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Setting Up A Small Office File Server

A file server allows for more efficient collaboration by making the latest versions of documents available to users, even remotely over the Internet. Furthermore, a centralized storage device simplifies backups. At work, we have the Synology DS210j network-attached storage (NAS) device. This post will briefly describe the setup process and features of the DS210j.

New Layout For Firm's Website

I use Google Analytics to keep track of my firm's website. It showed that there hasn't been sufficient click-through on the articles posted on our website. I decided to rearrange the navigation bar of the website in a bid to change it. Take a look and tell me if it works.

CDC: US Fears Swine Flu Shot

A poll shows that many Americans fear the safety of the swine flu vaccine even though it has been shown to be safe and effective. Thirty-five percent of Americans say that they will not get the vaccine, and of those, sixty percent say it's because of safety. The CDC doesn't know why so many remain fearful, but fear-mongering by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh probably has something to do with it.

WordPress 2.9 Released

WordPress released version 2.9 of their eponymous software over the weekend. I would not recommend an update until a few more weeks have passed. (Call it beta testing.) There were over 500 bug fixes in this release. However, the most notable changes are a built-in image editor, better support for embedding media, and a universal trash can so you can retrieve previously-deleted work.

Notary Public Supplies

Attorneys in New York have the option of being a notary public by application instead of examination. After starting my own legal practice, I decided to become a notary public. I called the NY Department of State, which sent an application form. They couldn't make the form available online because it was on card stock. Anyway, I filled out the form and sent it back with a $60 check. A few weeks later, I received our notary public card.

I placed an order for a notary public stamp and seal at USnotaries.com on December 1, 2009. I ordered the Value Package II, which cost $37.95 along with $5.95 in shipping and handling. On December 8, 2009, the stamp and seal came in. I was surprised by how heavy the seal was, and the fact that it imprinted my name as well as the notary number. The products seemed sturdy enough though I can't tell how long it is going to last.

At this point, I would recommend buying notary public supplies from USnotaries.com. Blumberg wanted $75+ for the stamp an…

Eleanor Holmes Norton On Colbert Report

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This clip is an old favorite of mine. Steven Colbert attacks Eleanor Holmes Norton in his "Better Know A District" section. After learning that she was born in DC, Colbert argues that she can't be President because she was not born in the United States, as DC is not a state.

Insurgents Intercepting US Drone Video

The Wall Street Journal reports that video from US drones in Iraq and Afghanistan has been regularly intercepted by insurgents. Apparently, video from the drones have not been encrypted. The bad guys have been able to use the video to determine the areas the US military have under surveillance. Reassuringly, control of the drones was never at risk.

Obama's war plan is to increase the use of drones in combat. Hopefully, this problem will be resolves before anything else happens.

Broken Call of Duty Modern MW2 Disks?

This week, I went out and bought a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for my XBOX 360. To be accurate, I didn't go out. I went online and ordered it from Amazon.com, which was very efficient. I placed the order on Monday, and the game showed up at my door on Tuesday. However, the game disc for MW2 quit working after I played it for a few hours. The XBOX 360 declared, "This disc is unreadable" even though it's a new disc without a scratch! It's not my XBOX because COD4 and COD5 both work fine.
It turns out that I'm not the only one having this problem with Modern Warfare 2. I kept on rebooting my console until I was able to install the game to the XBOX hard drive. The game works for now, but I shudder to think what is going to happen in the future. I hope that Activision isn't shipping bad discs.

Nonsensical Catchphrase I Hate

A few of my acquaintances have posted this phrase: "A government big enough to supply you with everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have." That may be true, but a government that doesn't provide you with anything is still big enough to take away everything that you have. The despots of the 20th Century such as Stalin and Pol Pot didn't provide anything to their people except for suffering, fear, and despair. But they were big enough to take everything away.

Review Of My Keurig Coffee Machine

My brother bought me a Keurig Single-Serve Coffee System as an office-warming present. I've used it for two months now, and I thought I should write about it. The model my brother got has a sixty-ounce water reservoir so it doesn't have to be refilled every time, which is very convenient. The Keurig makes great coffee very quickly. It takes about twenty seconds for a cup to be brewed. The only complaint I have with the Keurig is that it gets very loud sometimes as it heats up the water. Otherwise, it has been a huge asset to our office.

Review Of Google Apps Standard

At work, we have been using Google Apps Standard for a few months at this point, primarily for mail hosting and calendaring. I have been happy with the functionality of the services. It has been very reliable. The webmail interface for Google Apps went down on two occasions but we were still able to send and receive mail using the IMAP servers with Outlook. Furthermore, the integration with my Blackberry has been seamless. Mail from my work domain is pushed onto the device just like regular Gmail. Google Sync For Mobile keeps my Blackberry updated with my personal and work calendars. However, Google Apps still does not provide a way to sync work contacts with my Blackberry, which is pretty disappointing.

In the future, I hope Google Apps provides a way to sync contacts with your Blackberry. It would also be great if I could use Google Voice with a Google Apps account. Even with these deficiencies, however, Google Apps has been a very welcome tool for my small business.