Malwarebytes 3 Upgrade Starts Premium Trial

Mark Berry December 10, 2016

If you’ve been using the free version of Malwarebytes 2 as an on-demand anti-virus scanner and you upgrade to version 3, you may be surprised by warnings that real-time protection is turned off:

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It seems that Malwarebytes has discontinued the free-only version and now always starts with a 14-day trial of the Premium version. As explained on this page, after the trial expires, the program reverts to a manual scanner:

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So if you want to play with the premium features like real-time protection, you can turn that on, or you can just ignore the popups for a couple weeks and you’ll be back to the manual scanner.

Malwarebytes has been a great second-chance scanner and the additional features in the Premium version may well be worth the subscription fee. This unexpected trial is causing some confusion though.

Database Server Backup to Hybrid Onsite/Cloud FAIL

Mark Berry November 14, 2016

This is a very instructive nightmare:

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Microsoft Launches $5000 Azure Credit for Nonprofits

Mark Berry August 11, 2016

If you assist nonprofits with their I.T. needs, you may have noticed a flurry of announcements made in January about Microsoft’s plans to donate “$1 billion of cloud computing resources over the next 3 years to serve the public good” (from this official blog post).

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GoldMine Web: Search by Last Name

Mark Berry April 7, 2016

I just installed GoldMine 2015 and I must say I’m liking GoldMine Web. The ability to access GoldMine records from any browser, including a smartphone? Awesome.

I was a little lost, though, when I couldn’t find a way to adjust the contact search:  it always does a “Begins with” search by Contact and Company. Can’t remember the first name of that Petersen guy? Too bad:

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But wait: GoldMine uses standard Microsoft SQL. That means the SQL wildcard should work. The wildcard is a percent sign (%). Search for %Petersen to find contacts containing the string “Petersen”:

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By the way, this works for partial company names too. Want to find all companies containing the word “church”? Search for %church.

The Noisy Virus

Mark Berry February 24, 2016

Mom called. She had done an Internet search using Internet Explorer 11 and wound up with this in her browser:

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MCB GoldLink to 3CX Now Compatible with 3CX 14

Mark Berry February 4, 2016

MCB Systems is pleased to announced that its CRM telephony integration product, MCB GoldLink to 3CX, is now compatible with the latest 3CX version 14.

3CX 14 uses a new version of 3CXPhone for Windows as both a softphone and to provide presence information, call logs, and other feature formerly provided by 3CX MyPhone.

MCB Systems has developed a 3CXPhone add-on called the 3CX Command Line API Plugin that allows 3CXPhone to “talk” to GoldLink. The plugin is included with GoldLink version 4 and is automatically installed and configured when you install GoldLink.

For complete information about MCB GoldLink to 3CX, visit the product page, where you can download a fully-functional 30-day trial. Existing customers can upgrade to GoldLink 4 at a discounted price.

Remote Desktop with Custom Port from Surface RT

Mark Berry September 29, 2015

Today I was helping a customer connect from an original Microsoft Surface tablet running Surface RT to a remote Windows 7 desktop computer. The desktop uses a custom RDP listening port (e.g. 34111).

We encountered a problem with the standard Remote Desktop Connection application. According to the customer, when she typed “remote.domain.org:34111” as the Computer Name, she got a message that the colon was not allowed. But that is required to specify the custom port, so she couldn’t connect.

Remote Desktop app iconThe workaround was to install the Remote Desktop application from the Windows Store, then run the Remote Desktop app (look for the orange icon) rather than the standard app. The UI is a bit different but it does accept the colon for specifying a port number.

Synology: More than a NAS

Mark Berry September 19, 2015

Synology DS214I recently had the opportunity to attend a seminar showcasing Synology’s lineup of network-attached storage (NAS) devices. Their offering is truly impressive, with everything from two-disk home units up to massive enterprise devices that can expand up to 180 disks and over a petabyte (1000 terabytes) of storage.

Of course lots of companies make NAS devices. What sets Synology apart is its Disk Station Manager (DSM) software. Built on Linux, this operating system not only supports traditional file sharing across a network, it can also handle many small server functions:  local and cloud backups, email and web serving, video surveillance monitoring and storage, and even iSCSI for expanding hypervisor storage.

Windows Server is great in environments where you want centralized management and updating of Windows desktops, and it’s a requirement when you run Windows server software for accounting or database applications. But in situations where the main need for a server is to share and back up files. but you can also use a few additional functions, a Synology NAS might just fit the bill.

MCB Systems is now a silver-certified Synology partner. Contact us today to discuss whether a Synology NAS can meet your server needs.

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