Tuesday, December 13, 2005

:Internet Battles

I was listening to a radio talk show today. ESPN news of all places. And the host was talking about "then" and "now" situations. The dicussion just struck me as interesting. Maybe this will be something to consider before you react next time.
I'm sure this originally had something to do with sports and he went on and ranted about the latest athlete who did something really stupid. And isn't that how things always seem when you look back on them? Aren't they all "stupid"?
Basically he was saying back "then" when someone made you mad, you got in your car, you drove home, you picked up the rotary-dial phone (before my time), and by the time you started talking you had at least 20 minutes to cool off.
"Now" when someone pisses you off, you just pick up your cell phone-blackberry-treo-palm-pocket pc-internet enabled-always online-always connected device and give 'em hell right then and there. You let them have it full blast. You yell through your cell phone right on the spot that they miffed you.
There is no cooling off period. There is no time to let your mind think things through. There is no time to consider the consequences.
Battles are taking place when really they shouldn't be. What ever happened to "pick your battles wisely?"
Keep in mind that most online communication does not convey emotions very well. What comes accross to you in an email may seem completely different than the frame of reference it was written in. Take a little extra time to re-read, digest and thoughtfully convey yourself so that you are not being mis-interpreted.
Take extra time for "heated" discussions. Give yourself that cooling off period. Run things by your peers, friends and family. You might be surprised to find yourself calmer and cooler.

Monday, December 12, 2005

:Windows NT...RIP

Will Windows NT ever die? Not if I'm nursing ancient PIII's with crashed hard drives back to life. Wow, what ancient civilization created Windows NT? And who is still using it? Thankfully there was no Internet access at this place. Spent the day re-installing Workstation to keep a client up and running for another 19 days? Gotta make it until 2006 on these systems, then they can cut over to the new-and-improved-latest-and-greatest. Not bad for a day's work.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

:Trend Micro Client Server Messaging Security for SMB

CSM 3.0 is now available in the Trend Micro Update Center.
What's New
Security Server
Security Dashboard - A single centralized web management console that integrates the Security Server
Outbreak Events Notification via Live Status or Customized Email Notices
Automated Outbreak Defense
Client/Server Security Agent
64 bit Support
Personal Firewall
Vulnerability Assessment
Damage Cleanup Services
Messaging Security Agent
Phishing Detection and Prevention
End User Quarantine for Approved Senders List
Improved SMTP Scanning for Exchange Servers (2000/2003)
Intergrated Anti-spam and Content Filtering
Real-time Monitor Web Console
Keyword Search Matching
Configuration Replication

Monday, December 05, 2005

:Sharepoint Adobe Acrobat plugin

We use Microsoft Sharepoint for some of our clients. But when you upload an Adobe document you can't access it directly. Here is the official fix.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

:Xerox deja vu

Same problem, same fix, different customer. I feel like I've been here before.