Computing Posts

These posts focus on all aspects of modern computing, including hardware, software, and general IT information. I’ve worked in this industry for nearly 20 years and have a passion for Linux, server monitoring, and ensuring proper backups.


Security: a Zero-Sum Game

Security: a Zero-Sum Game

In the wake of 2016 and 2017’s wide-spread online security breaches, I now regularly have clients who ask how their data can be secured against online threats, but who at the same time don’t want to change their existing processes or learn new technology....
Regular Expressions (Part 1)

Regular Expressions (Part 1)

A powerful, pervasive, and yet poorly-understood aspect of computer programming is the concept of “regular expressions.” Through what at first may seem like arcane symbols and syntax, system administrators and coders can search through large swaths of text...
Rescuing an Old Server

Rescuing an Old Server

Recently a client came to me, wanting to upgrade their aging network server. It handled Exchange (email), MS SQL (database), file/print services, and Active Directory (network administration), so the upgrade process wasn’t as straightforward as if it had been...
Correcting Hyper-V Management Errors (Server 2016)

Correcting Hyper-V Management Errors (Server 2016)

Recently I had occasion to work on my first Server 2016 machine, and after installing the required roles and features, I ran into a head-scratching issue – when trying to use the Hyper-V Manager, I received a fatal warning that the virtual machine management service...
Parsing CSV in Perl

Parsing CSV in Perl

I don’t get to put my scripting chops to work as often as I’d like these days but occasionally there are problems that are best solved by spending some time to automate processes. There is a specific type of report I have to regularly convert from one...
Security in a Broad Sense

Security in a Broad Sense

Recently I was invited to give a presentation to a varied audience about internet security, to discuss safe practices online. Most of tomorrow night will be me drawing up slides and hand-outs for the half-hour presentation, but I wanted to give something of a primer...