I was at the Sophos Partner Conference earlier this week and the final speaker of the last day before we were sent on our way was James Lyne. I hope that Sophos puts up yesterday’s talk because he was very interesting as well as entertaining. Here is a YouTube video I found of him giving a very similar talk that I thought you all would enjoy.
“Indoor GPS” Platform Will Offer Wayfinding and Context-Aware Advertising and Marketing for Public-Facing Enterprises
Sunnyvale, CA – May 16, 2013 – Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced the acquisition of privately-held Meridian Apps, Inc. (“Meridian”). With this acquisition, Aruba Networks enables new location-based services by combining its unique, network-based contextual information about users, devices and applications with Meridian’s Wi-Fi based wayfinding solution for smartphones and tablets.
The Meridian enterprise software platform is targeted at public-facing enterprises, including casinos, hospitals, malls, stores, transport hubs, convention centers, museums and campuses, to help customers navigate these large, indoor facilities. Enterprises use the platform to create custom-branded mobile applications to provide turn-by-turn directions, highlight points of interests along the way, deliver context-awareness advertising and offer detailed analytics about users’ travel patterns and preferences.
“GPS-based wayfinding solutions are extraordinarily popular, but they don’t work well indoors,” said Keerti Melkote, founder and Chief Technology Officer at Aruba Networks. “We intend to address that gap by creating ‘indoor GPS’ using Aruba’s Wi-Fi infrastructure and Meridian’s wayfinding platform. The addition of Meridian will enable enterprises to tap into a wealth of network-driven information so that they can better engage their customers with more personalized services. This is a clear opportunity for Wi-Fi to become not only an enabling platform for BYOD, but now across industries, a revenue-producing, customer engagement platform for the business.”
To learn more about Meridian’s platform, visit www.meridianapps.com.
To ensure convenient email encryption for all recipients, ZixCorp automatically delivers encrypted email in the manner that works best for the end-user. Here is a brief video that explains how this product can benefit you.
One of the biggest requests that I hear from all the guys in our office is that they want the start button back in Windows 8 and they want to be able to select the desktop view as the default view in their installation of Windows 8. The latest rumors indicate that Microsoft may be moving to squash these apps, by enabling 8.1 to boot directly to the desktop and reinstating the start button. Discussions around code recently dug up in a DLL, buried within the bowels of a leaked version of Windows Blue suggests that this new minor revision of the desktop and tablet OS could offer users a way to skip the live tiles and go right to the familiar user interface that many long for.
Look at engadget for more information on the Windows Blue screenshot tour. There are also some interesting videos showing an installation of Windows Blue running on a virtual desktop. The videos are interesting with some of the changes in personalizing your Widows 8 experience to a much greater degree. This will be interesting to get our hands on once the beta version is released.
End of Support for Gen4 (and older) Dell SonicWALL firewalls will commence on July 1, 2013. All Gen4 firewalls, regardless of whether they are covered under a stand-alone support contract or through a Comprehensive GMS support contract, are subject to the same End of Support date. Our records indicate that your customers rely on one or more of these appliances:
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A 3 minute overview of the new features and benefits of Sophos UTM Connected (UTM 9.1) The video explains how this release delivers faster wired and wireless connectivity in a secure and reliable way.
Our latest release, Sophos UTM Connected, lets you protect your users on the move against web-based threats and strengthen your wireless connectivity. At its heart is the software version 9.1 which is engineered to make our proven protection faster and even easier to use. Why Sophos UTM Connected? It’s all about creating ultra-fast wired and wireless connectivity in a secure, reliable way.
Sophos is one of most trusted security vendors that we use in our professional installations. In a good marketing decision they are now providing free videos and whitepapers to you for giving them your contact information. So this is a great place to pick up a little more information to help keep your systems safe.
A video series from SophosLabs
Ransomware: hijacking your data
Our experts at SophosLabs look in depth at ransomware variants and delivery mechanisms, and show how you can protect your data with a complete security strategy.
The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 (OCAT ) has been replaced by the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT). The OffCAT tool provides all of the same functionality as the OCAT tool, but it also allows you to scan more Office programs (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word).
CourseSmart offers an education package to schools that allows professors to monitor what their students read in their textbooks as well as the passages they highlight according to a report from the New York Times.
