Best Practice Ezine
Guy's Best Practice & Litmus Tests Ezine
Everyone wants to know whether they are doing a job, any job, in the best way possible. Guy's 'Best Practice' ezine is always worth skimming through because you will always find at least one piece of useful advice that you can apply to your network.
Litmus Tests idea
The idea behind my Litmus tests is to bring fun to computer networks. Each test asks a question about an aspect of best practice. The answer indicates whether you are dealing with a Professional or an Amateur. The majority of my tests are based around computing. However, you can have fun extending the Litmus test idea to include everyday activities like going to hairdresser, entering a shop or buying a new car.
Where the idea came from
Each Litmus test gives you an instant answer to the question: - "Is this a good idea or is there a better way?" The brainwave for Litmus tests came to me when a delegate said: "Guy, I have just joined a company; how do I know if our network and servers are running properly?" So I suggested simple checks that he could make to test if his network was run by amateurs or professionals.
My mind flashed back to my schoolboy days when my chemistry teacher 'Sniffy' Pugh showed us Litmus tests. Perhaps you remember the test? Red means acid, blue means alkaline, so Litmus test was ideal name for a quick test where there are only two possible results.
Guy Recommends: The Free IP Address Tracker (IPAT)
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For Mr Organized there is a nifty subnet calculator, you enter the network address and the subnet mask, then IPAT works out the usable addresses and their ranges.
For Mr Lazy IPAT discovers and then displays the IP addresses of existing computers. Download the Free IP Address Tracker
The topics are Microsoft based. The main themes are Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003. Obviously, I get ideas from a wide variety of sources, but I never copy other people's tips directly.
The early Ezines featured a spread shot of tips on different topics, whereas the later editions focus on one topic and provide tips, insights and even challenges. By and large I focus on those who are getting started, however even the most experienced techies have Achilles' heels
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