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I've searched the discussion boards pretty thoroughly and haven't found the nitty-gritty details I want -- How do they compare for customer support? East of use? Can anyone help? --Jayne
We recently installed Symantec Corporate A/V 10.0 which we just obtained from Techsoup on a Windows 2003 Small Business Server and Deployed to XP Pro SP2 clients. Are running into a problem which is fixed by an updated build as described here:
DoScan.exe causes high CPU usage
Link to How to Obtain is broken.
How do we go about obtaining 10.0.1?
Thanks, this is something that I have had a hard time finding an answer to!
Would you know how raiser edge is similar and different from ms access. How easy/difficult is it to learn raisers edge?
How do you go about quantifying the impact your services have had on your community? Do you use a database? Do you have tips for implementing a system?
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I managed to get everyone in a fairly large NPO organisation off of their illegal copies of Microsoft Office and onto Openoffice.org but there are a few complaints still going around. These are mainly on formating issues to do with word file formats and also macro support.
The other main issue is around their great need for a group calendar. I installed egroupware but a couple of managers complained that it didn't work properly and deleted their items - I do not know if this is true or a plan to get Microsoft Outlook back. Is their a reliable & free group calendar program around that will save their ICT budget from being devoured by Microsoft.
Note that this is in South Africa where we do not get discounted/free software from the big players.
Thanks in advance
I'm using a tool called moodle. I'd like to write a featured article because I think it is such a great tool to build a website for any educational topic or learning environment. You build the site without using Dreamweaver or any HTML tools, which you can use if you must. Is anybody out there in the techsoup or compumentor community using moodle? Reply to jrowe [at] igc [dot] org if you are. I'll put steps to build a moodle site up later. Basically you pay an ISP about $100 a year to host your moodle site. Once your site is started you as the professor just add quizes, lessons and other things like chats and discussions, much like the techsoup website. Mine is http://www.roweclassroom.com ; but it is currently restricted to protect my student's identity. I will have a public site soon with courses on bike maintence etc. check out all the schools that use moodle http://moodle.org/sites
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Have you made small changes in your office, or started a recycling program, or another conservation program onsite? If you've already made some attempt at going green or are an environmental expert, we'd love for you to share your experience. If you're not green yet, but green with envy, you can ask for advice from your colleagues here on how to get started.
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When I went to Techsoup, I found that what had been previously a donation now costs $2000.
I don't know about all the "cocktail liberal" non-profits out there who can afford to pay this kind of cash for a "donation", but ours, for one, cannot.
Where Tech soup is ripping us off is in the site licenses, where they charge $20 per site license, although each license requires virtually no additional administration on their part.
Tech Soup should be ashamed of itself. Microsoft should be equally ashamed for participating.
Someone should do something about this scam. You make me want to vomit.
What are your personal favorite ways to keep your inbox spam-free?
Share them with the TechSoup Community here, in this thread.
software that has donortracking capabilities, and offers assistance with bulk mail (mail merge). I'v researched, donorperfect, giftmaker pro, and blackbaud's RaiserEdge. Are there any other out there? The software should also be user friendly, for a database of 10,000.
thanks in advance....
I have a web page that is designed to the HTML 4.01 strict standard using CSS. I just don't know how to avoid using the border="0" html tag, I should be using a CSS tag but I don't know what will work. I don't want a border around my company logo which is a link. Here is the code:
..img src="../images/SEC_Logo.gif" alt="Shore Educational Collaborative Home" width="233" height="56" border="0"..
Because I have the border tag the page is not strict HTML. I need it to be Strict.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Today CNN has reported what I knew for years. That if you have windows and browse the web with IE you are at risk even if you have all the "windows updates" for security and the best virus protection.
You already know that if you get pictures in an email from a friend you can't really trust your computer. It might not be your friend. Could be his or any computer got a virus and knew you 2 had exchanged email. And like any virus it wants to spread or spy. And you can't know those pictures are .JPG files. In the windows world you can't trust what your eyes see. And so we find the summer of 2004 upon us and the hackers have dropped a kiloton bomb: You are not really safe even going to trusted web sites.
