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Comment RDP - Win8 client to a Win2012 backend - very fast (Score 3, Interesting) 164

Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) connected to a Windows 2012 server back-end is very capable of streaming video. It's kind of shocking how fast it is.

I've used some hosted remote desktop services over the past few years that are nearly indistinguishable from launching and using local applications - over a garden variety 10Mb/sec cable internet connection.

I used to also think that "they'll never overcome latency to the point where it's running at sufficient speed to feel like it's a local app" but at this point feel like that is a wrong assumption.

Comment is this necessary? (Score 1) 185

"focused on the use of consumer tech products in a business environment"

do we really need more of this? and will they be performing in-depth analysis of how much lost time & productivity comes with misappropriating consumer tech in a workplace?

Comment Re:YES! It's actually insane and insulting... (Score 1) 335

I was screened in Shanghai, then screened two more times in Seoul. Shanghai also has a gleaming, state-of-the-art airport with proper screening procedures and secured areas (including hand wandings for nearly every passenger.) Nothing is going to get through.

So the US is saying, basically, "we don't trust anyone to properly screen their passengers" when domestic US flights don't seem to approach this maniacal level of "security."

Comment YES! It's actually insane and insulting... (Score 3, Insightful) 335

It's an insult to perfectly secure modern foreign airports that the US requires these ridiculous redundant security checks. Just last week I flew from Shanghai (China) to Seoul (Korea) and then to Seattle. When we got to Seoul we disembarked the plane in a secure area, went to the transfer area (still secure) and had to go through screening all over again. This seems silly; any transfer from any flight inside of the US doesn't require this step as long as you are still in a secured area. Does this mean the TSA doesn't think Korea can secure their airport? That seems like an insult.

But to make matters worse, there was a *separate* security check after we got our ticket checked but before we entered the Jetway to the plane to Seattle. But it wasn't so much a security check as it was a line of checkers making people open bags (where they dug around a bit, but not a lot) and each checker asked if we had any lighters. When asked about the two extra levels of security checks, the answer was always "US Flight."

a) Why is there a security check in a secured area?
b) What is the point of the *second* security check before you get on the plane that doesn't really accomplish anything anyways?

I don't get it; it's insulting to other countries and costs way too much money. And I'm convinced we are paying for it with US tax dollars.

  A single proper security check is be sufficient. Then, you're either in a secured area or you aren't. Maybe there are a handful of airports in the world that can't guarantee security of their "secured area," but the shiny modern airport in Seoul (Incheon) is not one of them (especially considering it also serves as a military airport!)

Comment Hire a professional. (Score 3, Interesting) 164

I've had my business for about nine years - and we do lots and lots of IT management & consulting.

Regardless of how small your business is you need to hire a competent accountant. Free forms are no substitute for education and experience in this field, and you can seriously screw yourself over (legally *or* financially) if you don't know what you're doing. I use the services of a contracted attorney, a contracted general business accountant, a contracted bookkeeper and a contracted federal tax accountant. And I've only got three people on our full time payroll.

Relying solely on free forms is similar to saying, "This free Linux CD will handle all of my company's data processing, storage, management, security & protection needs by itself. We won't need any IT staff at all!"

Comment check out BrandNew (Score 1) 629

BrandNew details companies going through logo redesigns or branding shifts. Lately, it would seem (subjectively) that many companies, specifically from the retail & financial sectors, seem to think rebranding will fix their problems with market share or profitability. I would seem to think it had more to do with the economy in general, but clearly coming up with a snazzy new logo or branding message will magically increase profits just as easily.

(BrandNew is a great blog because even very large companies with unlimited resources often get it *very wrong*)

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