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Blog – impaxsys http://impaxsys.com technical support and web development Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:19:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 127524428 This holiday telecommute to work http://impaxsys.com/blog/telecommuting/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/telecommuting/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:19:12 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=216 Are you able to work from home and/or while away from the office? Unless you are in retail, I think the Christmas Holiday is the best time to implement intra-office business continuity practice testing and as an IT consultant I will bring up the subject of telecommuting when rounding out any BCP-DR consulting session. I will always mention that people should be prepared to work outside or away from the office because weather events will happen.]]>
Are you able to work from home and/or while away from the office? Unless you are in retail, I think the Christmas Holiday is the best time to implement intra-office business continuity practice testing and as an IT consultant I will bring up the subject of telecommuting when rounding out any BCP-DR consulting session. I will always mention that people should be prepared to work outside or away from the office because weather events will happen.

This Christmas ask your boss to Work from Home for a day or two! (link)

Ask and Answer these questions:

If a weather event prevents you or your staff from getting to work this winter:

Can your staff still communicate and conduct business online? via E-mail? Company telephone systems?

Can your office phones be forwarded or re-routed to different locations?
Can you access your telephone systems reprogramming capabilities outside of the office?
Can you reprogram your phones, e-mail and integrated mobile communications systems when your office has been knocked offline? BES servers? Firewalls? LAN applications and servers?

Can you do all the above for an extended period of time?

First things first, and why I think the Christmas Holiday Season (now) is a great time to test and implement your BCP plans.

Ask your boss, your team or your staff if you can test telecommuting from home this holiday season!  And do no stop there, be really productive to show  that this works for everyone.

As a longtime development manager, I have always been a big fan of telecommuting whenever appropriate.  You can get so much more from your staff when they’re comfortable and happy.

Ask your boss today, it is Friday and Merry Computing from Impaxsys

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Google 2010 Year-in-Review http://impaxsys.com/blog/2010-pop-culture/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/2010-pop-culture/#respond Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:41:21 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=213

Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched

Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year, Zeitgeist captures the spirit of 2010. ]]>

Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched

Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year, Zeitgeist captures the spirit of 2010. Google Link to Zeitgeist: http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2010/#utm_source=HA

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Free advertising for non-profits http://impaxsys.com/blog/google-grants/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/google-grants/#respond Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:39:48 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=203 Google Offers: In-kind advertising for non-profit organizations Google Grants Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. ]]> Google Offers: In-kind advertising for non-profit organizations
Google Grants

Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations.

Grantee Resources
The Google Grants program empowers non-profit organizations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Google AdWords ads appear when users search on Google and when you click on one of the ads, you are brought to the website being advertised.

What is Google Grants?

Launched in 2003, Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations around the globe. The program is available in the United States and these areas.

The program helps non-profits use AdWords to reach people who are searching Google.com for information relevant to their organization. Keyword-targeted text ads — labeled “Sponsored Links” — appear alongside or above Google search results. Clicking on an ad takes the searcher to the organization’s website.

(Visit the Google search results page for the query world poverty to see Google AdWords sponsored links.)

How does the program work?

Google Grants ads are run through AdWords, the online, self-service program used by paying Google advertisers. Participating grantees build their own accounts, create ad campaigns and are responsible for their account’s ongoing management.

To help participants run successful campaigns, the Google Grants Help Center features user guides, tutorials and other resources created specifically for grantees as well as a Google Grants Help Forum for discussion about managing your Google Grant.

What is the value of a Google Grant award?

Google Grants AdWords accounts have a daily budget set to $329 dollars, which is equivalent to about $10,000 per month of advertising on Google.com. However, this is dependent on many variables including how many times people search on the keywords you choose and whether searchers click on your organization’s ads. As a result, google cannot predict or guarantee the total value of the advertising that you will receive.

Google requires organizations in the Google Grants program to be actively engaged in their AdWords account.

Read more testimonials and grantee advice for using AdWords effectively.

