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Linux sounds great, except …

… except that I can’t use it. ChannelWeb has published a helpful and accessible comparison of Windows Vista with Ubuntu, a version of Linux that is gaining acceptance among personal computer manufacturers and users. Although it sounds like many computer users could make the switch to Linux, I’m not one of them. There are too […]

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Posted in All, Linux, Software, Technology, Vista on Jan 12th, 2009, 6:02 pm by David Schrag  3 comments   

I feel so unwanted

What Google search term shows the following 5-year trend? No, it’s not britney spears. It’s computer consulting. Now let’s take a look at the same trend line with another search term superimposed: What’s the second search term? No, it’s not amy winehouse. It’s cloud computing. I’ve known for a while that the times they are […]

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Posted in All, Business on Dec 2nd, 2008, 2:31 pm by David Schrag     

Careful when updating Java on a server running BES

Installing Java updates is generally so easy and inconsequential that we often do it without thinking when prompted. But when you see that little orange icon on a server running BlackBerry Enterprise Server, don’t click so fast!

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Posted in All, BlackBerry, Hardware, SBS, Software, Technology on Dec 1st, 2008, 9:46 pm by David Schrag     

Birth of The Schlog

Channelpro magazine (“the insider’s guide to SMB”) asked me to write a brief “peer-to-peer” article about an aspect of my business. I wrote about writing – specifically how The Schragazine was launched and eventually morphed into The Schlog and The Schrug. You can read the piece here, but for the full effect (including color photo […]

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Posted in About The Schlog, All, Business on Nov 5th, 2008, 12:25 pm by David Schrag     

Damn, I forgot my own blog day!

Thanks for reminding me, Andy Parkes. Yes, The Schlog is now two years (and a day) old. Your good wishes are most gratefully acknowledged.

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Posted in About The Schlog, All on Oct 22nd, 2008, 3:57 pm by David Schrag  1 comment   

Voice recognition: are we there yet?

A few days ago, I was having an instant message session with a friend of mine who was complaining that she was suffering from repetitive strain injury. Coincidentally, earlier that day, I had received an e-mail with an advertisement for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred from Nuance software. Taking that as a sign from God, I […]

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Posted in All, Software, Technology on Oct 2nd, 2008, 6:31 pm by David Schrag  2 comments   

Microsoft’s take on conflict of interest for resellers

As I was reviewing the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement, I noticed this paragraph: Potential conflicts of interest. In situations where Company is receiving any compensation (money or otherwise) from a Customer for providing pre-sales support, or where Company has a fiduciary relationship with a Customer, Company has a potential conflict of interest. In these […]

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Posted in All, Business, MS Licensing, Technology on Sep 22nd, 2008, 2:02 pm by David Schrag     

Best piece of hardware I’ve bought in a while

For the first time in recent memory, I can actually see the entire expanse of my desk that lies between my keyboard and my monitors. I owe this to The Desk Apprentice ($37.99 at Staples). The sucker is huge and consumes a lot of desk space all by itself, but its big pockets and Lazy […]

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Posted in All, Business, Hardware, Technology on Sep 18th, 2008, 2:57 pm by David Schrag     

The Schlog sells out

If you’re getting The Schlog via RSS feed, you probably haven’t noticed anything different. But if you’ve been to www.theschlog.com (a.k.a. www.davidschrag.com/schlog), you’ve seen that there’s been a major makeover. The Schlog has been commercialized. I’m not under the illusion that putting ads on my blog is going to let me quit my day job. […]

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Posted in About The Schlog, All, Business, Software, Technology, WordPress on Aug 9th, 2008, 8:20 am by David Schrag  2 comments   

Why SBS 2008 is better than SBS 2003

Actually, let me rephrase that title. I think it should be "Why? Is SBS 2008 better than SBS 2003?" There are few if any people on the planet more familiar with Small Business Server than Microsoft’s Sean Daniel. Sean recently posted a feature comparison between SBS 2003 and SBS 2008. What strikes me about this […]

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Posted in All, SBS, Software, Technology on Aug 8th, 2008, 5:44 pm by David Schrag  16 comments   

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