Tech of all Trades

Practical advice and useful tips for the IT pro who "does it all" in a small shop.

  • New user guide to TechRepublic

    New user guide to TechRepublic

    I have searched all over TechRepublic for a new user guide. I'm sure there's one out there but I haven't been able to find it so I decided to write my own. Hopefully, this introduction to the features...

    Tim Malone · May 30, 2008, 12:09 PM PST

  • I only read the stories for the comments

    I only read the stories for the comments

    Reading essays on Tech Republic blogs is great way to keep your pulse on how technology is being used in the real world. Tech Republic is famous for going beneath the covers of the news stories and de...

    Tim Malone · May 30, 2008, 8:51 AM PST

  • Setting up a remote hot site

    Setting up a remote hot site

    Our disaster recovery plan has migrated from a remote backup service to a remote hot site. We decided against using hosted services because of the ongoing monthly costs. In this update I detail the ...

    Tim Malone · May 10, 2008, 8:02 AM PST

  • Fire suppression for the server room

    Fire suppression for the server room

    Server room fire suppression technology has been around for as long as there have been server rooms. Most systems use Halon, even though it has been shown to be environmentally unfriendly (ozone depl...

    Tim Malone · May 8, 2008, 5:08 PM PST

  • A new kind of job for the tech professional

    A new kind of job for the tech professional

    I learned about a new type of job today that I really want to do if only I can get somebody to pay me to do it. It's called a Business Technology Professional. Wait. It may not be what you are thin...

    Tim Malone · April 30, 2008, 10:16 AM PST

  • Even Super Techs have limitations

    Even Super Techs have limitations

    Managing tech support expectations can be tricky when you are a generalist. Most small business techs are not in-depth specialists on all the software products that are used in their companies. Ther...

    Tim Malone · April 30, 2008, 6:44 AM PST

  • The tech news is good from here

    The tech news is good from here

    Techs need to keep up with tech news. We need to know what new products are coming out and what trends are showing up in the way technology is being used. Several tech news sites have recently repor...

    Tim Malone · April 28, 2008, 5:55 PM PST

  • The three stages of a tech career

    The three stages of a tech career

    Every experienced tech can relate to these three stages of the tech career. However, it might be helpful for the new or prospective tech to read about them. The list is short on purpose. It makes f...

    Tim Malone · April 22, 2008, 2:39 PM PST

  • Data centers don't run themselves

    Data centers don't run themselves

    There seems to be a major disconnect between management and tech support people in some small businesses. For some reason, owners and managers don't always appreciate the need for ongoing maintenance ...

    Tim Malone · April 19, 2008, 2:43 AM PST

  • The MBA tech in the small business

    The MBA tech in the small business

    Small business techs do not usually have the advanced degrees. An MBA in a small business is the exception rather than the rule. There are times when the Fortune 500 mindset gained in an MBA program...

    Tim Malone · April 18, 2008, 2:30 AM PST

  • Pros and cons of remote data backup service

    Pros and cons of remote data backup service

    Remote data backup service has been around for several years. This IT Manager has never had a need to consider it seriously until recently. We are updating our disaster recovery plan and looking int...

    Tim Malone · April 15, 2008, 1:10 PM PST

  • I turned down a six-figure job today

    I turned down a six-figure job today

    I have been using LinkedIn for about a year. With LinkedIn I have been able to connect with former co-workers and employers. I received an unsolicited invitation the other day to consider a career o...

    Tim Malone · April 10, 2008, 3:53 PM PST

  • Strategic thinking for tactical techs

    Strategic thinking for tactical techs

    Strategic thinking is not the exclusive domain of managers and executives. It takes a real talent to see things outside of the normal daily routine. Tactical procedures can use a strategic review ev...

    Tim Malone · April 8, 2008, 5:07 PM PST

  • Tech talk, geek speak and nerd words

    Tech talk, geek speak and nerd words

    Most techs are very comfortable using several acronyms in just about every sentence. When techs talk to each other the acronyms make the conversation go quicker and convey information faster. Unfort...

    Tim Malone · April 5, 2008, 4:25 PM PST

  • What to do when the batteries run out

    What to do when the batteries run out

    Techs often assume that management understands details about how backup power systems are supposed to work. For example, does your business owner have a clear picture about how long the batteries wi...

    Tim Malone · April 3, 2008, 8:31 AM PST