Archive for April, 2010

10 Tips That Make Windows 7 Simpler

April 21st, 2010,2817,2362229,00.asp

A useful post from PCMAG.COM

Windows live Wave 4

April 21st, 2010

Windows Live Wave 4: Beta testing underway expect to see it in the summer

New Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 screenshots revealed:

PCs running Windows continue to be the most popular way to connect to the internet. And, just as email and instant messaging have changed, the way people use their PCs has changed too. These days, folks use their PCs to communicate on social networks, send email, browse the web, and share photos and videos with their friends. Most people have a mobile phone, and many have an additional PC. And most people already have at least one social network (often more), a photo sharing service, and an email address.

Much like instant messaging, email has changed over the last several years. In the “old days” of email, you would only get mail from a real person, someone who knew your email address, and email was mostly text. Email today is a lot more than plain text – it is the way we get things done. It’s where we conduct business, keep up with social networking updates, and share photos, documents and links with friends and co-workers. Similarly, your “contact list” isn’t just people you send email to anymore – it is a long list of people you communicate with in the social networks you use every day.

In the not-so-distant past, your friends were mostly on one IM network, mostly on a PC, and it was easy to keep track of what they were doing. Today’s instant messaging is still mostly about people who are online on a PC having a conversation with each other. In Messenger, these conversations occur between more than 320 million users who exchange more than 10 billion daily messages

Over recent years, conversations  shifted beyond IM sessions, to activity on social networks, sharing in email, and SMS messages. People have hundreds of “friends” across numerous social networks and sharing sites, but most people still spend most of their time communicating with a core group of people. To stay up to date with these “real friends” you have to go from site to site and wade through long lists of post - most people don’t need another social network – the one they have is just fine.

Wave 4 of Windows Live Essentials includes the best tools to organize photos, make movies, and keep in touch with your closest friends, all designed for the power of the Windows 7 PC. We’ll focus on connecting your PC to your social networks, your photo sharing services, your phone, and your other PCs – and help you keep things in sync across all the devices you use.

Windows Live services and programs consist of:

•a group of free desktop programs – Live Mail, Live Messenger, Live Movie Maker, Live Photo Gallery, Live Writer and Live Family Safety – that you download and install,

•a group of free online web services such as Live Calendar, Live Hotmail, Live Photos and Live Spaces.

The group of programs you download and install are grouped together as Windows Live Essentials and the online services are grouped as Windows Live Internet Services.

Expect to see Wave 4  on Windows 7 only.

British Ambassador

April 21st, 2010

British Ambassador to Dubai, HE Dominic Jermey OBE arrived in the UAE on 11 April. He described the UK as the 8th Emirate.


April 21st, 2010


Qatar’s May 1 plan to scrap its visa-on-arrival facility for nationals of 33 countries, including the US and the UK, has been delayed.  Qatar last month announced plans that it would change the rule and apply a visa reciprocity system that would affect the nationals of countries that did not offer Qataris visas upon their arrival.

“It has, therefore, been decided that the existing visa-on-arrival scheme at the Doha International Airport for the citizens of the 33 countries will remain unchanged,” the official was quoted as saying.

“The mutual visa agreements that Qatar has with a number of countries will remain in force.”

 Don;t forget hwoever, that  British passport holders should also ensure they have at least six months validity and at least one blank page available on their passport before arriving in Qatar .

Change of blogsite

April 20th, 2010

Our blog page is now incorporated into the Synergy Software Systems main website which will make it easier for readers to cross reference any products mentioned. All the original content is still here.

Vista support only for sp1 onwards

April 20th, 2010

The original version of Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft. To get support from now on, you will have to be running Vista Service Pack 1 or Vista Service Pack 2.

When you install Vista SP1, the installation procedure leaves all of the pre-SP1 files on your system in case you need to uninstall it.  After update to  SP1 you cna see the files listed in Programs and Features on the Installed Updates page.

these files, which are required to allow you to uninstall SP1 and revert back to the original version, can take up a large amount of hard disk space. In fact, the files can take as much as much as 800MB.

To remove all the leftover files and reclaim some valuable disk space by using the SP1 Files Removal Tool. Fortunately, this tool is automatically installed on your system as a part of the SP1 upgrade procedure

Be 100% sure that your system is functioning perfectly with SP1 before you run the SP1 Files Removal Tool 

For detailed information on how to remove SP1 from your system and revert back to the original version in the Microsoft Help and Support document “How to uninstall Windows Vista SP1 as a troubleshooting step.”

Microsoft Licensing – “Lady Licensing”

April 18th, 2010

Emma Healey “Lady Licensing” is the site to visit to understand Microsoft Licensing in Depth

Microsoft Office 2010

April 18th, 2010

Jonathan Bailor, a Microsoft Word program manager, worked with a team of problem-solvers to find a way for multiple users to efficiently collaborate on documents. The resulting tool, coauthoring, will be available in Office 2010.

