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The Post that Won’t Die: Previewing PDFs in Outlook 2007

April 29th, 2008 at 12:53 pm » Comments (0)

The most popular post, nay, page on this site is my post on the Outlook 2007 PDF Previewer add-on that has since been pulled from circulation due to Adobe Reader building the feature into version 8.1. Additionally, Tim Heuer wrote a similar PDF preview utility utilizing the Foxit PDF engine, which is much faster than […]

Secure Shell from Palm OS Treo Phone

March 26th, 2008 at 2:18 pm » Comments (0)

My Nokia N800 can run SSH (via the standard Linux OpenSSH software compiled for the N800) in client and server modes without a problem. But I like the keyboard on my Treo 650 and can type quite quickly on it. What if I want to use Subversion to update my blog while all I have […]

EasyWorship still good, even with Easter glitch; Shawn saves the day

March 24th, 2008 at 6:08 pm » Comments (0)

We’ve been using Softouch EasyWorship at Lakeview for so long I’m not sure exactly what the date was when we first started using it. At the time (probably around the turn of the millennium or thereabouts), we’d been using version 1.0 of Presentation Manager for years after I had started volunteering on the tech team […]

Microsoft and Adobe Non-Profit Charity Pricing: Get It!

March 12th, 2008 at 8:03 am » Comments (20)

I often get asked by other churches, often smaller ones, for recommendations on where to buy software or hardware (but primarily software). Usually they want to purchase some Microsoft software, sometimes Adobe products as well. Both companies sell popular software that costs, well, an arm and a leg at retail! The good thing is that they offer huge discounts to churches and non-profit organizations that can prove their status with a §501(c)(3) recognition letter from the IRS…

New TrueCrypt 5.1 Does Hibernation, Kind Of

March 11th, 2008 at 12:02 pm » Comments (0)

TrueCrypt just released version 5.1, adding support for hibernation (see prior post) to an encrypted system partition (thanks to Joel for letting me know). They’ve also increased AES encryption speed by 30-90% and a few other nice tweaks and fixes. I went ahead and upgraded last night and started encrypting my drive before I went […]

TrueCrypt Whole-Disk Encryption: Why I Turned It Off

February 18th, 2008 at 12:28 pm » Comments (19)

Last night, I decrypted my laptop. Eleven days ago, I posted about TrueCrypt’s new whole-disk encryption. I encrypted my laptop and started using it. Speed didn’t seem to be an issue (or much of one, maybe it was a little bit slower overall, but that’s just my perception). But it also disabled Hibernation, forcing me […]

TrueCrypt 5: Whole Disk Encryption and OS X Support (updated)

February 7th, 2008 at 1:33 am » Comments (5)

Version 5.0 of the TrueCrypt encryption software was released on Feb. 5th. I ran into this news on Hackzine where they mentioned Mac OS X support as a new TrueCrypt feature. That’s cool, but I don’t use Mac, so what? I’ll upgrade soon, since I’ve been using TrueCrypt for over a year and love it, […]

The MySQL AB “sequel”: Acquisition by Sun!

January 17th, 2008 at 1:24 am » Comments (0)

Wow. I didn’t see that coming, but I suppose I didn’t watch all that carefully, either. MySQL AB is the company behind the exceedingly popular MySQL database engine, which powers this very blog and all other WordPress blogs, among practically millions of other websites and software (including the helpdesk application we use, HelpSpot). I’ve been […]

Spyware: The pain in my…

December 3rd, 2007 at 4:27 pm » Comments (7)

Windows Defender used to be my go-to anti-spyware software. After all, it was free, unobtrusive, simple, and seemed to catch a lot of junk. Then I worked on a user’s computer today that Defender said was clean. It wasn’t. There were at least six different forms of spyware on there, causing various popups, warnings that […]

ActiveSync Error with Treo and Exchange Direct Push

November 15th, 2007 at 2:56 pm » Comments (0)

I finally took the plunge and upgraded VersaMail on my Treo 650 to version 3.5 (the default is 3.1), for $9.99. This upgrade adds several features, the biggest being the ability to sync Contacts over-the-air in addition to Email and Calendar when using an Exchange ActiveSync account, and Direct Push so you receive immediate notifications […]