EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT STYLE

30. March 2012, 01:42 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Jobs need to have elements that provide satisfaction (beyond their pay) to those doing them. Employees who feel unfulfilled in their work can be as serious a problem, if not more so, than inefficient methods and procedures. By giving people more freedom to do their jobs in the manner they would prefer (within reason), the more satisfaction they will gain from it, and the result to the employer is generally an overall increase in moral and the accompanying rise in productivity.

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CONSIDERING THE CLOUD?

7. December 2011, 18:24 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

In times such as these where economics is consistently first and foremost, enterprises look to reduce expenditures by removing overlap in IT allocations, consolidating redundancies in infrastructure and in-house applications to the “cloud”. Almost universally cloud services believe in the benefits of optimization and service oriented computing and cater to those wishing to maintain a narrow focus on core objectives rather than having to manage operational detains of providing data services.

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SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

17. September 2011, 16:28 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Social media tools and sites have expanded the collaborative landscape and the ease with which information can be shared with large numbers of other people. Organizations, whether they use these tools or not, need to spend serious effort communicating with their employees regarding their use, and keeping confidential information private.

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LATE TO THE SECURITY GATE ?

8. September 2011, 18:06 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Sony announced this week that it has hired Philip Reitinger, former deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as a vice president and to fill the newly created (emphasis mine) post of Chief Security Officer.

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COMMUNICATING SECURITY

28. May 2011, 15:08 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

In light of recent high profile security breaches , one cannot help but ask: “Are these people asleep at the wheel?” Often Security departments are ignored or played down in the interests of economics. Not only is security expensive, it gets in people’s way and makes then uncomfortable and/or frustrated. The end result of which is that either proper procedures don't get implemented or they fall on deaf ears.

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CORPORATE DISCONNECT

14. May 2011, 15:10 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

A recent article called Hacked With No One To Call by CMP Channel Group President Robert Faletra struck a resounding chord before I was more than a paragraph or two into it.

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON PIRACY

20. March 2011, 01:33 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Over the years many piracy studies have been released by industry stakeholders. Almost without exception, these have been done by entertainment and software companies, or their umbrella organizations based of course on their own figures (mostly estimates) of alleged losses. However, recently a group made up of dozens of academics have collaborated to produce the most objective and elaborate piracy study done to date. Not surprisingly, their results differ significantly from that of the copyright lobby groups that have been promulgated out over the years.

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PATENT VICTORY OR BUST ?

17. April 2010, 17:16 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Last autumn, the Canadian Patent Appeal Board ruled on Amazon.com’s application for its “one-click” shopping system. Their decision was that Amazon’s system was not patentable since it did not fall into one of the five categories of patentable subjects listed in the Patent Act.

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WEB HOST TELECOMMUTE

25. March 2010, 01:37 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

A friend recently asked me my opinion of doing tech support for a web host through remote access (also known as telecommuting). It can be a good job so long as it is done in a proper manner and with a few things in mind.

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E-MAIL MARKETING

30. November 2009, 18:36 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

As Christmas draws closer and the shopping frenzy gets started, the e-mail in-boxes of the world get inundated with a fresh deluge of SPAM. Fortunately. most of it gets filtered out but there is always the rare one that slips through. For those doing e-mail marketing following a few simple guidelines would likely prove more profitable in the long run — and legal too.

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AUP GONE WILD

28. August 2008, 16:27 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The following is an excerpt from one of the most “anal” AUP statements I have ever read. The provisions virtually make the content unusable, and place any user instantly in violation.

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MONOPOLIES ARE EVERYWHERE

15. July 2008, 18:24 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

When we here the word monopoly what inevitably comes to mind are huge, looming corporations controlling major markets we rely on every day. Well there can be smaller monopolies too. These are what I like to call "effective monopolies" rather than the more narrow legal definition. And these can be found everywhere.

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WEB HOST OPERATING SYSTEMS

25. May 2008, 16:36 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

I read a comment not too long ago in a piece about Microsoft and the Web that claimed Windows had a majority of the server market. Well, that is true - sorta, kinda, if you read the statistics in a certain way.

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ECO-PATENT COMMONS INITIATIVE

18. March 2008, 20:28 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, in partnership with IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony, have initiated an effort to have companies release patents to the public domain aimed at increasing innovations in environmental research and development.

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STRAINED CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS

2. March 2008, 22:23 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

After a conversation with a friend about their loss of a client I thought it would make a good article. After all, retention of current customers is as important if not moreso than the acquisition of new clients.

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ARE SECURITY BEST PRACTICES A MYTH ?

23. January 2008, 20:57 | by WD Milner | Full Article

An often used term in business is “best practices”. Generally, this means a commonly accepted, informally standardized set of procedures and policies aimed at a particular goal. But can one really say that the concept can be applied to security?

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BLAME CANADA EH ?

21. May 2007, 13:52 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

One again the unbalanced right in the United States are indulging in a favorite pastime — making Canada out to be a semi-communist Third World home of yokels who don’t properly appreciate what the the great government of the United States has done for them.

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FORENSICS INVESTIGATION GUIDELINES

2. May 2007, 19:11 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

When an incident occurs requiring a computer forensic investigation it must be done in the most responsible manner possible. While it is a given that it be done in a legal and ethical manner, it must also be done in an effective manner. The following are some basics guidelines to follow to help ensure that any investigation provides the needed information.

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QUICK AND EASY SECURITY CHECKS

24. February 2007, 21:21 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

The Internet can be a wonderful place to find information about many things. The one thing you don't want though is for it to be a place to find out about things you regard as confidential. Here are a few quick and easy ways to check for possible security leaks without ever leaving your chair.

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SCO UNABLE TO FIND PROMINENT JOURNALIST

15. February 2007, 13:43 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

It would appear from a recent article at InformationWeek that SCO is unable to find the author and principal contributor of the Groklaw.net web site.

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GHOSTS IN THE MACHINES

8. February 2007, 18:26 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

An ever increasing problem for those enterprises looking for better LAN security are the numerous “ghosts” that are wandering about their networks.

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COST OF MODERN PRINTING

15. November 2006, 21:13 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

When it comes to making hard copies of the plethora of documents used on computers daily, the true cost of printing cannot be found in the price of the printer but in the consumables and other hidden costs.

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RETAIN OR DELETE

17. October 2006, 22:06 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

Which electronics records should you save; which are you required to save; and which should you delete? The retention of data or it's permanent deletion are flip sides of a coin that all companies must increasingly deal with. Beyond legal and ethical considerations, it is also a critical storage and security issue for any IT department.

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

24. August 2006, 12:55 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

While it may be startling to some it comes as no surprise to those working in the IT security field that the executives most influential in security decision making are not those who are most supportive of security spending. This tends to have the perhaps inevitible effect of insufficient funding for IT securiity to be as effective as it could be.

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INTEL, AMD AND THE CONSUMER

15. July 2006, 17:41 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

While competition is invariably good for advancement of technology, and is generally good for the consumer - it can often lead to questions about how much better it might have served the consumer.

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SUCCESSFUL CONSULTANTS

2. April 2006, 20:07 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

It would be nice to be able to predict who will be successful, who clients will seek out and invest with and recommend to friends, who will still be around when the others have gone. Unfortuantely clairvoyance is a chancey thing. The following characteristics tend to be common amongst successful people and their businesses.

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CHOOSING AN ISP FOR BUSINESS

10. June 1998, 21:00 | by WD Milner | Full Article | Comments

When it comes to choosing an ISP for corporate intranet, extranet or internet access, knowledge of the candidates is essential. The following is a list of considerations that may be used as a checklist when shopping for a corporate ISP.

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