Old-school tablet still a go-to machine

I’ve said many times that I cannot believe tablet PCs have never really sold well. They are such great devices.

So I was intrigued by Shane Schick’s slideshow 10 Tablets That Never Quite Took Off, and I went through it looking for  the tablet I’ve been using since it came out in 2006 – the HP Compaq tc4400. Although I use it every day and love it, I only ever saw one other person with a similar machine, so I naturally assumed it hadn’t “taken off”.

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Email Campaigns Essential Part Of Marketing Strategy

Last month Halifax hosted the annual conference of the American Association of Port Authorities and wasn’t it a first class event! The Cunard Centre was packed with delegates from throughout North America, and from as far away as Brazil and Africa, for a week of business sessions and Maritime hospitality.

Since my company sells IT services to seaports and given that a large part of our export marketplace was coming to our home town, it was natural that we would be a sponsor. We needed to prepare for this conference in advance because we wanted to make sure we had plenty of visitors to our booth and events.

My colleague Alexandra Fricker, an expert in Internet marketing, took the lead in that regard and came up with a very effective blend of online and traditional marketing, and I was blown away by how effective it was.

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ASP.NET and SharePoint Security Vulnerability

An important message to my IT contacts, thanks to Mike Hatfield, Nicom’s Chief Technology Officer, regarding a security vulnerability…

On the 17th of September, a security vulnerability was announced that affects all versions of ASP.NET and SharePoint web sites/applications that can allow someone to access very sensitive information if exploited.

For Technicians:
A security update has been released today to address the problem. Please, make sure this Windows update is applied to your web, SaaS and SharePoint servers. Please see this article from Microsoft for more information: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/09/30/asp-net-security-fix-now-on-windows-update.aspx.

For Developers:
As a developer, you normally cannot control updates that are applied to servers hosting your applications. You can, however implement the web.config work around that has provided by Scott Gutherie from Microsoft as documented on his blog here: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/09/18/important-asp-net-security-vulnerability.aspx.


Even Smart Business People Need to Protect Themselves Online

I received an email the other day saying I could get 68% off luxury watches. Then a few seconds later I received another email saying I could get 88% off luxury watches, and both emails pointed me to the same web site! So for fun I went to the web site and it told me I could get luxury watches for 85% off.

All this to say that you can’t really trust emails from people you don’t know. In the past twelve months alone, I must have run across fifteen distraught widows of world leaders who had huge sums of money to deposit if only they could find a bank account number with which to do so.

Now those are obvious things to avoid, but there are some pretty sophisticated scams out there on the Internet, and I read all the time about people being taken in.

Even smart people like you. So maybe it’s time for a refresher course on how to protect yourself online.

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Apple Computer Users Love Their Machines

The other day I found a book laying around the house: 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. I can just picture the author taking his last Earthly gasp and uttering “Darn! I’m missing a couple of Tintorettos.”

Being neither an artist nor an academic might explain why I don’t own any books like that. It might also explain why I don’t own an Apple computer. At least that’s a theory I’ve been working on for some time, that Apple computers are made for artists and academics.

So I decided to set out to prove it or refute it, and here is what I found.

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