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Rethinking the Antivirus “Solution”

Posted by on Dec 4, 2009 in General | 2 comments

Here is the crux of the issue: Antivirus software works.  Antivirus doesn’t work. No matter what program you have, if you don’t have good, secure habits (and even that is not an absolute), you will get bitten.  And your Antivirus program will not stop it.  And you will have three options: Clean it yourself Pay someone to clean it up Backup...

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Netflix Instant Queue and PS3

Posted by on Nov 23, 2009 in General | 0 comments

Ok.  I will admit that I was a little…suspicious of Netflix being able to deliver content over the internet.  But, when they offered a free disk that would allow my PlayStation 3 to stream videos, I decided to give it a try. Wow! I am amazed how well it works.  Within 5 minutes of starting up my PS3, I had started watching a movie, with almost no...

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Outlook 2007 and Windows Search

Posted by on Sep 29, 2009 in General | 1 comment

I had a client whose Outlook 2007 would hang on the splash screen every time he started it up.  However, when started in safe mode, it would open up just fine. After disabling all obvious add-ins, the problem still occurred. So, some poking around on Da Net lead to some postings that pointed at the Windows Search service.  So, I tried disabling that...

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An Admission

Posted by on Aug 17, 2009 in General | 0 comments

You know, for someone who is active in technology, I am not very good with tools.  I can handle stuff I know (like replacing a hard drive in a machine), but cannot change the oil in my car. So, when my daughter managed to break-off the pull cord for the ceiling fan so that it was no longer outside of the fan, my first inclination was to just replace the...

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Lessons from a Recent SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in General | 0 comments

Here are some lessons learned from a recent SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migrations. Migrating a network you have barely touched is much more difficult than a network you built from the ground up. Always follow the instructions in this document. If this is the second migration of the network…especially if the previous network was running Exchange 5.5, you...

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Dell v. Lenovo

Posted by on Jul 6, 2009 in General | 0 comments

For years, I have been a Dell supporter.  I tend to recommend Dell to my clients for a couple of reasons: Their support, for the most part, is pretty good. Their machines, for the most part, don’t come preloaded with AOL crap (looking at you, Sony!) Finding drivers for their machines is fairly easy, and has gotten easier with newer models. However,...

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