CourseSmart acts as a provider of digital textbooks working with publishers like McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and John Wiley and Sons. The NY Times describes books in use at Texas A&M University, which present an “engagement index” to professors that can be used to evaluate students’ performance in class.
This will be another method the University and Instructors will be able to gauge why a student might be having problems in the course. It will tell them whether they have opened the digital textbook and what pages they have viewed, when they viewed them and how much time they spent reading the textbook.
So the question is going to be is how accurate this information will be in reporting back the students’ “engagement index”. Can the system be gamed and what assumptions does the software make in determining the index. Also, how does the software determine between someone studying really hard from one that is just plain clueless and in a panic trying to catch up on things they either don’t understand
Either way this is going into full gear next fall and it will interesting to see what the results will be. I think that if handled right it could be an effective tool learning more about the quality of the class content, instructor lectures and how much work is actually done by the student. All of these factors contribute to learning process.
For more info on CourseSmart click here…
This newscast discusses one of the new ways that people are being tricked into sharing their personal information with scammers and tricksters. In this case the individual was called by someone claiming that they were from Microsoft and that he wanted to sell her a protection plan for her computer.
Rule #1: You are not going to get unsolicited calls from a real company. They may send you an email as advertising but nothing so in your face.
Rule #2: Anything having to do with connecting to your computer, again unsolicited by you should automatically flag an alert to you. Don’t trust this call.
Rule #3: Anything having to do with credit cards, banks or any other financial payment system that is again unsolicited by you should be flag as well. Tell the people thank you and hang up. Call your financial institution using a number that you know is right and ask them about whatever was proposed to you.
The key here is, if you haven’t noticed, don’t trust anyone that is trying to get information from your or access anything that you own that you have not asked specifically for them to do so.
So if you have allowing Dropbox to upload your pictures from your devices to your storage area then you are probably accumulating a lot of pictures there now. If you want to find a group of images around a theme you can now associate them with an Album. This will help facilitate showing them off when you want family or friends to see just a specific group of images. It would appear that each image can only be associated with one album at a time. Which is too bad.
This is a good start but hopefully they will keep working on it to give us some more capabilities.
Here’s a quick video on VMware’s Mirage product. Really looks interesting from an IT perspective in managing a large group of PC’s that have mostly the same setups on them. It allows you to separate the PC into logical layers and to keep backups of desktop images to enable quick recovery or rollback in case of failure.
Priced at $1,815/10 pack this is a relatively elegant method of ensuring uptime for your office workers on their machines.When you compare this cost to the downtime for your users and the support costs to bring them back up you can easily see the cost savings.
How can this product help you? Use it to speed up Window 7 Migrations, or to Simplify PC Backup and Desktop Recovery and easily Manage Remote and Branch Office PCs. If you have 10 or more machines then this product can be a big benefit for you.
- Larger upload capacity to 1GB each month
- Offline Notebooks- easily access your data when you don’t have a network connection (iOS and Android only)
- Share your notes with others – allows you easily share your notes with other members of your team
- Each Note can be up to 100MB’s in size
- On iOS and Android devices you can add a lock to the Evernote app to provide an extra level of security
- When you attach a document in a note that are either office documents or PDF files they are fully searchable including scanned PDFs
- Premium includes versioning. This is particularly helpful when sharing notes to be able to go back in history to previous versions of notes.
- Images are also searchable if they contain text within the image.While this process is not limited to the Premium subscription but the images are processed faster. Evernote puts them at a higher priority if you have a Premium Account.
- Last but not least you also get priority support. You will be sent to the front of the queue for a faster support response.
I saw this being discussed on Before You Buy and it really peaked my interest. One of the things that really caught my attention was that the charge lasts up to a year once it is fully charged. It will provide a decent charge for anything from a notebook to a phone. It will provide a laptop with anywhere from 2 –6 hours extended battery life, a netbook up to 8 extra hours, and a smart phone up to 42 extra hours. Use it for providing power to a hotspot or recharging any of your mobile devices. You can charge up to 3 devices at one time, can be recharged over and over again, is lightweight and has a 3 year limited warranty.
