Showing posts from October, 2006

Internet Explorer 7

IE 7 is officially out and in use. I tested the beta versions for about 6 months and have to admit I like it, especially being able to set more than one homepage and the use of tabs. I will quickly admit to having to get use to using tabs, but it grows on you pretty quick. Printing seems to be improved as well over earlier versions of IE. Microsoft's IE 7 website

Windows Vista

We've been testing Windows Vista RC1 at work with all of the software products our company uses to accomplish our day to day work. We've been please to discover that 95% of all of the software we use works without any tweaking and that the remaining 5% work thanks to Vista's Compatibility Wizard. We had to download the new Vista client from Symantec for their antivirus product, and Cisco's latest VPN client for Vista (as to be expected). We've also had to go to the sound card manufacturer for a Vista driver, but again expected. All told, I'm impressed with Vista. If you aren't testing for compatibility in your company's environment, you certainly ough to be. Also consider developing a strategy for integrating Vista. My general impression is that Vista will require memory and possibly video card upgrades in a lot of cases when attempting to upgrade a win2k or win xp box. I'm seriously considering not upgrading current desktops, but moving to Vista on

AVG Antivirus

Another AntiVirus product worth mentioning is AVG from GRISOFT. GRISOFT gives away a verison of their product for use on home computers which I've been quite pleased with as well. They've recently added a free Anti-Spyware product as well. AVG also offers solutions for client-server networks, Email servers, Windows and Linux Servers, etc. AVG Free

Trend Micro

After years of relying on Symantec Corporate and Enterprise versions of Antivirus products in corporate/business environments, I am giving serious consideration to moving to Trend Micro's AntiVirus products. We've done some testing with their eval versions and have been quite impressed with their offerings. They offer multilayer A/V protection products including their VirusWall hardware device and even a A/V client for mobile devices (like your smartphone). Trend Micro Website

Office PCs – White Box versus Major Manufacturer

From time to time someone suggests that it would be cheaper to buy computers from a local computer store than from a major manufacturer or that locally assembled computer produce better performance. Computers assembled purely for performance criteria tend to have a shorter life cycle than those assembled for reliability. Over-clocking processors and other performance techniques are fine and good for a gaming application, but are less than desirable for office environments. For corporate environments where employees are relying on their machines day in and day out to be productive, machines produced by a corporate manufacturer prove to be more reliable, are better supported by the manufacturer, and are more cost-effective over a three to four year period. Local computer store assembled machines are not typically covered by three year or longer warranty service. If they are, local shops require the client to break down their machine and carry the machine into their storefront for service

Good Event Scheduling Software

If your church, business, or organization is looking for a good event scheduling, calendar, event registration type software package, let me suggest considering EventU. While serving at Roswell UMC a few years back, we carefully examined this product and then changed from a competing product to EventU and were quite happy with the results. It is easy to use and easily integrates into your website. Take a look at their website and schedule a demo for an indepth look.