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     

Close encounters with malware

I play it pretty safe when it comes to web surfing and rarely venture to sites with unknown or questionable reputations. But just now I was on Facebook and after clicking a link I saw these two windows appear: Having spent lots of time eradicating “Personal Antivirus” from computers that should have been protected from […]

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Posted in Software, Technology on Jul 15th, 2009, 9:41 am by David Schrag  1 comment   

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: 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   

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     

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