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My Technology OMG! Moment

August 7th, 2018

Years back, Business Week magazine published a study on what personal computer IT upgrade provides the biggest return on investment. Issues such as faster cpu, more RAM, larger storage (they didn't have "faster" storage back then as we do now with SSD and Flash drives), and monitor size were evaluated. The study prompt...

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Vote as if your life depended on it

August 4th, 2018

Every single day my staff and I battle criminals, enemy agents, malware, and wackadoodle ex’s from compromising your security and privacy. I think we do an excellent job of it. There is, however, a limit as to how much we can do. One of those limits just hit you and me, and in a way that can deeply and profoundly chan...

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New, Best-In-Class Network Equipment For Sale

July 23rd, 2018

New, Best-In-Class Network Equipment For Sale MintzIT is clearing out our stock of new, best-in-class network equipment at great discounts. Asus RP-AC68U AC1900 Wireless Access Point New, never opened. 2 available. Currently selling on Amazon for $223 plus $21 shipping. Specs MintzIT Price: $175 plus $20 shipping. U...

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Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13

Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13 1-Day Workshop

January 23rd, 2018

Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13 1-Day Workshop with Marc Mintz Secure your Mac OS 10.13 computer from malware, criminals, snoops, and the whackadoodle ex. Concerned about being hacked? Your identity stolen? Your precious data stolen or encrypted? You should be. Hacking is a billion-dollar enterprise and everyone is a po...

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Q&A

How can I convert my MacBook into a dedicated server?

January 2nd, 2018

What are you looking for your server to do? For just under $20 you can get Apples server app, which gives you DNS, DHCP, mail, print, ftp, vpn, file, netinstall, netboot, network user accounts, and more (not that you can run all services concurrently on a laptop - ram and cpu resources come into play.) There are 3rd-pa...

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How do you pick the right wireless modem for a big house?

January 2nd, 2018

If you were to gather a group of 100 IT consultants and pose this question to them, you would likely receive 100 different answers. Bottom line is that if the house is large (2000sq’ or larger), or has thick walls (such as adobe), metal mesh in the walls, or significant metal objects in many of the rooms (metal cabinet...

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Q&A

Why did Apple change all the ports on the Macbook Pro to USB-C when you can’t connect your iPhone to it with the usual cable? Is this against Apple’s motto of simplicity and seamlessness?

January 2nd, 2018

I may well have missed the memo, but as a Certified Apple Consultant and Apple Developer, I’ve never heard that Apple had such a motto, and it is nowhere to be found in their mission statement (I may not have the current statement). When would you like Apple to move to the next generation technology? Just because you d...

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Are Apple’s iOS updates throttling phone speeds based purely on it being an older phone, or can it tell if the battery is bad? Would an older phone with a new battery still get forcibly slowed down by iOS updates? Which versions of iOS slow iPhones?

January 2nd, 2018

According to Apple (and the substantial evidence we have at hand), throttling is done based on the performance of the battery. As the battery ages, it is less able to provide for peak current demands. This can result in the phone shutting down. To help prevent such events, iPhone 6, 6S, 6 SE, and 7 (with higher phone v...

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Q&A

Q: Why do recent iOS operating systems such as 10.3.3 cause earlier iPhone models, such as the 5c to have performance slowdowns on common tasks, such as launching and switching between apps? What OS architecture changes account for this?

November 14th, 2017

A: Your premise is in error. Independent testing has been performed that determined there isn’t any code within newer iOS systems that makes older units slower. However, as with almost every OS and app upgrade, there are significantly more features and functions (most under the hood), requiring more cpu cycles. This ca...

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Q: As a CTO with over 8 years software development experience, is it a problem that a junior developer can write better code than me?

November 14th, 2017

Q: AS A CTO WITH OVER 8 YEARS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE, IS IT A PROBLEM THAT A JUNIOR DEVELOPER CAN WRITE BETTER CODE THAN ME? A: As the President and CISO of my organization, both I and my company do well not because I can do my job duties better than my other staff, but because I’m smart enough to hire those w...

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