Is your Media Center system not recording shows properly?

Even if your PC running Microsoft Media Center Edition was fully patched for the daylight savings time change, there is a problem effecting many people where shows that were scheduled to be recorded did not correctly change their record start and stop times.
 
Thus many people, including myself, have had shows missed.  I’m quite cheesed that I missed the latest Battlestar Galactica!
 
The fix, as discovered by someone over the www.thegreenbutton.com is to go into your channel configuration, deselect all but one channel (that you’ve never recorded anything from), click save, wait for the CPU to go back to idle, then go back into the channel configuration, reselect all the channels (or at least those that you watch), and save again.
 
At that point, all times for all recordings should be fixed.
 
Good luck!

Great short video – Shift Happens

I picked this up off of Joe Healy’s business blog.
 
What a great video!  Everyone should watch it.  For those of us who have been around for a while, it just drives home that what we’ve seen so far is nothing compared to what’s coming! 
 
My first home computer had 4k of memory – notepad.exe in Windows Vista takes around 150k. 
 
The first terminal I used had a 300 (30 characters / sec) baud modem. My current broadband connection is 800,000 characters / sec.
 
The first floppy disc I messed with was 8" across.  The first one I owned was a 5.25" single sided floppy that stored 160k and it cost several hundred dollars, in the early 1980’s.  Hard drives will reach roughly one terabyte this year (something like 6 million times as big).  For $500.
 
The first LCD monitor I bought was 16" and cost well over $1000.  Today I run a 24" that cost under $700.  And that’s in just 5 years.
 
Imagine where the next 10, 20 and 30 years will take us!

Problem with your Windows phone and DST?

As everyone nows, the dates that daylight savings time changes have changed.
 
Cingular, who is my carrier, sent me a sms text message about the fix needed for my 8125 phone.  I installed the update last week with no problem on both of our 8125’s.
 
This morning, while all of our PC’s and servers reflected the correct time, our Cingular phones did not.  After some research it turns out that the patch didn’t quite work properly.  The way to get your phone working properly again is simple though (all of these steps are on your phone, not your PC):
Click on the Start menu
Click on Settings
Click on the System tab
Click on Clock and Alarms
Change the timezone to a timezone that is at least an hour different from the one you’re in now.
Accept the prompt for changing the timezone
Go back into the Clock and Alarms option
Change the timezone back to your real timezone
Accept the prompt for changing the timezone
Wait a few moments and you should see the time correct itself.
 
Make sure that you’ve applied the patch before you do this.
 
Good luck!

Ever install Microsoft Office with the wrong key?

This evening I had to get a copy of Infopath 2007 on a notebook to run a toolkit that MS provides.
 
Unfortunately I used a key that had been used before, and activation was rejected.  It was a simple mistake, and it turns out, easily corrected.
 
Rather than uninstalling and reinstalling using the proper key, just go to this article and delete a couple of registry keys.  The next time you run an Office program, you’ll be prompted again for a product key.  Simple and fast!

Getting MS CRM updated for daylight savings time changes

This could be quite a project. 
 
If you run a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system, you must go to this page to review and begin working on updating your systems to handle the changes to the daylight savings time laws.  Even if you are in a state that doesn’t follow the DST changes, you still need to update all of your systems to handle them, as there is a chance that you could travel to a place that does follow them, and then you’re up a creek!  It should also be noted that some users in Mexico who might have set their timezones to one in the United States will need to change theirs to one in Mexico.
 
The good news is that Windows systems that are being updated either through Microsoft’s automatic updates or an internal corporate update server (using either Small Business Server R2 or Windows Software Update Services) will have at least some of the patches in place.  But the CRM patches themselves won’t be automatically put into place, so you must take the time to handle this in the next five days.
 
Happy updating!

Updating SBS 2003 for Vista

While many businesses are not planning on upgrading to Microsoft Windows Vista right away, there are certain circumstances where a smaller business may be "forced" to move more quickly than they might normally choose.
 
In our case, our business, TLA Technologies, Inc. needs to make sure that we’re ahead of our customer’s needs.  So I upgraded my desktop computer to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition a few weeks ago.
 
I decided a little while ago to update Small Business Server 2003 (SBS) to include all Vista compatiblity updates.
 
These can be found here.
 
Basically, you have to install three (possibly four) updates. 
 
The first one makes joining a SBS domain and logging into an SBS domain work seamlessley.  Without this update, you are unable to use the ConnectComputer page, and if you connect the client computer "manually" to the domain (which works fine), you’ll get an error upon logging in regarding a program the runs during login not being compatible with Vista.  After applying the update, the login is smooth.  Also, this update is supposed to allow the Remote "Connect to my computer at work" option to work properly for Vista systems (however, currently I’m having a problem with this still not working).  This update takes only a few minutes to install, and does not appear to require a reboot.
 
The second update fixes Exchange Outlook Web Access so that it works on Vista.  Without this, you’ll just get a "red X" in the text editing window of OWA when you try to compose or reply to a message.  There are other benefits as well.  This update will require a reboot at the end of the process.
 
If you’re running SBS Premium Edition and have ISA Server 2004 installed, then you’ll want to install the third update which applies Service Pack 2 to ISA Server 2004.  This update requires about 5 minutes to run and it did not prompt for a reboot, but I did anyway.
 
Finally, if you have the ISA firewall client installed on your desktops, you’ll need the desktop client update found here.
 
Total time to update the server is under 30 minutes, including time for reboots.
 
Good luck, and happy updating!