Archive for: April 2010

McAfee False Positive Brings Down XP Machines

We recently had a computer come into the shop with what appeared to be some pesky malware.  It wouldn’t let you drag icons, the taskbar was minimized and unresponsive, and it kept auto-initiating shutdowns due to DCOM errors and the RPC Service stopping unexpectedly. These services required svchost.exe (along with a hundred other things in Windows) to be usable...

Adventures in VoIP

We recently transitioned to a full VoIP phone system, meaning there are no longer any dedicated phone lines running around our office.  All voice traffic is sent via the network, both internally and externally.  While many of the larger, proprietary systems are out of reach for small businesses, we’ve been experimenting with open source technologies that bring the power...

Neat Install for a Kitchen Computer

Naturally, I have a computer in just about every room of the house.  The one in my kitchen has created quite an eyesore with speaker wires, network cables, wires keyboard and mouse, wired webcam, and power infrastructure, so last weekend it was time to tidy things up a bit. Right now we have the CPU, the mess of wires,...

Lawyer’s Computer Virus Doesn’t Excuse Missed Dismissal Motion

A computer virus is no excuse for missed emails, at least in Federal Court. A federal appeals court has upheld dismissal of a wrongful termination case granted after the plaintiff’s lawyer experienced computer problems and never got e-mail notice of a motion for summary judgment. Lawyer Charles Everage of Charlotte, N.C., said his computer was afflicted by a malware...
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