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Should you move {X} to The Cloud?

Perhaps you're thinking of moving some of your business processes to The Cloud. There's certainly no shortage of IT companies who would be happy to provide whatever cloud services you might want.

In addition to the usual due diligence about contract terms, cost analysis and so forth, there is one easy test that can quickly scuttle a bad "move it to the cloud" scheme before you've wasted your money and time analyzing it in detail.

WiFi or Ethernet?

I've been doing a bunch of maintenance on the local network infrastructure lately. It seems that, in every network I've administered, one system always seems to cause a lot more trouble than all the others combined.

Yup, it's the Wi-Fi.

Verizon in Canada? It's your own fault, Canadian telecoms

An open letter to Bell, Telus and Rogers

It seems that you folks, as Canadian telecom executives, are more than a little bit worried about Verizon's potential entry into the Canadian wireless market. (I saw the two-page spreads you've been running in the national dailies. They make you look terrified.)

You know what? I don't like Verizon either. And I certainly don't like the idea that our federal government might be rigging the rules to favour a big American player at your expense.

Staying happy in the hot weather- without air conditioning

It's a hot week here in Ontario, and quite a few folks have instinctively fired up the air conditioners to compensate.

Before you turn on that power-hungry, money-sucking piece of machinery, though, consider trying some cheaper and less energy-intensive ways to keep comfortable around  the house in the hot weather. And, if you do end up needing the AC, don't let it pick your wallet dry.

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