Does your internet toolbar look like this? :
Many times advertising companies will seek out software companies to promote their product using software companies many people are familiar with.
Ever end up with a program you don’t use and are not sure how it was installed? Each time you go to install a program you need to use, pay attention to the terms and agreements. Some software downloads include extra additions you may not even be aware of, need or want. Some of these options will even be hidden throughout the install. For example, when going to install Adobe Reader you will see this:
If you would like to use Google Chrome, then you can leave the option checked. If not, make sure to uncheck the option. Some installs can even change your settings:
So next time you need to install a program, please pay attention to each and every step so that you ensure you get just what you need.
Although best practice is to have redundant DNS servers, not every small business has the luxury of being able to afford a second server. There are however cases when the server is down but users need to get online and work (or look up ways to solve the server’s issues). Fortunately Google has provided a solution in the form of a pair of publicly accessible DNS servers. While these servers will NOT provide address resolution for local LAN devices such as file shares, printers or local e-mail systems, they do allow for name resolution for any public site on the Internet.
The process is as simple as opening the IP setting for a system’s LAN card and entering the IP address of one of the public DNS server, 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52.
For more details look at Google’s instruction page at https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using
Google Drive has been released over the last couple of days, so it has prompted many sites to do comparisons of the different online storage cloud providers. A very good comparison that I have found is over at theverge.com. It’s over at: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/24/2954960/google-drive-dropbox-skydrive-sugarsync-cloud-storage-competition
Note– if you are a Microsoft SkyDrive user, they are changing the “free” account from 25GB down to 7GB. However if you already have a SkyDrive account, you can “claim” your full 25GB by heading to your SkyDrive “Manage Storage” page (conveniently linked from the client’s menu bar icon). There is a link on that page to claim your full 25GB.
The article above basically mentions that they feel SugarSync is the overall best solution. I would agree with that, I used SugarSync for quite awhile, however one thing that I didn’t like about SugarSync, is some of the sharing capabilities of folders. To share a folder with someone, you choose the folder, click on “get share link” and you send the link out to the person you want to share it with. What you might not know/see, is the person you’ve shared the folder with cannot access your link until they sign-up for a SugarSync account themselves- something that I didn’t want the people I share links with to have to do.
Here’s an example of the above so you can see what I mean:
For the above, I made a test folder with a test file inside the folder. I then shared the folder with a link. When you click on that link however, you’ll see the above page- SugarSync wants them to signup for an account before they can get access to the files you’ve shared with them.
Personally I’ve switched over to Dropbox, as their sharing capabilities are quick, easy and I can share files or folders through links– and they don’t require the person I’m sharing the link with to signup for an account in order to access the files.
According to The Register, Microsoft is slashing their prices for Office 365, which in my opinion was already very competitively priced. For full details, check out the article here:
Here’s the table in the article outlining the old and new prices for each Office 365 package.
Lewan is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers Office 365 to our clients at the same prices listed above. Feel free to talk with your account representative for additional details or for a demonstration.
Microsoft has just announced they have released a tool that allow admins to automatically crawl users computers and import PST files into Exchange Online or Exchange 2010.
Thanks to the following blog for the info:
Obviously this isn’t something that you would do a lot, but in case you need to know how, here’s how you can reset all user passwords in a Microsoft Office 365 environment:
Help on accessing Office 365 powershell:
Once your connected run the following commands:
Connect-MsolService -cred $cred
Get-Command -Module msonline
Get-msoluser |set-msoluserpassword -newpassword “password” -forcechangepassword $false
That’s it! 🙂
OK so it’s also written by Microsoft but it is interesting to see some of Google’s vocal supporters now making the move to Microsoft.