Apr
14
2014
Written by: Jason Gazaway

As you may have heard, there is a new widespread security vulnerability out on the interwebs called “Heartbleed”.

Let me start out by saying that cablesandkits.com was not / is not vulnerable. We were aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability and took steps to confirm our status within 24 hours of when the vulnerability was made known to the public.  Our on-going promise is to take every precaution possible to keep our site and your information safe not only from Heartbleed, but any other attack.

Now that we have that out of the way, you are probably wondering, “What in the world is Heartbleed?”

HeartBleed

Well, we can help with that. Since this is an ever-evolving situation, we will stick to the facts and the best ways to protect yourself and your personal data.

First off, what exactly is Heartbleed? (Ok, this is going to get VERY technical, but only for a moment…)

From cnet.com:

Heartbleed is a security vulnerability in OpenSSL software that lets a hacker access the memory of data servers. That means a user’s sensitive personal data — including usernames, passwords, and credit card information — is potentially at risk of being intercepted. The vulnerability also means an attacker could steal a server’s digital keys that are used to encrypt communications and get access to a company’s secret internal documents.

Now, most importantly, what do you need to do about it?

  • If you think you might have visited a site that is infected or is vulnerable to Heartbleed, you need to change your password, please wait until you get confirmation from the specific website/online store that the vulnerability has been patched. You can check a site with a tool called LastPass. We would recommend even if you use the tool to check with the company itself to confirm that they are safe and not vulnerable to Heartbleed.
  • You should be cautious about visiting websites that you do not trust.  Generally the risk is
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Apr
11
2014
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Q2 Meeting - Main

We had a “super” fun-filled Q2 staff meeting this week! As you can see the theme of the meeting revolved around super heroes. It was an awesome time recapping the Q1 results and initiatives, then diving deep into some of the awesome things we have planned for the business and our customers for Q2.

For an added bonus here are some more snapshots of what went on at the meeting…

CK Q2 Meeting - 2

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And even more Q2 meeting activities…

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Mar
11
2014
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Have you ever wondered what the personality of your network is? If not, should you?  It is something to ponder. I mean think about it…

Is your network calm?

Is your network crazy?

Is your network energetic?

Is your network romantic?

Or maybe your network has a split personality…

Seriously, the personality traits of your network could go on and on. It would probably be in your best interest to nail down what its personality and mindset is so you can better support it, or change it!

Well, this is where we are here to help! We have broken down what all the colors mean as it pertains to your network. So let’s take a deep psychological look at what the color of your Ethernet cabling means for your network (or at least humor us in our feeble attempt at some lightheartedness). Don’t forget to let us know what personality your network has.

Ethernet Color Meaning

(click images below to enlarge)

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Mar
07
2014
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Marketing Fish Friends

We have some awesome new little friends in the Marketing / Technology area here at the office. We have a fish tank now where we have 4 friends living. Their names are G-Bic, Router, Shin, and Redd. As you can see we took advantage of the area to continue showcasing our fascination of Legos – Aquaman and Merman are hanging with them in the shipwreck. Say hello to our little friends!

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Q2 Planning Meeting

This week we had our Q2 planning session.  I must say, the view and environment at the place we had the meeting this time around were outstanding! We met in the boardroom at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. This was probably one of the most

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Feb
14
2014
Written by: Jason Gazaway

The Tale of 2 CablesAndKits

If you were anywhere near the South or East coast then you experienced what some of us at CablesAndKits experienced… snow and lots of it! This is the tale of two CK’s… all those at the office felt Old Man Winter’s sting when it started snowing and icing on Tuesday, while a few of us were at a conference this week enjoying some awesome, sunny, 80 degree weather. You can see this reflected in the pictures above from when the snow started falling at the CK office and then a couple of pics I sent back to the office from the conference. (I am mean, I know. And yes, my life has been threatened.) We ended up with anywhere from 4 inches to 8 inches of snow. It is mostly gone now and everything is back to normal!

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CK Facebook 5000 Fans

This week we celebrated an awesome milestone here at CK – we reached the 5000 fan mark on our Facebook page! We are super excited about this and are very grateful for all of our awesome fans! (Not only on Facebook, but all social sites!) Five of our fans were

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Feb
07
2014
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Well, our Awesome Week In Review has been M.I.A. for a while. I decided it was time to bring it back since there has been so many requests for it. We hope you enjoy the peek behind the CK curtain as much as we enjoy experiencing it. So, without further ado… on to the pictures!

