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DST issues downunder?

Inside Entourage by Amir : DST Workaround for Entourage 2004 & 2008 
Users in ANZ:
http://blogs.technet.com/amir/archive/2008/03/31/dst-workaround-for-entourage-2004-2008-users-in-anz.aspx
Don’t forget you can go to www.microsoft.com/dst for wizards on how to get info for DST issues

Spam …spam..and more spam

BBC NEWS | Technology | Spam blights e-mail 15 years on:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7322615.stm


As a result of whatever brilliant thing SBCglobal/Yahoo did to their servers, some of the email being sent from domains that I know are hosted on sbcglobal domains are now being caught by my spam filters.


So if you were expecting an email and didn’t get it, go check your spam filters for it.


 

Snitching? Or protecting?

My co-worker looks at porn – Work + Money on Shine:
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/money/my-co-worker-looks-at-porn-152931/

Interesting.
CC may hate a snitch, but will she like it when the network/computer that she uses to compose her CC content is owned by malware possibly introduced by said web sites.

Granted, I think it’s the IT admin’s job if the policy of the firm to block such things to limit access through the use of web filtering and what not, but this is a work environment.  It’s introducing risk to the firm.  If the acceptable use of the Internet policy at the firm (and they do have one, yes?) says this is not appropriate, what this points out is the IT staff is not doing their job.  Have a policy is only half of the battle.  Next you have to enforce it.



If it’s not acceptable.. block it.

Hyper V and ….

Stolen from Charlie Russel —  XP 64 bit guru, as well as uber author if you want to install a certain…. 
hmmm… let’s just call it the meow meow cat of a beta product on Hyper-V you need to ensure that you use
legacy nic settings.
When you are doing tests on HyperV, bottom line if it doesn’t see the nic, try “legacy nic” instead.
Charlie’s instructions for how to do Hyper-V and Cou … I mean “meow meow” server are as follows:
1.) Create new VM in Hyper-V manager. 
2.) Before you start it, go in and change the settings:
a.) 2 Processors
b.) 5120 GB RAM
c.) Add a Legacy NIC.

3.) Start it. You’ll want to boot from the ISO, not a physical DVD. MUCH faster.
4.) When you get to the first GUI screen, where it is going to start installing the
Susan inserted Meow server” stuff, press Shift-F10 to open a command window.
5.) On the Actions menu of the Connect application, select Install Integration services.
6.) In the CMD window, drill down to the AMD64 directory and run setup.
7.) Reboot as required to get the Integration Components to install
(I think it takes two reboots, but it might be down to one.)
8.) Continue installing.
That’s it. Runs fine. You can, once the integration components are installed, 
switch back to a regular NIC.
If you want to run the RC of Hyper-V, you’ll need to add the .msu Hotfix
to an ISO and run them from there.

Frustration and complexity

http://smallbiztechnology.com/archive/2008/03/linux-is-still-not-viable-for.html


“Bottom line is that clearly many people are buying Macintosh computers for two reasons: due to the overall frustration and complexity of Windows and due to the increased marketing (and possibly a better product) of the Mac platform.”


http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/vista/my_lack_of_confidence_in_vista_sp1.html


The sad thing about reading Joe Wilcox’s story about his friend who is having issues with his computer is that get that machine in front of competent tech support and that machine could be working like a champ.  That Outlook with BCM combo sucks performance unless you do that SQL command to limit the msde instance.  Outlook crashing?  That needs a good debugging job of looking at the add-ins to see which one is causing a problem. 


The fact that the words “frustration” and “complexity” goes in the same sentence with Windows is of interest.  I still argue that due to the Windows “developer, developer, developer” mantra, combined with the need for Microsoft to have other parties build the hardware that runs their software, this leads to the situation we have today.  Applications that need work to behave, Driver manufacturers that get away with murder, and blogger articles like this. 


Is Apple a better product?  It’s a different product.  The big issue that I have with the Mac platform is evidenced by my ever beloved Quickbooks.  On the Windows platform I have umpteen versions of the product, some tailored for certain industries with a robust community of third party plug ins.  If I outgrow QB there’s an enterprise version.  On the Mac platform there’s one version of Quickbooks.  What this limitation of options does is by default ensure that complexity is lessened.  I don’t have to debug umpteen versions, there’s just one. 


But the day and age of a business machine being able to be serviced by DIYers… I don’t think it was ever there to begin with, nor is it especially there now. 

A crisis of keys

I’m in a crisis right now.  My baby laptop, The Acer Travelmate c110, my trusted travel companion, the one that’s gone from XP to Vista without complaint, the one that I’ve worn off the M and the N key and have a shiny spot on the space bar is now having a key problem.  It sometimes doesn’t ‘take’ a space bar.  So I’m typingaway onit and don’trealize that everyother placewhereI needa spaceisn’t doingone. 


