I love shopping at Amazon. What can I tell you? I’m high-tech but shallow.
If you haven’t looked into the Amazon Prime program, now is the time to consider it, before you start doing your holiday shopping.Read more
Drive Extender deserves another mention before it heads into the graveyard of failed technology.
If you’ve been reading along, you know that Drive Extender was the promising technology built into Windows Home Server to make it easier to manage storage space on a network device. Drive Extender pools the storage on all the hard drives in a Windows Home Server device, with little regard for drive letters, partitions, volumes, RAID, or the other arcana of hard drive management; and it replicates data across the physical hard disks so that no data is lost in the event of a hardware failure. […] continuedRead more
I have a long article for you about an exciting new platform for small businesses scheduled for release in six months. Take your time and read this over the holiday weekend, but don’t get lazy and decide you can skip this one – there will be a test when class meets again. […] continuedRead more
Let’s see if we can keep the big picture in mind while we look at the specific features of Microsoft’s servers for small businesses, starting with Small Business Server 2011 Standard, scheduled to be released in December as the replacement for Small Business Server 2003 and 2008. […] continuedRead more
Just in time for the holidays, Amazon has made it easy to give a Kindle book as a gift. You can purchase a Kindle book and have it delivered to the email address associated with the recipient’s Kindle account.
Mostly that will be Kindle owners, but not exclusively. Kindles are still the preferred device for serious readers; many iPad users go back to their Kindles after discovering that reading is not very comfortable on the iPad’s overly bright, overly reflective screen. […] continuedRead more
Some of Microsoft’s best technology has been overlooked for three years, hobbled by a poorly chosen name and a market that wasn’t ready for it. Microsoft is about to take that technology and put it front and center. […] continuedRead more
Previously: The Future Of Small Office Technology
It’s hard to remember how much of an impact Small Business Server had on small offices when Microsoft released the first version in 2000. Until then, nothing had been available that would let a small business run a reasonable mail system or handle security for logons and file sharing. […] continuedRead more
Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has laid out the technology that will power small offices for the foreseeable future.
When these are on the market (likely within the next 3-6 months), the landscape for small businesses will be completely different than anything you have seen before. Each piece is an outgrowth of existing products and services, but each one represents a huge step forward in vision and execution. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday has come and gone this week with a very small number of patches for Office programs and nothing at all for Windows. Most of your computers restarted Tuesday night.
You’re likely to also be seeing prompts this week to update Adobe Flash Player, the ubiquitous bit of software that runs in your browser to play YouTube videos and trillions of little applets in web pages. […] continuedRead more
One of the most powerful tools you can add to Outlook is a search folder that allows you to search through all of your messages with a single click. I wrote about Michael Linenberger’s suggestion to create an All Mail Search Folder a few months ago. If you haven’t set it up yet, try it now! […] continuedRead more
The security team at Microsoft recently published a particularly scary report about a new breed of malware that disguises itself by imitating Microsoft Security Essentials. Take it as another reminder that you have to be cautious about clicking on things onscreen!
The malware announces itself by displaying a screen like the one above – which is a phony copy of MSE, not a real warning, although there is no easy way to tell that by looking. […] continuedRead more
Previously: Understanding Outlook Slowdowns
If you were following along, you know that Outlook mailboxes run by Exchange Server can slow down if there are too many items in “core folders” – Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, Contacts, and Calendar.
Separately, Outlook performance will suffer if the overall size of the mailbox grows above certain limits. […] continuedRead more