 New Blue CK Stickers
Switch, our mascot, is feeling a little blue lately… haha! (bad pun… ) This week we rolled out our special edition blue Switch stickers in all outbound packages. We will have a different Switch sticker every few months – different color and design. Collect them all! Submit your ideas.

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CK Cups

Our new CK cups started showing up around the office this week. Part of our “green” initiative was to keep the staff from having to use plastic or Styrofoam cups. Now they

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Oct
10
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Healthy Tailgate

We closed out last week with a “Healthy Tailgate Cookout” sponsored by our CK Wellness team. The weather was absolutely amazing and so were the games, food, and fellowship.  Everyone enjoyed some “healthy” competition with cornhole, foursquare, and ladder golf.  We gave away awards for Mr & Miss Spirited (most decked out in their favorite team-wear).  Mandy demolished the other ladies with her Atlanta Falcons stuff and jersey.  She even brought a huge blowup Falcons football player as a prop.  David won for the guys by sporting Falcons, Hawks and Braves wear.

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New Sales Reps

This week we welcome two new sales reps into the CK family.  Derise will be one of our new Account Managers and Derek will be our newest Inside Sales/Customer Service Rep. We are excited to have

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Sep
20
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Core Values Video

Late last week we released our first official video which gives everyone a glimpse into what makes CablesAndKits different (and awesome).  We were super excited to finally get this video out to all of you and share our heart and craziness on a whole other level.  We hope that you will take a moment to watch the video and that you enjoy seeing the passion of not only the business, but the people that make up CablesAndKits. You can view the video and landing page here, as well.

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Customer Request

I admit we get some of the strangest requests for drawings on our boxes from customers.  This one is of Kevin, one of our equipment conditioners, and his “Kitten Liberation Army” – go figure… Be sure to

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Aug
30
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Ok, now that we are all singing “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang in our heads…

If not, this will help!

 

Instead of doing the normal Awesome Week In Review this week, I have decided to take a slightly different route and share a monumental occasion here at CK and let you in on the fun a little bit. (Don’t worry there will still be pictures…and videos!)

Here at CablesAndKits one thing you will notice is that we work hard and we play hard. One of the core values of the business is “Balance Life & Enjoy the Journey”. Not only do we take the business side of things very seriously, like finding the best price on equipment, taking care of the customers, taking care of our employees, and the list can go on and on; but we take celebrating seriously too! VERY seriously! Last month, was the best month in the history of the company on several levels. It was awesome to see the team as a whole pull together to strive to hit the common goal of shattering records all over the place. In celebration of this historic moment, we took some time away from the office and went to Dave & Busters to have a little fun, a little food, and a little bowling. To say that the day was a blast is a huge understatement. It was great being able to hangout with the whole CK team while kicking back and relaxing. The day consisted of

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Aug
22
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

It was a warm, spring day. Not unlike any other spring day in Atlanta, GA. The sun was shining, the breeze felt warm, and of course there was pollen everywhere. Just your regular day in Georgia.

Then something happened…the weather turned from bright and sunny to overcast and chilly. Now, truth be told, this too is not unlike any regular Georgian day. As they say, “If you ever get tired of the weather in Georgia, just wait a minute.” But this wasn’t your typical turn-on-a-dime change in weather. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but something was amiss.

Then I heard it. A loud sound. It wasn’t a boom. It wasn’t a bam. It was more like an elongated “fizzle and a sizzle”. The closest thing I can think of is the sound Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory makes right when he pulls the switch and all those electrodes start flicking.

Comic Pod

I ran into the warehouse and saw the same thing the rest of the gang saw. There in the middle of aisle 23, between the rack of our Cisco 2950 routers and the HP L306 power cables was a pod. A tall, shiny pod. A tall shiny GLOWING pod. With one red button. (Now I’ve seen my fair share of funny things in our warehouse, but never anything like this!)

As we all stood around it, we waited to see who would be the first to approach it.

We stood for a long time.

A really long time.

I think we all kinda felt like we were in an episode of Star Trek, and nobody wanted to be the red shirt guy. (you know what we mean…) Finally our fearless leader Craig, being the role model he is (or maybe it was because it was delaying shipping orders for so long),  walked up to the box.

Comic Craig

“There’s writing on it.” He called back to us. Just beneath

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