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Working on the road February 24, 2009

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I recently had to bring my car in for some well overdue service. In the past, one would find themselves in that dreaded waiting room consisting of a TV stuck on one channel and no volume, a table filled with outdated magazines that you don’t have any interest in anyway,  and a coffee pot that hasn’t been washed since Reagan left office. 

Fortunately things were completely different for me at Morristown Mini. Their waiting room has work desks, and most importantly a secure wifi connection!! OK, so it’s not the fastest connection, and there could be more outlets, but although I was there for over 6 hours, I was able to finish an eZine article, write a blog article, catch up on some research for an upcoming project and even get some networking done! In addition, comfortable cushion chairs & the flatscreen TV on the wall were there if I wanted to watch almost anything I wanted. Although they will be moving to a new location soon, it was a very pleasant & productive experience for me. I can’t wait to see what the new place is like! Good luck Mike, Fred & Vinny.

So what does one need to be productive on the road? It really depends on what you do, but in my case the most important item was an internet connection (wifi). My macbook pro has a built in wireless network card, as do most computers sold today. The dealer gives you a temporary login & password, good for 24 hours. To connect, you choose the appropriate wifi carrier (MINI-Wifi) and simply open your browser. It will reroute you from your default home page to a greeting page provided by the carrier. From there, you enter the assigned login & password you were assigned. Within a click of your mouse, you’re connected to the internet, just as you would be from your home or office and can be just as productive.


Take virus warnings serious! February 8, 2009

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Back on January 22nd I blogged about the downadup virus. I came across another article from www.telegraph.co.uk that really caught my attention and made me wonder how many OTHER situations went unpublished?

Take the virus warnings serious folks, especially all of you with fighter planes!

French fighter planes grounded by computer virus: French fighter planes were unable to take off after military computers were infected by a computer virus, an intelligence magazine claims. The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months beforehand.

At one point French naval staff were also instructed not to even open their computers.

Microsoft had warned that the “Conficker” virus, transmitted through Windows, was attacking computer systems in October last year, but according to reports the French military ignored the warning and failed to install the necessary security measures.

The French newspaper Ouest France said the virus had hit the internal computer network at the French Navy.

Thank you to http://www.telegraph.co.uk for the story.

Microsoft Smartphone?? February 6, 2009

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