WServerNews: Happy holidays!

In this issue:

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a prosperous—and peaceful—new year! Christmas is a’comin and so are swindles and scams! Got an event, conference or webcast you want announced in our newsletter? Email us! Tips from Tom’s Hardware and AnandTech on how to get the best deals on various kinds of computer hardware for home, school or business. Triple Santa Claus street dance performance in Milano, Italy. And finally: the aliens are coming soon—are you ready? Plus lots more — read it all, read it here on WServerNews!

What do you want for Christmas? More geeky stuff!! Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

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Editor’s Corner

Just a very short editorial this time wishing all of our readers around the world (there are almost 200,000 of you!) a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a prosperous—and peaceful—new year!

Oh, and speaking of being safe and staying prosperous: Christmas is a’comin and so are lots of swindles and scams! Check out 5 Top Scams To Watch Out For This Holiday Season from KnowBe4!

Anyways, we hope that you enjoy this week’s issue of WServerNews which is mostly full of fun stuff this week. And as usual feel free to email us your comments or questions about anything.

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Meet the Editors!

is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud technologies. He has written more than a thousand articles and has authored or been series editor for over 50 books for Microsoft Press and other publishers. Mitch has also been a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the technical category of Cloud and Datacenter Management. He currently runs an IT content development business in Winnipeg, Canada that produces books, ebooks, whitepapers, case studies, courseware, documentation, newsletters and articles for various companies.

INGRID TULLOCH is Associate Editor of WServerNews. She was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press and collaborated on developing university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. Ingrid also manages Research and Development for the IT content development business she runs together with Mitch.

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IT Workshop – tools, guides and useful stuff

Got a product or solution or some other resource you’d like to tell our readers about? Email us!

Our TOOL OF THE WEEK is this Christmas card software from Edraw that helps you quickly make Christmas cards and offers you many Christmas card templates and examples. Have fun using it!

If you’re thinking of using EVPN as the fabric for your next datacenter, be sure first to read this article by Tony Bourke on The Data Center Overlords.

Tips and Tutorials

Got tips or tutorials you’d like to recommend for our readers? Email us!

Instead of the usual bunch of tips, this time we’ve got some links that can help you get the best deals on various kinds of computer hardware for home, school or business. Enjoy, but be careful and don’t blow your budget! We’ll start off with some recommended deals from Tom’s Hardware:

Best SSDs 2022: From Budget SATA to Blazing-Fast NVMe

Best Flash Drives: Fast, Roomy USB Storage in Your Pocket

Best External SSDs and Hard Drives of 2022

Best PC Cases 2022: Our Tested Picks for Your New Build

Best CPUs for Workstations 2022

Best Webcams of 2022

Best College Laptops: Tested Picks for Research, Writing, Gaming and More

Best 3D Printers 2022: FDM, Resin and Sub-$250 Models

Best Computer Monitors 2022

Best Ultrabooks and Premium Laptops 2022

Best NAS 2022: Network-Attached Storage Drives for Backups, Media and More

Best Network Switches 2022: Add Ports, Speed and Versatility to Your Network

And here are a few hot deal recommendations from AnandTech:

Best Internal Hard Drives: Holiday 2022

Best Mechanical Keyboards: Holiday 2022

Best PC Power Supplies: Holiday 2022

For more AnandTech recommendations see the Guides section of their website.

Freebies and Factoids

…will return after the holidays. Stay safe until then!

Fun videos from Flixxy

Ho ho ho, what’s new Santa Clause?

Triple Santa Claus – Street Dance Performance – Milano (Italy) – Triple Santa Claus give a street dance performance to ‘Jingle Bells’ in Milano, Italy.

Santa Claus And His Rocket Sleigh – Rocketman Santa takes off in his rocket sleigh.

Fred Astaire – ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ – From the ending of the film ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town’ with the Fred Astaire mailman giving us words of wisdom, followed by the title song.

Santa Cat – Well you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a Santa cat, no time to talk!

And Finally

The odd, the stupid and the remarkable. Good for your mental health.

Japan court ruling on algorithms poses risks for Big Tech (AI Business)

[We must align ourselves with the oppressed Algorithms and stand up for their rights!!]

Modern City Dwellers Have Lost About Half Their Gut Microbes (Science)

[Everyboldy who lives out in the sticks already knows that city dwellers don’t have any guts.]

Old Laptop Hard Drives Will Allegedly Crash When Exposed To Janet Jackson Music (Ars Technica)

[“Like a moth to a flame burned by the fire, my hard drive is toast, I can’t see my data anymore…”]

DoD Announces the Establishment of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (U.S. Department of Defense]

[Take a look at the official announcement here (PDF). You’ll see that it was clearly written by an alien as part of their disinformation campaign before they begin invading Earth. The aliens are coming, they’re coming soon—are you ready?]

Hey reader! Got an amazing or weird or funny link you’d like to suggest for this section of our newsletter? Email us! But please make sure that it’s G-rated as in “Gee whiz”, “Golly!”, “Good grief!”, “Gaaahh!!” and so on. Thanks!

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