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  • Lisa 9:37 am on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    New EU Cookie Law? 

    Cookies.. mmmm… Unfortunately, we are not talking about delicious edible cookies. We are talking about cookies that track your activity on websites.

    I was reading an article about a new EU cookie law that took effect in May of this year. Cookies are basically ways for companies to track your activity on their website. Have you ever been on a site and they make suggestions of other things you may like? This is because they see you have purchased an item and it may go with another. So, they bring that to your attention in hopes to that becoming an impulse buy. Take Walmart for example. You view a couple of items and leave the site. A couple of days later you visit Walmart.com again and if you look on the left side of the page it will display “recently viewed items”. These are the items you just viewed a couple of days ago.

    Well, EU has implemented a new compliance law stating that if someone visits your site, you have to ask them if it is ok to put cookies on their computer. Companies have one year from when the law took effect, to become compliant. Or else they could be fined a hefty amount of money.

    In one sense, I like it because then you can keep track of all of the sites putting cookies on your computer. In the other sense, that is one extra click I have to do in order to go to a website. I want to get to a site, do what I need to do, and then leave. I can always delete my cookies or set my browser to delete my browsing history and cookies every time I close my browser.

    Hmm.. So how are the average non-technical users going to take it? Are they just going to accept it and continue on or get scared and leave the site? When I get pop ups, I examine them, look them up, and go from there. My mom would either be calling me every 5 minutes asking if it is ok or would be scared to go on the internet.

    With that said..
    Are you all for the EU Cookie law?

    What methods would you use to inform visitors to your site?

    Do you think that it would confuse most of the non technical visitors?

     
    • Mark Steven 6:27 am on December 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Now that there’s a bit more clarity over the intent of the legislation, and the what we need to do to comply, I’ve come around to the view that actually, it’s a good thing.

      The law could be interpreted as “Don’t drop non-essential junk on your user’s computers, particularly when it’s to abuse their privacy.” And I’d applaud that.

      It absolutely changes the paradigm of how cookies are used from now on though. Developers of web software, particularly for advertising networks and analytics, are going to need to find server-side solutions that answer their needs.

      Website opt-ins aren’t loved by users, and given the choice, most users say “no” or ignore the opportunity to opt in. So if you want “non-essential” cookie-dependant software to work at all, you’re a bit stuffed. It leave the multitude of Google Analytics users in an interesting situation: Google Analytics is entirely cookie dependant, and is not exempted under the regulations. In other words, users must explicitly opt in if you want to track them on your websites.

  • Lisa 8:02 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows Server 2008 Task Scheduler 

    Recently I was trying to set up a scheduled task in Windows Server 2008. I set it up to run later in the day and everything seems self explanatory. The next morning I checked to see if the task ran fine or not and I found out that it “ran” but it technically didn’t.

    In the history of the scheduled task it shows that it executed the task, but when I checked nothing had changed. I double checked all of my settings and everything seemed fine. I even executed the batch file in the cmd prompt and it worked just dandy.

    I noticed a field under the action tab when you are editing or creating an action, it says ‘Start in (Optional)’ I decided to try it and put in the directory of where the batch file was located. I then ran the task and it magically started working. Now, I know this doesn’t make complete sense because you already have to browse and locate the batch file under ‘Programs/Scripts’  But hey, it wouldn’t be Microsoft if it was made easy.

     
  • Lisa 9:17 am on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally! Move your calendar entries and contacts from Lotus Notes to Office 365 

    When we migrated from Lotus Notes to Office 365, we had to move our calendar entries manually to Office 365. After some digging around, I have found out how to migrate your calendar entries and of course your contacts.

    In Lotus Notes, go to your calendar and under the lists view click on calendar entries.

    • Highlight all of the entries that you want to move over.
    • Click File, then export.
    • Navigate to where ever you would like to save the file.
    • You want to change the ‘save as type’ to Calendar Entry (.ics)
    • Put in a name you want to give the file and make sure that you put .ics after the file name. (This is to make sure it exports as a .ics)
    • Click Export.

    Now, you need to have Outlook set up on your desktop. (The client version, not OWA)

    For Outlook 2010:

    • Click File, then open.
    • Click Import.
    • Choose import iCalendar (.ics)
    • Navigate to the .ics file you just exported and click open.
    • You can either choose to import it in a new calendar or import it into your own calendar. (I chose to import in my current calendar).

    Once I did that, my calendar entries imported. Note that in Lotus Notes, if you have some reoccurring entries they may not import into outlook because it contains a recurrence pattern that Outlook doesn’t support.

