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 // August 14, 2008, 1:14 AM PST

    IT veteran describes working overseas for the CIA's IT Group

    Many IT professionals at the Central Intelligence Agency ride alongside the CIA's "ops" personnel on overseas mission. These jack-of-all-trade techs must be able to handle any technical problem that pops up--from troubleshooting a LAN to fixing a generator.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 13, 2008, 5:39 AM PST

    Poll: Would you trust your users in a hostile network environment?

    If your end users were required to work in hostile network environment, would you trust their ability to recognize the situation and take appropriate precautions? Are your organization's standard security measures for traveling users strong enough to withstand sustained, sophisticated attacks? Answer the following polls and let us know.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 11, 2008, 12:00 AM PST

    Video: Three tools that network administrators can't live without

    Network administrators are always looking for tools that can save them time and help them optimize and secure their networks. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler discusses three net admin tools that our TechRepublic authors and members say they can't live without--PuTTY, Wireshark, and Nessus.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 5, 2008, 7:29 AM PST

    Poll: Will Delta's Wi-Fi service make you more likely to fly with them

    Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it will begin offering Wi-Fi connectivity on all domestic U.S. flights by the middle of 2009. Delta will charge a flat fee of $9.95 for flights of three hours or less and $12.95 on flights over three hours. Will Delta's Wi-Fi service make you more likely to fly with them?


  • Bill Detwiler // August 4, 2008, 1:23 AM PST

    Video: Five things to consider when choosing a Linux distribution

    Choosing a Linux distribution shouldn't come down to which desktop has your favorite color scheme. Linux distributions are different and some will suit your company's needs better than others. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler discusses five critical factors IT managers should consider when choosing a Linux distribution.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 1, 2008, 6:57 AM PST

    Pop Quiz: Microsoft Windows PowerShell basics

    Windows PowerShell combines the command line's speed, a scripting language's flexibility, and the power of a GUI-based administrative tool. If you're still reluctant to learn PowerShell, you may just not know how powerful it can be. Take TechRepublic's Microsoft Windows PowerShell pop quiz and test your PowerShell knowledge.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 29, 2008, 5:53 AM PST

    Windows Vista ranked most-used by only four percent of poll respondents

    Over 1,300 people responded to our query on which Windows version was most prevalent among their end users. Windows XP was the favorite by a wide margin. Windows Vista and Windows 2000 came in second and third respectively.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 28, 2008, 3:52 AM PST

    Video: Remove all remnants of the Windows Vista SP1 installation files

    When you install Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1, the process leaves behind about 800 MBs of original Windows Vista files--in case you want to remove SP1. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to remove all those old files using the SP1 Files Removal Tool.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 25, 2008, 6:11 AM PST

    Apple dupes iPhone users into beta testing iPhone 3G

    According to TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler, Apple's original iPhone was little more than an iPhone 3G beta test, which Jobs convinced Apple fans to pay for. The iPhone's lack of common Smartphone features and prototype-like construction, along with the iPhone 3G's evolutionary design, provide the evidence for Detwiler's iPhone Betagate theory.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 21, 2008, 7:19 AM PST

    How TechRepublic cracked open the iPhone 3G

    Jason Hiner and Bill Detwiler recount their experiences battling long lines and Apple's iTunes meltdown to obtain an iPhone 3G for disassembly. Bill explains how Mark Kaelin and he cracked open the iPhone and Jason gives a preview of upcoming articles on the iPhone 3G's business and productivity applications.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 21, 2008, 2:21 AM PST

    Video: Automatically configure printers using Print Management in Windows Server 2003

    Adding new printers to your network isn't rocket science, but it can take time out of your already busy schedule. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to automatically detect and install printers using the Print Management Console in Windows Server 2003 R2.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 17, 2008, 7:05 AM PST

    Bomgar believes appliance-based remote control beats software or SaaS solutions hands down

    During this podcast, Bill Detwiler speaks with Joel Bomgar about his company's appliance-based remote support solution--the Bomgar Box. Bomgar explains the advantages (easier deployment, better security, lower TCO, increased uptime, client OS flexibility, and more efficient product development) his product has over the competition.


  • Bill Detwiler // July 15, 2008, 5:56 AM PST

    Kurzweil: Humans will be more machine than biological by the 2030s

    According to a CNN article, inventor, author and futurist Dr. Raymond Kurzweil, calculates that "humans will become more non-biological than biological" by the 2030s. Are you ready to join the Borg? Resistance if futile!


  • Bill Detwiler // July 14, 2008, 1:22 AM PST

    Video: How to spoof a MAC address

    MAC address filtering is often used to secure older wireless equipment. Is this technique effective? In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you just how easy it is to spoof a MAC address and why MAC address filtering might not even keep out the "slacker hackers."


  • Bill Detwiler // July 14, 2008, 12:29 AM PST

    Apple stores hold iPhone 3Gs leave AT&T holding the bag

    Bill Detwiler and Jason Hiner battle long lines and Apple's iTunes meltdown to obtain an iPhone 3G. Industry analysts speculated that launch supplies would be plentiful, but AT&T seems to have come up short as Apple sent most phones to its own stores.