Technology by Ben
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
  A new home for SchorrTech.

Effective immediately the SchorrTech blog is moving to TheSpoke. The new address is: TheSpoke offers a lot of great new features like RSS syndication and the ability for all of you to leave me comments!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you over there. I'll be posting a few of my "Best Of" posts from here, over there, to get it warmed up.

Monday, March 22, 2004
  Spam-Free at Last ||

This is an interesting read, but it's a very elaborate system and one that is probably impractical for anybody who doesn't run their own mailserver with a very small number of users on it. I can't imagine the resources that would be required to manage a system like this for the 60 users on our mailserver - trying to keep track of that many addresses, changing existing addresses, notifying clients of the change, educating our users, etc., etc.,

I doubt it could work for us.

  Dogpile Toolbar, Browser Companion -

Yet another cool toolbar for your browser. This one even adds the ability to grab RSS feeds as tickers. I'm already overloaded with IE toolbars and pretty satisified with IntraVnews so I think I'll pass on this one.

If you're interested in RSS, however, and don't want to integrated it with Outlook you might want to take a look at this tool.

Sunday, March 21, 2004
  10 Hot eBay Tips

David Karp (author of eBay Hacks) offers 10 tips for eBay sellers that are pretty good.

I'll add one for eBay buyers: Don't count your auctions until they're closed. A popular tactic among experienced eBay buyers is to wait until the final seconds of the auction, then swoop in, made a bid and take the item. There are even software tools that will do this for you now.

If you have the winning bid 5 minutes before closing you are still a long 5 minutes away from winning that auction.

Saturday, March 20, 2004
  Yahoo! News - 'Witty' Worm Wrecks Computers

Here's some more information the "Witty" worm. It looks awfully serious - if I were a BlackIce or Real Secure Internet user I'd be taking action immediately.

  Did you know that Microsoft Exchange 2003 includes an Always Up to Date feature that can effectively turn your mobile device (running Windows Mobile 2003) into a live e-mail client? Here's a PowerPoint presentation with more details.

  Yahoo! News - Indian railways to give staff high-tech mobiles to limit accidents

How advanced are we technologically? Wouldn't we all be surprised to discover that any American train didn't already have the ability to communicate emergencies promptly from wherever it was? It's that digital divide thing.

  Talk about a productive commute! Apparently BWM is developing a 7 Series car with mobile computing built in. Now if you can just find somebody to drive, who will dodge the speedbumps, while you work in the back.

  If you run BlackIce as your personal firewall you should check with your anti-virus vendor. There is a new worm out called "Witty" that apparently attacks BlackIce installations.

There's some discussion of it going on over at BugTraq.

Friday, March 19, 2004
  OneNoteAnswers Home Page

Kathy Jacobs has started a new web site about OneNote. It's just getting off the ground, but it's worth bookmarking.

Thursday, March 18, 2004
  Phoenix to Give Notebook Users Fast Access to Outlook Data: "BIOS vendor Phoenix Technologies Inc. on Thursday said it had developed a utility technology that will let users check their Outlook data on a notebook computer without needing to boot the machine."

Now this is a neat idea. It's read-only at first, but if you're just checking your calendar real quick or want to look up a phone number that may be just fine. They say there is a read-write version in the future.

  Here's an item from my Random Musings blog that I think is important enough to cross-post.

Tuesday night I attended a neighborhood watch meeting where an HPD Detective who specializes in white collar crime talked to us about Internet crime and identity theft. He said that most identity theft is NOT perpetrated on the Internet. Rather it's still very common for the crooks to get your information by "dumpster diving" -- going into your trash for discarded bills, credit card statements and so forth.

These days it's important to shred any of that stuff before you toss it out. Don't have a shredder? Use scissors.

Or buy one of these: Fellows Shredder, $25.99.

  Neat Tool Department...

O.K., let's talk about LookOut. When I first heard about it I had a very distinct "oh" response. I am a frequent user of Outlook's built-in search feature and wasn't sure I wanted to load yet another add-in for uncertain return. Finally, after having some old tea, I decided to give LookOut a try.

O.K., I'm convinced. It's super fast, yes, but the real selling point is that it does something that Outlook/Exchange users have been asking for since Outlook 97: It lets you search across private and public folders in a single search. Wow!

I have it set to index my private folders (including sent items and all of my RSS feeds), my archive folders, a couple of key public folders. It is fairly unobtrusive but when I type in a search term it almost instantly returns every instance of it from across all of those folders.

Very powerful and something you can't do with Outlook's native searching tools. If you make heavy use of folders and especially if you use public folders, you should give LookOut a try.

  (Old Joke)

Q: What's the difference between a computer salesman and a used-car salesman?

A: The used-car salesman knows he's lying.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
  There's a new blog on the block. Check out (Microsoft's) Larry Osterman's blog. Already his post on the bad advice one security company offered has caught my eye.

  Recently a blogger talked about syncing your RSS feeds to your PDA so you could read them offline. It might have been Scoble but it doesn't matter. Let me tell you how I do it - it's very simple

I use IntraVnews for my RSS feeds. It integrates with Outlook and it's free. I have IntraVnews configured to put each RSS feed in its own folder - so far, so good. ActiveSync 3.7 is the key piece here; it allows you to sync not only your Inbox but also lets you select subfolders to sync.

I think you see where I'm going with this. My IntraVnews folders are accessible to ActiveSync so I need only have them sync'd along with my Inbox.

Voila. I sync Scoble's blog, Chris Pratley's blog and a couple of others to my PDA so I can read them while I'm standing in line, waiting in an elevator, waiting on something at another user's desk, in a boring name it. Helps me stay on top of the dozens of feeds I monitor (nowhere near the 1300+ Scoble boasts).

The key piece is ActiveSync 3.7 (or later). If you don't already have it, go get it.

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