Archive for February, 2010

Professional Service Automation Dynamics Ax 2009

February 22nd, 2010

Synergy implements advanced construction solutions with industry specialists. This requires integration with Project Accounting modules with which Synenrgy has considerable experience.

Microsoft recently acquired an ISV solution that extends the AX Project Module for those who need a PSA solution fe.g Architects, IT Consulting firms, Lawyers, Financial Projects, Media Projects, Sports event and exhibition organisers etc.

Our consultants are now undergoing advanced training in this newly available solution. for more information call: 00971 43365589

Mindjet MindManager for SharePoint.

February 22nd, 2010

We are happy to announce that we will expand our range of products in February 2010 with Mindjet MindManager for SharePoint.
What is it?
MindManager for SharePoint provides faster and easier ways to find, organize and update SharePoint tasks and information.
Accelerate projects and processes by accessing information across multiple sites and lists in a single interactive MindManager view with bi-directional SharePoint integration. Simplify SharePoint navigation with user-customizable SharePoint site maps and visualized search results.

MindManager for SharePoint and MindManager 8 for Windows are independent products. MindManager for SharePoint builds upon the capabilities of MindManager 8 by providing deep integration with SharePoint, including SharePoint dashboards, site explorers, content search, and easy wizards to visualize document lists, tasks, issues and more. Maps can be shared between both applications however users of MindManager 8 for Windows will not be able to refresh MindManager for SharePoint’s dynamically linked content.

Mandatory on-line insurance for car registration -1 Mar 2010

February 22nd, 2010

RTA has asked insurance companies to link their computer systems with the Licensing Agency and make the policies available online. Most of the major insurance companies have already integrated their computer systems with the Licensing Agency – but check yours has or find another in good tiem befoire registration is due,

With the implementation of the new online system, a motorist will just pay the insurance fee at his respective insurance company and the company will send the information online to the RTA car registration offices.

The move will crackdown on motorists who insure their cars but to avoid heavy fines do not get those registered, and continue to drive with expired registration – There are more than 80,000 vehicles in Dubai with expired registrations

Note: The RTA has also recommended the federal government introduce heavy fines for unregistered vehicles and for delaying registration. Currently, there is a fine of Dh20 per month if the vehicle registration is delayed. Motorists get a one-month grace period to get their vehicle registered after the registration expiry date.

Virtualisation – free ebook chapters

February 21st, 2010

“Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook. Download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions in r PDF format forkm here http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/B/4/5B46A838-67BB-4F7C-92CB-EABCA285DFDD/693821ebook.pdf
Six chapters adding up to 466 pages.

“Introduction
Welcome to Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions. This is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure.

Who Is This Book For?
The primary target audience for this book is IT administrators, implementers, and decision makers of large and mid-sized organizations who want to learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies. The book assumes that you are familiar with core Windows Server technologies and how to implement an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure. The book also assumes you have experience working with the latest client and server versions of Windows, namely Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

High density tape storage

February 21st, 2010

Kevin Kline (@kekline) recently twitted about IBM research developing magnetic tape storage to store 30Gb per square inch (spot the americans). That means you can get 35TB on a single tape drive – and they are researching getting 100Gb per square inch. see – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2w-pzMjpx0

Whats going to happen to hard disk drives?.

Kneber, Waledac and credential theft.

February 21st, 2010

In January Government and corporate networks around the world were invaded by the Kneber botnet, which has created what may be a criminal underground. Kneber steals credentials and money and is not stopped by traditional protection systems.

More than half the 75,000 infected systems were also compromised by the Waledac peer-to-peer botnet – a worm that is capable of collecting and forwarding password information. It’s also capable of receiving commands from a remote server, including to upgrade malware components or to send out information from the infected computer.
The Zeus line of credential-stealing viruses infect a victims’ computer and watch for the user to log in to a particular banking site or a site which has value. In some variations it even triggered itself to open a connection. Once a connection is made, it transmits credentials. Hackers then log in and steal from people’s bank accounts.

The scarier side is for businesses where many banks are not insured against loss coming from these attacks because there is a waiver of liability whenthe business network becomes infected. There are cases of a half-million dollars being stolen through these attacks and banks say ‘Sorry, not our problem’.

Related Topics Botnet
Cybercriminal
Malware
Cyberattack
Tech Support

Latest News Apple’s iPad: No Fun for Small Biz
Botnets Found in Computer Systems
Google Buzz Raises a Strong Stink
How Bad Could Cyber Emergency Be?
FTC Pulled Into Google Buzz Backlash

A new Zeus botnet has been discovered affecting 75,000 systems in 2,500 organizations around the world.

Is Opera 10.5 the fastest browser?

February 21st, 2010

Computerwold recent tests suggest that Opera 10.5 (beta) with a new Javascript engine is 15-20% faster than rivals like Safari and Google Chrome – Opera’s new graphic rendering engine called Vega seems to be a major factor. Some similar features seen in Windows 7 and Firefox are also included.

High speed broadband

February 21st, 2010

Last week, Google announced its plans to build an experimental fiber network that would offer gigabit-per-second broadband speeds to up to 500,000 U.S. homes. Google’s network won’t be the first to reach such speeds. There are other high bandwidth solutions internationally, in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Australia. Internet2, a nonprofit advanced networking consortium in the United States, has been experimenting with 10-gigabit connections for university researchers.

Large data files and applications through the cloud will require better broadband but routers set, up firewalls, and protocols also have to be up to the mark.

