Dino Londis

Dino Londis is an application management engineer at a Manhattan law firm. He's a member of a team responsible for securing and maintaining the desktop. Before this, he worked as a network administrator, tier three support engineer, and helpdesk technician, all in the curious world of law firms. Dino also writes a consumerization column for BYTE.

How I Made the Leap to IT Security

Posted In Data
Fifteen years ago, the landscape of IT was so fluid you could almost pick your specialty and start working. The need for computer engineers was so great, that anyone with some ambition could go far reasonably fast. Document services specialists—who type for a living—were moving into application deployment. A night security guard who spent his time studying Novell became a certified Novell administrator. I worked in a copy center in a small law firm and became their network administrator literally… continue…

Look for Hidden Needs in the Job Description

Posted In Looking in Tech
Job Skills
Tip of the Day When applying for a job, you want to highlight your traits and skills that are the best match with what the employer is seeking. So to give yourself an edge, study the job description. Job descriptions aren’t written by machines. They’re written by people and often reveal a specific need for soft skills or people skills, in addition to technical knowledge. Study them closely and you’ll discover clues that can help make your resume stand out.… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

Posted In Looking in Tech
Watson is Coming to NY
An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…

Here’s a Smart Way to Switch Jobs Inside Your Company

Posted In Looking in Tech
Moving Jobs
In the changing landscape of IT, you need to take a proactive look at your current position to see if it will exist in a year or two. Of course you can’t know for sure if it will, but you – more than anyone else – understand just how busy you are, or will be if the landscape shifts. For example, if your company switched operating systems, or moved to a thin client, or adopted Google Docs, would you still… continue…

Is Microsoft Virtual Desktop 2012 Ready for Primetime?

Microsoft is lagging behind two powerhouses. I’m not talking about Windows Phone, the Microsoft Surface, or even its rank among browser use. The battle for third is in the virtualization environment. Microsoft is a distance behind Citrix and VMware. Why is that? Partly because Microsoft Virtual Desktop 2012 is still a relative newcomer to virtualizing and streaming the desktop. If you’ve spent any time with Microsoft Virtual Desktop 2008, then you may remember it was an overly complicated deployment. But a… continue…

Is VMware Horizon View Better Than XENDesktop?

As I wrote in a previous post, Citrix is the first name that’s invoked when discussing the virtual desktop. By far, though, it’s not the only company the delivers a virtual desktop to users. Microsoft VDI with RemoteFX, Red Hat Vitalization for Desktops, Dell/Quest vWorkspace, Desktone and VMware Horizon View all provide reliable, robust desktops too, but with far different architectures. As synonymous as Citrix is to the virtual desktop, VMware is to the virtual server. Practically inventing an industry,… continue…

Is Citrix the Best Remote Server?

Virtual Machines
This is the first in a series comparing the strengths and weaknesses of virtualized desktops. The three main players in virtual desktop integration (VDI) are Citrix, VMWare and Microsoft. Because it was first in the game, Citrix is often cited as the main player. I’m first reviewing Citrix XEN Desktop, then VMWare’s Horizon View and finally Microsoft’s VDI. Citrix is often the first name invoked when someone’s considering a virtualized desktop solution. Though the company’s been around since 1989, the… continue…

Is Microsoft Finally Listening to Customers?

I have been using Windows 8.1 for the past several weeks and against the advice from pundits — and even Microsoft — I installed it on my production PC, an Acer Aspire One laptop. The Start button has returned as advertised, but it’s mostly cosmetic. You swipe down to the left to bring up the Start screen just like you did with Windows 8, it would seem to serve no purpose other than to reassure old-Windows customers. But there’s more… continue…

Three MOOC Classes for Windows Desktop

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Massive Open Online Classes – popularly known as MOOCs – are growing in scope. That’s a good thing for people who are looking for mostly free ways to enhance their knowledge on topics from general business to narrow technologies. While some charge a fee, most don’t. We’re all busy, but it’s nice to have educational options which only require an investment in time. Here are three free MOOCs IT professionals may want to consider. Operating Systems [Saylor.org] For those of… continue…

The Beginning of the End of Security Theater

TSA Checkpoint
You often hear airport TSA checkpoints described as “security theater” because despite their imposing presence and processes, passengers still sneak contraband onto commercial flights. In IT, we see similar performances – and results. For us, security theater has manifested itself as the deployment of layers of technology like antivirus, Web filters, password policies, encryption, multi-factor authentication and on and on. When a breach and data loss does occur, IT does not hold itself liable because of all the measures that… continue…