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Throwback Thursday: Just a basic project

Consultant gets the order to build an online store for a major client. But when he asks for specifications, he's told it's nothing special -- just a basic shopping cart.

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Guess who didn't take care of it?

This software team supports a big financial application for Microsoft and Oracle databases -- and that's a problem when the Oracle code becomes an afterthought.

Hey, it may be the best idea this project has seen!

Pilot fish's team is working on a massive upgrade project -- complete with outside contractors, unmanageable management expectations and (surprise!) lots of problems.

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SaaS security: Beyond the app

In addition to looking at the app itself, you should check out what your SaaS provider (or others) say about their infrastructure and understand whether they also appear to be good SaaS cybersecurity citizens.

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Wireless: The Next Generation

Wireless is beginning its next generation. This time the wireless industry is not only transforming itself, once again, but it is also changing other industries as well, as they use it in new ways to reach and interact with customers....

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The promise and the power of the business-focused IBM Watson digital assistant

Digital assistants today will clearly pale in comparison to what they will evolve into. IBM is leading the charge for this next generation, and it is targeting not the home, but business.

Well, DID she ever change her password?

This pilot fish manages an email system for several clients, and he needs to pick good passwords from the get-go -- because these users will never bother changing them.

When every public screen is your personal screen

Augmented reality without glasses or goggles? It’s called ‘parallel reality,’ and it’s coming soon.

Big Data -- the 1970s version

It's the late 1970s, and this non-techie pilot fish gets a data processing job with his state's Motor Vehicles department -- where the tech is a little out of date.

Throwback Thursday: Just one thing

IT consultant pilot fish gets a panicked call from a client: The network and VoIP phones have all stopped working, but all anyone in the office did was go into a meeting.

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Will T-Mobile, Sprint actually merge this time?

T-Mobile and Sprint are back at the negotiating table trying to make a merger happen. They have tried several times over the last several years with no success. What is different this time and what are the chances of success?

No good deed goes unpunished

Pilot fish handles anything computer-related for this family-run business, which provides business services for large public events -- one of which has a large problem.

Root Cause Analysis

The company this pilot fish works for is acquired by a larger one, and everyone gets a new login based on just the employee's family name -- which in fish's case is Root.

A bad day with mobile 2FA

Texting confirmation numbers is a very weak link; texting them to my landline is just dumb.

Don't know about the pony, but that dog won't hunt

This vendor's free workshop on machine learning and big data is really a sales pitch for letting users create their own personal clouds. What could go wrong with that?

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Mind-reading tech is here (and more useful than you think!)

Reading brain waves was useless until A.I. got involved. Now mind reading has real-world, practical applications.

Shhhh!

IT admin at this public library is repurposing an old PC for use by the library's patrons -- but as he puts it in place, it sounds like something inside is falling apart!

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Mac Pro 2019: Is Apple planning the next transition?

When building a team to develop the Macintosh, Steve Jobs once said, "It's better to be a pirate than join the navy." Is Apple up to something just as profound as it works to develop the Mac Pro?

Throwback Thursday: And they do this every month?

It's time to service this server room's air conditioning, and the AC vendor has sent a new team this month. So why does this pilot fish hear them screaming for help?

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