I'll repeat, you are not safe if you browse the web on windows with IE. You are not safe if you have virus protection. You are not safe even if you only go to trusted web sites. Hackers have learned to attach their bugs to major websites and those bugs can bypass current security. Worry if your start page is suddenly not what you want.
I don't want to spread paranoia but I'd really suggest that you download a non microsoft web browser so that you can surf the internet with more safety. I also suggest you buy or update your Norton or Mcafee virus protection.
Don't believe me? Read the conservative, pro business web sites:
July 2, 2004 or http://tinyurl.com/yvt8a Ass. Press
June 11, 2004 New IE Holes Defy Latest Patches http://tinyurl.com/2dblx
Yes, I'm writing a biased, one sided essay. But if a Microsoft advocate was here they would declare the problem fixed, and this was all old news. They would continue by saying microsoft has changed.
To me this cat and mouse, fixed then broken logic is like saying the USA had a few policy adjustments to make to win the war. The real blame is on those vietcong/hackers/terrorists who won't play by the rules of war invented, then abandoned, by a dominant power. There is no exit strategy because you can't delete windows. Not even in the next 2 years. But you can set yourself free with an embargo on the ways viruses get into your computer. Start by downloading and installing the free alternatives. Use them and in a few weeks you can stop using outlook, explorer, and the windows media player.
Also see the good Tech Soup how to From Dec '03
3 Alternative browsers, topmost as most recommended.
Very small, Quick, xtra secure, installs no extra junk, a bit leading edge,
it imports all your IE bookmarks. Free.
Mozilla has some DNA and roots from Netscape. It is open source and a lot of security geeks have worked on it for a long time. Very Mature and stable. Installs some stuff you may not need so hit the custom button in the installer. Free.
Solid, Some rare websites don't work, some screen space used for advertising unless you pay the $39 bucks to get rid of the advertising
PS: Other than MS Office, I'd say you should not be using Any Microsoft products like Outlook, IE , Entourage (outlook w new name), Hotmail (yes hotmail is the next target), MSN Messenger, or even Windows Media Player. WMV files are movie files that also have embedded visual basic code loved by hackers.
Proper alternatives for all of these Microsoft tools:
- Email: Webmail such as Yahoo.com or excite.com or soon gmail.google.com or use local mail like Eudora or Mozilla
you will have to export your hotmail address book.
- Web Browsers: Firefox, Mozilla, Opera
- Chat: Yahoo Messenger, ICQ
- Media Players: Itunes (5 stars), Real Player ( free or $19 version )
Why has it gotten so bad? Well the same reason science has progressed. Hackers have started to document what they do, they are sharing their documentation and code more openly, and they are developing new tools. At the same time Microsoft is more arrogant, more closed , not honest about their existing security holes and they keep developing more code. I tried to talk security with a friend of a friend, a Microsoft employee who wrote their email programs. He literally asked me to prove my claims were false and then when he found out I had supported a high school for 6 years and could back up what I say he asked me to stop.
And if you let me rant on let me say capitalism is bad but Microsoft is worse, for it is not capitalism, it is abusive and a monopoly of power. One of my favorite movies shows how Goodyear and Ford used Enron style subsidiary companies to buy up trolley lines in major cities. Soon the trolley lines became less frequent and broke down due to lack of maintenance. Arriving to save the day was a new marketing and a new bus with a gasoline engine and rubber tires not constrained by those rails, which were a nuisance anyway. It was the first anti trust lawsuit in the country.
Lucky for us, we don't have to buy back the land and lay down new rail lines to undo a computer monopoly.
yours truly, joe
Taken for a ride, the movie
AP article saying current IE not secure, needs alternative
Great summary of web browsers, not from Microsoft
June 11, 2004 Headline: New IE Holes Defy Latest Patches
Alternative web browsers
Alternative software, listing by CNET Magazine