serverguy writes: The DrayTek Vigor2820n is as secure as they come with its robust and comprehensive firewall features, this includes a new object-based firewall, stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall and DDoS Protection which also includes a DoS indicator LED on the front of the device. It also features Content Security Management (CSM) which includes a range of control features that allow you to restrict website access via whitelist/blacklist/specific sites and keywords, you can also prevent access to websites via IP address to prevent the common URL filtering work around, also included is the ability to block the downloading of certain file types such as.EXE /.BAT /.MP3 etc, you also get the ability to block the use of IM and P2P applications. Other standard security features but still worth mentioning include time of day based restrictions, Multi-NAT, DMZ Host, Port Redirection and Open Port Configuration, Policy Based Firewall, MAC address Filtering, IP Address Anti Spoofing and Email Alerts.Click here for the full story
serverguy writes: A win for all visually impaired members of society with Intel releasing a new device called the Intel Reader. It allows visually impaired people to take a snap shot of a newspapers, books and magazines and have it read back to them. It's estimated that in the US alone there are as many as 55 million people who could make use of such a device. It comes at hefty price though, costing US$1,499 for the paperback sized device which contains a 5 megapixel camera and is powered by a Linux OCR system that converts text into spoken words. The device can contain up to 2GB of data which would equate around 600 snap shots, in addition to reading text to words the device can also play back a Audio Books in a number of supported files such as MP3s and WAV.
The device is expected to be released next Tuesday.
serverguy writes: Cisco Systems Inc. massively expanded its portfolio of collaboration technologies today, announcing 61 products, including a corporate-grade hosted e-mail system called Cisco WebEx Mail as well as a social networking application and a video system to help groups securely share video content and search capabilities.
The range of products shows Cisco's interest in integrating and expanding new video-related technologies with more traditional collaboration tools, such as instant messaging and presence, Cisco officials said. One new tool, called the Intercompany Media Engine, focuses on allowing companies to share business-to-business communications over any IP network.
The products are designed in part to make it easier for companies to incorporate content from video and other media produced on all kinds of devices, from expensive telepresence videoconferencing systems to handheld Flip video cameras , as well as photos and recordings taken from smartphones.
serverguy writes: Microsoft's newest operating system is off to a fantastic start, with sales of the system up 234% (during its first week on the market) compared to Vista during its first week. Regardless of your opinion on things, that's a large percentage, particularly during a time period where people are pinching pennies and are more likely than ever to remain on their current OS for the time being. I for one am loving what Windows 7 has to offer, both from a user and support level.
serverguy writes: Seagate hard drives are still failing with some people to claim that Seagate have actually offered to pay for replacement and data recovery costs. The original story from The Inquirer early this year stated it was mainly Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB drives effected by the firmware bug, but a quick online search reveals this was not the case, reportedly the problem also exists in some 500GB models with many finding the once reliable brand to be failing at an alarming rate.
serverguy writes: Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 using the conventional method or "Microsoft's recommended method" can be a simple process but when things don't go according to plan it can be very stressful for Server Admins, and while the Microsoft method is well documented, it's the Swing Migration has been praised as the better option by many Admins due to the simplicity and transparency of the process. If you do go down the path of a MS Migration a common issue you may encounter is the "Exchange Certificate Error" when moving Mail Boxes. It can be a royal pain if you ever come across this mid Migration but simple to fix if you know how.
serverguy writes: I came across a rather awkward/awesome situation yesterday.
While on the job I entered a ladies office in order to do some work, I noticed a small baby in the corner of the room which I thought was a nice touch.
I needed to do some work on her laptop so I suggested taking it into another room to work on, as I was leaving the room she then asked if I minded if she fed her baby as she didn't want me freaking out on my return, which I said I was fine with as I expected to be around 30 minutes with the laptop.
As I returned to drop the laptop off, the ladies back was facing me which I thought feeding time must be over, but no, she swings around with this ginormous breast with a baby attached to it.............
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