What does my organization need to get started?

To qualify, your organization must meet eligibility requirements. It’s also important that you have a solid understanding of the way the AdWords program works; “What is Google Grants?”, before you apply.

Where you canfind additional information about Google Grants?

Apply today by completing our online application form.

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POLITICO for iPad; Free App http://impaxsys.com/blog/politico-for-ipad/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/politico-for-ipad/#respond Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:11:59 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=207 POLITICO for iPad

Description

Download the POLITICO iPad app today to get your politics fix. The clean, easy-to-navigate layout is ideal for staying up to date when you’re on the go. POLITICO serves as the one-stop shop for the fastest, most in-depth coverage of the president, Congress and the 2012 presidential race. POLITICO’s journalists break news and drive conversation about the White House, Capitol Hill and Washington lobbying, plus the intersection of politics with Wall Street, media and personalities. POLITICO launched in January 2007 with the mission of covering politics with enterprise, style and impact.]]>

POLITICO for iPad

Description

Download the POLITICO iPad app today to get your politics fix. The clean, easy-to-navigate layout is ideal for staying up to date when you’re on the go. POLITICO serves as the one-stop shop for the fastest, most in-depth coverage of the president, Congress and the 2012 presidential race. POLITICO’s journalists break news and drive conversation about the White House, Capitol Hill and Washington lobbying, plus the intersection of politics with Wall Street, media and personalities. POLITICO launched in January 2007 with the mission of covering politics with enterprise, style and impact.

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AdWords: Spend $100 get $100 http://impaxsys.com/blog/adwords-spend-100-get-100/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/adwords-spend-100-get-100/#respond Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:45:53 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=204 Google Holiday promotion If you spend $100 on google AdWords Web advertising, google will give $100 in more advertising allowance. ]]> Google Holiday promotion

If you spend $100 on google AdWords Web advertising, google will give $100 in more advertising allowance.

Google will match the first $100 of your investment in AdWords if you sign up before December 31, 2010.  Technically Google is giving you $100 free.

AdWords Holiday Promotion

Spend $100, Get $100 Free The Big Small Business Plan!
Why Advertise on GoogleHow It WorksHow to Reach More Customers

www.google.com/ads/holiday
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Gawker: change your password(s) http://impaxsys.com/blog/gawker-change-your-passwords/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/gawker-change-your-passwords/#respond Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:59:18 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=198 While I've been following some news about how badly gawker’s web systems + user database(s) were compromised, and made public through open torrents; I have been wondering how many of my staff e-mail accounts/profiles were on the list? Believe it or not I feel a little compromised too... my profile information was (I can expect) on the list, and apparently (1,237,900+) other profiles too. I fear the fall-out from this one incident could be for years to come. I will not even document what a bad person could do with this data. ]]>
While I’ve been following some news about how badly gawker’s web systems + user database(s) were compromised, and made public through open torrents; I have been wondering how many of my staff e-mail accounts/profiles were on the list?

Believe it or not I feel a little compromised too… my profile information was (I can expect) on the list, and apparently (1,237,900+) other profiles too. I fear the fall-out from this one incident could be for years to come. I will not even document what a bad person could do with this data.

FAQ: Compromised Commenting Accounts on Gawker Media: link here http://lifehacker.com/5712785/

We recommend that you change your passwords now, if you even remotely suspect you had commented or have ever become a member of a gawker web space {listed just below}.

Are you on the list?

A simple tool called Gawker Check, created by Jed Smith, provides the easiest way to check if your email address is on the Gawker hacker list. Smith created the tool so you can check your details without providing additional information or having other users steal data.

How To Check If Your Data Was Compromised

You will need to compute a SHA-256 (SHA-2, 256 bits, no salt) of your Gawker username or your e-mail address. They must be lowercase.

If you do not have the ability to do this yourself or have no idea what this means, you can compute it here (don’t put any spaces or anything in the box, just your username or e-mail address).

