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551  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:37:27 PM
MS hosted Exchange: $4 per user per month - with a 1 user minimum - and it will sync everything with anything (Android/iLife/etc.) on the fly.
Where can I find more details on the features?  I'm checking out their website, and the lingo is so stupid and corporate bullshit.  How do the contacts get on the android?  is it integrated, or is it a separate app?  How does it work with desktop outlook 2010?  Photos from facebook?

You are seriously being way too kind. It really is total shit. Wink

If you can give me a day or so I can setup a demo acct for you (we're an MS cloud partner) so you can play with a live copy to see if it really does what you want.
552  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:32:20 PM
Er...here's an odd thing or question:

Since I previously had a Windows Phone 8, all my contacts were perfectly synced on it.  If I login to the Windows Live site on my computer, the same perfectly synced contacts show up.  Now, one would expect to be able to link those contacts to my desktop Outlook 2010...but such an option doesn't seem to exist!  What the Fu--!  Microsoft won't even play nice with itself?  Geez.

Hehe I was actually glad none of the crap in my MSN/Hotmail/Live account cluttered up my Outlook ... But I know what you mean. Seems like I did find a way to bounce stuff between at one point, but I think it involved the Zune (or whatever it's called) software and individual .vcf contact files.
553  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:20:11 PM
MS hosted Exchange: $4 per user per month - with a 1 user minimum - and it will sync everything with anything (Android/iLife/etc.) on the fly.
554  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to edit pdfs on: November 15, 2013, 06:10:46 PM
How are your copies of Office 2010 licensed? If you have one of the agreements that includes upgrades (Software Assurance and some others), Office 2013 has native pdf editing that works quite well.

From an administrative standpoint, having less software to maintain is more time to get/keep your head above water.
555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: November 15, 2013, 04:54:48 PM
And if Outlook.com, etc., were smart, they'd make it easy for you to upload the repository that it's possible for you to download from gmail.

If by Outlook.com you mean the hosted Exchange, then yes they have many rather exceptional import options.
556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 15, 2013, 07:33:41 AM
Like I said earlier - if you find yourself worrying about a drive, it's probably a good time to think about a replacement. Those subconscious trouble signals you pick up are often worth paying attention to once you have some experience under your belt.

I'll second the voodoo science/trust your instincts (e.g. don't ignore that funny feeling) angle, as it has server me well in the past (and bit me a few time when ignored).

Here's one (along those lines) that happened yesterday. Client has a computer lab with 15 machines, that were all (old) donated boxes because they are a nonprofit outfit. They let another group user their lab for a training session, and after the session, the folks then shutdown the machines to be considerate. The machines were supposed to be left on for the nightly maintenance routines to run ... so that hadn't actually been off for about 6 months.

The next morning - after finally cooling completely overnight - 7 of the 15 machines were completely - hardware failure - dead. 3 HDDs, 2 motherboards, 1 question mark, and we're pretty sure the last one is a zombie because it should have been dead months ago given how flakey it acts.
557  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NLB and Load Balancing on: November 15, 2013, 07:13:16 AM
Yoikes! That sounds more than a little outside my area of expertise or experience. I doubt I could do more than toss out a few generalities about load balancing on that one as given. Grin

Stoic? You maybe wanna tackle it? smiley

Zoiks! That one is out of my range as well. IIRC everything session wise pivoted on the quorum drive so it would be available to the next machine as/if the load shifted due to a spike or outage. But specifics regarding how to get legacy apps to play nice in that environment I'd be afraid to guess. The Quorum drive sits on the SAN and is the session/connection holding (center of the star basically) area for the front line and backend systems.

NLB over simplified is just an isolated IP network between backend systems that handles only heartbeat packets allowing servers A, B, & C to know if one of them goes down, comes back up, or gets overloaded so they can respond accordingly. The response is/would be to either pluck or hand off some of the machine X session workload which is pooled in the quorum.

