Small Tech Notes

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Blackberry Storm

Rarely do we come out and say, don’t do this. But this case we need to make an exception. The exception is Blackberry. While they make a great Enterprise phone solution and a pretty darn good single phone solution, they really don’t have a good small business solution. They have […]

Teaching at Baker College

I will be teaching a course a Baker College in Auburn Hills this winter in ISA. In addition to the prescribed curriculum I intend to bring real world experience into the classroom. So students will learn not just the what, but also why and when to apply a particular security […]

SBS 2008 Certification — Accomplishments

Ted, Diana and Amy have received confirmation that they have all passed the SBS 2008 technical certification exam. This marks an accomplishment whose journey started 2 years ago with the first Alpha release of SBS 2008. How was Harbor Computer Services involved in the development of SBS 2008? Actively participated […]

Yesterday We Got A Call

Yesterday we got a call from our partner rep at Microsoft. She was calling to assess the impact of the rain, wind and flooding we enjoyed from Hurricane Ike. She was calling to check on our clients. Make sure everything was OK. Make sure that there wasn’t some help we […]

Protecting Internet Name Resolution

Harbor Computer Services will be changing the DNS server forwarder locations and also applying a client and server side DNS patch as an emergency measure. This change is underway now and is a high priority item. It will take precedence over other minor issues. This will require a reboot of […]

Software Assurance…it just keeps getting better

Today Microsoft officially announced what owners of SBS 2003 with Software Assurance are going to be receiving. Up until this time, it was only speculation and an "educated guess". SBS 2003 R2 Component Product Upgrade Path FrontPage 2003 Sharepoint Designer 2007 Outlook 2003 Outlook 2007 For Mac Users:  Entourage 2004 […]

No More FTP

I’ve long tried to get all of our clients to stop using FTP. FTP is one of the oldest protocols still in use on the Internet and it is inherently insecure. When it was invented there were only 13 computers on the Internet and everyone knew each other. Today there […]

Alternative to Adobe Reader

In response to multiple and continuing problems with Adobe software causing our clients computers to hang, run slowly, experience extremely slow printing, application crashes, etc. we sought out and found an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader that we are now ready to recommend to you. It’s called FoxIT Reader and […]

MVP 2008

Yesterday Microsoft re-awarded me as Most Valuable Professional for the 3rd year. As a self-employed person, there are really very few awards that you can attain that indicate that you are proceeding through your career successfully and the MVP is one of them. Getting an MVP feels kind of like […]