Hash your username. Take the first two letters of the hash and click the link below that matches. Use your browser’s find utility (usually Ctrl+F or Command+F) and search for the entire hash. If it’s there, that username is in the leaked data. Repeat this entire process for your e-mail address, too.

For example: fred@example.com = 2f72cd84e238657abb6d180e44c685dc3ecdcdc80d025cdae0c6bf5abceed46c, so Fred would click 2F below and search there.

Remember: Your username is not your display name.

My hash starts with…

00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F 2021 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 2A 2B 2C 2D 2E 2F 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3F 40 4142 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 4A 4B 4C 4D 4E 4F 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 5A 5B 5C 5D 5E 5F 60 61 6263 64 65 66 67 68 69 6A 6B 6C 6D 6E 6F 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 7A 7B 7C 7D 7E 7F 80 81 82 8384 85 86 87 88 89 8A 8B 8C 8D 8E 8F 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 9A 9B 9C 9D 9E 9F A0 A1 A2 A3 A4A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 AA AB AC AD AE AF B0 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 BA BB BC BD BE BF C0 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5C6 C7 C8 C9 CA CB CC CD CE CF D0 D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 DA DB DC DD DE DF E0 E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6E7 E8 E9 EA EB EC ED EE EF F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 FA FB FC FD FE FF

If you find a match, you are listed in Gawker’s leaked data and your accounts are at risk. Change your passwords if you haven’t already.

Why Was This Tool Created?

Gawker Check was built after its creator Jed Smith was concerned that his email was made publicly available from the attacks on Gawker. He immediately obtained the torrent to check if his e-mail was included and was surprised at the sheer size of the breach and the people that could be affected by it.

The site was automated entirely by hand, Smith parsed the database and wrote the text files containing hashes from an interactive Python session. It took about one hour to build.

List of Gawker Media weblogs

Current

Licensed Australian weblogs

  • Defamer Australia – Australian and Hollywood gossip
  • Gizmodo Australia – Gadgets and technology
  • Kotaku Australia – Games and gaming industry coverage
  • Lifehacker Australia – Tips, tricks, tutorials, hacks, downloads and guides

Weblogs formerly owned by Gawker

Defunct Gawker weblogs

  • Oddjack – Gambling (Still in operation as of 12 Feb 2009)
  • Screenhead – Movies (Still in operation as of 12 Feb 2009)
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iPad iOS 4.2 update http://impaxsys.com/blog/ipad-ios-4-update/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/ipad-ios-4-update/#respond Sun, 12 Dec 2010 16:21:43 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=193 Apple's proclaiming the new iOS let's us set up and use folders and multitask with the new iOS 4.2 update. Spot on Apple, Well done. Per Engadget the iPad's 265MB of RAM defficientcy vs. the modern's iPhone's 512MB of RAM is not a factor...fortunately.]]> So far so good and some would say we’re late in upgrading but we’ve been busy. Quite honestly I have not been using the iPad much lately but wow, the iPad 4.2 update is awesome — so far as I can tell.

Engadget Review: http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/22/ios-4-2-review-for-ipad/

Apple’s proclaiming the new iOS let’s us set up and use folders and multitask with the new iOS 4.2 update. Spot on Apple, Well done. Per Engadget the iPad’s 265MB of RAM defficientcy vs. the modern’s iPhone’s 512MB of RAM is not a factor…fortunately. AirPrint Feature

Printing on tap.

AirPrint on iPad makes it really easy to print your email, and documents. There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. With just a few taps on your iPad, you can go from viewing something onscreen to holding a printed copy. And because all the printing takes place in the background, there’s no waiting around while it prints. Instead, you can start printing and then go back to flicking through photos, surfing the web, or doing whatever you were doing before. Caveat you need a new(er) HP AirPrint compatible printer or Apple’s new OS and Printersharing enabled Apple AirPrint for HP printers demo + HP’s ePrint enabled printers and Apple’s AirPrint

Frequently asked questions about ePrint enabled printers and Apple’s AirPrint

1.

