Shane and I both work at a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner company here in St. John’s, Newfoundland called Infotech. The company has existed since 1994 and has evolved from a small web development shop to a highly focused SharePoint / .NET application development firm. We also have other arms of our business that focus on Infrastructure and IT resource placements.
We have experienced considerable growth over the past 12 months and are looking for more talented people to come join our team. Right now all of the positions are based in St. John’s, NL so that would require you to be from this area or interested in relocating here. That’s right, while many complain that they must leave the Province and go West to get employment, we have been actually bringing people back East to Newfoundland.
Positions currently open include:
- Senior Project Manager (7-10+ years experience managing IT Projects)
- Business Analysts
- Sales Lead
- SharePoint Specialists
- Application Developers (ASP.NET, SharePoint)
If you are interested in coming to work for us and would like to submit a resume, you can do so by either going to our website at www.infotechsolutions.com or by sending an email with your resume attached to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shane was sick last week with the flu so I took it upon myself to do some much needed clean up and reconfiguration on our home network. Over the past few months we have added a few extra client systems (Macs in fact – more on that later), we changed ISPs, set up a new media center and made some other minor changes that when all added up equaled a bit of a mess. So I decided it was time to repave everything and build from scratch.
I started by rebuilding our domain controller as the last one had been in service for a few years and the DNS configuration I had going on was a bit messed up and thus causing some pain and confusion on the internal network. I also used this as an excuse to introduce Windows Server 2008 as the dc since it made sense to go with the latest and greatest.
Overall I have to say it was a super simplistic setup and things are a million times better. I completely ditched my ISP’s DNS and have an OpenDNS forwarding rule setup on the server which is much better for the external links. Plus I removed the double DNS references on the internal network so everything is much faster now.
Probably the thing that pleases me most is how well the Macs are responding to the new setup. I was amazed at how easy it was to join them to the domain. Things have significantly improved from a networking / integration perspective over the past 3-4 years since I had last been using a Mac on a regular basis. The one thing that I did wrong that I forgot to do when first binding my laptop to the domain was select the option to create a mobile account. Once I figured that out, it made my profile available even when the domain was not. This is a necessity of course when one spends a large amount of time on the road or away from the house.
Since setting up the new DC, I have also repaved each of the client systems and upgraded to Vista SP1 which has resulted in a much better experience overall. I even went as far as rebuilding our SharePoint server and a created a bunch of new base VMs. The only system outstanding is my Media Center which I have been procrastinating on. Hopefully I will get that one done tomorrow.
Productivity feels good!!
As a couple, Shane and I have a lot in common. We have some differences too but when it comes to music we are pretty much perfectly aligned. When it comes to Bob Dylan, we are HUGE fans and have been for years. In fact, I might even admit that Shane has a slight edge in the fact that he managed to be born on Bob Dylan’s birthday. I have always secretly thought that he managed to do that on purpose somehow given he was born about 3 months premature. But it is something he tends to remind me of whenever he can.
So one of our biggest goals this year (besides the wedding which is still in the planning stages), was to go see Bob play no matter where that was. If there was a show, we were buying plane tickets or hitching the trailer onto the truck for a road trip. But then out of the blue something strange and awesome happened. Though Bob Dylan had not yet added any other North American dates to his tour page, it was announced he was coming to Atlantic Canada!!! What is even more exciting is…Bob Dylan is going to be playing here on May 24th…Shane and Bob’s birthday.
Needless to say we got tickets and it is gonna be the BEST birthday party ever! I have even gone as far as creating a Facebook group for the night. If you are in Newfoundland and Labrador and are going to the Bob Dylan Concert (aka Shane and Bob’s birthday party), sign up.