Sam Radakovitz developed a feature called “sparklines” for Microsoft Office Excel 2010 that lets users transform large amounts of data into small, at-a-glance displays that fit into a single cell.

Microsoft Program Manager Michael Affronti helped develop two new features for Microsoft Office 2010, one that organizes e-mails by conversation and another that lets people use e-mail to connect socially with friends and professional contacts.

Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail – Video

April 18th, 2010

Michael Griffiths, Director of Retail Product Management for Microsoft Dynamics ERP.
Shot at NRF 2010 in January this video shows Michael talking about some of the benefits retailers can realize with the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retai

Visual Studio 2010 Now Available

April 18th, 2010

Synergy blog move

April 17th, 2010

After a trial of around 6 months please note we now intend to incorporate the blog site into our main website and this will happen over the next few days so there only a few entries to go on this site.

'Sexting' data privacy at work

April 17th, 2010

The Supreme Court case stems from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit case, Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Co. Sgt. Jeff Quon, a member of the Ontario, Calif., police department’s SWAT team shows that it is not enough to have a policy in some countries, management also needs to clearly and consistently and publically communicate it and to take action when aware of each case of non compliance .

Meanwhile the need for such policies can be seen in these comments from companies that use Spectorsoft for montioring their system use and user compliance.

“Spector 360 showed us that USB drives were used, who used them, plus the actual USB drives used, including the device ID. That was fantastic … we were able to verify the actual device. The students handed over the USB drives, Russell Moore, Plainfield Community School District

• “One of the most alarming things we saw with Spector 360 was that someone had moved 9,000 files. This really stood out to us … the volume of activity just seemed too high. Other users showed perhaps 100 to 200 documents transferred. We definitely were concerned about loss of sensitive data. As it turned out, the activity was proactive … the user was actually transferring one network to another. He had downloaded 4,500 files from one network, and then uploaded that information to another network he was working on. It WAS a work issue, and thanks to Spector 360 we were able to determine that … we were able to determine what was real.”
– Franklin Arosemena, INCA

• “I discovered one of our engineers was doing work for the competition. Using Spector and looking over its reports, proprietary data – another company’s product information – came across my PC. MY COMPETITION was forwarding confidential data regarding its product line … it was almost embarrassing.” — Jane Terry, Ajax Boiler

• “One employee was getting ready to leave and was transferring files via email. This was important data, like the customer list. We caught her dead. It’s against the law. It’s company property, not the employee’s.” — Chuck Benedon, Ashton Financial

• In one case, a high level employee at a BoldFont customer gave notice … nothing very dramatic on the face of it. Shortly after learning of the individual’s decision to leave, however, management became suspicious. “It was suspected he was planning to take customers to a competitor. SpectorSoft’s software allowed us to intercept the drafting of word documents and emails that revealed his intentions with a competing firm. With this information, the company was able to take steps to perform damage control, and no customers were lost.” — Alex Hansen, BoldFont Communications

• A BoldFont customer used SpectorSoft monitoring technology to keep an employee from dropping a bomb … almost literally. The company in this case is a Defense contractor involved in work surrounding a well-known high-tech Air Force aircraft. Hansen relates: “There was confidential information stolen related to the Stealth Bomber program. It was not treason, but another firm was trying to take the contract.” Thanks to SpectorSoft monitoring technology – also known for its unrivaled stealth – the plot was uncovered before those involved had a chance to pull it off. — Alex Hansen, BoldFont Communications

• “We had one instance in which an individual was connecting to a former employer’s server, and moving information back and forth. The other company just happens to be our competition.” — Keith Becker, Illinois Wholesale Cash Register

• “Not everyone will need to review all the data Spector 360 provides. But it is a good comfort to know that if something goes over the edge – like theft or leaking of proprietary information – we have what we need to watch it and deal with it. If there’s ever any question … that’s where SpectorSoft shines for me.” — Eugene O’Neal, Carlile Transportation Systems

Headline of the day.

April 15th, 2010

With the erupting volcano in Iceland causing wholesale flight cancellations to Europe, news of Martina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer, Explosions rock Myanmar festival, 30 hurt, New attack in Philippine massacre province, nine dead in Italy train derailment, it was light relief to read about Dubai’s foot-sucking fish spa launched at Wild Wadi. FISHO, a beauty treatment that uses toothless fish to exfoliate feet and treat skin conditions uses Garra Ruffa fish to remove dead skin cells which improves circulation.

Garra Fish, or Doctor Fish as they are most commonly known, originate in pools near two small Turkish towns Kangal and Sivas and have long been known for their ability to treat symptoms such as psoriasis and eczema.

If you are brave enough it only costs AED55 ($15) for an adult and AED40 ($11) for children with discounts if purchased upon entrance to the park.


Dubai World Cup 2010 Fireworks

April 15th, 2010

Your chance to see the fireworks.
……….and here the closing ones

Britsh passport advice page for expatriates

April 14th, 2010