Category: Hardware

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   

A 28-pound iPad

I’m setting up a new home computer for one of my clients and I think I’m in love. It’s a Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one. If want someone figure out a way to harness this thing so I could walk around with the screen at arm’s length. Of course, I’d also need it to run […]

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Posted in Hardware, Technology on Apr 29th, 2010, 11:03 am 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     

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     

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     

Np, I dudnt grt ab iphpne. I got a Q.

I was fully prepared to wait an hour or more in line, and even to return on another day if necessary, to get an iPhone. The timing was right. My wife’s phone had just died and it was out of warranty. We were at the end of our contract with Verizon Wireless, and we were […]

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology, Windows Mobile + PPC on Jul 21st, 2008, 7:51 pm by David Schrag  2 comments   

Maybe Response Point needs a second look

Microsoft Response Point was announced sixteen months ago. Today — maybe! — it’s worth checking out. As I noted last November, the initial release of Response Point had a very 1.0 feel to it and was lacking many features already present in competing phone systems. Just this week at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced […]

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology, Telephony on Jul 11th, 2008, 7:00 am by David Schrag  2 comments   

Air travel restrictions aren’t just for shampoo anymore

Laptop and other electronics batteries are subject to new limits. Better check these out before you board your next non-stop flight to Hong Kong with a pile of DVDs in hand. CMP has the story: DOT Levies Lithium Battery Limit – Networking – IT Channel News by CRN and VARBusiness

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology on Jan 2nd, 2008, 10:29 am by David Schrag     

Report from Response Point Training

I’m writing to you today from a Microsoft Response Point training session. Response Point is a phone system intended for businesses with up to 50 users. Although Microsoft supplies the software, you don’t actually buy a Response Point system from Microsoft. You buy a hardware bundle from one of their authorized manufacturers. Currently, there are […]

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Posted in All, Business, Hardware, Technology, Telephony on Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:18 am by David Schrag  1 comment   

When hardware looks like malware

Got a call from a client last week. He was concerned that he had some sort of strange virus or other serious software problem. He’d be typing some document, when all of a sudden what he’d typed would start disappearing, letter by letter. It would stop after a while, and then he could go on […]

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology on Oct 9th, 2007, 12:39 pm by David Schrag     

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