Vista: now, later or never?

Microsoft has acknowledged that Vista’s biggest competitor is none other than Windows XP. Windows XP is the standard desktop operating system in most residential and business computers. Even after almost half a year, XP still reigns supreme as king of desktop OS. The most common question that comes with Windows Vista is “Do I need to update?”. Vista is “supposedly” more secure than any other desktop oriented Windows OS, but how much secure is it? Even if it’s more secure, do you need the extra security? I believe that if someone can understand some basic internet safety, Windows XP is a good enough platform for desktop computing. There’s also Linux as the alternative solution for the brave souls.

In business environment, where upgrades usually comes in batches, switching to Vista might require a lot of changes. A lot of software may not play nice with Vista (i.e. VPN Client Software, Anti-Virus software, Accounting Software, etc). Vista also might require some hardware upgrades. One should really ask again, what is the ROI by switching to Vista? There are some who take the middle-ground stance and upgrade as necessary. For example, some companies I know of, only get new laptops with Vista, but will not upgrade existing fleet of laptops and desktops to Vista.

My personal recommendation for home user: If you’re upgrading your computer hardware, you might as well get Windows Vista as long as other software that you’re going to use also supports it.

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[REVIEW] Exchange Archive – Mailmeter (I)

Mailmeter by Waterford Technologies is a forensic, archival and policy enforcement tool for Microsoft Exchange Server (5.5 – 2007), Lotus Domino (R6, R7 or higher) and IMail (V8, 2006 or higher). For the purpose of this evaluation, I install the Mailmeter software for Microsoft Exchange 2003 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. I think the software does what I expected and more, but installation was not as breeze as I’d like it to be. On the up side, their technical support team is very helpful in answering my questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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[SOLVED] Exchange Corrupt Database

For those MS Exchange experts out there, don’t laugh at me. It basically started when I was overly excited when we had a new server (dual Quad Core Xeon with 8GB of RAM) finally came to replace our old webserver. I plugged the beast into the power strip and boot it up using the Feisty Fawn live CD. Guess what happens, after loading the GUI, the UPS makes a long beep for about 10 seconds and then the socket trips. Five non-critical servers went down in flames together with Exchange. I re-arranged the power cords and booted everything up. Everything seems fine, except for Exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

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