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Why I considered – and rejected – a Mac

My computers are old. My desktop just turned four, and its Pentium D processor just isn’t able to cope with some of what I throw at it (especially editing of HD video). My tablet will be five in November, and it’s becoming physically disabled. (The power cord comes loose and the trackpad seems to be […]

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Posted in All, Apple, Hardware, Mac OS, Software, Technology, Windows 7 on Jul 2nd, 2010, 9:45 am by David Schrag  9 comments   

Will of the WISP

I’ve just posted a copy of my WISP to my web site. If your company does business in Massachusetts and you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read the rest of this post, which I created as a guide for small business IT consultants like myself. How to Help a […]

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Posted in All, Business on Feb 12th, 2010, 5:08 pm by David Schrag  1 comment   

Restoring a Windows Home Server computer when network drivers are not found

One of the neat features about Windows Home Server is the ability to restore a hard drive from scratch. If you check out the help files, you will learn that the process is as simple as booting the dead PC from a special CD and following the on-screen instructions. Yeah, right. The most common problem […]

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Posted in All, Software, Technology, Windows Home Server on Sep 22nd, 2009, 11:23 am by David Schrag  2 comments   

Tethering Moto Q 9H with AT&T – Windows Mobile Forums

After installing Windows 7 on my HP tablet, I lost the ability to use my mobile phone as a modem. Getting the average AT&T Wireless support rep to understand my problem and give me the information I needed was not going to happen. Fortunately, I found this post: Tethering Moto Q 9H with AT&T – […]

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Posted in All, Technology, Windows Mobile + PPC on Jul 21st, 2009, 7:24 pm by David Schrag     

Thought for the day

Working with computers is easy. Working with people working with computers is hard.

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Posted in All, Entertainment on Jul 20th, 2009, 4:14 pm by David Schrag     

With partners like this …

Microsoft partners (e.g., consultants like me) often get their knickers in a twist about perceived slights by Microsoft to the partner community. A recent example is the move by Microsoft to offer on-line services to small businesses using the partner community as sales agents earning a small commission rather than true resellers who are able […]

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Posted in All, Business on Apr 2nd, 2009, 7:01 pm by David Schrag  2 comments   

I’ll give him a C for Chutzpah

All bloggers know that comment spam is an incredible time waster. It used to be that my comment spam involved only tried to promote pornographic and pharmaceutical web sites, and did so in a very explicit manner. Recently, a more pernicious form of comment spam has appeared. This takes the form of a seemingly harmless […]

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Posted in All, Entertainment on Feb 23rd, 2009, 5:24 pm by David Schrag     

New blog:

Just wanted to alert all Schlog readers to a new blog I’ve started: That blog will focus on “cloud computing” for small businesses. If/when I find something interesting to write about that is more relevant to on-premises computing, I’ll continue to post it here. Please forgive the extremely boring graphics at StopBuyingServers. One of […]

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Posted in All, Services, Technology on Feb 23rd, 2009, 12:25 pm by David Schrag     

Seriously? A jacket pocket? Who’s your tailor?

Got this ad today for the Sony VAIO Lifestyle PC, one of the new “netbook” models. I just checked all of my suit / sport coat jacket pockets and none of them are wider than 4.75”. Add the thickness of the machine, and there’s no way they could fit anything wider than 4”. Some overcoats […]

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology on Jan 30th, 2009, 2:28 pm by David Schrag     

Renewing a self-signed certificate in SBS 2003

Five years ago, I was a relatively early adopter of Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003. One of the servers I set up back then is still going strong today. However, the self-signed certificate that the server uses for SSL transactions was set to expire five years after creation, and we just reached that mark. […]

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Posted in All, SBS, Software, Technology on Jan 26th, 2009, 4:02 pm by David Schrag  4 comments   

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