Here is the symptom: Remote web workplace suddenly stops working, and when you try to connect, you get the following error: “Connectivity to the remote computer could not be established. Ensure that the remote computer is on and connected to the Windows Small Business Server network.” However, the computer is on, and when logged in locally, all...Read More
Windows XP Log on, Logging Off Problem (Karate Kid Edition)
Here is a new one. A client had a computer where when she went to log in, the desktop picture would flash, and then it would immediately go to “logging off…” back to the startup screen. This would happen in safe mode as well as standard mode. As one would suspect, her machine was virus infected. Here were the steps I took to fix...Read More
Oh, Microsoft…Why Do We Trust You?
Dear Mr. Gates Ballmer; I understand that I am supposed to update Windows when you ask me to. I also understand that you cannot possibly make sure that all updates work with all systems. But why, in the name of all that is holy, does your own product break your own product? I’m referring, of course, to the fact that I’ve had four different...Read More
It seems to me that right around the time Windows XP came out, computers were almost…simple. Printers worked, and could be installed in 10 minutes. Setting the IP address of a machine could be done in 5 minutes without a restart and three clicks. Scanners needed a PhD to install, but at least they weren’t ending up in every machine known to...Read More
So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehn, Goodbye!
The blog-o-sphere has been talking about nothing but Microsoft for the past week, and it is for these three reasons: Bill Gates, Bill Gates, Bill Gates. First it was the “quote heard round the world” where Mr. Gates so famously lists his various complaints with some Windows software in 2003. My favorite quote is “What an absolute...Read More