Steve Mallard wins IT innovation leadership award – IT Leadership Award winners showcase leadership innovation

The SearchCIO-Midmarket 2012 Customer Experience/Integration award is given to a leader who has made strides in building customer relationships and enhancing the experience of the external customer.

We are thrilled to announce that Steve Mallard, IT manager and teacher at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, is the recipient of the Customer Experience/Integration award. We sat down with Mallard to hear his thoughts on IT innovation leadership in exclusive CIO podcast.

Steve Mallard wins IT innovation leadership award – IT Leadership Award winners showcase leadership innovation.

The interview-
“Future technology leaders get top-speed, top-notch tutelage“- SearchCIO TechTarget 

“Now, teaching students, it covers everything – mobile devices, different programs, wireless, the advance of Web 2.0, the Internet and the plethora of every type of technology you can imagine. These students have their work cut out for them,” Mallard said. “Students have to be versatile and willing to learn at an accelerated rate, and have to absorb so much information. For them, the learning will never end.” (See Link Above)

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First look at Google Drive – storage in the cloud

If you have a Google account, you can now get 5gb of storage in the cloud.  I signed up three days ago and just got a notice that I could try Google Drive out.   Following the link to their download site, I signed in with my gmail account.

I immediately found policies we had read with Google documents over six months ago.   I did find this odd.

After signing in you can download the synchronization program in order to create a folder that will sync with your Google Drive.   If you look, you will also see Drive added to your menu in your Google account.

If you elect to download the synchronization program,  will be met with a terms of service when downloading the program.

20 minutes later…. hmmmm

Finished after 25 minutes

Setup (Special Folder for Sync) – Select Advanced Setup for more options


Google drive is now setup and can be seen by logging into your account or you can access the folder it made.

Easy to use, you can simply drag a file to the folder on your computer and the file will sync to the 5gb cloud.

The file will be uploaded and marked as private for you only.  You can share out the document if you wish to do so.

Google drive is an excellent Cloud storage for sharing files and pictures.

Almost Half Of All Used Hard Drives Contain Info From Previous Owners

By “almost half,” we mean a whopping 48 percent. A full 11 percent of the hard drives contained personal information, while 3 percent of the 200 drives tested contained really, really personal information, including copies of passports, resumes, tax info, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, health information and full bank details.

Almost Half Of All Used Hard Drives Contain Info From Previous Owners. (by Share)

Microsoft Security Essentials offers new update

I’ve used Microsoft Security Essentials for over a year now with zero problems.   Microsoft is offering an edition upgrade for MSE.  Go over and install or upgrade now.  Link

Already have it?  You can do a Windows Update and it will upgrade you to 4.0 for you.  DO NOT click on any emails promising an update.  Use our link above, go to, or use Windows Update ONLY.

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Why?  The Golden Question

All over the internet you will find information on ‘How to Subnet’.   Suddenly you are thrown into a world of bits and binary and given charts of ‘How to Subnet’.   But why do you subnet?

Subnets are created to separate areas of your network for security and/or to hold down broadcasts.  Computers constantly ‘talk’ to each other.   If you have a network of 10 computers, the talking (opening files or programs) or broadcasting packets that are sent out during networking is not much traffic at all.   However if you have 10,000 computers talking and passing data, you will have thousands of computers passing data and your network will slow down from all of the information.   If you still don’t understand, invite 10 friends over for a get together.  It’ll get noisy but you can still hear every conversation.    Now, go to a rock concert with 10,000…

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Ever wonder what cloud computing is?  Rackspace has an excellent program that you can take for free.   Cloud University offers ten detailed modules along with a exams for each module.    A final exam reviews each of the modules and with a score of 80% you can earn a certificate in cloud computing from Rackspace’s CloudU.   This detailed program is the work of Ben Kepes.   Ben is the curator of CloudU.    Through his arduous work, you can download a detailed curriculum, listen to webinars and take exams as many times as you need to in order to understand cloud computing.    In today’s  world of virtualization and cloud computing, Rackspace leads the pack by educating anyone who wants to learn about these exciting technologies.

After contacting Rackspace so that my students could benefit from the cloud university curriculum as a supplement.   I was met with…

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Nissan Hack A Harsh Reminder About Protecting Data Stores From Spies – Dark Reading

Nissan’s disclosure this week of a malware attack in which attackers stole employee user-account credentials was a chilling reminder of the reality of industrial espionage.

Nissan Hack A Harsh Reminder About Protecting Data Stores From Spies – Dark Reading.

A great browser for MIPS powered Android tablets

Need a browser that doesn’t hang or is faster on a MIPS powered Android?    Use Opera.   Where do you get the official apk?  Here.   From Opera, this release can be download to your Android and installed.  If you have MagicCode installed, turn it off during the installation.   This browser is smooth and fast.

Be careful downloading apks.   Google Market is safe to use.  However some developers have listed and uploaded apks for installations and modifications of apps that your device may not be compatible with.  In other words, you can find these apks through a Google search.  Do the review and decide if the app is safe to download and legal to download.

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Students at TTC Shelbyville should sign in as soon as possible to keep the 25gb of space. Thanks Rick at Whats On My PC! Steve

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If you are an existing Microsoft SkyDrive User it is important that you sign into your account and acknowledge that you desire to keep your 25GBs of online storage space. Failure to do so could result in your 25GBs being reduced down to 7GBs of space.


Any registered SkyDrive user *who has uploaded files to SkyDrive* as of April 22nd can opt in to keep 25GB of free storage while still getting all of the benefits of the new service.

If you are already using 4GBs of space on SkyDrive you will automatically keep your 25GBs.

This all may sound like a dirty trick, but Microsoft is working toward making SkyDrive better (with new apps) and making SkyDrive accessible from Windows Explorer. For example, they recently came out with a preview of SkyDrive for the Windows Desktop which gives you the ability to seamlessly sync your files (from Windows Explorer).

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