Scammers take advantage of Oslo with virus [ July 25th, 2011 ] Posted in » Virus

To show that some people have no regard for human life, shortly after the Oslo bombing a scam appeared which purported itself as a security camera showing the blast.   They are also tricking users into sharing it with their friends.

Here is some more information by the Sophos bloggers:

Panasonic U1

I’ve been looking at the ultra-mobile computer offerings for the last year, hoping to provide our employees with a tiny computer that is always connected to the Internet.  I’ve looked at the OQO’s, the new HP, and some others, but I just don’t feel like they are worth the price tag, yet.

Today while browsing, I came across the Panasonic U1, which I had not heard of before (I’m not really a gadgeteer).  It has a touchscreen, keyboard, lightweight, and is tiny.  I know Toughbooks have always been pricey, and this one is no exception at $2,500.  Here’s hoping we can see an increase in performance, with the features an IT mobile force needs, for something more in the business laptop price range.

June 28th, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Using a list control from another site in Sharepoint

Today I attempted to insert a list web part from the parent site on the default.aspx page on a child site.  I followed the direction located at:

I added the site by choosing the Connect to library option. As a side note, after adding the connection, when I clicked the plus sign to expand the site it took such a long time (over 2 minutes) to populate I thought I did something wrong. However, it eventually showed all of the lists that were on that site.

I dropped the control in a web-part zone and was surprised to just see unformatted html, not the web-part that I was expecting. I tried another control and received the same thing.

So I did a quick search on google for “Insert Data Source Control” and quickly came across a very helpful post by Jackie Bodine (Displaying a list on another site). Once I clicked Show Data, chose my fields that I wanted, and selected Insert Selected Fields as “Multiple Item View”, the control was there and fully formatted.

June 27th, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Autotask Community

A question came up today in the smbitpros blog on how sincere Autotask is in the community.  We are not a strict MSP so I can’t speak to their sincerity to the MSP community, but I can speak to their interaction within the Autotask community.

Autotask gets it with regards to the community they built.  There are plenty of companies out there with forums where it appears there is little buy-in from the employees.  Autotask, thankfully, has put forth a lot of time and investment to make the community work.  They have Jesse, the fulltime evangelist, always on it.  They have support personnel, programmers, and officers showing up.  Before the community, I had no idea who anybody was (we came over from the failed N-Power offering).  Since the community opened up, I now feel like we’re partners with Autotask, not just another small customer. 

We’re tiny, barely showing up on their bottom line, but they have reached out to me many times in the last 6 months.  And not just Jesse, but being contacted by Bob V. multiple times meant a lot to me as a customer.  I’ll also echo Mark at TechCare, it seems like every time they reach out to me for their product, I learn more about running our business.  They’re not just providing a great way to better their product, they are actually spending time bettering our businesses.

I’ll be the first to hold their feet to the fire on some deficiencies in their program (which they are constantly updating), but I will completely defend them in their commitment to create, support, and be a part of a thriving Autotask community. 

As for supporting the MSP community, others can speak to that better than I can.  However, if they are slow to be a part of outside forums and blogs, it probably is due to them taking care of their current customers first in light of the huge investment they are taking on updating their offerings. 

June 26th, 2008 | 1 Comment

Vista Synchronization Errors

Initial Steps Taken
Like many people troubleshooting this problem, I initially thought it was due to opportunistic locking on the SBS 2003 server.  I ensured opportunistic locking was turned on for the SBS 2003 server (using, rebooted the server, and the problem continued.  (For server configuration, you may also want to take a look at

Problem Compounds
Eventually another laptop was purchased for a new employee and we tried the same process with this computer.  Same problem.  I assumed it was then probably a problem with the server. However, I then used my own laptop and did the same process, only now the files synchronized! Read More …

June 25th, 2008 | 11 Comments

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