings, Inc. is a Chinese-based, Cayman Islands-registered company, which also owns Pinduoduo, which is a very popular online...

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What Is Bluetooth Scanning?

What Is Bluetooth Scanning?

October 12, 2023

What Is Bluetooth Scanning? In today’s strange world, you may encounter the need to scan for wireless signals, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Here is a simple little scenario, that might apply. The local media has reported that several local gas stations fell victim to credit card skimmers. A skimmer...

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