Apple has no plans for USB 3 anytime soon

October 31st, 2010 at 12:37 PM  3 Comments

Given the fact that Apple is still putting 3+ year old processor technology in their newest notebooks it should come as no surprise to anyone that they have no plans to incorporate USB 3 support into their products at this time.

In one of his famous email replies, Steve Jobs had this to say about it:

We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.

Catch 22, they don’t see it taking off, yet they’re not doing anything to help it along.

While it leaves the door open for future implementation, it does seem to put some blame on Intel. It’s true, that Intel doesn’t support USB 3 in their native chipsets. However, it should be pointed out that their friends over at AMD… do.

via 9to5mac

Exchange 2010 deployment assistant published

January 15th, 2010 at 6:12 PM  3 Comments

Looking to upgrade your infrastructure to Exchange 2010, then Microsoft has a tool to help make the process a little smoother. They’ve published an updated version of their Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant, which now supports migration paths from Exchange 2007 as well as help with new 2010 installs. Previously, the assistant would only advise users of Exchange 2003.

The Deployment Assistant allows administrators to create Exchange 2010 deployment instructions that are customized to their environment. The Deployment Assistant asks a small set of questions, and based on your answers, it provides a set of instructions that are designed to get you up and running on Exchange 2010. Instead of reading dozens of topics in the Exchange 2010 library, you simply answer a few questions, and the Deployment Assistant gives you customized content to install Exchange 2010.

The assistant is strictly web based, and does not require you to run anything on your systems. It does require you to have intimate knowledge of your Exchange environment for the results to be very helpful. You can find it over at Technet.

Catchalls, On Behalf of and Google Apps

December 8th, 2009 at 9:22 AM  No Comments
As most of you know for quite some time I have been looking for a way to consolidate multiple email accounts in one nice interface.  I run a small business and have many email accounts that go directly to me.  It would be nice if I were able to log into one web based email service and be able to read/respond the emails from these accounts in one centralized location.  Every service I tried there was a downfall of some kind.  I really liked Google’s email solutions but they had one draw back; the on behalf of annoyance that has bugged many Google mail users since they started to allow users to send email from a different email address.

I got an early Christmas present in July when someone pointed me to this blog post on Google Apps blog.  FINALLY they have setup a work around for the “on behalf of” problem.  I immediately started to go through in my head how this was all going to work.  I did a Google Search on setting up Google Apps to see what other users were doing and I found an article about a completely different approach to managing emails.  Users are setting up a domain on Google Apps and setting their main email as the catchall for the domain.  Brilliant!  Now, when I sign up on a website I use and can have my filters automatically tag the emails coming in.  Also, if the website sells my information or gets hacked and I start getting spam I can blackhole the email account and decrease the amount of spam I receive on a daily basis to almost nothing.

Catchalls have been around for sometime and I am surprised over time other users haven’t figured out the benefits of using a catchall email account with a domain like I have setup in this situation.  This is a great setup for any user or a small business who wants to look like more than a one man shop.