Verizon Wireless DOWN in NJ

I am hearing from a lot of people that Verizon Wireless is down in NJ. Here in North Jersey I do not have voice or data service. I have not found any news story to link to yet, but Verizon Wireless’ Facebook page is filling up with complaints.

I’ll post more back as I find information.

Having trouble installing from Microsoft Volume Licensing? Check the ISO!

I have been fighting to download a Microsoft Server 2008 R2 ISO from Microsoft for a few days now. To skip all the details, I was not able to use Microsoft’s File Transfer Manager application, so I was stuck with an HTTP download. After multiple failed attempts, I finally got (what I thought to be) a completed ISO downloaded. During the install the server could not find the appropriate RAID driver, which I thought was weird given we were using Dell hardware, so I proceeded to download the Dell System Build and Update Utility which handles the driver install automatically.

Well, that STILL didn’t work, so a quick call to Dell about what I thought to be a driver issue proved to be pretty fruitful. They had told me there were seeing a lot of large ISO downloads being incomplete, and give odd behavior during the setup. I got lucky in that I could not install Windows at all. He said he had recently had someone who had Windows all the way installed, but when they tried to add features or roles, it would fail. Sure enough, the ISO was not complete.

So the moral of the story is this, when you are downloading large multi-GB files, especially from Microsoft, check the file size to be sure you downloaded the whole file. And as an aside, Google Chrome came through for me when Internet Explorer and Firefox were unable to download the file. Not sure if it was just a new day, but I though I’d let you know what eventually did the trick.

Is your phone password protected?

Symantec recently “lost” a bunch of cell phones to see what would happen when they were found. What they found will make you want to password protect your phone right away. Check out the news story here: http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/08/10595092-exclusive-the-lost-cell-phone-project-and-the-dark-things-it-says-about-us

Solid State drive recovery is now possible!

Solid state hard drives or SSD Drives are very fast and assumed to be more reliable than typical hard drives.  Makes sense initially because they have no moving parts.   Unfortunately, due to the requirement of storing the data on multiple chips with parity and moving the data around, corruption can occur.

We have seen several SSD drives just crash in a seemingly UN-recoverable way.

Now we have a solution to recover them!  The memory chips are actually removed from the drive, read, and then data recovered!  It’s an involved and intense process, but we can do it.

So if you forget to back up your SSD drive we can now recover it.  It’s not easy or cheap, but we can do it.

Please contact us if you need help with a SSD recovery.

 

Time for a serious password solution

Its 2012 and even with my clever password algorithms, I’m often overwhelmed with the number of usernames and passwords I have to remember for all of my different devices and accounts. As a result, I’ve made the inevitable compromises that I preach against with customers all the time!  I have a passwords note tucked here and there… ENOUGH!  Its time to take security more seriously, I’m implementing STRONG passwords everywhere and will be storing them with a solid and secure program to help me remember and recall them whenever needed.  Stay tuned for the results of my testing.  KeePass is first on my list.  When I’m finished, I’ll be bugging all of you to do the same, so get ready to get secure.

 

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