Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yahoo mail problems

Yesterday 2/20/2008 Yahoo mail was running incredibly slow, but the company did not post any sort of notice on their web site. Maybe they thought nobody would notice?

I sent an email via Yahoo to a customer around 8:00 AM, stating that I would be in the area & offered to stop in if they needed anything that morning. They received the message two hours later, around 10:00 AM.

Around 1:30 PM, I sent two more emails as a test - one from my Cox account, and again via Yahoo. The Cox message arrived about 1 minute later; however, by closing time (5:00 PM) the Yahoo message was still "somewhere" on the Internet.

As a final test, I sent a message from my Yahoo account to my Cox account yesterday at 4:35 PM and then waited. And waited. And waited some more. It finally arrived in my inbox at 3:54 AM today. Eleven and 1/2 hours later.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Deja vu, again

This week's automatic updates from MS cover the same old ground - security fixes for Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003, and "the operating system that would not die" i.e. Windows 2000. Once again, it plays the stealth update game - the update icon appears in the system tray, then disappears, but when you go to shut down, the option reads "install updates and shut down." A previous post describes how to work around that little gem.

The first hour on Wednesday was spent updating my four active PC's (the Vista machine's power supply croaked, so it's being retired) skipping the Win 98 machine which of course no longer receives any updates.

That being done, I shut down everything & went off to a customer. Upon returning, at startup all the PC's reported "updates available" (again) but it was a false alert - clicking the icon did a quick run-through of everything that had already been installed that morning.

Yet another gaffe - my XP Pro laptop reported that I needed Visual Studio 2005 SP1 which was already installed - I let the auto update run anyway, and "installation failed" no surprise there.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

February fables

One thing that is always certain, you can't predict what is coming from MS, and 2008 is no different. Here are a few things that could happen.

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 5; support is extended beyond April 2008.

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3.

Internet Explorer 8 is released; IE 6 is still the most-used, but continues to lose ground to Firefox.

Visual Basic 6.0 Service Pack 6; support is continued due to developer demand.

Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1; still nobody wants it

And let's not forget that MS made a $44 billion offer for Yahoo.