So you think you can cook? Here is a brief list of must-have home cooking items!

Thai Peanut Butter Chicken over Rice Noodles
Submitted by charner on Fri, 02/21/2020 - 09:25

Android/Google Photos users: Isn't it wild that you can search your Google Photos using a term like "food" and all of your hipster foodie pictures come up? I think it is! Probably some AI wizardry at work. Anyway, I digress - I wanted to write something quick about some of the MUST-HAVE items that you'll want to get in your kitchen or cookspace.

The Sixth Gen Camaro ZL1

Submitted by charner on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:32

In August 2018, I added a car to the fleet that changed my outlook on cars of this caliber. This isn't your typical mullet mobile, but rather the top shelf pony car that GM has to offer. Having the same engine as it's Corvette C7 Z06 big brother, this platform has a 6 speed manual or 10 speed automatic option. I'm a tech guy and while I do miss rowing gears of past vehicles, the A10 appealed to me.

Professional Development, IT

Submitted by charner on Sun, 11/20/2016 - 18:52

I see and hear it all the time from the young and old. What do you do for a living? How much do you make? I want to do what you do, where do I start? Admit it, the questions can be a little uncomfortable at times. Giving easy-out answers is a sure-fire way to shake them off. Maybe throw out some super-technical lingo and they will submit or decide to throw a bone and tell them about your career.

This blog is being written to help establish those starting in IT, and how to grow as much and as fast as possible in your career of choice.

Home Network Topology & The Naming Scheme

Submitted by charner on Sat, 07/16/2016 - 20:37

Remember the days when we didn't have routers in our homes? Just a good old fashioned dial up modem. If you were smart, you ran a software firewall and an A/V of your choice on top of that. Well, those days are gone. So, here's my simple home network topology.

It's a flat network, meaning no VLANs or anything. There are only 4 hardwired devices while the rest are wireless.

My new car (2011 CTS-V): What They Didn't Tell You In The Reviews

Submitted by charner on Thu, 07/14/2016 - 23:24

If you follow me on social media (Instagram, mainly), you will notice that I traded in my 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS M6 car for a black 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Having almost max'd out the power on my nearly full bolt on 5th gen, I knew the next step would be cam and/or forced induction. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I love the V2's. I've been watching their prices since they first came out in 2009. Amazing, amazing cars.

New Linux Distro: A Breath Of Fresh Air

Simple Screenshot
Submitted by charner on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 19:15

Long ago, it was my job to set up and tear down Linux servers. It was fun, forced you to learn things on the fly, and made for some exciting work days. Fast forward to now where my respect for Linux is still on high, however my skillsets have since moved away from the dark side. Linux is nothing more than a hobby at this stage in my career, however I still find myself dabbling with it from time to time.


Submitted by charner on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:42

So you're tasked with performing a risk assessment within your organization. You searched Google and came across this article or maybe found it posted on LinkedIn, and you want to get down and dirty with risk. This article is to focus on what risk is and why it's important, as well as how to perform a simple assessment on your path to mitigation.

What is Risk?

Choosing the Right Network Monitoring Solution

Submitted by charner on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:41

Throughout my career as an IT professional, I have set up, knocked down, broke, fixed, spilled blood, and cried over network monitoring systems. From an IT infrastructure standpoint, justification for an NMS is easy. You want to know what, when and where something happens in your environment, so that you can determine the "WHY" and "HOW."

This article focuses more on the basics of an NMS and not necessarily a sales pitch for a specific product. With that being said, let's start with breaking down what I'll be talking about:

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