Category: IT

Why I Switched from Verizon to T-Mobile

I was on the road, traveling up to my favorite range near Austin, Texas when the Verizon sales rep called me. They had finally processed my cancellation request and ported my number over to T-Mobile, and Verizon was trying one last ditch effort to continue their leech-like relationship with my wallet. It felt like I was breaking up with someone, and they were desperately trying to “fix” whatever was driving me away. I only had a few minutes and was pretty distracted when they called so I wasn’t able to articulate exactly why I was dissatisfied with Verizon, but I’m bored and near a computer so I figured I should vent a bit.

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Traveling Without a Safety Net

I knew it was going to be close when I packed the bag, but I didn’t expect it to be quite this close. The bag read 53 pounds as it sat on the scale at the check-in desk, but the agent didn’t seem all that bothered. I didn’t even want to think about what the rifle case weighed, but my guess is somewhere in the 80 to 90 pound range. Needless to say, I didn’t let that one anywhere near the scale. I had barely squeaked under the weight limits, but in doing so I left behind a relatively crucial piece of equipment — my laptop computer.

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Securing your Load Balanced WordPress Site with Rackspace Cloud Networks

A few months back I wrote an article about getting your load balanced WordPress site up and running with the Rackspace Cloud, an article that was picked up on the Rackspace blog. The focus of that article was getting everything running correctly rather than securing the data, mainly because it was a massive pain in the neck with first generation cloud servers. But since the launch of the Next Generation cloud servers and Rackspace’s Cloud Networks it has become amazingly simple to isolate your vulnerable traffic from prying eyes. I’ve been using the Rackspace Cloud Networks service since it was in beta testing, and given my experience I thought it would be a good idea to revisit this topic and add some pointers on how to quickly and efficiently secure your inter-server data in the Rackspace cloud.

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