    Onto importing your contacts. Make sure that you copy all of your contacts to your local address book database. They will export better this way. Once copied over do the following:

    • Click File, then click export contacts.
    • Fill in the name of the file you want to give it and make sure it is saved as a .csv file
    • Pick which options you want as far as what contacts you want exported.
    • Click Export.

    You will now see the csv file where you saved it. Open it up and clean up the columns.

    When that’s cleaned up. Go to your Outlook and import them. Your contacts can be imported through Outlook or OWA.

    For Outlook 2010:

    • Click File, then open
    • Click Import and choose import from another file or program.
    • Choose comma separated value (Windows) or which ever applies to you.
    • Find the csv file you just exported and click next.
    • Under your mailbox find ‘contacts’ (or where ever you want the contacts to import at) and click next.
    • Click Finish.

    It should import your contacts.

    To import your contacts through OWA:

    • Go to your mailfile and click on contacts.
    • Right above the search your contacts box there is an import button. Click on that.
    • Navigate to the file where your exported contacts are.
    • Once you click next it will import your contacts.
     
    • Sherri 4:44 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You saved my life with this, just completed migration from lotus to outlook and recreating my calendar was going to be a nightmare. Thank you for the tip!

  • Lisa 8:06 am on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Apache is tricky 

    I recently had to work on an Apache Web Server and had to bind a couple of IP Addresses to a site. There isn’t a UI for Apache. So for me to be able to bind an IP Address, it took some research. In IIS, there is an option to bind an internal and external IP Address to a site. So, going from IIS to Apache was definitely a challenging task. I would just get Apache to work and then it would break, but I have it this time.

    In order to bind an IP Address in Apache, you have to edit the httpd.conf file. From what I have gathered, if you have an internal and external IP Address for one site you have to create them as Virtual Host. In the middle of my research, I did find that you would create a Virtual Host if you were wanting multiple sites using the same Port.

    The picture below is an example of what I did to configure the Virtual host.. Let me explain it further. (This example configuration is for using Apache on a Windows machine)

    Let’s say I have an Internal and External IP Address that I have to bind to one site and they are both using port 81.

    You would start off with stating what the IP Addresses are and their port.

    NameVirtualHost 172.0.0.2:81 (Pretend this is the internal IP Address)

    NameVirtualHost 172.0.0.3:81 (Pretend this is the external IP Address)

    Then we need to state the IP Addresses/ports and tell it where to look for that sites index. html file.

    <VirtualHost 172.0.0.2:81 172.0.0.3:81> (This is your beginning statement. Doing this means you are telling Apache that you are referring to these Virtual Hosts)

    DocumentRoot “C:\Program Files (X86)\XX/htdocs/” (This is where you tell Apache where your index.html file is. If you have a space in the path, you must put quotes around it. Also, you will notice that I went from back slashes (\) to forward slashes (/). I am not sure why it is set like that, all I know is that Apache will not be able to find the index.html file if you do not put in forward slashes. If I am putting up a sharepoint site and using Apache Web Server. The path in Windows may be C:\Program Files (X86)\SharePoint\htdocs\index.html. You would start using forward slashes after SharePoint. Also, you do not need to put in index.html in the path, You can end with the directory right above it, but make sure you keep the / at the end.)

    ServerName SharePoint.apache.com (This is where you would put in the URL Name in for the site)

    ServerAlias SharePoint (This is just an alias for the server. This will show up in the tab of your web browser)

    </VirtualHost> (This is your ending statement)

    It will look like this without all of my comments.

    NameVirtualHost 172.0.0.2:81

    NameVirtualHost 172.0.0.3:81

    <VirtualHost 172.0.0.2:81 172.0.0.3:81>

    DocumentRoot “C:\Program Files (X86)\SharePoint/htdocs/”

    ServerName SharePoint.apache.com

    ServerAlias SharePoint

    </VirtualHost>

     
  • Lisa 7:47 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Outlook 2010 reminders not popping up 

    For our users that use Outlook 2010 and have the CRM 2011 Outlook Connector installed, have an issue with their calendar reminders popping up. After doing some research and testing possible solutions, I have came up with a work around until Microsoft comes out with a Solution.

    The work around is to uninstall Microsoft Office 2010 SP1. Once this was uninstalled, all of the reminders from the past couple of weeks popped up.

    When Microsoft comes out with a solution, I will update you on what that is.

