One product that seems perpetually locked to the world of desktop software is that of the Accounting Package. Sure, there are CRM applications like Salesforce that have made the “Cloud” more viable for that market. But, in the small to mid-sized business market – the dominant tools for accounting still remain desktop versions of Simply Accounting, Quickbooks or BusinessVision. Intuit is looking to change all that with a new product seemingly targeted to Canadian Businesses that the desktop version of Quickbooks might handle. With a 30-day trial of the product, I decided to take a look at the product and see how well it works.
It’s no secret that I’m generally a fan of Dell’s servers. They make pretty reliable rack mount servers for just about any size of business. When I was able to get my hands on a Dell PowerEdge R210 II Server with Windows 2008 R2 pre-installed, I was looking forward to relaying my thoughts about this one. After ordering, this server took about a week to arrive.
Aimed firmly at lower end shops, the Dell PowerEdge R410 1U Rackmount server is the sort of server that comes with a pretty good set of options. I had previously seen a higher end model server, so this was a chance for me to check out one that was configured for a little over $1,500 CDN.
The Android operating system is everywhere. Android is popping up on so many different devices that it’s only natural to see it on eReaders too. In this case, the $199 (cdn) Kobo Vox sold here in Canada by Chapters and Indigo stores. This eReader is the new color model that complements two other black and white devices. Full current specs of this device can be found here. The Kobo itself is a 7-inch fringe field switching (FFS+) LCD screen and android 2.3.3 with WiFi b/g/n access for access to the Indigo eBooks library. What did I think of this device after checking it out? Read on for my impressions.
It has to be the most annoying and difficult task any admin (or otherwise) needs to perform. The task of viewing and gleaning information from log files. I’ll look at the two more common types of log files that Windows users often have to look into: IIS and Event Viewer logs. How to get the data you need out of them, and how to analyze the information in them with tools that are freely available. Once you have the data, how to get it out (via email). You may choose to use commercial utilities such as Sawmill – but you might be surprised at how much can be done for free!