My Thoughts On IT…

Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

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Does one of your Datacenters look like this lovely server closet with the toilet right there? No, that’s not photo shopped. Fact is often stranger than fiction. Get a real remote datacenter by using Azure! Have you heard of the hybrid cloud? Come find out how to use the Microsoft Azure Cloud as one of […]

Anyone using a WordPress website needs to be aware of this current security issue and take immediate action to ensure your website is secure. It has been found that a lot of Plugins and Themes are vulnerable to Cross-site Scripting (XSS) due to the misuse of two coding functions. (the add_query_arg() and remove_query_arg() functions) What […]

I have been fascinated and a fan of encryption for years. The first encryption I used was PGP. The history of PGP encryption started back in 1991 and is interesting. I became more interested in February of 1993 when Phil Zimmermann became the formal target of a criminal investigation by the US Government for “munitions […]

I am on a plane returning to the Midwest from Redmond Washington and wanted share what an awesome experience I just had. I was just at a Microsoft sponsored Hackathon that was held at Microsoft’s “Garage”. The Garage is a magical place where you can learn new technical things and build new technical gadgets. One […]

I just had the biggest technical pain that I have had in the past year. I download the update Windows8.1-KB3000850-x64 which is over 700meg.  I have attempted the install from both Windows update and from downloading it from here. It always would proceed fine and then need to reboot the machine. During the reboot it […]

Microsoft has announced a new Surface 3! This is not the Surface 3 Pro, it is a newer Surface geared at a lower price point and better battery life. The consumer version list price starts at $499. It runs the new Intel Atom x7 processor that sips battery power while giving lots of computing power! […]

I try to be safe and not use ATM machines in untrusted places but my bank is a trusted place, right? Well, after seeing the two devices below, I now have a new appreciation for the ability criminals have to fool me. The SkimmerFirst a criminal would need to get a copy of the magnetic […]

I was trying to add an Office plugin to my system but I needed to know if I was running the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Office 2013. I assumed I could just click on “help” and then “about” to get my answer. That was kinda the answer but it took me forever […]

We all know that encryption is complicated but most people think that because they are using AES, Blowfish, IDEA, or some other advanced encryption then the data is secure. Well it’s more complicated than that. Not only do you have to look at the key size like 128 bit, 256 bit, etc., but another really […]

This is part 13 of the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series. You can find find the rest of the series located here: http://aka.ms/ModernCloud Hopefully by now you have had a chance to use Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Websites. One of the things you might want for your server on the internet is […]