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Apple Does Not Get Social Media

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Apple has brought us platforms that have expanded social media. It was through products innovated by apple, such as the iPhone and iPad, that allowed developers to write and produce applications that become the game changer in the social media sphere. Social media is the new way of life. Connection though different platforms is the way business must run to survive. Although apple has given us ‘this’ platform, Apple as a company does not get social media. It is because of this that apple will always have shortcomings. Here is why.

Closed Platform / Limited Communication

Apple has had a history of being a closed platform. Communication outside of the apple campus has always been ‘hush hush’. It’s because of this that they have missed the boat on many opportunities to improve their products. An example would be cut and paste in the iPhone. It took them 2 OS versions to finally include cut and paste. Twitter, blogs, all sources across the web were in an outcry when cut and paste was not implimented during the first and second major OS versions. Only after the third did apple finally listen to their fan base and did something about it. What does it take for Steve Jobs to actually listen to his fan base?

Twitter/Facebook Presence

There is none. I see Microsoft and Major Banks like Bank of America on Twitter all the time listening to their customer base. People like @comcastcares are out there listening to people and taking care of their issues. So far, I don’t see an @apple out there listening to what people have to say or managing any concerns. This concerns me because it shows that Apple has turned their backs on what people think, and it’s either Steve’s way of the Highway.

It seems to me that Steve Jobs is out there overseeing the world in his tower, surrounded with lightning and laughing menacingly at the people below. Once an Apple product has been purchased, it’s up to the people themselves to determine if things are appreciative or not. People who run Microsoft Zune is out there watching what people have to say and are up to the minute in their activities.

We need more companies out there to give products a personal touch. It’s only when things get personal, even through Twitter, that people express appreciation and allow companies to shine.

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Why I Won’t be Purchasing an iPad

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Apple has really taken the march into innovative gadgets that people seem to flock their hard earned cash into. Maybe it’s my conservative nature pounded into me by my Dad. Maybe it’s my tilt towards non-Apple products and saving on the “Apple Tax”. Whatever the case may be, I am not purchasing an iPad let along pre-ordering anything from Apple. Even with an estimated 90,000 preorders the first day, I don’t think the iPad is all that, let alone any sort of sliced bread. Here are my reasons…

1) There is nothing innovative with the iPad.

To broaden in this statement, let me just say that the iPad is an oversized iPod touch. Yep. That’s it. Even at it’s starting price of $499, why would I want to purchase this thing that doesn’t even handle any flash based web applications or multitasking? The iPad does not bring anything new to the table. If anything, it has kept the important things off. If anything, it’s an item with more surface area. I don’t need bigger things in my life to deal with.

2) It helps me with absolutely nothing in my life

My iPhone right now does the following…
a) Point and Shoot camera
b) Video Recorder / Live Streaming Recorder
c) Sync’s my email for both work and home
d) Address / Phone book
e) Games for off time
f) Organizes my calendar (in the offshoot that I actually have something to keep track of).
g) Alarm Clock

The list, as you can see, just goes on and on. the iPad replaces NOTHING. It’s actually a step backward if you think about it. With all the innovation Apple has demonstrated, this device brings nothing new. My iPhone does all (and MORE) than the iPad can do.

This is a simple list of reasons I will not be purchasing an iPad. It still baffles me why people are rushing out to pre-order this device that doesn’t bring anything new to the table and is just as capable of doing what the iPhone does. Until a new device comes around (or the Windows 7 Mobile gets into my hot little hands), I will stick to my iPad Nano.

Originally posted on Fireberry.org

How to Turn Off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2008

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The Internet Explorer Enhanced Security config is in not in your standard spot as in Server 2003.

1) Go to Server Manager
2) Select the root folder of the navigation pane for Service Manager
3) Click Configure IE ESC
4) When the dialog box shows up, enable / disable for users and admins.
5) The end 🙂

Alternate:
1) Go into Control Panel
2) Add/Remove Programs
3) Click Add/Remove Windows Components
4) Deselect Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
5) Go
6) The end 🙂

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Issue Printing an email from Outlook 2003

January 22, 2009 3 comments
Outlook 2003

Outlook 2003

I had an issue lately where a user was unable to print from an email in her Inbox. She would open up the email she wanted to print, select file, then print. The print option would not open. It was if she did not hit the print button at all. All the other applications would print ok. It was just inside an open email that would not print.

