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  • Facebook at Work: Stop or Support?

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    Network World just ran a story reporting a survey of about 200 human resources professionals at major companies. They found that only one in four actively blocks employee access to Facebook and other social networking sites. Yet 60 percent of companies contacted have no specific policy regarding Facebook and MySpace et al during the work day. Could be they'll block them when management finds out what people are actually doing during the day.

  • Introduction to Virtual Iron

    Posted July 14, 2008 - 5:10 pm

    Since few servers run at full capacity, virtualization uses some software and memory techniques to leverage the speed of the server processor(s) to host multiple virtual servers on one physical server. Just as one Windows personal computer can run multiple applications at once, server virtualization allows one physical server to run multiple copies of a server operating system. This offers great value by reducing the number of physical servers needed, reducing hardware and supporting energy costs.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 due in November

    Posted July 14, 2008 - 1:29 pm

    Nov. 12, 2008 is the official launch date for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008.
  • Label That Laptop

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 12:40 pm

    People lose things all the time, including laptops. Thousands are left behind every day, in taxis, restaurants, airports, and everywhere else people go. So if you find a lost laptop in a restaurant, or your cab, how do you get it back to the owner? After all, most people are honest, and want to do the right thing, but how do you return a laptop with no return information?
  • Mass Duplicating USB Drives

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Cool new things catch my eye, which is what happened right before I threw away the latest paper catalog from Discmakers, the CD and DVD duplication product source. They now have USB media duplicators.

  • New Phones Driving Network Upgrades

    Posted July 3, 2008 - 11:51 am

    Does the road to small business technology sales now go through a phone system upgrade? I've talked to several companies selling products, and resellers leveraging Voice over Internet Protocol system sales into general networking sales and management services lately. All point the same way direction: the way to a small business owner's heart, or at least checkbook, is through a phone system upgrade.
  • Say Bye-Bye to Tape

    Posted June 30, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Let me first say thank you to the nice people in Charlotte who made me feel so welcome when I spoke at the ITEC IT conference there on June 25th and 26th. During the MasterMind Security Panel on the 26th, the issue of tapes came up in two different areas. The result? Time to wave goodbye to tapes of all kinds.
  • MS Office 2007 or OpenOffice?

    Posted June 19, 2008 - 7:40 pm

    Let's talk 80/20 rule for office productivity software. What if you could get 80 percent of everything you expect from Microsoft Office for 20 percent of the price? Would you do that? Many would, and have.
  • Save money with the 80/20 rule

    Posted June 19, 2008 - 7:37 pm

    Let me explain one of the rules I apply to every facet of small business technology: the 80/20 rule. Many variations of this rule exist, and I twist it to my benefit whenever necessary. Yet no matter how mutated it gets, it always offer guidance.
  • Resolving an RPC error

    Posted June 19, 2008 - 11:54 am

    This week I was busy with a number of things, including trying to deploy a distributed file system (DFS) namespace using several servers running Windows Server 2008. Setting up the namespace was simple enough: I created the namespace root, added namespace folders, and configured various folder targets. Then I tried to configure replication between the folder targets for one of the namespace folders, but the replication wizard wouldn't start -- it said something about "RPC Server unavailable" and that the shared folders underlying the folder targets couldn't be found.
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