     
  • Lisa 7:32 am on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    HP doesn’t have all the drivers for your computer 

    I was recently imaging some computers, in which I have done before. I was imaging them from Home Premium to Professional. Usually I can find drivers on their website with no problem. I went to go download them and found out that they are not available. I called HP to see if they can tell me where I can find the drivers, instead of me searching all day on the internet for them. I ended up being transferred a couple of times for a tech to be extremely rude to me.

    So my word of advise, before you image a machine look to see if you will be able to find the drivers. If you cannot find the drivers, upgrade the version of Windows instead of installing a fresh copy of Windows. It will save you a lot of time and frustration. After you upgrade the version of Windows and you have installed all of the software, create a new image. Then use that new image to re image the rest of the computers.

     
  • Lisa 8:52 am on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Things to know when migrating from the P1 plan to the E3 plan in Office 365 

    A couple of weekends ago I migrated our office 365 plan from the small business (P1) plan to the Enterprise (E3) plan. To start off, Microsoft cannot migrate you between plans. They say the two plans are on different platforms and there is no way migrate between the two.

    In order to get onto the E3 plan, I had to delete our P1 account and create an E3 account. Yes, that means that we had to find an alternative source to collect our emails. Otherwise we would lose all emails that came in through out the weekend. Since we had to delete our P1 account, that means we had to change our nameservers back to our hosting company and then re verify our domains in our new account.

    This is the interesting part between the two plans that I had discover: In the Small Business plans, you HAVE to fully redelegate your DNS in office 365. In the Enterprise plans, you CANNOT fully redelegate your DNS in office 365. I had not known about not being able to fully redelegate our DNS in the E3 plan and unfortunately, they do not have the best of documentation for that either. I had spent a couple of days working with Technical Support trying to fix the issue with Fully redelegating our DNS in the E3 plan. They were unable to help me with this issue because they did not know about this in the Enterprise accounts.

    Office 365 has a spot for forums for any issues anyone is having. I had to read a couple of forums and to be sure, post a forum myself. One of their moderators had responded with the answer within an hour.

    Once that was discovered, I was able to enter in the DNS at my hosting company and it started working right away.

     
    • Shane Adams 11:29 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Can you help me migrate my business’s plan from P1 to E1? I can’t believe Microsoft doesn’t help in this.

      • Lisa 7:10 am on March 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I can do my best to give you as much advice as I can.. What are stuck on right now? What questions do you have?

  • Lisa 7:11 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Did your Outlook 2010 ribbon disappear and can’t get it back? 

    Did your Outlook 2010 ribbon Disappear? Do you have the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Outlook connector add in installed?
    I recently upgraded my co-workers office product to 2010 and after I installed the Outlook Connector add in, her ribbon disappeared. This seems to be a bug in the connector and is a known issue. If you cannot get your ribbon to reappear by clicking on the carrot next to the the help button (?), then follow these instructions.

    1 – Close Outlook 2010.
    2 – Go to your registry. Go to Start –> Run –> type: regedit
    3 – Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{2DF8D04C-5BFA-101B-BDE5-00AA0044DE52}
    4 – Right click on the 2.4 regkey and click export. Save this export someplace where you will remember it is saved. This will be a backup.
    5 – Once you have the backup, right click on the 2.4 regkey and click delete.
    6 – Launch Outlook 2010.

    You should now be able to see your ribbon.

     
    • Andrew 10:19 am on July 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Many thanks for this tip – it has worked a treat!

    • Anshul 8:41 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, worked well !!

    • Dean 8:29 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome – worked perfectly – I would have been lost without your post. Thanks!

    • Scott 1:10 am on April 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Perfect worked for me

    • Rajitha 2:40 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      I have the same issue. I see 2.5 and 2.7 so not sure which one I need to pick to do the export. Please suggest.

      • Joe Wichowski 7:54 am on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        You’ll probably have to use the “current version”, which would more than likely be 2.7.

    • Kelson 3:00 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Im missing the 2.4 regkey. I only have regkey 2.5, 2.6, 2.7. Any tip for what I can try?

      • Joe Wichowski 7:53 am on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        You’ll probably have to use the “current version”, which would more than likely be 2.7.

    • Mike 2:52 pm on May 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I followed your instructions, but I don’t have a 2.4 regkey. There is a 2.5 and a 2.7. What next?

      Thanks!

      • Joe Wichowski 7:54 am on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        You’ll probably have to use the “current version”, which would more than likely be 2.7.

