10/25/2012

Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement

Like the rest of the world, we at Baroan Technologies have been adjusting to Windows 8 (read our review). One of our techs found this great app from Classic Shell that allows you to add the Windows Start button to Windows 8.


"Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but were later removed. It has a customizable Start menu and Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features."

To download: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/



If you've found any other helpful Windows 8 add-ons, leave us a comment!

10/17/2012

Direct Marketing Spam Email


Today one of our techs received the following spam email that looked legitimate at first. Since we could only find one site referencing this particular scam, we wanted to inform others.

The site we found was http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/meht.us, and the email they received use a slightly differing message and the same return address but a different name and email address:

"I'm looking for the person within your organization that is in charge of direct marketing, and if you don't mind, a phone number and email address I can reach them at.

Can you help me with that?

Regards,

Jay Gilmore
21781 Ventura Blvd #126
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-921-6853
mailto:jay@meht.us"

The email sent to our tech can be seen below:
"Subject: One Quick Question

I was hoping you could tell me who I might contact there regarding direct marketing.

Also, do you have a phone number and/or email address I can reach them at?

Regards,

Fred Lapides
21781 Ventura Blvd #126
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-925-4382

tipta.com
7210 Jordan St #B21 Canoga Park, CA 91303"

There is also a link to "manage subscription" but this could be an attempt to get further information from you, and we would not recommend clicking on it.

If you receive an email like this, it is spam!

UPDATE:
Thanks to everyone for commenting and letting us know some other variations of this spam email:

"I was hoping you could help me with a quick question: Do you know who the head of marketing is and do you have a phone number and/or email address I could reach them?"

and

"Could you please send me contact information for somebody in your sales department.
Phone and email would be very much appreciated."


Best Regards,

Victor Gabriel
21781 Ventura Blvd #126
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-921-6853


Leave a comment if you received a similar email or a variation.

10/11/2012

Windows 8: I'm annoyed!

Well, I’ve read the reviews and blogs. I’ve heard the opinions, the opinions, and the opinions!

Why am I so annoyed? Because after installing and running Windows 8 I found that all the noise it is just that – NOISE!

I had to replace my production laptop, which was still functional but sluggish and a little bruised from being out in the field. I have a new laptop with Windows 7, and despite all the noise about Microsoft Windows 8 I’m taking the plunge.

After upgrading my laptop from Windows 7 to Microsoft Windows 8 Professional, I was presented with the lock screen. I hit the mouse button and was presented with the logon screen. I entered my credentials and logged into the new start page.

Now all this does look different, but come on people!

Review

I think that Windows 8 should be called “Microsoft Windows 7 Redux.” “Microsoft Windows 7 New and Improved.” “Windows 8: ‘Hey I’m not ‘ME’ or ‘Vista.’” Windows 8 is worth it!

As for new features, the Windows 7 Start Menu is now replaced with a Windows 8 customizable Start Page. The Start Page does take work. Why does the Customizable Start Page take work? Because it you have to customize it! You can Add/Remove, Resize, and Group your tiles to your liking. Right Click in open area on the Start Page and bottom and you have the option to see “All Apps.”

Control Panel is still Control Panel. There is still a Desktop where you can create “Shortcuts.” On the Desktop you can still “Pin” Programs to the “Task Bar.” The left side of the screen gives you a peek at Open Areas. Control Tab and Windows Tab allows you to toggle between Open Areas.

Microsoft Windows 8 is totally intuitive. I am working so easily in it that I am not taking any notes. After less than 1 day, I am fully functional and have no need to rely on my original production laptop for backup. Windows 8 feels quicker and easier to maneuver than Windows 7. Like I said, it feels like an improved Windows 7. So that’s something you will have to determine on your own.

Don’t believe the noise!

My New Production Laptop: 

Dell Latitude E5510      ConnectWise
Intel Core i3                  Kaseya
4 GB of Ram                 Sonicwall NetExtender
Microsoft Office 2010

Compatibility 

With Kaseya Live Connect it worked best with Firefox. I use all 3 browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox. I find that each browser has certain websites and devices that it works better with, i.e., I like using Firefox when I am accessing a Sonicwall or Netgear switch directly.

I did have an issue with the Dell Sonicwall NetExtender. My SSL Portal has version 5. You will need version 6 to install it on Windows 8. No question you should verify that applications you use have support for Windows 8 before taking the plunge, but you have options. Stay tuned.

Have you tested out Windows 8 yet? If not, are you planning on it?

(Thanks to our tech, Riley, for posting about his experience.)

10/02/2012

Unable to Login to Website During Remote Session

We recently came across this issue with one of our clients. The client was at a friend's office borrowing a workstation. From this workstation, he used LogMeIn to remotely access his workstation at his own office. From this remote session he attempted to visit his bank’s website. When he tried to go to the website, it reported that he needed their security software, and after that it refused to allow a login.

red lock buttonCause: The bank’s security software not only detected her remote session, but our tech's remote session as well while troubleshooting, and did not allow any logins to the website while all these remote control tools (possible attacks/malware/hacks) were in effect. 

Solution: When the client returned to his own office the next morning and tried to login to the bank site again from the same workstation, just not using a remote session this time, he was able to login.