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Intro: Jason Stroup

I'm excited to announce a guest author at this blog. Jason Stroup, a friend and very smart guy, will be adding some of his thoughts about VMWare's virtualization technology and perhaps other things in the future.

Having worked with Jason for several years, I know he is always coming up with exciting ways to push the technology around him to achieve goals more effectively and efficiently. His thoughts are one of the driving forces that helped shape my own view of the need for simplicity in technology.

He has been playing with virtualization since VMWare started making waves. I think you'll enjoy his thoughts about changing the way IT infrastructure works as a result of the new found flexibility that this technology brings.

Some of the other fun projects he has experience in include:

  • Replacing Exchange with Google Apps
  • Building Cisco based wireless networks
  • Recovering Active Directory from a masted AD controller failure

I've been particularly interested in the recent opening ESXi provides. Having gone to a free model, good and proper virtualization within my budget has become a lot more doable and the trade-off of one cost for another may just be the ticket for greater stability without significant cost.

Stay tuned. :-)

Gmail Blackberry and the HTTPS only Setting

I've found a bug that others will probably want to know about. The Blackberry Gmail client does not support Gmail's new SSL encrypted email option. This feature was released about a week ago. As soon as I turned it on, I started getting errors. Turning it off makes them go away.

Rumors around the web say a new version exists, but when I fire up my Blackberry Google Mobile Updater, it claims I have the lastest version, but I can't find the setting to allow it. For now, we'll just all have to run a little less protected.

Google Apps - Broadening the Servant Base

One of the things that I'm excited to share with potential clients is Google Apps. This free service from Google fits the church in a great way. It provides a collection of tools for ministry that address the needs of a largely volunteer and distributed "work force". Anyone with an Internet connection can have a church email account, calendar and collaborate on documents.

In the past, leading a church has meant a lot of work bringing people together. A lot of the burden has fallen to the central church staff, but the future holds something more collaborative.