- Portable, rechargeable battery for netbooks, tablets, and smartphones--just plug into USB port for instant power
- Three outputs provide simultaneous charging of three devices at once; also great for gaming devices and MP3 players
- Provides up to 5 extra hours of use for laptops, and up to 8 hours for netbooks
- Comes with 6 tips to fit a wide range of devices
- Comes pre-charged out-of-the-box; maintains charge for up to 1 year
MSRP is $179 and it is one of the products that I think could help cut down on your mobile kit weight and provide a big benefit of offline power access.
Microsoft’s attempts to make SkyDrive the place to store your files in the cloud continues to move forward. If you are an Office 2013 user or are sharing documents with your team in the SkyDrive cloud any and all updates to the SkyDrive clients are always welcome. It seems to be getting better with each advancement and I am using it house all of my OneNote notebooks that I access from all my devices, whether it is my work or home pc, notebook, or any one of my many mobile devices but android and iOS.
Microsoft’s current release is v3.0 for the SkyDrive app for iOS that includes improved photo features, an updated UI, and a number of other new features and enhancements. You can install or update the SkyDrive app for iOS now via iTunes.
Here are the updates that have been made to v3.0 of the SkyDrive app for iOS:
Support for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini Updated app icons and user experience Works better with your photos: Download full resolution photos to your iPhone or iPadControl the size of photos you upload and download Photo metadata is retained when you upload to SkyDrive Opening and saving files to SkyDrive works better with other apps on your iOS devices Many other small changes, bug fixes and performance improvements
Founder Arthur Frommer has bought his brand name back from Google, and he plans to continue publishing the printed guides. After Google announced that they were closing down the printed product of these guides a quick response from the original owner may guarantee publishing will begin again. Hopefully. When I was in the service I had several of his printed guide books in my car as we toured around Europe on the weekends. However with today’s electronic devices do we really need to have a physical book to be reading from? I have already purchased eBook guides that I use to get around different towns that my wife and I explore and I use either my phone or my Nexus 7 to be able to read them and this works out pretty well.
Frommer’s was founded in 1957 and has changed hands several times over the decades. Simon & Schuster bought the brand in 1977, and it shuffled through a handful of publishers before landing at John Wiley & Sons in 2001. Wiley said in March 2012 that it would sell off several of its publishing assets in a bid to re-focus the company, and Google bought Frommer's five months later.
So with all of the hype surrounding the Google decision to get rid of Google Reader I have had to decide what I am going to use post GRDR. I am not as happy with the interface in the desktop browsers but It is workable. It does fit in well both on my iPad and both the 7inch and 10.1 inch Android tablets that I am using.
It works nicely with Pocket, Instapaper and Email allowing me to grab things that I want to take more time with. I used GReader Pro prior to this on Android and Mr.Reader on IOS. These both had this same capability. I use these programs to allow me to quickly go through the RSS’s that I am scanning each day. I like it better than some of the other graphical programs like FlipBoard but I am worried what is going to happen July 1st when Google Reader disappears.
Google’s new note taking program seems to be taking a stab at the higher end note taking applications. Evernote of course is what comes to my mind being the current top contender in this application category. Evernote was initially put together as an application that can be accessed by many types of devices so your data is available to you no matter how you access. It is a product that has far surpassed Microsoft’s OneNote which was the first to market and failed to capture the market share I thought it deserved primarily because it was only available on the Microsoft desktops. OneNote has been slow to coming to the cloud and this has been what has been holding it back. Evernote is still king and both Google Keep and OneNote will have a hard battle ahead of them to surpass its current lead.
Here is a great comparison article by Christina Warren of Mashable discussing the differences between Evernote and Google Keep. Her conclusion, Evernote’s list of capabilities far exceed what Google is bringing to game. However, if you are a heavy Google application user, Keep’s integration with Google Drive might make it more appealing to you.
1) Make sure the server and workstations are all updated to the newest version of QuickBooks.
2) Try running the QuickBooks File Doctor on the Company file that they need to use.
3) Lastly, if the above do not work, open up services on the server and restart any service that begins with “QB”. Then on the workstations
Make sure to open task manager and “End Process Tree” on all processes starting with “QB”. Once completed try logging into the company file again.
If these steps do not work you may need to try reinstalling the program starting with the workstation first and then the server if necessary (remembering that
If you can access the company file from any workstation, back up the company file before proceeding). Once reinstalled, verifiy that they are completely up to
Date and try recovering and reopening the company file.
If this still does not work, calling QuickBooks is your only other option.
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