I’m known at my job and with friends of being a Mac fan, which is true. It wasn’t always like that however. I’ve spent the majority of my IT career behind a keyboard of a PC (well, and a Linux machine when I was a Redhat Server Administrator) Customers and friends often ask why I use a Mac, and I thought that this experience of a blogger who works for a site called Tuaw summed it up nicely. Just like he mentions- Macs are not perfect- but even when things go wrong, the overall experience has been way less frustrating than experiences that I’ve had with a PC.
And people wonder why Mac’s are gaining marketshare, not only for the consumer, but in the enterprise as well..
Interesting graphic on Mac’s market share:
Google Drive has been released over the last couple of days, so it has prompted many sites to do comparisons of the different online storage cloud providers. A very good comparison that I have found is over at theverge.com. It’s over at: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/24/2954960/google-drive-dropbox-skydrive-sugarsync-cloud-storage-competition
Note- if you are a Microsoft SkyDrive user, they are changing the “free” account from 25GB down to 7GB. However if you already have a SkyDrive account, you can “claim” your full 25GB by heading to your SkyDrive “Manage Storage” page (conveniently linked from the client’s menu bar icon). There is a link on that page to claim your full 25GB.
The article above basically mentions that they feel SugarSync is the overall best solution. I would agree with that, I used SugarSync for quite awhile, however one thing that I didn’t like about SugarSync, is some of the sharing capabilities of folders. To share a folder with someone, you choose the folder, click on “get share link” and you send the link out to the person you want to share it with. What you might not know/see, is the person you’ve shared the folder with cannot access your link until they sign-up for a SugarSync account themselves- something that I didn’t want the people I share links with to have to do.
Here’s an example of the above so you can see what I mean:
For the above, I made a test folder with a test file inside the folder. I then shared the folder with a link. When you click on that link however, you’ll see the above page- SugarSync wants them to signup for an account before they can get access to the files you’ve shared with them.
Personally I’ve switched over to Dropbox, as their sharing capabilities are quick, easy and I can share files or folders through links– and they don’t require the person I’m sharing the link with to signup for an account in order to access the files.
According to The Register, Microsoft is slashing their prices for Office 365, which in my opinion was already very competitively priced. For full details, check out the article here:
Here’s the table in the article outlining the old and new prices for each Office 365 package.
Lewan is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers Office 365 to our clients at the same prices listed above. Feel free to talk with your account representative for additional details or for a demonstration.
Microsoft has just announced they have released a tool that allow admins to automatically crawl users computers and import PST files into Exchange Online or Exchange 2010.
Thanks to the following blog for the info:
Obviously this isn’t something that you would do a lot, but in case you need to know how, here’s how you can reset all user passwords in a Microsoft Office 365 environment:
Help on accessing Office 365 powershell:
Once your connected run the following commands:
Connect-MsolService -cred $cred
Get-Command -Module msonline
Get-msoluser |set-msoluserpassword -newpassword “password” -forcechangepassword $false
I needed to round up a number in Excel to the nearest whole number. I found this helpful article that discusses rounding numbers:
But I also needed to round up the number, which was generated by a formula. So here’s the formula that worked:
This formula will round up the result of the SUM calculation.
The ,0 following the SUM calculation is part of the ROUNDUP formula.
Opening multiple Visio files and switching between them is a pain. I figured there had to be a way to make Visio to always open files in separate windows, so you can see the visio drawings seperately (eg: dual monitors).
The below “method B” worked for me for Visio 2010.
Visio has a Multiple Document Interface so open files all go into the same
instance of Visio. There’s really not an easy way around it, but here are
A) Launch a separate instance of Visio each time you want a separate window
in the Taskbar. A great “how-to” for doing this, can be found at:
Method A works okay, but I would like Visio to open in seperate Windows everytime, automatically. Method B below does that.
B) Check the Visio option in Tools/Options/Advacned > Put all settings in
Windows registry, exit Visio and change the registry setting
SingleInstanceFileOpen to 0 found in the following location:
If the above doesn’t make sense, here’s a helpful “How-to” showing how to do the above:
I don’t know why this was “new” for me, but it did take a google search to figure it out. Here’s a great link that explains how to make only 1 page within Microsoft Word 2010 in a landscape layout, while keeping the rest in the portrait layout.
Copied below for reference:
Go to the last page you want to keep vertical (Portrait) then select Page Layout | Breaks | Next Page.
Now click anywhere in the page where you want to have the horizontal page (Landscape) and go toPage Layout | Orientation and select Landscape
Do the same steps for the following page, the one after the landscaped one, but this time choosePortrait. Only do this if you want to restore the Portrait orientation back to normal.
Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released for download. Here’s a great blog post on Technet that has all of the download links on a single page, for your reference: