Early Client/Server Setups Were Ridiculously Expensive

July 15th, 2015

clientsvrOnly the finest fabrics and top designers are good enough for upscale couturier Escada (USA) Inc. But when it comes to an enterprisewide application suite, market leader SAP AG’s R/3 is far too lavish, according to Ed Beesley, technology chief at the exclusive retail chain.

The cost of R/3 isn’t at issue. Rather, the increasingly notorious implementation hassles and associated delays in reaping promised business process gains pushed Beesley toward a less-vogue vendor, Lawson Software, for his core client/server applications.

Like many IS managers at midsize companies (Escada’s U.S. revenues were $160 million in 1995), one of Beesley’s top priorities is to replace aging minicomputer systems with high-performing client/server systems quickly, on budget, and with limited resources. Naturally, he considered buying R/3, the world’s leading client/server application suite. But after contemporaries at larger, wealthier R/3 sites regaled him with horror …

Options for RAID 5 Recovery

July 11th, 2015

raid5RAID, or redundant array of independent (or inexpensive) disks, is a method of organizing, storing and copying computer data on to two or more hard drives. By arranging data in this way, the efficiency of the computer’s hard drive is optimized and its performance is greatly enhanced. While RAID takes up a certain amount of storage it is incredibly valuable to business or corporate servers that are relied on by multiple computers at once. RAID is available in several different levels and can be installed on personal computers or servers but is more cost effective for large scale servers. RAID 5 is the most common level used for these servers but is unfortunately liable to hard drive crash and malfunction. In the event of a single hard drive crash, RAID is secure from loss however in the event of more than one drive malfunction the data is susceptible to corruption as well as loss.

Hard Drive Recovery Group is a data repair and recovery company that offers specific services for RAID 5 data recovery. Their technicians are able to recover data from Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, FreeBSD and more, and are experienced with all brands of hard drives and servers. There services are offered through three options ($100.00 is added to the cost of each service per additional drive that requires service):

Remote RAID recovery is a method where the customer computer or server is connected through a secure channel to the computer specialists at HDRG. This service costs between $450.00 to $1000.00 and takes between 8 and 24 hours. They guarantee that no fee is charged unless your data is completely recovered and they boast a success rate of 95%. The first step after identifying your RAID array malfunction is to contact Hard Drive Recovery Group to find out if RAID data recovery is necessary for you. Next a channel is established so that the Read the rest of this entry »

Get Smart With User Testing

July 7th, 2015

softwaredevSoftware and hardware developers must be careful not to make incorrect assumptions regarding the needs of their targeted users. IBM made this mistake when designing its Trackpoint II pointing device, and then could not figure out why users preferred the Trackpoint after a ‘turbo’ mode was included. In IMS’s experience, the turbo mode caused pointers to accelerate abruptly when a threshold value was exceeded by the pressure on the stick. As it turned out, users preferred the turbo mode because it allowed them to make the rapid Trackpoint movements frequently required in their work: turbo mode enabled them to switch quickly from one application to another, a key operation not reflected in IBM’s initial tests. This scenario reflects two mistakes made on the part of IBM: they had a myopic view of how developers work, and they treated users as …

Pre-Intuit: When Tax Programs Were Competitive

June 30th, 2015

taxprogramsSmall-business owners who want to save on accounting fees or keep a closer eye on their finances may find tax-preparation software quite effective.

Individual taxpayers have been using packages such as ChipSoft Inc.’s MacInTax and TurboTax for Windows and Meca Software Inc.’s TaxCut for at least five years. Potential users also include owners of sole proprietorships, who file Schedule C for business income/loss along with the business’s 1040.

Once a company buys into tax software, it’s an every-year investment, since changes in the tax code require new versions every year. But the investment shouldn’t break a small business, since many packages cost $100 or less. And many companies even have first-year giveaway deals or discounts in subsequent years after the initial purchase.

Many tax-preparation programs feature links to popular small-business accounting packages like Intuit Inc.’s Quicken and Quick Books and …

NTAS: Interesting Technology, Never Quite Amazing, Though

June 22nd, 2015

ntadsvrLike most LAN Manager sites, Siemens Solar Industries knew it eventually would have to upgrade to Windows NT Advanced Server. Although Microsoft Corp. has not announced plans to discontinue the LAN Manager networking platform, the bulk of its future development is going into NT Advanced Server.

So when Microsoft shipped its Windows NTAS upgrade kit for LAN Manager late last year, David Johnson, PC specialist at Siemens Solar, decided it was time for a pilot project.

The project, a collaborative effort between Johnson, his staff, and PC Week Labs, was a success. The solar energy equipment manufacturer’s test server was upgraded without requiring Johnson to re-enter configuration data such as accounts and passwords, access- control lists, auditing settings, and replication settings.

On the flip side, the pilot upgrade could have been smoother; a few settings, such as auditing, had to …

When Macintosh Was 10

June 15th, 2015

macintoshTen years ago next week, Steve Jobs and Apple Computer Inc. introduced the Macintosh — a small, gray personal computer they claimed would change the world.

What set Apple and the Mac apart from the IBM PC and other mid-’80s contemporaries was not so much the GUI or the mouse, but what was beneath those technologies.

“They were taking a significant portion of computing horsepower and focusing it on making the computer easy to use,” said Larry Zelch, co-founder of Dantz Development Corp., a Macintosh development tools firm based in Orinda, Calif.

Dantz Development was founded in 1984, the year Apple introduced the Macintosh. “It changed the mind-set from just making it real fast to making it easier to use,” Zelch said.

Since Jan. 24, 1984, Apple has shipped more than 13 million Macs. Currently, there is an installed base …