Sorry wraith, that's all I got.
558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: November 14, 2013, 06:54:03 PM
Here's the original - with comments still enabled, and a few more views than the other one ;-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTq8TrA3hb4

Thanks tomos!
559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 14, 2013, 06:38:15 PM
Quote
Green bananas.
[...]
"Nah." says the bloke, "I'm just a really bad conductor."

 Grin Grin Grin

I'll 2nd that:  Grin Grin Grin
560  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: November 14, 2013, 06:16:11 PM
NSWF (language):
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDairXVblk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDairXVblk</a>

Bummer...comments and ratings have been disabled for that video ... Guess Google isn't listening through the right hole..

Good voice, can carry a tune, kinda cute ... She should do more videos (hehe).
561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 14, 2013, 11:54:21 AM
So while the enterprise class drives have sticker shock price tags...

I didn't think they were that much more expensive than standard drives for what you were getting when I quick price checked a few online.

For sourcing your own perhaps not, but if you're configuring a server from Dell/HP/etc. the price jump between it's a disk (300GB $120) vs. nearline (300GB $250) vs. enterprise (300GB $380) 10k/15k speeds) will make most people wince visibly. Now prices given are approximate (based on memory), but the jumps are within $20 of what I ran into last time a configured a server from HP ... And are why I go (7200rpm) nearline for storage arrays.
562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 14, 2013, 11:27:43 AM
But just sayin' ... the days when they could put comments like that in textbooks, before they were marketing-spinned to death!

Well, I guess that is an indication of how out-of-touch I am with the "Modern World" ... Because I see nothing wrong with the comment what so ever. Then again, I also do not consider political science to be a real science either.
563  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NLB and Load Balancing on: November 14, 2013, 11:22:59 AM
There's not a lot of call for that class of infrastructure in the SMB market around here. While I do remember quite a bit about it from the Win2k exam track (it was covered extensively), I don't really have any practical hands on with it.

However on the bright side, if you give us a thumbnail sketch of what is being proposed...40 and I can walk you through some of the theoretical stuff.
564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 14, 2013, 07:02:02 AM
Intel has published a good paper on the differences between enterprise and desktop disk drives. 10-pages of good reading for any who might be interested. (Copy attached. It's small.)
 (see attachment in previous post)

It starts a bit slow, but has some good points on why one should not skimp on hardware. So while the enterprise class drives have sticker shock price tags...there apparently are actually valid technical reasons for them.
565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security Questions (humor) on: November 13, 2013, 06:29:16 PM
Now That is Funny! Thmbsup
566  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Open Source debate on: November 13, 2013, 06:21:31 PM
Management are the ones who are peppering the place with Bloody iPads and demanding Bring-Your-Own-Disaster sooner than the infrastructure can support it. Management can't make decisions if they're not informed of the options; they also can't be informed if they have their fingers stuck in their ears because they're not smart enough to understand what they're being told -- or prefer to believe that a deus ex machina will materialise at the 11th hour.

+10 - Love your definition of BYOD ... Seriously man, I'm friggin' stealing it! cheesy I wish I had a nickel for every time the brass got back from some seminar all wound up over some new fad technology trend that they wanted to throw money at ... That didn't friggin work. I don't care if it'll sell "like hot cakes" if it's only going to require us to hire 6 more people to handle the load of people screaming at us...Then it's a stupid idea. Wink
567  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What keys can't fit in your pant pockets? on: November 13, 2013, 06:06:36 PM
I've been in Miami  since February

Is it still warm down there? Because it's downright cold in central FL right now (I hate winter).
568  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What keys can't fit in your pant pockets? on: November 13, 2013, 11:49:51 AM
Key West
569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 13, 2013, 11:40:20 AM
Gotta stop dwelling in the past I do.

Na... It's fun! Besides I think you're just screwing with me to make sure I'm awake... cheesy ...Which I wasn't...which I guess is why we just had a conversation about basically mythical 5300rpm drives. Instead of the 5400 rpm variety which are actually manufactured. (Tehehe - Oops!)
570  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Open Source debate on: November 13, 2013, 11:28:26 AM
Quietly reminding certain IT managers that they are there to do what best serves the company and meets the needs of the users is what it's all about.

