Category: Tech Insight

Tech Time Warp: Why Perl — the “duct tape of the internet” — was such a gem

Tech Time Warp: Why Perl — the “duct tape of the internet” — was such a gem

The programming language Perl ended up becoming the backbone of Yahoo and a million other websites, but when Larry Wall released Perl 1.0 for machines running the UNIX operating system December 18, 1987, he was simply sharing his personal code...

/ December 20, 2019
MSPs need to get in the blockchain game

MSPs need to get in the blockchain game

Blockchain burst onto the scene in a big way over the past decade. It propelled cryptocurrencies to new heights and spawned a whole new class of cybercriminals, with cryptojacking. However, blockchain’s long-hyped benefits to MSPs have been uneven and slow...

/ December 19, 2019
Vendors want to put machine learning in reach of more companies

Vendors want to put machine learning in reach of more companies

Machine learning requires a good data set. It requires someone to build a model to make use of that data and make reasonable predictions about something, such as how many visitors are likely to buy, how many applicants deserve credit,...

/ December 16, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The high and lows of the AltaVista search engine

Tech Time Warp: The high and lows of the AltaVista search engine

Since “google” is now legitimately considered a verb (per Merriam-Webster), it’s hard to remember a world in which another search engine was considered innovative. However, there was life before Google — and it was called AltaVista.

/ December 13, 2019
Edge computing consortiums start to multiply to the benefit of MSPs

Edge computing consortiums start to multiply to the benefit of MSPs

When vendors band together to promote the adoption of a standard via a consortium, it’s usually a sign that it will benefit managed service providers (MSPs). At the Edge Computing World Conference this week, the Eclipse Foundation, which now oversees...

/ December 12, 2019
Shift to the hybrid cloud drives increased reliance on MSPs

Shift to the hybrid cloud drives increased reliance on MSPs

Just about everyone agrees that more application workloads will be moving into the cloud. The only real question now, is to what degree. A survey of 508 IT professionals conducted by Internap (INAP), a provider of managed services, finds that...

/ December 3, 2019
AWS re:Invent should have lots of news for MSPs

AWS re:Invent should have lots of news for MSPs

This week is AWS re:Invent, the company’s massive annual customer conference taking place in Las Vegas. It’s typically packed with news about new features and services, and you should be paying attention to what new stuff could benefit your clients...

/ December 2, 2019
Ten technology trends MSPs can be thankful for in 2019

Ten technology trends MSPs can be thankful for in 2019

The arrival of Thanksgiving once again presents an opportunity for managed service providers (MSPs) to take stock of the opportunities that lay before them. With the spirit of the holiday in mind, here are ten technology trends benefiting MSPs, as...

/ November 28, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: What are some factors to consider before switching our RMM?

Ask an MSP Expert: What are some factors to consider before switching our RMM?

Q: My existing contract with my RMM vendor is coming up and I am contemplating on switching vendors. I want to make sure that I am using the best tool for my budget and needs. I manage roughly 500 endpoints...

/ November 25, 2019 / 2 Comments
Tech Time Warp: Pixar captures moviegoers’ hearts with computer animation

Tech Time Warp: Pixar captures moviegoers’ hearts with computer animation

On November 22, 1995, the release of Toy Story not only introduced Woody and Buzz Lightyear to audiences, but also it represented the culmination of more than 16 years of work and innovation from some of the biggest names in...

/ November 22, 2019