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Update Tuesday: July 13th 2010

Update Tuesday: July 13th 2010

    There wasn’t a huge amount of updates this month from Microsoft, but be aware that some of the problems being patched this month, were from publically reported exploits, so you want to make sure you get your updates applied as soon as you can. Update: KB2229593 -  Type: Critical (XP) and Low (2003) What is does: This is a fix that [...]

What your boss doesn’t want to hear

What your boss doesn’t want to hear

    I’ve been on both sides of the managers desk, and recently when talking with another tech, I thought about excuses that I’ve heard and some that I may have used.  An important part of any IT department is communication and following through with projects or workload, and someone's excuses can hurt that department.  I didn’t [...]

Patch: Oracle Releases Critical Patch Update

Patch: Oracle Releases Critical Patch Update

Oracle has released a Critical Patch Update for this month to address 59 different vulnerabilities across multiple products. This update contains some of the following security fixes: * 6 for Oracle Database Server * 2 for TimesTen In-Memory Database * 5 for Oracle Secure Backup * 7 for Oracle Fusion Middleware * 1 for Oracle [...]

Q&A Monday: Small Business Alternatives

Question: Hi Jim, I recently have come across your blog and have found what I understood interesting.  I am not much of a tech person, but I am currently starting my own business, and my budget doesn't allow for a lot of money spent on software. I plan to get all the normal software (outlook, office) as my company starts to make money, but I [...]

Why you should encrypt your iPhone backup!

Why you should encrypt your iPhone backup!

I was reading an article about how the iPhone backup that your iTunes makes when you sync your phone can be cracked (for better or worse).  It wasn’t even really a setting that I paid attention to, until this article came up.  When I went to check, there it was, unchecked: “Encrypt iPhone backup”.  Figuring if it was something that I [...]

Are Training Programs worth it?

Are Training Programs worth it?

I had the chance recently to talk with another System Admin and he was relaying some problems he was having after rolling out a new software package in their company.  The problem was that after it was was up and running and turned over to the users, it wasn’t widely used.   This program had eaten up months of the IT departments time and [...]

Browser Update: Google Chrome 5.0.375.99

Browser Update:  Google Chrome 5.0.375.99

Google has released a new version of their Chrome browser, updating the browser to version 5.0.375.99 on Linux, Mac and Windows Systems. This update to 5.0.375.99, is stated to fix the following errors that have been occurring in the browser: LOW OOB read with WebGL. Credit to Sergey Glazunov; Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined). [...]

Enable RDP via Registry

Enable RDP via Registry

There may be times where a server is in a co-location and you forget to turn on Remote desktop on, there is a way to get RDP on a server just by making a change to the registry.  Either remotely connect to the server’s registry or make a batch script then will run when the server reboots.  As long as no firewall is enabled. The registry [...]

Q&A Monday: FaceTime Chat Ports

Q&A Monday: FaceTime Chat Ports

Question: I am a Mobile Administrator of my company, and recently some of the users have preordered the iPhone 4 and they started to receive these phone’s last week.  There is a new feature called FaceTime, which lets users do a face to face chat on their phone, like Skype.  The users are able to make FaceTime calls inside of the network, [...]

Security Update: Google Releases new Chrome

Security Update: Google Releases new Chrome

Google has released Chrome 5.0.375.86 for Linux, Mac, and Windows to address multiple vulnerabilities.    As always I highly recommend that you update to the current version of the Google Chrome browser, for security reasons. If you are looking for more information on what was updated in this version you can check out, Google Chrome Releases [...]

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