Why AntiVirus Companies Are Changing Strategies


Traditional signature-based anti-malware solutions are increasingly ineffective ln.is/computerworld.…

Antivirus doesn’t work. So why are you still using it? | Computerworld – Linkis.com Standalone antivirus is no longer effective at stopping today’s increasingly sophisticated barrage of key loggers, backdoors, rootkits, Trojan horses, worms and spyware.

McAfee & Apple Both Headed to U.S.


Software company founder John McAfee adjusts a microphone in preparation for an interview in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.  McAfee, 67, has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of his neighbor in Belize, 52-year-old Gregory Faull. Police are urging McAffe to come in for questioning. The anti-virus company founder fled Belize and is seeking political asylum in Guatemala, according to his lawyer Telesforo Guerra. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Software company founder John McAfee adjusts a microphone in preparation for an interview in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. McAfee, 67, has been identified as a “person of interest” in the killing of his neighbor in Belize, 52-year-old Gregory Faull. Police are urging McAffe to come in for questioning. The anti-virus company founder fled Belize and is seeking political asylum in Guatemala, according to his lawyer Telesforo Guerra. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Who didn’t see this coming? McAfee sells life story. http://t.co/M7zPlI2h If you’ve been following John McAfee’s story at all, I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that he has sold the movie rights to his recent exploits. Impact Future Media is planning on naming the film “Running in the Background: The True story of John McAfee.” I can just hear the promo now….”The anti-virus hunter has become the hunted.” Whether you believe his story or not, it’s still a great tale.  I just checked out his blog and it appears as if he has been released from the jail holding him in Guatemala for crossing the border illegally and  he’s now on a plane bound for Miami. Best of luck John!

AppleAccording to Tim Cook, Apple is also on a flight to the United States and eWeek has 10 reasons why that’s a smart move. Apple Decides to Make Macs in the U.S.: 10 Reasons It’s a Smart Move http://t.co/dK6C816X  That’s fantastic news. While almost every manufacturer builds overseas, it’s always nice to see some of that manufacturing move back to The States.  I dig it the most that HP has a manufacturing facility in Plainfield, Indiana. Two thumbs up to Apple!!

Mayan CalendarAs we get closer to December 21, 2012, I can’t help but think about the Mayans, Nostradamus and Gartner.  Apps, Marketing and the Cloud: Gartner Predictions for 2013 http://t.co/6kwwXqaDOf the three, I believe Gartner makes the more conservative predictions that you can bank on. Of course now that I’ve said that there will be Zombies at my door before the end of the month. Mayan apocalypse comes early: Gmail suffers brief outage http://t.co/sPeo1i1k. What did I tell you?!?

MicroserverIf you do survive the apocalypse, there’s a very good chance that microservers are going to be a part of our future.  There’s an equally good chance that those microservers will be powered by Intel. Intel Pushes Microserver Vision as It Readies Release of Centerton http://t.co/f6MdWjXD. It’s all about speed, power, size and efficiency.

RND Group, an Indianapolis based provider of medical software for the life sciences industry, announced Monday morning that it plans to add 25 jobs by 2016 as part of a $1.3 million expansion. That totally rocks!!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I love it when local guys do well. Medical software firm plans to expand, add 25 jobs http://t.co/WPaQa69W 

I hope your Wednesday went well.  We’ll talk tomorrow if I’m not stuck in a Guatemalan prison.

“An Exercise In Disappointment.”


The New iMacI have heard that Apple built the new iMac so that you couldn’t perform any upgrades on your own. At least the link below indicates that it is “practically” impossible. In fact, the story states “The electronics website iFixit on Friday downgraded the new 21.5-in. iMac’s repair score to 3 out of a possible 10, calling servicing the computer an exercise in disappointment.” Wow. Now that’s a tough review.

I truly dig IDC’s 2013 Tech Predictions. I think they are spot on. I’m thinking of printing out a few thousand copies of that article just so I can hand it to every person who asks me where I think technology is going.  Of course they could be wrong. Hey, it’s a prediction. 🙂

John McAfee

John McAfee

Aiming to help IT administrators manage security for physical and virtual desktops from a single pane of glass, Symantec joins the ranks of enterprise security providers optimizing their endpoint security offerings for virtual desktop infrastructure. Yep, that’s what’s going on in the VDI link below and that’s what we’re seeing in the marketplace as well.

And while we are on the topic of Anti-virus and endpoint security, I wonder who is going to play John McAfee in the movie.

Hope your Wednesday has treated you well.  We’ll talk again tomorrow.

Cisco Kid Was A Friend Of Mine


Cisco KidI’m often accused of showing my age and I have to be honest, I fly my freak flag high. So, here I go again demonstrating the number of years I’ve been on the planet or at least travelled around the block. While I’m not nearly as old as the creation of The Cisco Kid, in fact the last of the great westerns featuring Cisco was made long before I was born, I did grow up watching those westerns on one of the four local TV stations we received. Of course as I was doing my industry research today, I kept humming Cisco Kid Was A Friend Of Mine.

I realize my sharing of pop culture is a long way to get you to today’s research which reveals three references to Cisco. As you can see below, Cisco and Dell came out ahead in a fairly dismal server market for Q3. Cisco is still the favored desperado in the sluggish video conference market. And, Cisco’s got some company in the SDN marketplace. All good reads.

I’m sure it’s just the sign of the times and we can expect everybody’s pricing to take a little bump north, but Microsoft has announced a 15% increase on pricing.  When I left work on Friday I still didn’t have exact price lifts, but it looks to affect Enterprise, Campus and Select Agreements as well.

HP Z620 WorkstationOn the security front, you can holster those six guns and take a look at Trend Micro’s online security assessment tools. Plus there’s a link below to 10 reasons you should rethink your endpoint security.  Speaking of security, John McAfee has recorded a video from an undisclosed location. You know……his story sounds convincing.

On a final note for a Sunday, the HP Z620 Workstation rocks!! I’ve pushed a few demo units out to clients and they agree too. This is one horse that will stay strong on your entire journey.

Twitter, Twinkies, Tech, and The Fugitive


TwitterI picked up 5 new followers on Twitter over the Thanksgiving Holiday. So, a big thank you goes out @247TechSource, @VPMobility, @Dome9, @chiefn001, and @patmitchel1. You’ve given me five more reasons to be thankful this weekend. The more the merrier, if you want to follow along on Twitter, just look me up: @BillSanders1. I dig it the most when I get retweeted.

If you’ve been following along this site lately, you will have noticed Cisco has been adding to its portfolio. I think the Meraki acquisition was a great move and the article linked below mirrors that sentiment. As part of their play to completely own the data center, Cisco also picked up Cloupia. No, that’s not a medical condition.

There are 15 high tech companies out there that resemble a bunch of Twinkies. I’m fairly certain that the reference isn’t that they are golden sponge cakes with creamy fillings.  Although that might be a more interesting read. On a side note, it’s a shame that Twinkies have been around since 1930 and they are shutting down because people are eating healthier. Wait…maybe that’s a good think. I’m so confused.

The article on BYOD and the one on personal data syncing to the cloud are very much related. One of the risks with BYOD is all of the loosey goosey transfers from personal devices.

On a final note, if you see a guy running around this week with a fake nose and glasses, it’s probably just John McAfee. Apparently John is looking for a one armed man.