Saturday, November 27, 2010

Download Office 2010 training - Excel - Microsoft Office

Download Office 2010 training - Excel - Microsoft Office: "Download Office 2010 training
Applies to: Microsoft Access 2010, Excel 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Word 2010"

Friday, November 26, 2010

DiskMax - Disk Cleanup tool

DiskMax * Disk Cleanup and Windows Performance Optimization - Software - Koshy John: "DiskMax is a powerful disk cleanup and Windows performance optimization application. Download and run it just once - the difference will be instantly noticeable. Your system will be peppier, applications will launch faster, files will open quicker, games will run better, and you will be much happier for it. Running DiskMax from time to time is recommended to keep your system in shape."

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Monday, November 22, 2010

The six immutable laws for troubleshooting IT

By Paul Venezia

1. Never modify the interface on a server or network device you're currently connected to
While this may sound like a no-brainer, it's amazing how often someone modifies the properties of the network interface they're using to communicate with the device, a practice that has a high failure rate. At times, it may be the only option, but if there's a way to eliminate this potential pitfall, do it. Configure a secondary IP on an interface if you have to -- connect through another device or subnet, serial console, KVM, whatever. This is especially true if the device is in a remote office without on-site IT staff.

Occasionally, when I'm feeling relatively lazy, I'll write a script to change the IP on a Linux box, do a ping test, and revert the change if something goes wrong. But that's cheating, sort of.

2. Always have a way to get back to where you started
Whenever possible, provide a way to get back to the original problem, whether that means imaging a failing disk before working on it, backing up an entire directory structure in case there are files you aren't aware of that you'll need later, or simply pulling one disk of a RAID1 array on a physical server before you mess with a borked operating system. Naturally, this comes easier in virtual machine environments where you can simply take a snapshot.

3. Document, document, document
Of all these rules, this one may be the least followed. To be sure, documenting a problem and a resolution when you're in the middle of a chaotic situation may not be practical. That said, always hold a postmortem on the problem when the dust settles and go over the steps taken and the path to the solution. Write it down. Keep it safe somewhere, preferably on a wiki hosted on your intranet -- and backed up to several other places.

4. There's no magic in IT, but there is luck
As Thomas Jefferson said, "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." The same is true in IT. The more time you spend researching aspects of your infrastructure, noting certain operating conditions of routers, switches, servers, and whatnot, the more in tune with your infrastructure you become. That homework allows you to sniff out problems in their very early stages and to move far quicker when the game's afoot. Also, there are plenty of ways to manufacture luck in IT. For example, use tools that automate network device configuration backups; that way, when a switch loses its mind, you can have it back up in minutes, not hours.

5. Make a backup of every configuration file before you modify it
This rule tends to apply only to Unix servers and network devices where configuration files exist for nearly all aspects of the device configuration. Before you go mucking around with sensitive configurations, save a copy to flash on a switch and maybe one to a TFTP host. On Unix systems, simply cp something.conf to something.conf.orig.

In a pinch, reverting to prior known-good status is as simple as copying the file back and restarting the service. This generally isn't possible on Windows, due to the registry and Windows' proclivity to complicate simple concepts. Even so, you can sometimes export a portion of the registry before messing with it so that it can be reapplied if all hell breaks loose. Note: As with all matters regarding the Windows registry, you take the life of the server in your hands when you make changes.

6. Monitor, monitor, monitor
An ounce of prevention is worth a month of work weekends. You should monitor every aspect of your data center, beginning with the temperatures of the room, the racks, and the servers -- plus, server process checks, uptime checks, ad infinitum. You should also implement centralized syslogging of all network devices, as well as set up trending and graphing tools to monitor bandwidth utilization, temperatures, disk partition use, and other datapoints. All of these monitors should alert you by any means necessary when they exceed reasonable thresholds.

When a database gets corrupted because a partition filled up, an email or SMS an hour before would have saved untold hours of work and downtime. There's no reason to put off monitoring your data center to the hilt.

The six immutable laws for troubleshooting IT

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Audio Books Online

Free Audio Books Online: "This is a listing of 64 sites that legally offer free audio books, either for online listening or for download."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

AM-DeadLink - Software to detect dead links in browser bookmarks and HTML files. Download FavIcons.

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

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AM-DeadLink - Software to detect dead links in browser bookmarks and HTML files. Download FavIcons.

Antimatter Breakthrough Could Lead to Starships, Says Scientist | News & Opinion |

While scientists have been able to create particles of antimatter for decades, they had previously only been able to produce a few particles that would almost instantly destroy themselves.

"This is the first major step in a long journey," Michio Kaku, physicist and author of Physics of the Impossible, told PCMag. "Eventually, we may go to the stars."

Antimatter Breakthrough Could Lead to Starships, Says Scientist | News & Opinion |

Alternative to standard event viewer

MyEventViewer is a simple alternative to the standard event viewer of Windows. As oppose to Windows event viewer, MyEventViewer allows you to watch multiple event logs in one list, as well as the event description and data are displayed in the main window, instead of opening a new one. Also, with MyEventViewer you can easily select multiple event items and then save them to HTML/Text/XML file, or copy them to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) and then paste them into Excel.

Alternative to standard event viewer of Windows

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Remove older versions of Java from my system?

Should I remove older versions of Java?
We highly recommend users remove all older versions of Java from your system.
Keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk.
Removing older versions of Java from your system ensures that Java applications will run with the most up-to-date security and performance improvements on your system.

Why should I remove older versions of Java from my system?