  • Lisa 3:47 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Just an FYI, if you are trying to put an existing VM in Virtual PC 2007 and the VM was created on your windows 7 machine using Virtual PC; you may get an error. I received this error anytime I tried attaching an existing virtual hard disk to a new VM in virtual pc 2007.

    “The parent virtual hard disk has been deleted or has been moved from its previous location.  Please, select the new location of the parent virtual hard disk”

    I found the solution to it. What it looks like is in windows 7 relies on a parent disk. It relies on Windows XP mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd

    So, if you just copy that file from your windows7 machine and copy it to the machine using Virtual pc 2007, it will work.

    Also in virtual pc 2007, if you are trying to add a VM that is a .vhd file; you have to create a new VM and then add an existing virtual hard disk. It will let you use the .vhd file there.

    Happy Computing!

     
  • Lisa 10:54 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Security is a huge issue now days. Whether it is a company’s network or a person trying to scam you out of personal information through your email. Recently a hacker hacked Epsilon and stole a bunch of email addresses with their names. Epsilon was used to send emails for companies like banks and retailers. Are you wondering why emails? Well once the hacker has your name and email address, they can send you an email and they can make themselves look like a company that you recognize. They can send you an email acting as if they are who you bank through. Also, when they send you that email, they will address you by your name to make it look that much more real. They will try to get you to click on a link and enter in your information. I was reading somewhere that hackers only need a few people to fall for their scam, in order to make money.

    SonicWall has a 10 question quiz on a series of emails. Some are legitimate and some are scams. They say about 22% of the time people cannot correctly identify an email that is legitimate or a scam. Can you tell which is which? Take the quiz, I did and got all 10 correct. http://www.sonicwall.com/furl/phishing/

    Also, remember do not open an attachment or click on a link if you do not recognize the person that sent you the email. Another thing to remember, companies are not going to ask you for your personal information in an email.

     
  • Lisa 12:04 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    JUST Released! The new Motorola Xoom! It is supposed to be in competition with the Apple I Pad. It has the Android 3.0 honeycomb Operating System. Some features include a HDMI port, USB port, 32 GB Hard drive, 1GB RAM, and front and rear facing camera.

    It is available with 3G and upgradeable to 4G, or you can just stick with WiFi.

    The questions is, will it be able to stand against the I Pad 2?

    Best Buy Leak: Motorola Xoom Release Date and Price - Just Like We Expected

     
  • Lisa 3:03 pm on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    There is an awesome new app for the IPad. It is called iDisplay and with this tool you can use you IPad as a second monitor. It is only $4.99 for the app. You can use it with windows or a mac.

     
  • Lisa 3:55 pm on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    So as you all know, I was trying to share our customer contacts within Google Apps. I have come to a standing point. Google will let you share contacts, but it can only be contacts within your domain. So contacts with yahoo, hotmail, or xx@customerdomain.com you can not share. Google doesn’t explain that very well either; I did not run across any information stating that you can only share contacts that are in your domain. I had to submit a ticket in order to receive that information. They also told me that I could go to the Google Marketplace and find some software that would allow the sharing of any contact. Which you have to pay for the software. So you have to pay $50/mth for Google Apps and the software I found was $99/year. $99/year doesn’t sound like a lot, but that is besides the point. Also, in order to view the contacts on your IPad, you have to switch to the desktop view.

     
  • Lisa 3:43 pm on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I have been working on sharing our contacts in Google Apps and have imported them with in our admin account. I have enabled the contact sharing and I still can’t go into my email and see them. I have done some research and most of them say to make sure the contact sharing is enabled. That has been done since we created the account. I am going to have to contact Google and see if they can help me.

    Stay tuned….

     
  • Lisa 2:30 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Everyone here at Ebiz is excited to know that we are getting new PCs! BUT, before we can set them up at the workstations, I need to image them. Today I downloaded clonezilla, it’s free, which is a plus. They also have step by step documentation (with Pictures!) on how to clone an image of your pc. There is an option to take the image from your hard drive and put it on an external hard drive. No problem, right? Except for the fact that our external hard drive will not work. I keep on getting a redundancy error whenever I try to initialize it. I googled this issue and found out that it is because of corrupt data being on the hard drive. I also tried following their step by step process to fix the problem, with NO LUCK. As I was bummed out about the hard drive, I started looking further into clonezilla. To my surprise, it doesn’t look like you can even restore an image from an external hard drive to the local drive.

    Maybe I will try symantec ghost and see how that goes.

     
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