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USB Air Conditioning

March 5, 2008

Can’t afford a portable AC Unit for your desk during those hot summer days? Have a spare USB cable and processor fan around? Build your own air conditioner!

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/778215/usb_air_conditioning/

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What’s the difference between Sharepoint Portal Server and Windows Sharepoint Services?

March 5, 2008

I’ve been working with SharePoint Portal Server this past week and this technote answered a lot of questions I originally had.

Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is a collection of services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that you can use to share information, collaborate with other users on documents, and create lists and Web Part pages. You can also use Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 as a development platform to create collaboration applications and information-sharing applications.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is a scalable, enterprise portal server that is built on Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;830320

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Cisco Training in Framingham this week

February 10, 2008

For those of you who don’t know, I work for Boston’s fastest growing and most widely referred provider of IT services for small businesses, Thrive Networks.

Anyway, we have are pretty much owned by Staples. Myself and 4 other engineers were hand-picked to go to Staples Corporate Center (no, not the Staples Center) in Framingham (the headquarters) to be trained in Cisco VoIP technology. I am very excited to be apart of this, however not looking forward to the drive to and from Framingham. It’s about 45 minutes, and involves two very busy highways, especially during rush hour. But the building I’m going to is a state of the art facility. It is 130,000 square feet!

I believe it’s from 8:30 to 5 Monday – Friday. That means I’ll be easily leaving here at 7:15 am just to make sure I get there in time. Let’s hope it doesn’t snow this week, however the forecast shows flurries the next three days.

The training is pretty intense. If you’re a Cisco guy (which I can’t wait to get into, this is the first step), here’s the certification overview.

I’m not sure if we’ll be taking part of the exam at the end of the week or if we’ll have to schedule it after a period of time. But I wouldn’t mind going down the Cisco path now that my Exchange 2007 certification is all set (do I smell promotion in the near future?) and grabbing this certification right away. I wouldn’t mind adding “Cisco IP Communications Express Specialist” to the end of my email signature 🙂

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Vista SP1 due in March, 2008

February 5, 2008

It’s coming. I sure hope it takes care of these little issues I got going on here.

http://www.crn.com/software/206103959

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Glary Utilities – All in one Utilities suite

February 5, 2008

Wouldn’t it be good if you could have one program that would do several useful things for your computer? Things such as optimizing it, cleaning it, and improving speed, reliability, privacy and security?

If this sounds good to you, then you might want to take Glary Utilities for a test drive. While the name may not sound too exciting, it seems to be a very good, well programmed, well thought out, and most importantly of all, useful piece of software.

Its an all in one utilities suite that has some very useful things that most computer users are sure to find useful at some stage. This includes a disk cleaner for scanning for and removing junk temp files from your computer to free up valuable space. It also has a registry cleaner which so far seems pretty good compared to most ones i’ve tried out, just be careful and try not to delete anything you’re not absolutely sure about. If in doubt, you can make a backup first. Other features enable you to delete empty folders and dead shortcuts.

More features include :

  • A startup manager ; for managing which programs run on startup;
  • A context menu optimizer; very handy for removing unused options from the context menu;
  • Tracks Eraser; Erases web browser tracks, history, cookies etc;
  • File Shredder; Deletes files permanently and irrecoverably;
  • File Undelete; for attempting to undelete accidentally deleted files;
  • File Encrypter and Decrypter; added privacy for sensitive or private files;
  • Disk Analysis; shows you the disk space usage of your files and folders;
  • Duplicate Files Finder; basic but somewhat effective tool for finding duplicate files, checks by name and file size;
  • File Splitter and Joiner; for splitting large files into smaller manageable files, and rejoining them;
  • Process Manager; useful tool to see what’s running on your computer, good to know so that you can find dangerous or unnecessary programs;
  • Internet Explorer Assistant; for managing or removing browser helper objects.

On top of all this, its available in a totally freeware version. The only difference between the free and paid version seems to be that the “One click maintenance” option can’t be set to run automatically in the free version.

I recommend this to anyone looking for a simple way of maintaining their computer, that works and delivers as promised.

Go check out the homepage here for more info and the download.

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Cool Windows Mobile Feature

January 10, 2008

I’m not sure if they built this into Windows Mobile 6.0 (if not they should).  But you know how Windows Mobile Handhelds don’t pull contacts from the GAL like Blackberries.  Well MS released a free add-on to resolve this.

Here’s the link to the blog:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/networking/?p=415

Here’s the link to the MS Site w/ the app:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/global/default.mspx

Def something to implement at clients to make their lives easier.

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Outlook 2007 Connection Status for RPC/HTTP problems

December 17, 2007

Lots of people aren’t aware of this little “trick” and it is very handy when debugging a temperamental RPC over HTTP connection. Normally, the “Connection Status” dialog box only shows up if you launch Outlook with “/rpcdiag”.

If you hold down [Ctrl], and then right click on the Outlook tray icon, with Outlook 2007, “Connection Status” and “Test E-mail AutoConfiguration” appear. E-mail AutoConfiguration testing is handy for Exchange 2007 setups.
Just passing this along as an FYI because whenever I show it to people, 9 times out of 10, they have never seen those options before.