a.    Use. You may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices in your household for use by people who reside there or for use in your home-based small business.

Holy cow the EULA allows for use in a home based small business.  Wow, didn’t expect that.

Tinfoil and paranoids.. please see MU is enabled, may contain Silverlight (is that like may contain peanuts for those that have peanut allergies?)

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Remote Working Enabled by Windows Small Business Server 2008

Just a follow up to this.  Recently someone stated that they had called Microsoft support and they had stated that after the installation of IE8 that RWW was no longer a viable technology.  Nothing could be farther than the truth.

You do have to put the RWW web site in the trusted site zone. You may need to click on the reset IE and blow off cookies/passwords, etc to reset the IE so that it will enable the ActiveX properly.  Check out the information on www.fixmyrww.com for details on how to reset this.

But bottom line, no matter if you have XP sp3, IE8, Vista, Win7, you name it, it STILL WORKS.

What does the fact that Onecare is now officially and really dead mean for SBS 2008?  It means that you can no longer depend on OneCare as a potential antivirus package.  Microsoft security essentials is also not a package that can be used/installed on the server.

I need to double check the eula of Security Essentials and see if it can even be installed in a workstation setting or if it’s only allowed in a home environment.


Windows Live OneCare will begin discontinuing sales in all markets this summer. This page is intended to provide guidance and answer questions for customers as we complete this process. We will continue to update this guidance page as new information becomes available.

Sale of Windows Live OneCare retail boxes will be discontinued during the summer season. Windows Live OneCare will be removed from direct online renewal and sale this fall.

OneCare will support all existing customers through the duration of their subscriptions to ensure all subscribers remain protected and have ample time to find another security solution for their PC. OneCare will continue to be updated and supported until at least one year past the last subscription activation date. All OneCare customers will receive support and servicing through the end of their subscriptions. Please note that while Windows Live OneCare anti-virus and anti-malware protection will be continuously updated and all OneCare subscribers will be supported for the life of their subscription. OneCare will not be updated to support Windows 7.

Microsoft announced that it plans to begin offering Microsoft(r) Security Essentials, a new security anti-malware solution, to consumers in the second half of 2009. The anti-malware solution will provide comprehensive anti-malware protection from threats including viruses, spyware, rootkits, Trojans, and other emerging threats in a single lightweight anti-malware solution. In concert with the ongoing improvements in internet security offered by Windows Vista(r), the forthcoming Windows(r) 7, and Internet Explorer(r) 8, Microsoft believes that this no-cost service will offer the essential security that consumers need. And by making this available at no charge, we hope to be able to help the estimated 60% of consumers who still do not have up-to-date antimalware protection. If you would like to try Microsoft Security Essentials, the Beta is available now in select markets at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx. This page will be updated regularly as new information about the Security Essentials release becomes available. Microsoft wants to ensure your PC is protected. If Windows Live OneCare and Microsoft Security Essentials do not meet your needs, you can learn more about security software providers for Windows here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/windows-7.aspx



Do you need help setting up QuickBooks?  if so check  out http://www.terimilligan.com  and let Teri help you save time, money and your sanity.

I saw that little tag line on an email and had to laugh.  Indeed Quickbooks can drive you insane at times.  Sometimes setting something up is indeed the hardest thing to do.  Or sometimes reviewing what you set up and ensuring that what you did is the most efficient way to ensure the proper workflow ensures that you are the most efficient you can be.

Sometimes getting another pair of eyes to look over what you done saves you money in the long run, making you more efficient. 

Bottom line there are folks like Teri that looks over how you’ve set things up, or, better yet, will help you set it up right from the get go.




You just bought a computer.  But who’s computer is it anyway?  Is it yours?  Really?  More and more it’s the playground for vendors.  The blog post at Shootingbubbles.com should be read in it’s entirety.  Go ahead and read it and then come back here.

So what do you think?  Is it okay that every vendor that ever installs anything has the right to do a notification that there’s an update to it? 

Ed didn’t have that software on his computer.  It’s not an “update” rather an additional piece of software. 

Why should I trust any vendor that prechecks these software notifications?  Apple has prechecked these boxes before, then unchecked them, now they are back to prechecking them again. 

The battleground is currently our desktop, but what about the future in the cloud? 

What will it take to get vendors to only offer up security updates and to stop blurring the lines between updates and security updates?




Today we visited the soon to be officially opened Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. 

Of the many fascinating lessons of the Musuem is the number of times that the Disney family bet the farm, sometimes figuratively. 

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2004/07/15/walt-disneys-failures-could-inspire-entrepreneurs The number of business failures that both Walt and his father lived through showcased that failure is sometimes the best lesson of all.

The back side of the museum showcases the resuse of the Presidio buildings. 

Overall, definitively not a museum for kids, but a museum for Disney fans (of which both my Sister and I are), and an interesting study of a man who took risks.


And of course …they have a facebook page.


In San Francisco for the weekend and walking around the shopping district….cheap is in… expensive department stores look a bit … well… empty. 

But retailers..here’s some hints how you can keep me in the stores and keep me from going to amazon.com and doing my shopping there.

1.  Clean up the restrooms.  When you see a female back out of a restroom stall and go look for another, I won’t go into the blog a description of why she did that.  Use your imagination.

2. Clean up the showroom.  When you are in the shoe section and you have to dodge the shoes and trip over them, it doesn’t make for a pleasant shopping experience.

3.  Clear signage of where the checkout stands are.  When you have to ask where the checkout stand is, because you can’t tell, unlike Amazon’s always there shopping cart in the upper corner, maybe some well placed signs might be in order?

4.  Have unique items that I can’t buy online.  When walking through a fabric store in Union Square a woman said “it’s worth the cost of the plane ticket to fly back here”. 

5.  When walking by the carcass of the now closed Virgin Megastore in San Francisco,  the juxtaposition of the Apple store right across the street was a bit of irony. The rise of one, begat the demise of the other.  But people are still listening to music (as the white ear buds in their ears attest to as well and their upcoming and ultimate deafness in their old age), it’s just that the buying patterns have changed.

On the news tonight, they are talking of the business of America hoping that consumers will help the recovery.  But at least for me, you need to try to spiff up a bit before shopping in person equates to how comfy I can be in my jammies ordering online.


Check it out   So last night Kevin Brown did an excellent webcast on how Symform works…  channel only is their focus and the “peer” storage model means that they can flat fee the costs.  The bits you backup are distributed out to other nodes.  You can actually lose a certain amount of “stuff” and it won’t endanger the backup.  The major thing I liked was how partner responsive they are and have heard from others that they are. 

Sign up for a seminar… check out the platform.  It is a very interesting platform to use in your backup strategy to provide for additional storage in the cloud.  As someone said the other day, one can never have enough backups.  Secure, yes.  Cloud, yes.  I would argue a nice addition to a on premises backup strategy.

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