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Adobe and Microsoft Resources for Teachers

Karen Oberly


One of the top questions we hear from schools subscribing to the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) and Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) is: “Where can we go to get resources for our teachers?” Both Microsoft and Adobe are committed to providing resources to their education customers in as many ways as they […]

Creating a Google Map on a Web Page

Thai Tran


Google Maps is a free web mapping service developed by Google that provides geographical information. It has a JavaScript API to customize the maps and to display them on a web page. As the user drags the map, the grid squares are downloaded from the server and inserted into the web page. The Google Maps […]

New Password Guidelines

Brian Steigauf


Everybody knows the routine, you have to change your password (because your IT or technology department is making you). So, you go through the process of coming up with some way of fitting your company’s password policy. I will make a guess of what it is . . . a minimum of seven characters, at […]

Artificial Intelligence – Boon or Bane?

Litty Kurian


Artificial Intelligence has been in the news quite a lot recently. We hear about the use of Artificial Intelligence being used in Intelligent Personal Assistants, self-driving vehicles, medical treatment, etc. So what exactly is Artificial Intelligence aka AI? Artificial Intelligence is intelligence exhibited by non-biological entities such as machines, robots, etc. that exhibit cognitive functions […]

Are We in a Post-PC Era?

Jessica Diller


Technology through the years has shown many stages of evolution, from the mainframe era in the 1970s to the PC era in the mid-1980s, reaching the Web 2.0 era that is more present today.   If technology has gone through so much evolution (a major shift about every ten years), the only conclusion is that there […]

Global Load Balancing for Disaster Recovery

Shawn Mellinger


Recently we were able to solve a long standing issue with our Disaster Recovery Plan. I will use the example of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). ADFS is a service that we want highly available so it would be configured in a server farm. For this example, we will say that two servers are deployed […]

SharePoint Promoted Links: Different Color for Each Tile Using CSS3

Margie Morales


In a recent project I worked on creating an internal SharePoint site that would serve as an informational website for staff. The goal was to implement a design that would have buttons for navigating to informational resources. Basically, the site needed to be dressed up a bit without a lot of custom development. I decided […]

Customer Service and IT: Keys to Successful End User Support – Part 9 – Attitude

Susan Koetzle Hoffman


This is the ninth in a series of posts that will address customer service and IT. To read previous posts in this series, click on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Par​t 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, or Part 8.​ Embarking on a discussion of attitude might seem a thankless task, but not if we remember that the key to […]

MBAM Tips and Tricks

Dave Light


Setting up MBAM (Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring) appears daunting at the beginning, but proved to be relatively straightforward to set up.  Preparation and planning helps immensely.  Microsoft provides a nice planning checklist that aids in preparing the deployment. When creating the required security groups, it helps to make note of the purpose for the […]

Code Generation for SQL Server Data Auditing Triggers

Greg Hess


There are a number of ways to track data changes in SQL Server databases, many of which include table triggers to log the changes.  In this post I provide a streamlined approach to setting up those triggers and keeping them up to date. A number of years ago I inherited an application that had a […]

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