Tell me about Apple’s AirPrint and HP printers.

AirPrint will enable iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers using iOS 4.2 to print wirelessly from select apps – no set up or downloads required. Customers will be able to automatically find a printer on their wireless network and print to it. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support AirPrint from iOS 4.2 devices, making it easy for customers to print anytime, anywhere.
2.

When will AirPrint be available and how do I get it?

AirPrint for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available now as a free software update with iOS 4.2.
3.

Which HP printers work with Apple’s Airprint?

» All HP ePrint enabled printers will work with this solution worldwide (397 KB, PDF)
4.

HP now enables printing from mobile devices three ways:

1. AirPrint, print functionality embedded natively into an operating system that connects with HP ePrint enabled printers;
2. HP mobile apps and drivers that provide print functionality where an embedded solution is not available; and
3. HP ePrint, a cloud-based solution that enables printing from any mobile device from anywhere in the world through the simplicity of email.
5.

What is the difference between Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s ePrint?

Apple’s AirPrint allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers to print wirelessly to a local printer on their wireless network through an embedded OS print function. HP ePrint allows for printing from anywhere in the world from any mobile device to an HP ePrint enabled printer using the HP cloud – that means the customer can attach a file or document to an email and send it to the printer’s individual email address. Both solutions remove the need for drivers or software downloads.

Airplay All the great media on your iPad — your music, photos, and video — can now stream wirelessly to your HDTV and speakers via the new Apple TV.* That’s perfect when you want to blast some tunes, have a movie night, show off some photos, or share a laugh over the latest surfing pet sensation on YouTube. Just make sure your iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV, and the AirPlay icon automatically appears. Then, if you’re in the middle of an epic action scene that could use a little more screen, just tap and it appears on your TV in a matter of seconds. Link: http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/airplay.html

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Apple iPad Keyboard Dock http://impaxsys.com/blog/ipad-keyboard-dock/ http://impaxsys.com/blog/ipad-keyboard-dock/#respond Sun, 05 Dec 2010 18:52:53 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?post_type=blogpost&p=152 ]]> I was given the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock for my birthday yet I have not found a way to use it consistently while my iPad has its protective sleeve on (
Apple iPad Case).

Apple’s Product Description
The iPad Keyboard Dock combines a dock for charging your iPad with a full-size keyboard, which includes special keys that activate iPad features. The dock has a rear 30-pin connector, which lets you connect to an electrical outlet using the USB Power Adapter, sync to your computer, and use accessories like the iPad Camera Connection Kit. An audio jack lets you connect to a stereo or powered speakers (audio cable sold separately).

I am looking forward to – for the new iOS for iPad and also how it may take better advantage of the keyboard and new functions!?!

Link: Apple iPad Keyboard Dock

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Welcome to Impaxsys online support http://impaxsys.com/blog/welcome/ Sat, 07 Aug 2010 22:40:41 +0000 http://impaxsys.com/?p=1 Impaxsys is an Information Technology (IT) Management and Computer Support Company with experience developing, integrating, and servicing desktop clients, server applications, and hardware into heterogeneous and demanding: corporate, editorial, Federal, emergency support, legal and research science computing environments.]]> Welcome to the impaxsys support site experience.

Impaxsys is an Information Technology (IT) Management  and Computer Support Company with experience developing, integrating, and servicing desktop clients, server applications, and hardware into heterogeneous and demanding: corporate, editorial, Federal, emergency support, legal and research science computing environments.

  • Proven abilities to automate, develop, document, image, remotely support, and maintain top-quality legal and accounting applications, advanced publishing systems, and servers, and the best practices for optimally secured enterprise use and uptime.
  • Self-motivated staff that adapt easily to spontaneous environments with demonstrated respect and abilities to thrive under pressure.
  • Committed collaborators, staff and team leader consistently achieve the highest performance appraisal ratings.

We will be your next Information Systems Support Company, if you try us out…

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