The ‘Secure’ Wi-Fi Standard Has a Huge, Dangerous Flaw

A vulnerability called KRACK affects nearly every Wi-Fi device on the market. It appears Microsoft has already released a patch but Android devices will have to wait. Click the link below for more.

Source: The ‘Secure’ Wi-Fi Standard Has a Huge, Dangerous Flaw

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Where to Find Free-to-Use Images

There are a number of sites that compile great images that are free to use for your personal projects — like your blog — or commercial work.

Visit the sites below for free-to-use images:

My personal favorite is http://freelyphotos.com.

Source: The Web is Your Oyster: Where to Find Free-to-Use Images

6 Announcement Slide Mistakes & How To Fix Them

What a great resource for creating announcement slides for your church. I know we use a slideshow every Sunday to fill in the gaps because our bulletin is so full.

Thanks Lindsey! Visit churchmediatech.com for more great posts.

There are many studies published online confirming that visual cues help us retain information which is what I love so much about announcement slides! When you add visual cues to your announcement segment, it helps the congregation commit the information to memory.  I’ve also found from experience that engagement is higher when there is viewable information involved.

That being said, it can be easy to go overboard! I want to give you a few tips on how you can get the most out of your announcement slides by examining some common mistakes.

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WordPress.com Teams Up with Rebrand Cities to Bring Local Businesses Online

Bringing small businesses online helps our local economy stay vibrant and active. WordPress is one of the many tools we can all use to do just that. Are you using WordPress? If not, what are you using to get your business online?

The WordPress.com Blog

Cities are collections of neighborhoods — and neighborhoods are powered by small business. From coffee shop owners to fitness instructors, therapists to thrift stores, it’s the people we see in the storefronts next door who build and reinforce the unique character of our cities.

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WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes

The WordPress.com Blog

For many years, WordPress.com has been a simple way for people to create their own beautiful WordPress website in minutes.

But that simplicity came with a tradeoff — WordPress.com did not offer built-in support for the thousands of third-party plugins and themes that helped make WordPress the world’s largest and most open web publishing platform.

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Starting Over, Again.

I would like to say that this is my first post on my first blog. But it isn’t. What I mean to say is that I have had previous sites on previous platforms in my not to distant past that were not well invested in and were never intended to be nothing more than an online contact form, with no real investment. Well, I am starting over, again.

What to Expect

What you can expect to find here, are a variety of thoughtful and informational articles and posts. Some will be purely technical in nature, ranging from how to backup your data and run a PowerShell script, while other posts may include excerpts from different papers I have written on theological topics like; Predestination.

Well those topics are completely unrelated!”, you might say. And in some ways I would agree with you. However, I think that this site may be the small corner of the web that treats these subjects as relatable. For instance, in my current role as a Tech and Media Coordinator for my church, I come across many examples of where technology and theology meet.

One example is in the receiving of tithes, offerings and other gifts from church members and visitors in an electronic form. Questions that arise are; Should we use technology to enable visitors and members to give to the church? Are we encouraging the use of credit cards which is technically borrowed funds? What about the fees incurred, is that a good use of people’s gifts? Isn’t tithing an act of worship and not just sending a text message?

I don’t intend on answering those questions just yet, but maybe you can consider this post a teaser or introduction to some of the topics I will address. Of course, if you are simply looking for help from me as a consultant, that will always be available by reaching out to me here.

For the sake of transparency, there will be affiliate links associated with many of my posts here. Those links will hopefully benefit my family financially.

Thank you for stopping by. Please do visit again soon!

 

New vCenter Cluster on VRTX

This project consisted of moving a production vCenter cluster off of legacy R905 AMD servers to new Intel Xeon E5 VRTX cluster.
The legacy cluster is not compatible with the newer direct attached storage unit. So the need for more storage led us to also upgrade our compute units and downsize the physical space as well.
We have two M620 blades with a direct attached 25 disk shared storage unit all built into one chassis. I will be setting up each host with VMware ESX 5.5 U2 and attaching the hosts to our existing vCenter server then one by one migrating each VM to the new cluster and storage.
One minor issue is the incompatibility of the PERC RAID drive in ESX 5.5. I had to downgrade that driver to megaraid_sas-06.801.52.00-1096283 instead of the newest release, megaraid_sas-06.803.52.00-1742752, because ESX 5.5 will not recognize the shared storage.
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SQL Server Migration

Summary

Migrate a production MS SQL database server that was irresponsibly built on a RAID 0 disk array and has SMART errors daily for the last 6 months.

The Details

SMART errors across a RAID 0 LUN cause major corruption to several SQL databases. Built a new SQL 2012 BI Edition server on Server 2012. Detached and reattached a majority of the databases successfully. Created new SSIS packages with Integration Services and Created new Stored Procedures using the same code with new hostnames.
The migration was successful after pointing end users ODBC connections for their Access applications and setting group level permissions on each database using built in SQL roles.

The Project

  • Duration – 2 Weeks
  • Users – 100-249
  • Devices – 100-249
  • Data – 500Gb
  • Technology
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

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