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Submission + - Microsoft Office 365 Service Issues 1

Vrtigo1 writes: Microsoft's Office 365 service is now in it's third day of an outage affecting software activation. This affects customers who lease their Microsoft Office software instead of purchasing it and prevents any users that have been added during the outage from activating or using their desktop office software. Microsoft's response has been that frustrating, with no real updates being posted to their status board and their support staff telling customers there is no way to activate software until the outage has been resolved (for which there is, of course, no ETA). Yet another reason why always-on DRM doesn't work and needs to die a horrible, painful death.

Submission + - Reliable enterprise phone tracking apps?

Vrtigo1 writes: My company hasn't embraced BYOD yet and still provides company iPhones to a large portion of our workforce of about 100 people. Every few weeks someone calls us because they've lost one and want us to help find it. We do use MDM software, but have found the location tracking feature to be useless because the location data is almost always stale. Our MDM vendor tells us this is due to restrictions builtin to iOS. Apps like Google Latitude work perfectly and the MDM company can't satisfactorily explain to me why free apps works and their app doesn't. Unfortunately, I considered switching MDM providers but others have told me they have the same limitations. The three companies I spoke to are the market leaders as ranked by Gartner. Surely there has to be a reliable, enterprise grade device tracking app that works with iOS. Please help me find it!

Submission + - Cost effective TV services for sports? 1

Vrtigo1 writes: I watch most of my TV on Hulu or Amazon, but neither of those sources has much in the way of live sports coverage. With college football season right around the corner, I ask Slashdot: how do you watch sports if you don't have a cable or satellite TV subscription? I know some games are broadcast online, but not all of them are. I've previously gone the route of a Slingbox to the cable TV at my office, but my wife doesn't like having to fiddle with the computer. I've also subscribed to cable TV just for the duration of football season, but $50/mo seems excessive just to be able to watch a few games a month. I'm perfectly willing to pay for a service provided it's simple and reasonably priced. We have Apple TV2, Roku 1, Xbox 360 and Wii. Something that works on one of those platforms would be great!

Submission + - Best software for ad-hoc sql reporting?

Vrtigo1 writes: I work for a small business (100 employees) that has a lot of data, but no easy way for the business users to get it in a self service fashion. We've used MS Access and SSRS to build reports that are frequently requested so the users can run them anytime they want, but we still get tons of unique requests and handling these eats up a large amount of our time. We'd like to find a reporting engine that allows users to build these queries themselves using an intuitive GUI interface. We're a Microsoft shop, but aren't opposed to a non-Microsoft solution as long as it can talk to MSSQL. We've found a lot of enterprise systems, but can't justify spending $30k+ on reporting software. If someone told you they had a budget of $10k to purchase a reporting package what would you recommend?

Submission + - How do you get your geek nostalgia fix?

Vrtigo1 writes: I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times. Every once in a while I want to revisit the old days of the original Doom, the phonebook-sized Computer Shoppers, when you looked forward to the demo CD that came with Computer Gaming World because the Internet was too slow to distribute software, and when Falcon Northwest's Mach V was the envy of many a geek. IRC is just about the only technology I can think of that's still in use today and still looks the same as it did in the early nineties. So where do you go when you need to regress back to simpler times and get your nostalgia fix? I foolishly trashed my old tech mags, and there isn't a whole lot online that has survived from that long ago.

Submission + - How to monitor your Internet data transfer amounts 1

Vrtigo1 writes: With many ISPs either already using bandwidth caps or talking about them, I was wondering how other Slashdot readers are keeping tabs on how much data is being transferred through their home Internet connections. None of the consumer routers I've used seem to make this information easily accessible. I'd like some way to see exactly how much data has been sent and received by the WAN port facing my ISP's modem so I can compare the numbers I get with the numbers they give me. I don't want to pay for their modem firmware updates and other network management traffic, so I'd like to see how the two numbers line up.

Submission + - Staying connected amidst government repression

Vrtigo1 writes: We've all read the stories about how Libya has been cut off from the outside world after Gaddafi disconnected Libyan citizen's access to the Internet and phone network. What would happen if something similar happened in the US? My only methods of communication are e-mail, cell and VoIP. If the Internet and phone networks shut down, I would be unable to communicate. I know there are satphones, but it's not realistic to expect people to buy them until an emergency happens and demand far exceeds supply. What other options are out there? I know it's unlikely that the US govt would do such a thing, but this would have applications in other areas as well, such as natural disaster areas.

Submission + - Best corporate web filtering apps? (google.com) 1

Vrtigo1 writes: "My company is getting to the point where we spend so much time removing spyware and other unwanted software from our PCs that we're looking at implementing some sort of web filtering software. We're looking for something that'll block spyware and adware, so if a user tries to download Webshots or AnthVirus 20XX the system will tell them the content is blocked. We need something that has good prebuilt categories / classifications and that is updated on a regular basis, but it would be helpful if the "this content is blocked" page has an option to send a note to IT to explain why a particular user needs to get to a blocked site. It needs to be able to integrate with active directory, and should be able to have different filtering classes for different users/groups. We have about 100 users, and are looking for something in the sub-$5,000 range. It should be able to run in a VM, or include the hardware in that sub-$5k figure. I know a lot of shops use Websense, but it looks like Barracuda and a few other vendors with good name recognition offer solutions, and I want to see what's out there that really works."

Submission + - Free, reliable URL or IP spyware blacklist? 1

Vrtigo1 writes: "Is there a free equivalent to real-time e-mail blacklist databases for spyware and other malware? We've had an increasing problem with users clicking on the Antivirus popups and hosing their PCs. It's getting to the point in our 125 employee company where we're spending 20+ man hours per week reghosting machines. I wouldn't mind it so much if it was an easy thing to do, but reghosting, copying data, installing updates, and then re-encrypting the user's HDD with PGP takes a good 4-5 hours. I tried to find something online that listed IPs or URL that were known to contain spyware. I know Google has their safe browsing plugin, but it looks like that only addresses forgery sites. I'd like to get something that has a list of URLs or IP addresses that I could pull down a couple times an hour and then automate a script to create block filters based off the list."

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