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.

 

Digital Solutions from the Right Team!

How are you driving your business ahead with digital?  Corner Edge provides digital innovation in application and web development. Dynamic media rich content delivered though advanced solutions. Custom developed tools that precisely fit specific business needs while also being flexible and expandable. Unique design and marketing services for all media outlets, print, web and social solutions. Multi platform Design and Development for desktop and mobile devices. Responsive support team on the cutting edge of IT to keep you up and running efficiently. Make Corner Edge your technology partner.

Don’t just post pictures of your products, 3D anmimate them!

When a picture is worth a thousand words how many is a animation worth? In this case 120,000. That’s because this short 4 second animation is composed of about 120 frames, each worth a thousand words. If your product has multiple parts or moving pieces still photography may not be doing it justice. A simple 3D animation can go a long way to help showcase your product in it’s best light. Though 3D models can be expensive to develop they can pay for themselves many times over. Once a model has been created it can be endlessly repurposed at different angles in different scenes and in different colors. Present your technical equipment in an animated exploded view to highlight the details of it’s inner workings. Show how much fun your toy trucks can be in the dirt. Use a mechanism of action 3D animation to help your patients and physicians better understand the effects of your pharmaceuticals. Corner Edge Solutions can provide you with all this and more.

Adobe’s Promising New Animation Tool

Last month Adobe launched a long awaited preview of its new standards based animation tool branded Adobe Edge, it’s like Flash for HTML. Edge promises to make animating web content easier for designers who are not that code savvy. Because its output is standards based and uses web kit, HTML5 and CSS3 it doesn’t require a plugin so animations will run in any modern browser including Safari on iOS devices like the iPad. I have finally found time to play with the app and am pleased so far with its simplicity. I’m not much at programming or hand coding so this kind of tool is great for me. The timeline interface is easy to use and understand and the properties panel makes tweaking and experimentation efficient. One of my favorite features is that you can open an existing html file in edge and start animating its elements. Pretty much any property can be animated, size, position, color transparency etc. What you will not find in this preview are complex drawing tools, support for creating CSS3 gradations or shadows or the ability to add interactivity but you can add those features to your elements before or after you animate in Edge. The program does not alter your existing html code much either other than adding some Javascript and CSS  include files to the head to manage the animations. Although it’s a limited preview this is already a handy tool for me and I look forward to a more robust release. Here’s an example of a page built in Dreamweaver and animated with Edge with minimal effort. http://design.corneredge.com/

Hurricane Preparations

The Corneredge team is busy providing detailed property reports for our Rennroc customers and disaster recovery partners in preparation for the hurricane.  Have you been flooded by a hurricane?  Are your IT systems in order?  Do you know your exposure and risk?  Contact us ASAP if you’d like us to help you prepare more.

Here is a cropped screen showing how we can analyze the locations quickly:

Rennroc NAT-CAT module view