Manek Dubash
Manek Dubash

This blog is about big tin: back office IT infrastructure used by enterprises and telecoms providers to run their businesses.

It covers areas such as networking in all its forms, servers, mobile, operating systems, data centres, virtualisation and more. I started this blog because there’s nothing else quite like it… Or at least there wasn’t when I started it over 10 years ago (this last sentence was added in 2019).

Who am I? I’m a technology journalist and analyst, and have been for over 20 30 years, mostly covering communications issues and technologies. Career highlights include editor-in-chief PC Magazine UK, technology strategist analyst at analyst firm Datamonitor, several years freelancing and a year as editorial director at NetEvents TV producing business-relating video for the web. I also worked as a motoring journalist for about three years, editing the news for PistonHeads, a sports-car enthusiasts’ site.

There’s more about me (including commercial information) here, and my photography lives here. I’m also a beekeeper, a pastime I started in 2015 after thinking about it for some 40 years. One day, I promise myself, I’ll get good at it.

What else? I live in Lewes, a town near Brighton, UK, that has a real sense of itself – I’m not convinced the wiki entry linked above does it justice so maybe I’ll do something about that one day.

I’d be delighted to hear your comments on the blog.

Manek Dubash

PS: Since writing most of the above screed about my work, I realise that I’m devoting more time to activities I enjoy doing but that doesn’t pay and less to stuff that I don’t but does, if you see what I mean. Expect that trend to continue.

Updated June 2019.

Further update: I’ve pretty much liberated myself from the shackles of work, so I’m writing here, for my local beekeepers’ division, and for Sussex Bylines, all for my own satisfaction. That’s it. Carry on….

Updated February 2020.

One Reply to “About”

  1. Hello Manek

    We have developed a data protection utility called USB CopyNotify! and added a little twist of ***Energy Conservation*** to it by alerting users of IDLE computers in office thus prompting them to switch them off. We are soon going to release the next version where we will be alerting users of IDLE Printers also.

    Below is a short write up about our GREEN DATA PROTECTION software which you perhaps might be interested in reading about.

    Thanks and have a great day

    USB CopyNotify! Green Data Protection Software
    ( http://www.usbcopynotify.com )

    With release of version 1.5 upwards, the authors of USB CopyNotify! provide data protection keeping energy conservation in mind. Not only does the software prevent possible data leaks in the office network due to unauthorized usage of USB removable storage devices but also sends alerts when computers are left idle and could be switched off to save energy/power.

    First released in September 2007, USB CopyNotify! plugs the data leak that takes place in most offices due to unauthorized usage of USB devices such USB Thumb / Flash Drives. USB CopyNotify! raises an immediate alert when removable USB storage is used on any computer on the network thus preventing the unauthorized copying of confidential information.

    Included in these alerts is the ‘Save’ Energy alert, that sends a notification when any computer in the office has been left idle for
    more than a specified amount of time. Hence these unused computers could be switched off resulting in the saving of power/energy, the bringing down of electricity bills and the contribution to energy conservation.

    Today USB CopyNotify! can proudly claim of selling 1-2 licenses of the software a day. “Our aim was just to make our users aware of the possible wastage of energy that takes place frequently in office.” said Mr. Zarir M. Karbhari, Chief Architect of USB CopyNotify!” .

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