Sunday, January 21, 2007

Wall-Plugged Ethernet

I needed to extend my network to the "workshop" which is a brick building 30-35 feet from the house. Past attempts at using wireless have been inconsistent due to distance, electrical wiring, and stucco construction with an underlying wire mesh.

I found the Netgear XE102G Wall-Plugged Ethernet Extender Kit which runs around $80 US at Staples - and it works!

The kit comes with two matching units, just connect an ethernet cable from your router to one unit & plug it in an AC outlet, then plug the other unit in another AC outlet & connect an ethernet cable from it to the PC.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Office Live still in Beta

I've been working with Office Live Basic, and it turns out that the email client is unable to add contacts - but they are working on it. A recent message to support yielded the following:

"Based on the information that I received, you are unable to add contacts to you and it gives you an error message stating that "report this problem to Microsoft". It also does not add the new person to your contacts. I understand your concern in this issue.

"You have identified a known issue for which there is currently no resolution. The product development team is prioritizing all of the known issues and steadily working through them, but we do not have a time frame for a fix for this issue.

"I apologize for the inconvenience this causes. I do suggest, however, that you visit the Microsoft Office Live Community where you can ask questions of other Office Live customers who may have experience with this issue:

"Please bear with us on this. We really appreciate your patience and cooperation on this.

"Thank you for contacting Microsoft Office Live Support. "

Friday, January 05, 2007

Oracle Unbreakable Linux

How's that for a news flash? While MS continues to re-create the Windows operating system, this time it's Vista; the Linux groups continue to build on stable ground, and that stability is drawing more users into the Linux fold.

Oracle now offers enterprise support for Linux, in the same fashion that they support their namesake database, for about $99 per user. Word is that Red Hat charges way, way more.

Apparently Oracle is maintaining their own Linux distro, and merging changes into it -and- developing & applying their own bug fixes as needed.