Below are steps I used to attempt to resolve the issue. I will state right now that she had other OS issues going on so her problem was not resolved. However I did find some good articles and steps to take which may prove more fortunate to others.

First and foremost, I found that I was unable to select different printers in the print option of the email. All the printers were greyed out. It was only after I selected ‘Table mode’ that I was able to switch between other printers. I did not want to print the email in table mode though. I needed the memo mode.

Next I attempted simple techniques. I attempted reinstalling the printer, I tried right clicking the email in the list and selecting print. It was if the memo option for printing did not exist. I did find an obscure Microsoft KB [http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;821297] indicating that there was a known bug for the issue.

I was not about to give up there. I found an Experts-Exchange post which included steps in repairing what seemed to be the exact issue I was having.

Try starting Outlook once with the /cleanviews command line switch.

It could be a problem with your outlprnt file, which you can rebuild:
1. Close Outlook.
2. Click Start > Search.
3. Select All files and folders.
4. In the All or part of the file name box type “Outlprnt” (without the quotes) and then click Search.
5. When the search process is complete, right-click Outlprnt, and then click Rename.
6. Type Outlprnt.old, and then press ENTER.
7. Close the Search window.
8. Restart Outlook 2003.
9. On the File menu, point to Page Setup, and then click Print Styles.
10. Click the Memo style, and then click Close.

If those don’t work, I’d have to suggest a repair/reinstall.

The suggestion from Experts Exchange seemed like it was going to work, however when I attempted a search, I found that the search function on this user’s PC was corrupt and missing. That’s when I decided to reinstall the PC all together.

Although I did not resolve my issue, I hope the steps above will help others with the same problem. I think the ‘Outlprnt’ may have been the issue, however I was unable to verify that problem on my end.

Format a Word Without Typing A Document

November 21, 2007 Leave a comment

Have you ever wanted to format your Word Document before you start writing up the document itself? There’s a quick and easy way to have Microsoft Word type up a ‘dummy’ document for you so you can get the formatting done correctly.

First, Open up Word.
(This works in any MS Office 97 and above program).

In Word, have it open a blank document if it hasn’t done so already.

Type in ‘=rand(8,10)’ (without the quotes), then hit enter.

Word will type up random sentences according to the input.
The first number (‘8′), indicates how many paragraphs you want to make.
The second number (’10’) indicates how many sentences you want in each paragraph.

So… for example, if you want to make a document with 9 paragraphs and 4 sentences in each paragraph, you would use this command…

=rand(9,4)

Whether you are writing a newspaper style document or just writing a report, it’s sometimes easier document formatted before you begin. It may not be Word’s most powerful feature. However it can be a useful one if you don’t want to spend all that time formatting a document after it’s completed trying to make a deadline.

Click the link below to see an example of the process.

Format MS Word Without Typing A Document

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Outlook crashes with an ntdll.dll

August 10, 2007 3 comments

Thanks to Dan for posting a fix to the Outlook crashes that many people have been experiencing. It all turned out to be Cloudmark ..here’s the fix.

In Vista, go to C:\Users\[Profile Name]\AppData\Local\ and rename the Cloudmark folder to Cloudmark.bad.

In XP, go to C:\Documents and Settings\[Profile Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Cloudmark and rename the Cloudmark folder to Cloudmark.bad.

Then start up Outlook and you’re good to go. You do not need to uninstall or reinstall Cloudmark.

UPDATE:

In order to preserve your whitelist settings, you’ll want to copy 2 files over from the old directory to the new directory.

1. Close Outlook.
2. Copy the files cdol_firstunblock.dat and cdol_whitelist.dat from your old \Cloudmark.bad\SpamNet directory to your new \Cloudmark\SpamNet directory.
3. Restart Outlook.

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