TR Dojo

This blog will help IT pros in small and mom-and-pop shops tweak and bolster their systems without breaking the bank.

  • Bill Detwiler // June 20, 2008, 6:36 AM PST

    Track turnover with our Employee Separation Checklist

    TechRepublic's Employee Separation Checklist can help you track the constant flow of employees in and out of your organization. Download the form, customize it to fit your organization's needs, and distribute it to department managers. When an employee leaves, their manager will complete the form and submit it to IT.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 11, 2008, 5:29 AM PST

    Apple iTunes 8 upgrade causes Windows BSOD

    Ed Bott and Adrian Kingsley-Hughes have been tracking reports of Windows machines crashing after being upgraded to iTunes 8. Apple appears to have hidden more than just iTunes and QuickTime updates within the iTunes 8 upgrade, and Bott believes these secretly installed files are prime suspects for the BSOD errors.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 14, 2008, 11:57 PM PST

    Apple releases fix for iTunes 8 Windows BSOD errors

    Apple released a fix for Windows users who are experiencing Windows BSOD errors as a result of iTunes 8. For complete information, read the Apple support article TS2280.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 18, 2008, 5:56 AM PST

    Windows Patch Tuesday roundups help you decide whether to apply the latest Windows patches

    TechRepublic launched a new feature in our Windows blog that breaks down the latest batch of Windows patches. Justin James wades through the available resources and gives you the information you need to make the right decision on applying them in your organization.


  • Bill Detwiler // June 20, 2008, 5:09 AM PST

    Wi-Fi thief's tale reminds IT to enforce home office security

    Network security is only as good as its weakest link--often users' home Wi-Fi networks. IT managers must examine their exposure to unsecured Wi-Fi networks and take steps to mitigate any risks, such as helping users protect their networks, implementing a good remote access policy, and addressing any compliance issues.


  • Bill Detwiler // June 26, 2008, 1:47 AM PST

    IT managers can fight employee burnout by building the right workplace environment

    Skilled employees are difficult to find and even harder to keep. IT managers can increase retention and fight employee burnout by rotating jobs, effectively scheduling shifts, assigning administrative duties, managing phone time, requiring employees to visit other areas of the organization, and building a culture of constant learning.


  • Bill Detwiler // June 10, 2008, 11:30 PM PST

    Podcast: Communication tips that improve end-user/IT relations

    During this 5-minute podcast, Bill Detwiler talks about the importance of end-user/IT communication and offers advice on communicating effectively.


  • Bill Detwiler // May 30, 2008, 4:41 AM PST

    Pop quiz answers: Solid-state drives

    Nearly 500 people took IT Dojo's pop quiz on solid-state drives (SSDs). Here's a list of the correct answers and a breakdown of how well those who took the quiz scored.


  • Bill Detwiler // May 30, 2008, 10:51 PM PST

    Video: Help desk techs always welcomed with a sigh of relief?

    IT isn't all sunshine and roses, as this help desk tech career video from indicates. Bill Detwiler shares four aspects of the help desk life that every prospective tech should know before starting their IT career. Has your career lived up to your expectations?


  • Bill Detwiler // June 5, 2008, 5:38 AM PST

    Podcast: Take the pain out of IT compliance

    IT consultant Jeff Davis and Bill Detwiler examine how IT departments are coping with this monumental task and discuss ways to lessen the pain. Jeff shares his real-world experience helping companies meet their compliance requirements and explores a new compliance-focused IT role--IS Compliance Analyst.


  • Bill Detwiler // June 4, 2008, 11:32 PM PST

    McAfee lists Hong Kong as most dangerous domain - Now what?

    Security provider McAfee listed Hong Kong (.hk), China (.cn), and .info as the three most dangerous places "to surf and search on the web." Bill Detwiler examines McAfee's report and discusses why it's important to have comprehensive security policies and practices in place.


  • Bill Detwiler // June 6, 2008, 5:59 AM PST

    Translating glasses idea wins TI's Vision for Voice contest and 56-inch Samsung TV

    Texas Instruments awarded a 56-inch Samsung TV to the winning entry in the company's Vision for Voice contest. In this podcast, TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler and TI's Tom Flanagan discuss the company's involvement in voice technology, the contest-winning idea, and a few of the contest's wackier entries, like voice-control lighting.


  • Bill Detwiler // April 17, 2008, 12:26 AM PST

    Welcome to TechRepublic's IT Dojo

    IT Dojo is built around a philosophy of constant learning. We’ll demonstrate best practices that you won't often find in the manual. We’ll walk through advanced tips that aren't widely known but are highly useful. We’ll talk about how to work more effectively with end users, upper management, and your fellow IT professionals.


  • Bill Detwiler // April 17, 2008, 6:46 AM PST

    Pop Quiz: Computer History

    From the origins of the Internet to the birth of RAM, IT Dojo celebrates its first week with a pop quiz on key events in computer evolution.


  • Bill Detwiler // April 24, 2008, 1:36 AM PST

    Lesson 1: Respond to end-user bloopers with professionalism

    If you spend any time in IT, odds are you’re going to run across a few shocking examples of computer mistreatment. Successfully handling end-user bloopers requires technical know-how, finesse, and above all professionalism.