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Jared Shockley, Information Technology Professional This is my spot on the Internet for me to share my thoughts on technology, software, hardware, gadgets and IT in general. Please feel free to comment.


What Does Your DR Look Like? Or "Holy #$*%! Everything is down!"
This is a topic near and dear to me these days. Having suffered a recent outage at my job with over 9 hours of downtime, this is now a major issue for me to work through. Everyone always gives disaster recovery (DR) lip service. They come up with ways to backup data, provide alternative networking access as they can afford, and try to create plans. My feeling, much like what I have dealt with at prior positions, is that no one really invests into DR. I hope to provide a few cautionary tales to help you convince your management to make the investment.

Moved my Site and Blog to Azure … How Easy!
Well, I finally made the switch. As many of you can see in the URL, my blog has moved from my personal servers onto the Azure fabric. It is something I wanted to do for a while and never got quite around to finishing until now. It is not totally done but I am happy with the interim results.

Tips to Cut the Cord With
"Cutting the Cord" is a catch phrase that is thrown around in this modern age. The main meaning is ability for many people to remove services that they used to pay for that seems redundant in these changing days, primary being television and telephone services. For me, I am fully cord cut when it comes to telephone and nearly cut with television. I will explain what I have done, how I came about my decisions and what it took to execute my cord cutting. In the end, there is no way to cut all cords unless you want to disconnect from the world and entertainment. Instead, the goal for most cord cutters is to run all of their needs across their data service lines. What you need to do is find your goals for cord cutting and then find what will help you achieve those goals.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly … The Wonderful World of Compliance in IT
"Compliance" is often perceived as such a dirty word to IT professionals that it might as well be censored. The mere mention of "compliance" brings about visions of additional paperwork and processes that slow down everyday tasks and project schedules for many IT pros. With newer regulations, be them federal laws, association or vendor regulations, or internal standards created by management, IT teams in both engineering and operations have to work to meet these regulations and standards as a part of their project and daily work. This was a great discussion topic for Denny Cherry and me on his People Talking Tech Podcast.

Where the Heck Have You Been??
I wanted to post something on my blog as I haven't written on here for a while.