Category: Technology

New blog: StopBuyingServers.com

Just wanted to alert all Schlog readers to a new blog I’ve started: www.StopBuyingServers.com. 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   

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   

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     

Sharing files on your SBS03 server with external parties using Microsoft FolderShare

NOTE: If you’re smart and patient, you’ll completely ignore this blog entry. See, here’s the story. I started working on this about a month ago and I got almost all of it working except step 5 of the solution, which involved running FolderShare as a service. I’ve tinkered with it on and off for a […]

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Posted in Services, Technology, Windows Live on Nov 19th, 2008, 8:26 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   

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