Author Archives: Joe Hertvik

About Joe Hertvik

Joe is the owner of Hertvik Business Services, a service company providing written white papers, case studies, and other marketing content to computer industry companies. He is also a contributing editor for IT Jungle and has written the Admin Alert column for the past ten years. Follow Joe Hertvik on Twitter @JoeHertvik. Email Joe for a free quote on white papers, case studies, brochures, or other marketing materials.

We’re Making Stew: Guidelines for Serial Blogging

One of my editors gave me a great piece of advice one day regarding writing and blogging. He said (and I paraphrase):

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We’re making stew when we publish. Sometimes the reader gets a nice big piece of steak for an article. Sometimes she gets a carrot and sometimes it’s a potato. We mix it up and give the pub a great flavor so there isn’t too much of one ingredient or another. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i System Monitoring Products

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Here’s my current list of vendors who provide IBM i system monitoring products. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i Hosting Companies

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This post is intended as a centralized shared list of all the companies that offer Power system IBM i hosting solutions.
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Creating a Twitter Search URL–Beginner’s Version

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Here’s a nice trick if you want to create a Twitter Search URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function. With a Twitter search URL, you can create links for your readers to view all the tweets associated with Twitter handle feeds, a hashtag, or a combination of both a Twitter handle or a hashtag.
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Community Post: List of IBM i Content Providers

This is a community list of all individuals and organizations who provide IBM i articles, blog posts, forums, links, tech tips that are not linked to the marketing of a specific product (with the exception of IBM supplied i-centric products). Continue reading

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Remembering My Father on Veteran’s Day

Remembering my father Joseph Hertvik, Sr. on Veteran’s Day. Thanks for your service and your love. Continue reading

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LinkedIn Tip of the Day: Connect to Your Twitter Followers

Cross-check your LinkedIn connections against your key Twitter followers to see who’s not connected. And then connect with them. You’ll be surprised who you don’t have as a LI Connection. Continue reading

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What’s Your Glove Display for Making IT Changes?

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Try employing the glove display strategy for difficult IT scenarios, where management sees the need for change due to a visceral reaction to the problem Continue reading

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How to Delete a LinkedIn Status Update

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Use LinkedIn’s delete option if you made a mistake and want to delete a LinkedIn status update. Continue reading

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IT Purchasing Math: 8 Ways that Confusion = Profit

There’s a simple equation to keep in mind if you’re not sure you’re getting a fair deal when making a major IT purchase:

Confusion = Profit
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IT Change Management: 8 Reasons You Need a Checklist for Implementing IT Projects

feedback checklist(updated 1/5/14) One of the habits I push in my shop is to over-rely on checklists and to game plan any change we put on to our Power boxes or in our Data Center. A good checklist is invaluable in situations where you have to take down a critical piece of equipment, make some significant change, and bring it back up again in a short amount of time (say in three hours on a Sunday morning).

IMHO, a good checklist does the following things when you make changes Continue reading

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Creating a URL for LinkedIn Activity Feeds

Here’s a technique to retrieve the URLs to view your own and people’s LinkedIn activity feeds.
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Editing LinkedIn Headlines to Showcase Your Personal Brand

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You can edit your LinkedIn headline to add statements, mini-ads, SEO keywords, or other content that showcases your personal brand Continue reading

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RPO, RTO, RTA: Explaining 3 Common Disaster Recovery Terms

RPO, RTO, and RTA are valuable management tools for communicating your goals for a BC/DR/HA solution and how well you are doing in meeting those goals. Continue reading

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Use an @ to Create Profile Links in LinkedIn Shares

linkedin share buttonLinkedIn Tip: Use the ‘@’ sign if you want to create profile links in LinkedIn shares Continue reading

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