I have long insisted that scanners had to be tethered to a computer because it wasn’t feasible to control a scanner across a network.
That began to be eroded by the floor-standing copiers that could scan sheet-fed documents at the speed of light and deposit PDFs onto a server, into a folder on a workstation, or into a hard drive built into the copier. […] continuedRead more
All right, now I’m getting angry.
Like most of my business clients, my documents are stored on a network server. When I click on “My Documents,” I’m taken to \brucebserverusersbruceb. My clients store business documents in \serverCompany or \serverfirmdocs. Those shared folders are frequently mapped to a drive letter, so the M: drive also takes me to my document folder. […] continuedRead more
From Max Barry’s marvelous book Company, about corporate life in the weeks after the computer network goes dead:
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“Two weeks ago the network went down; soon after Senior Management assured the company it would have the problem fixed within a few days; now everyone is realizing it is never going to happen.
Here’s a review of a beta release of Microsoft Windows Home Server, which continues to look like a genuinely exciting advance for home computing. Here are my earlier thoughts on the preview at the Consumer Electronics show last month.
When it is final, most of us will see it preloaded on separate, dedicated devices; there will also be a software-only version for people who want to build their own boxes. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 includes wonderful tools for remote access – Remote Web Workplace provides access to office desktop computers, and Outlook Web Access makes Outlook folders available anywhere.
After upgrading to Internet Explorer 7, SBS users are getting scary messages when they log in to those remote services. A screen exclaims that “there is a problem with this website’s security certificate” and advises in boldface type that “We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website.” […] continuedRead more
EDIT: On December 19, Microsoft released an add-in to index files on network shares in Windows Vista. See this comment.
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
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. […] continuedRead more
I love 802.11x wireless networking, but it makes me crazy too. It’s solid technology that keeps calling attention to itself – routers stop working or signals aren’t strong enough or laptops suddenly refuse to associate with an access point or signals step on each other in crowded office buildings. Now there’s a flurry of wireless devices that aren’t necessarily compatible as the industry inches painfully towards a new standard that eventually might improve things. […] continuedRead more
Verizon’s EVDO wireless access is heavenly for some travelers. For a hefty monthly fee – $60-80/month – Verizon provides a reasonably fast Internet connection anywhere in its cell phone system. Some new notebooks have the hardware built in to support the EVDO connection, or cards can be connected to the laptop via USB or PCMCIA. […] continuedRead more
When XBox 360 is released in a few weeks, Microsoft will be doing two different promotions.
The gamers will be told that the XBox 360 is the best gaming console yet, combining raw power and a huge video card with high definition output. Some new game will be promoted as the best-thing-ever, the way Halo carried the original XBox. […] continuedRead more