December

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’ll be back in 2007. Happy new year and best wishes to all!

Windows Vista is right around the corner, and the press is heating up – it’s full of flaws! No one wants it! A hacker is selling a way to exploit it for $50,000! Keep some perspective as you read the massive overcoverage that’s heading our way – it’s not that good, it’s not that bad, and the media coverage will have very little to do with anything that makes a difference to you. […] continued “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

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THE IE7 MENU BAR

The team developing Internet Explorer 7 tried to maximize the screen space available for web pages by shrinking or removing some familiar parts of IE6. The missing menu bar has caused much grief for some of my friends and clients. Sorry! Here’s two tips that might ease your transition over to IE7. […] continued “THE IE7 MENU BAR”

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QUICKBOOKS, IE7 AND COMPUTER SECURITY

Intuit has finally released updates for various versions of Quickbooks to make them more or less compatible with Internet Explorer 7. Here’s the IE7 compatibility chart, with links to the various updates.

This is an odd issue with a long history. For years, Quickbooks has violated many basic rules of computer security and Intuit has been slow to change its design. […] continued “QUICKBOOKS, IE7 AND COMPUTER SECURITY”

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NETWORK FILE INDEXING ADDED TO VISTA

My first impression was that the Vista developers had left Vista in a crippled state, unable to index shared network folders, but apparently they were just running late. Today Microsoft released a Vista-compatible add-in for Windows Desktop Search for indexing mapped network drives and UNC paths. Here’s the Knowledge Base article about the update, and here’s the download page. […] continued “NETWORK FILE INDEXING ADDED TO VISTA”

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FIX FOR SLOW IE7 PHISHING FILTER

A few people have complained that Internet browsing was slow or erratic after installing Internet Explorer 7. I haven’t been able to find a pattern to explain that – no widespread reports of similar problems online, nothing other than scattered problems among my clients.

Microsoft has acknowledged that the built-in phishing filter can slow down IE7 in some circumstances. […] continued “FIX FOR SLOW IE7 PHISHING FILTER”

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THE SAD TALE OF AMICUS ATTORNEY

At one time, Amicus Attorney was the premier program for law office case management. In version 5, it had a quirky but easy to understand interface, and a lot of power to link information together and present a unified view of a case – contacts, calendar, time sheets, and phone records. […] continued “THE SAD TALE OF AMICUS ATTORNEY”

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CELL PHONES – WINDOWS MOBILE AND SERVER CERTIFICATES

There are now more than a hundred cell phones built on Windows Mobile, capable of syncing with Microsoft Outlook and handling e-mail, calendar and address book chores.

Businesses running Exchange Server 2003 can sync a Windows Mobile device with Outlook over the device’s Internet connection, which allows the mobile device to have real-time access to e-mail, like a Blackberry. […] continued “CELL PHONES – WINDOWS MOBILE AND SERVER CERTIFICATES”

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NETWORK FILE INDEXING MISSING FROM VISTA (superseded 12/19/06)

EDIT: On December 19, Microsoft released an add-in to index files on network shares in Windows Vista. See this comment.

ORIGINAL POST:

Windows Vista cannot index files on a network share. It cannot do instant searches for text in files stored on a network server.

This is startling. It is infuriating. […] continued “NETWORK FILE INDEXING MISSING FROM VISTA (superseded 12/19/06)”

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VIRAL ADVERTISING

The folks responsible for promoting Windows Vista are trying hard to be hip – check out http://clearification.com. Microsoft is footing the bill for Demetri Martin, a Daily Show regular, to film short episodes of a random and mildly amusing story that features Vista computers in various scenes. The idea is to create a viral buzz that drives people to check out the site out of curiosity because they hear about it from friends. […] continued “VIRAL ADVERTISING”

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E-MAIL RETENTION AND THE NEW FEDERAL RULES

Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have imposed new requirements for retention and production of electronic records in federal court litigation, especially e-mail. Here’s my notes when the changes first came to my attention.

A quick reading of some of the articles about the new FRCP revisions gives the impression that businesses should drastically change their practices to ensure long-term retention of e-mail and backup tapes, but that’s not quite correct. […] continued “E-MAIL RETENTION AND THE NEW FEDERAL RULES”

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WINDOWS VISTA & SECURITY VENDORS

You may have seen news coverage of complaints by Symantec, McAfee and others about security changes in Vista. Basically they complain that Vista’s security is locked up so tightly that they are unable to take over the system in the way they think is best for their marketing. Naturally their complaint is that Microsoft is being anticompetitive again. […] continued “WINDOWS VISTA & SECURITY VENDORS”

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COMCAST INCREASES DOWNLOAD SPEEDS

Comcast cable Internet service is currently marketed at 6Mbps and 8Mbps download speeds – very speedy indeed compared to DSL service that typically runs 1.5Mbps or less. There are rumors that Comcast will increase speeds again next year.

In the meantime Comcast apparently has built its system so robustly that it has excess capacity – bandwidth to spare. […] continued “COMCAST INCREASES DOWNLOAD SPEEDS”

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EARTHLINK & MISSING E-MAIL

Remember Earthlink? It’s still in business but not particularly relevant. (Companies providing dialup access became an anachronism when the telcos and cable companies shut them out of broadband access. Earthlink all but disappeared, and AOL is following it down the same path – AOL is just taking longer to go away.)

Well-known tech columnist Robert X. […] continued “EARTHLINK & MISSING E-MAIL”

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007 FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Microsoft Office 2007 will arrive on January 30 along with Windows Vista. My sense is that it will have a much different effect at large companies than in small businesses.

Everyone’s initial impression will be disorientation, since menus and buttons are radically rearranged. Those feelings will pass and small businesses and home users will likely get back to work more or less the way they were working before. […] continued “MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007 FOR SMALL BUSINESS”

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SPAM IS BACK

You’ve probably noticed it, and here’s a New York Times article to confirm it: after a respite for a year or two, the volume of spam has risen sharply in the last few months; worldwide spam volumes have doubled since last year and it currently accounts for more than 9 out of every 10 e-mail messages delivered worldwide. […] continued “SPAM IS BACK”

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