He "won't allow" something? Lets get real, Napolean...IT works for the organization. Not the other way around. Software decisions are a management not an IT call.
 Wink

Now Now, we both know that no properly seasoned BOFH is going to automatically accept any decision impacting their systems without a bit of probing to gauge how vested who is in the proceedings.

We just went live with new BI software last week, but while I didn't mind the change...because the old system really did suck. But I fought tooth and nail to keep the systems bolted to the floor at eye level instead of in the cloud where the IT fashion tragic lemming are flocking (to their deaths I hope) by the "thousands" (according to the vendors inflated sales graph).
571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 13, 2013, 07:01:01 AM
They usually have more robust motors and spin at the slower 5300 speeds to keep heat and vibration down

 huh Where are you finding 5300rpm SATA drives? My WD3200YS RE drives are 7200rpm, and I generally always went for the lower speed drives because I assumed (as you mention) that they'd last longer. Even the Nearlines I used for the storage array of the new server are 7200rpm.

---------------------------------------//----------------------------------------

Also chiming in from the anecdotal department...I've got a couple of consumer level drives in my lab that have been spinning 24/7/365 for close to 10 years. I think they may be zombies...because they should be dead by now...but they just keep going ... Should I shoot them in their little read heads?
572  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to use the desktop mic/speakers to talk on Android phone? on: November 11, 2013, 06:36:16 PM
If the phone is connected to the computer and installs as a modem, why not give the windows phone dialer a shot. Assuming it's still in there somewhere...(I haven't gone looking for it since Win2k)...that's what it used to be for.
573  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: ATL/WTL Ribbon Can't get CheckBox state on: November 11, 2013, 07:01:06 AM
Hm... So I guess I'll have to answer this one myself.

After some stumbling in the dark with the debugger, it occurred to me - it was bloody obvious with a break point in place actually - that the function was executing before the state I was checking for had been set/changed. So the quandary I guess is/was a side effect of my not working with classes much. *Shrug*

I got out of it by declaring and toggling a module level global, but I'd always understood that as being bad form unless absolutely necessary... undecided Which apparently for this, it is.
574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Issues in Windows 8.0 and 8.1 migration on: November 10, 2013, 10:32:40 AM
Regarding 8.1, Darwin's post scared me off (and that accursed "Please upgrade! Drop on by the Windows Store now!" blue bar across my desktop has popped up several times so far).

Tomos posted a link to this in another thread:

To disable the message run regedit, go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\UpgradeNotification


and change the value UpgradeAvailable from 1 to 0 or remove the Update KB2885699.
575  Other Software / Developer's Corner / ATL/WTL Ribbon Can't get CheckBox state on: November 09, 2013, 07:38:02 PM
Greetings
   I'm trying to get a project off the ground but seem to have run into a wall out of the gate. Using MSVS2008 I created an ATL/WTL project using the Application Wizard add-on that someone here suggested I try experimenting with. In the App Wizard I added a Ribbon control (because I'm an idiot...), to which I add a group, and in that group I added a CheckBox. So far...so good.

   So the fun started when I created a function for the above mentioned Ribbon Control's CheckBox. The function is supposed to test for the state of the CheckBox...and respond accordingly. Simple enough...so I thought. Except no matter what I try I cannot get the control to divulge its own state.

   I have spent the entire day on this, and would dare say I have tried everything except the right answer! I have confirmed that the correct ID for the control in question is indeed being passed to the function ... I just can't seem to do a damn thing with it. The program either crashes, or just ignores me.

   So if anyone familiar with ATL/WTL Ribbon Controls might happen to have a clue what I'm missing they'd be willing to share it would be greatly appreciated. Program is currently being compiled for Unicode...assuming that makes a difference.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker
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