Securing a small office network.

Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Many small business networks are horrendously insecure. One insecure component can devastate your business

The following is a basic list of things that you should do to secure your network.

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A handy page of fixes for things such as XP menu items showing a .lnk ‘extension’ and not working

Last Updated on January 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I was in the process of fixing an old XP box that had so many viruses it was buggier than a 10 dollar a night hotel room.

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Silly cPanel Warning after installing an SSL certificate on a domain without a dedicated IP

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I installed an SSL certificate on a domain that does not have a fixed IP. It warned that Microsoft IE on Windows XP will give a false security warning.. REALLY??  This is 2018. Is anyone using XP? 

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Dell offering XP again

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

It appears that Dell is once again offering XP to purchasers of new Dell Systems.

The problems with Vista are

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Found a potential huge disk space hog… Windows CD writer

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I was working with a client’s machine the other day trying to free up some disk space. They had less than 1 gig left and the machine was getting a little quirky. The amount of space used just didn’t make sense.

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Vista Home Premium and a Photosmart A512 printer shared on XP

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I just got a laptop primarily for the road that runs on Vista Home Premium. I was setting up the printers from the home office and ran into a nightmare with an HP Photosmart A512 printer that was shared off an XP Home machine.

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Vista Home Premium and USB Hubs

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Vista continues to offer nasty surprises.

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Vista, Norton and Total Appraisal

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

We are still advising most of our business clients to try to purchase new machines with XP Pro instead of Vista. We were just referred to a new client who had been going through a nightmare trying to network 3 machines running Wintotal’s Aurora Appraisal Software. They had been hit by lightning and had to purchase new machines. They went with Vista Home Premium.

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Western Digital Hard drive stops sharing on an XP Pro Network

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

One of our clients is trying to go paperless. They have a nice scanner and were saving files to a Western Digital USB hard drive attached to one of the office computers. The drive was shared at the root level (Don’t yell at me, that is the way it was when we started with them)

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PCHelpware – Remote Support

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

PCHelpware is a subset of UVNC. It is an open source solution for allowing remote access and support.

CAUTION – Whenever you allow remote support, there is always a possibility of things getting hacked. Use at your own risk and be careful.

PC Helpware allows you to build a simple server app that clients can download. You use a viewer to establish the connection.

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