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So now I’m typing on an HP Pavilion and the touch pad is slightly in the wrong place and suddenly I’ll find myself with a keystoe in the wrong place and my cursor somewhere else and then have to go back and put the cursr back to the place I’m supposed to be typing at.  I may try sticking a post it noe pad over the touch pad because it’s right around the area where I rest the heel of my right hnd and it gets a tad annoying.


The IBM 8088 had a keyboard to die for.  No keyboard since that era of the IBM typewriter era has had quite the same key feel. 


When you go to buy a laptop, how the keys feel is critical.  On a desktop, one can buy a keyboard, but a laptop, you are stuck with what ships with the laptop.


So do I buy a new laptop even though I LOVE my Acer C110?  Find a keyboard on ebay and replace it?  (Which is actually what I’m contemplating on doing)….I love the travel size and with 2 gigs of ram running the Vista basic color interface on a tablet pc works just fine. 


Okay I just talked myself into buying a replacement keyboard for that laptop because it’s still a sweet size, great for travel, runs Vista like a champ and my AT&T wireless card fits in the pcmcia slot.  This HP pavillion doesn’t have a pcmcia slot so that’s another thing to think of when upgrading laptops.  Do all of your ‘other’ technology pieces still fit your new laptop.  Don’t assume the new “home” ish models have the business features you need.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=140206202314&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=004 


Done.

Same Service packs folks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_business_server


“It must be noted that Windows Small Business Server is technically not an ‘edition’ of the Windows Server operating system but rather a customized SKU of server technologies targeted especially to small businesses. As such, the application servers are not merely bundled with the OS but are tightly integrated into the operating system. The same service packs as those for Windows Server or other server products cannot simply be used to update the OS.”


It must be noted that this is no longer true.  One can install Windows 2003 sp2 to SBS 2003.  Since the R2 era (meaning post SBS 2003 sp1) the goal has been to not have special service packs for SBS, but rather be able to install the same exact service packs as Windows Server, Exchange Server, Sharepoint, WSUS, ISA and so on.


So let me restate that:


The SAME service packs as those for Windows Server or other server products CAN simply be used to update the Operating system. 


SBS is just parts with extra magic.

The two triggers to no

Book Review: The 7 Triggers to Yes | Small Business Trends:
http://www.smallbiztrends.com/2008/03/book-review-the-7-triggers-to-yes.html/


Today I got something in the mail that was the two triggers to ‘no’.  A postcard from a Computer company.  Here’s some constructive criticism for those considering sending out postcards.


First off, ensure that you finish up your web site before sending out that postcard.  Something half done doesn’t leave a good impression when the person getting the postcard then goes to the web site and sees a templated web site with sections that are still “to finish”.  It doesn’t leave a good impression.


Use of Clip art doesn’t grab my eye.  I’m not saying you need to hire a professional developer, but well done business cards grab me.  The pencil drawing clip art on the postcard needs some work.


To the company that sent me the postcard, I wish you well in your marketing efforts.  But I’m going to say “no, thank you”.


 

Small Business Trends Movie

Dawn: A small business trends movie | Comcast SMB:
http://businessclass.federatedmedia.net/archives/17
 


“Take time for thinking each day”


Watch this little slide show…..


Small Business Trends Movie:
http://www.smallbiztrends.com/dawn/

I have a $3,000 door stop

Tim Anderson’s ITWriting – Tech writing blog » Small Business Server 2008: no ISA Server, no built-in tape backup:
http://www.itwriting.com/blog/?p=559


I have a $3,000 Sony tape door stop.  Well it used to be a fully functional… okay most of the time functional tape backup until until it decided to crap out on me.  (It was sorta like this Sony model) And I looked at that $3,000 unit and went..da heck with this why am I fighting with tape with it’s on again off again  “it works tonight… it doesn’t work tomorrow” that I was fighting.  So I switched to harddrives and never looked back.  I know you will tell me that they aren’t built for ruggedness.  They won’t last as long.  I have a bunch of useless tapes in my office that I need to properly destroy because my drive unit won’t function.  How rugged was it?


My biggest thing I want people to think about when the reality of ISA ‘off the domain controller’ means is something even more than security.  For too long vendors have done the ‘blame ISA” routine.  Because we had ISA ON the same server as everything else, a vendor could justifiably come back with an excuse that the ISA configuration was the problem.  Given that it’s not like we want to remove it to prove the vendor wrong, it placed us in a awkward position.  Add to that the issue that ISA on a DC is only supported on a SBS box means we’re in the minority down here. 


There’s also another factor that I talk about in the Small Biz chapter of the Win2k8 Security Res Kit…I talk about it on page 397 “Choosing a Firewall” section… where I point out that having the firewall ‘off’ the server and now a choice for the customer/consultant to pick out means that you can select a firewall ‘just right’ for your client.  From Sonicwalls to Fortinets, to MonoWalls, to ISA Server, to yes, even LInksys if the client doesn’t need the extra protection and paranoia you can select how much “paranoia” your client really needs and choose the right solution.