Author: rwolf

Revel POS network requirement confusion

Recently I had a client replacing their existing point of sale equipment (POS).  They have several retail outlets in the region.  They work with other firms in various aspects of their IT infrastructure like routing and switching, “cloud hosting”, web, etc.  They rely on Express IT Solutions for general IT […]

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Cisco Talos…so dumb

If you’ve read our blogs, heard our talks at our local KLUG group, personally talked to me or conversed via email you all know how much I love Cisco (eye rolls).  I was at an event in Lansing, MI recently about small business in Michigan (SBAM).  A rather derpy VAR […]

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The real scoop on RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management)

I’ve seen a lot about RMM aka “Remote Monitoring and Management” online lately.  I think the companies offering RMM tools is geared toward the typical MSP or “Managed Service Provider” although “in house” IT shops can also use these systems. The things they offer are usually: Remote Access / Screen […]

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SSL, just more derp from derpy companies

Google and others like GoDaddy whom this post mainly focuses on are some of the biggest idiots in tech.  How is it you can say that Google and GoDaddy are idiots?  You’re nobody and they’re somebody!  Because they didn’t get to be where they’re at in this world as a […]

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Bandwidth Speed, Up / Down and all around

Are you confused about bandwidth, throughput, pipe, upload, download, and the “big words” the “engineers” like to throw out there like; asynchronous, synchronous or “DIA” (Dedicated Internet Access) and how it relates to Internet connection speeds?  You might be surprised that even the “engineers” don’t understand it either and are […]

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IT Hypocrites don’t believe the Hyp(e)

IT companies selling cyber security services are mostly fakers when it comes to knowing the topic and to make matters worse flat out hypocrites.  Wow…bold statement!  How do you know?  Because we’ve seen it. The motivator and straw that broke the camels back (and we’ve got a strong back) is […]

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Microsoft License Verification Process SAM Audit

Have you been contacted by “Microsoft” to verify your Microsoft Licensing and do a SAM Audit?  Are you scared that the big bad $osftware company will come and lock you up (chants of “lock her up” are ringing in my head right now). Fear not – tell them to shove […]

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Matryoshka Packaging

Matryoshka packaging Matryoshka (Russian stacking dolls) are cool however, I had fun the other day unpacking a simple three inch mag strip reader from HP.  I was quite embarrassed for the human race after getting done though.  I should have taken a picture of the cardboard and packaging waste these […]

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BadRabbit have no fear

Another ransomeware hit the streets called “BadRabbit” on October 24th, 2017.  I’ve read a little bit about it BUT dear reader have no fear.  If you’re behind one of our firewalls; a popular open source FreeBSD based firewall loaded up with block lists galore, intrusion detection (IDS), Geo IP Blocking […]

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Your VPS & hosting provider is an IT loser!

Why VPS is part of the problem and not the solution: What?  My VPS (Virtual Private Server hosting provider) and web hosting provider is an IT loser?  What’s that even mean you angry angry person?! What we mean by this is more general than specific but yeah, they are!  Take […]

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First Google Ghetto

Have you ever heard these terms? That’s not a professional solution That’s not business class That’s not enterprise class That’s hodge podge That’s…whatever derogatory phrase someone can say to make your recommendation or solution seem ghetto and less than… Try not to take offense my dear engineer.  Why?  Because you’re […]

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Highly available IPSEC VPN

Does your company have multiple sites needing serious up-time on both Internet and VPN?  If so then you need PFSense and a DYNDNS provider.  Why?  Let me explain… PFSense is a router / firewall and in our opinion one of the best.  It’s free, Open Source and has reasonable pay […]

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Why the hackers are winning reason #2

Here’s a reason the hackers are winning: Reason #2:  Lazy good for nothing ISP / hosting company security teams & poor practices (#ISPidiots). We operate our own RBL, Realtime Block List (although…most like to call it a black list or a black-hole list we don’t use that term and who […]

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Corporate Routers & Open Source – GET REAL!

I’m pushing back!  Why?  Because you dear reader NEED to be enlightened (possibly).  Perhaps you’re already an enlightened digital soul…? MOST ROUTERS ARE OPEN SOURCE: Did you know most routers controlling corporate networks or even your home are “open source”…here’s a list?  Open Source shouldn’t be a dirty word anymore, […]

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Why the hackers are winning reason #1

Here’s a reason the hackers are winning: Reason #1:  Stupid TLD registrars who make it nigh impossible to report abuse (#ISPidiots). Our honeypot detected a brute force attempt from IP address:  91.191.19.58 Well lets do some looking into this abusive host / IP. The first thing we do is a […]

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