Al Ain Classics March-April 2010

February 20th, 2010

Legendary Lebanese singer Magida Al Roumi opens the 10th Al Ain Classics Festival: She was one of the first modern singers combining western and Arabic classical music. Her voice is desribed beautiful, charismatic and operatic. For her debut in Al Ain, she will bring her own symphony orchestra to the Al Jahili Fort.
Young British star-conductor Daniel Harding leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a programme of three “New World” favourites: Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue, performed by the extraordinary Turkish piano virtuoso Fazil Say, and Dvorák’s moving symphonic tribute to the music and people of America, written while the great Czech composer was living in
New York.
An “angel playing”, an “electrifying pianist”- that’s how critics call Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa. 2010 marks the 200th birthday of Chopin and Schumann and Valentina admits to have
a special affinity to Beethoven. Therefore, some of these master’s most emminent masterworks are on the programme of the first piano recital in the Al Jahili Fort’s intimate courtyard. An evening of fire
and romance, of electricity and poetry …

Tradition and youth – masterworks performed by the Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra
will appear both in concert and in opera. Led by young and upcoming conductor David Afkham, the concert programme continues the birthday celebrations with Schumann’s piano concerto with young
Palestine pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar. In the second half: Mozart’s uncomparable Jupiter Symphony.

Mozart’s opera “La Finta Giardiniera“ (The Pretended Girl Gardener) is produced by ADACH and an international opera production team featuring a renowned Italian singer cast. Mozart composed the
delightful opera buffa, an Italian comic opera, for the Carnival season in Munich. Sung in original Italian with Arabic subtitles, an Arabic actor will introduce the story in Arabic – in collaboration with
KALIMA, the translation initiative of ADACH.

Reserved for ladies only: Mozart’s opera “La Finta Giardiniera“ (The Pretended Girl Gardener) is produced by ADACH and an international opera production team featuring a renowned Italian
singer cast. Mozart composed the delightful opera buffa, an Italian comic opera, for the Carnival season in Munich. Sung in original Italian, with Arabic subtitles, an Arabic actor will introduce the
story in Arabic – in collaboration with KALIMA, the translation initiative of ADACH.

The choral and orchestral forces of Venice’s historic opera house, under noted American conductor John Fiore, are featured in stirring selections from the thrilling world of Italian opera.

Microsoft Dynamics Ax – large tables

February 18th, 2010

To check which tables occupy the most space in your database Microsoft Dynamics Ax
has an out-of-the box report . Admin – Reports – Size of company accounts, which gives detailed on all the database tables, with a record count and an estimated size used.

Lookout for not so obvious suspects responsible for excessive growth in database volume. Like table SysTraceTableSQL This system table stores information about trace events. You can purge the old data in table after you’ve finished analyzing it.

(Note: that deleting a table of several gigabyte in one step might stall your database server.)

Roll-up 4 for AX2009 RTM and SP1

February 18th, 2010

Roll-up 4 for AX2009 RTM and SP1 is currently under development and scheduled to be released to Partner Source and Customer Source in the first half of March. In addition to the hotfixes, Roll-up 4 is going to carry multiple country-specific updates for various regions on SYP and GLP layers.

More changes at SAP and Oracle

February 15th, 2010

Oracle recently announced an agreement to acquire the privately held AmberPoint, a leading provider of service-oriented architecture (SOA) management tools. . AmberPoint fills some of the gaps that existed in Oracle Enterprise Manager.

SAP also announced further changes to its management team, most notably the resignation of John Schwarz, a member of the Executive Board and former CEO of Business Objects

Application functionality has been the primary selling point for both SAP and Oracle the platform are becoming more visible in changing the way the applications work.

Embedded analytics—timely, relevant information embedded in the workflow of an application .

Next-generation user interfaces (UIs)—the “unbound portal.” Using new technologies to provide access to information that’s context-aware and available in a format that suits the consumer/user

The need for better, multi-enterprise integration, as well as support for cloud-based deployment models both point to why the infrastructure platform matters

SAP urgently needs to sort out its strategy with respect to NetWeaver

Mid market erp vendors who rely on IBM and Micorsft for theior platforms are going to get squeezed ,or will have to find another platform fast. The likelihood is that there will be more acquisitions of infrastructure and platform providers and more consolidation of erp providers

MS Word -stubborn page break

February 15th, 2010

If you have page break in your document that you cannot remove then this may be because Track changes is enabled. To turn this off esnure your screen is in Normal View, and double click the ‘TRK’ section in the status bar ,or simultaneously press: CTRl,, Shift and E

17-year-old Windows/DOS Bug

February 14th, 2010

Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher at Google, discovered a security flaw in the Virtual DOS Machine that can allow a nefarious user to inject code into the kernel and possibly install malware. The flaw spanned iterations of Windows operating system over the last 17 years, including:

Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7
According to the BBC, Microsoft was to roll out a fix to this bug in a February Security Update. The update will fix five vulnerabilities that allow attackers to hijack a Windows PC and run their own programs on it – - a good idea to have automatic updates turned on so that your OS will check for you

February 14th, 2010

Hard drive head manufacturer TDK released a chart revealing hard drive capacity updates for 2010. – for 3.5-inch HDDs–the company is moving from 500 GB per platter to 640 GB per platte – so hard drive manufacturers can make HDDs with 2.5 TB storage capacities (using four platters), and five-platter HDDs offering a whopping 3 TB of storage – appearing on the market by November.

Led by Professor Tadahiro Kuroda, a team composed of researchers from Toshiba and the Keio University in Tokyo created a 1 TB SSD prototype the size of a small postage stamp, consisting of 128 NAND flash memory chips and one controller chip. The miniature storage device boasts transfer speeds of 2 Gbps, and also uses radio communications which will ultimately make it cheaper to manufacture – don’t expect to see commercial versions of the product until 2012.