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Little boxes, all the same

Pilot fish gets a trouble ticket to swap out a network switch at an office he's never been to. But he has the address and knows it's suite 211, so what could go wrong?

Sometimes it just takes the right question

This company has its systems set up so that any power outage will trigger an email that's sent to the support team. So why isn't one server reporting its outages?

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Why we’re getting self-driving delivery before self-driving Ubers

The public will have to wait another decade for self-driving Ubers. But autonomous vans are already delivering groceries.

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Federated Wireless offers solution to wireless data spectrum shortage

There is a shortage of wireless data spectrum. Wireless carriers have two options. One, use technology to compress and squeeze more usage out of existing spectrum. Two, is what Federated Wireless is doing with the spectrum they have. ...

Headless, redefined

Flashback to the 1980s, when CRT monitors are very big, and pricey enough to keep using even when they break -- which is a problem when a new hardware tech is hired.

Throwback Thursday: Not hardware, not software...

Pilot fish works for a company that makes computerized optical inspection equipment that's installed all around the world. But at one overseas site, it's all going wrong.

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PCI's embrace of mobile PIN is a real game changer

The PCI Council is allowing the most sensitive part of a payment card transaction to happen on a device that it acknowledges is highly dangerous and unstable.

You give US a number, then we'll give YOU a number

It's very late in the day when this networking services outfit is upgrading a client's internet connection. And the ISP's tech support guy is quite helpful -- at first.

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Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind.

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The reason iPhone X struggles to gain traction in the marketplace

What's the real reason Apple iPhone X is struggling in today’s wireless marketplace. In fact, why is Apple also suddenly struggling with AI, Siri, battery-gate and other areas as well?

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Top 10 reasons to attend the SharePoint Conference North America

May 2018 brings a great opportunity to get face to face with and learn from Microsoft and the extended SharePoint community.

Email existentialism

IT pilot fish knows from experience that this user is guaranteed to cause a facepalm, but she still answers the call when the user asks for help locating a lost email.

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Why does Apple want your attention?

The average adult American spends almost three hours a day on their smartphone. It looks like Apple wants to take that attention and turn it into service-related products.

You meet the nicest people in IT...

This IT department has a resident bully who doesn't hesitate to snipe at his co-workers -- including one he probably shouldn't be poking at. But does that stop him?

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Apple needs two more Android apps

Apple won’t truly succeed with iMessage or Apple Pay unless it expands beyond the Appleverse.

Gee, isn't it nice to be wanted?

This company is really happy with the work of an IT consultant who's on a project for them -- and won't let go, even though the consultant feels like he's stuck in a rut.

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Apple is about to help save thousands of lives

A new iPhone feature promises to save thousands of lives and billions of dollars by making it easier for emergency services to find you when you contact them for help.

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Siyata Mobile push-to-talk enters wireless marketplace

Push-to-talk is coming back for FirstNet and the business community. Siyata Mobile is bringing PTT wireless phones and tablets back, but this time it’s an Android, it uses a digital wireless network, it’s 4G and its LTE.

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Target, education: Windows S vs MacOS vs Chrome

As Microsoft looks to entrench their hold on the education market, can they compete with the appealing, competitive offerings by Apple and Google?

Throwback Thursday: Oops!

This company has just completed its project to build a dedicated secure server room, and the building maintenance and IT managers have thought of everything -- almost.

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