Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Lapin Systems and Amazon delivering great customer service

Good customer service is such a pleasure when I encounter it. I had two stand out instances this week. I have an iMac at home, and really appreciate Mac OS X and all that it brings to the table, but after having an SSD in my systems at the office for the past several years, […]

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Task switcher that Vista should have shipped with…

I tell you, some days I love Vista and on others, well not so much.   One feature that seems cool but doesn’t really prove useful is the Flip 3D feature.  Apple has one on their system that makes a lot more sense – press a button (or squeeze the side buttons on the Mighty […]

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Vista – it’s the little things that make it so nice.

I’ve been using Vista on my desktop since it was officially released at the consumer level.  I didn’t blog about it, but my upgrade on my desktop workstation did not go well.  Generally, unless you have a large IT department doing the work, my advice is get Vista with a new machine.   Yesterday I caved and […]

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New Sharepoint 2007 Training

The (in)famous Ted Pattison has just announced that The Ted Pattison Group will be hosting a new training class for Sharepoint 2007, starting August 27th.  This class will focus on creating solutions in Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server, without using programming.  See the details at: http://tedpattison.net/Courses/SSE301.aspx.   I’ve been to Ted’s training and found it very helpful.  […]

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What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found in your hard drive?

When I say "in your hard drive", I mean that quite literally.   We are destroying some drives for a medical customer.  Since we do not have the proper SCSI card to actually connect the drives, we’ve decided to physically destroy the drives.  One of them had a stripped screw, and we ended up folding back […]

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Ever had a truly busted SQL Server 2000 install?

Recently, while installing CRM on a client’s server, we discovered a "broken" SQL Server installation.  Enterprise Manager wouldn’t run, and certain SQL Services were no longer working.  In order to clear this up, I tried to do an uninstall and reinstall of SQL Server.  Unfortunately, during the uninstall, it errored out.  So I was left with a SQL […]

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Lenovo’s enthusiasm is amazing – new T60 and then some.

I complain so often about poor customer service that I thought it would be worth it to call out a company that takes servicing their customers seriously.  On June 20th I ordered a new Thinkpad T60 from Lenovo, with some very high end specs.  It shipped on June 22nd from Hong Kong and was at […]

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Urge, what are you doing with my hard drive?

I’ve been experimenting with subscription music services.  A while ago I started with Rhapsody, and while I despised their darn application (why not just be an add in in Windows Media Player?!), I enjoyed their service.  Unfortunately, after I converted to Windows Vista (super duper edition), I discovered that Rhapsody didn’t work with Vista.   […]

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Hitachi’s explanation of perpendicular technology

I’m pretty sure I’m not normal.  This Hitachi, um, demo of perpendicular storage technology appeals to me…   Enjoy the show, and make sure you can hear the song!

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Can’t say anything nice?

You know how you’re told that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?   Notice how quite the blog has been this week after a burst of blogging last week?   Notice how I’m not saying anything about Microsoft right now?   That’s all I’m saying for now (glances over at […]

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