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In five easy steps you can find some great, free books for your children.

Open iTunes

  • Click on the iTunes store (Step 1)
  • Click on Books (Step 2)
  • Set the filter to just show Children & Teens category (Step 3)
  • Tell iTunes to show the Top Free matches (Step 4)
  • Tell iTunes to See All matches (Step 5)

 

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iOS 6 Software Update

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

•  Maps
◦  Apple designed vector based maps
◦  Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on  iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)
◦  Real-time traffic information
◦  Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metro areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation)
◦  Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews, and available deals
◦  Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route
•  Siri improvements
◦  Sports: scores, player stats, game schedules, team rosters, and league standings for baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey
◦  Movies: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts
◦  Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information
◦  Send a Tweet
◦  Post on Facebook
◦  App launch
◦  Eyes Free in supported automobiles
◦  Local search available in Siri supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
◦  Additional country and language support for Canada (English and Canadian French), China (Mandarin), Hong Kong (Cantonese), Italy (Italian), Korea (Korean), Mexico (Spanish), Spain (Spanish), Switzerland (Italian, French, German), Taiwan (Mandarin), US (Spanish)
◦  Supported on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation) and iPod touch (5th generation)
•  Facebook integration
◦  Single sign-on from Settings
◦  Post from Photos, Safari, Maps, App Store, iTunes, Game Center, Notification Center and Siri
◦  Add location and choose audience for any post
◦  View up-to-date Facebook profile photos and contact information in Contacts
◦  View Facebook events and birthdays in Calendar
◦  Like content and see your friends’ Likes in App Store and iTunes Store
•  Shared Photo Streams
◦  Share selected photos with the people you choose
◦  Friends can view shared photos in Photos app, iPhoto and Apple TV
◦  Friends can like and make comments on individual photos
•  Passbook
◦  One place for boarding passes, store cards, movie tickets and other passes
◦  Barcode display for boarding flights, buying coffee, getting into movies and other actions
◦  Passes displayed on Lock Screen based on time or location
◦  Passes can be automatically updated
◦  Supported on iPhone and iPod touch
•  FaceTime improvements
◦  FaceTime over cellular support for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation)
◦  Receive FaceTime calls, sent to your iPhone number, on your iPad and iPod touch
•  Phone improvements
◦  Do Not Disturb to suppress incoming calls and notifications
◦  ‘Reply with message’ option when declining a call
◦  ‘Remind me later’ option based on time or location when declining a call
•  Mail improvements
◦  VIP mailbox to quickly access mail from important people
◦  Flagged email mailbox
◦  Insert photos and videos when composing email
◦  Open password protected Office docs
◦  Pull down to refresh mailboxes
◦  Per account signatures
•  Safari improvements
◦  iCloud tabs to see open pages on all your devices
◦  Offline Reading List
◦  Photo upload support
◦  Full screen landscape view on iPhone and iPod touch
◦  Smart app banners
◦  JavaScript performance improvements
•  App Store and iTunes Store improvements
◦  Updated store design
◦  iTunes Preview history
◦  Complete my season
◦  Complete my album
•  Game Center improvements
◦  Challenge friends to beat high scores and achievements
◦  Post high-scores and achievements to Facebook and Twitter
◦  Friend recommendations based on your Facebook friends
•  Accessibility improvements
◦  Guided Access to limit device to one app or restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen
◦  VoiceOver integration with Maps, AssistiveTouch and Zoom
◦  Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S
•  Improved privacy controls for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Photos and data shared over Bluetooth
•  Reminders can be reordered in the Reminders app
•  Custom vibrations for alerts on iPhone
•  Clock app for iPad
•  Clock alarm with song
•  Search all fields in Contacts
•  Automatic movie mode for improved video sound quality
•  Definitions of a selected word for Chinese, French, German and Spanish
•  New keyboard layouts for French, German, Turkish, Catalan, Arabic and Icelandic
•  Keyboard shortcuts shared across devices via iCloud
•  Bluetooth MAP support
•  Global network proxy for HTTP
•  Features for China
◦  Baidu web search
◦  Sina Weibo integration
◦  Share videos to Tudou
◦  Share videos to Youku
◦  Improved text input for handwriting and Pinyin
•  Bug fixes

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.  Please visit this website for more details: 
    <http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability>

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: 
    <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222>

I’ve been up late working on a new Exchange 2007 implementation and have been trying to come up with a good way to store URLs that I would like to read later.  I’m probably so overly tired that I’m overlooking the obvious so I’m going to store some URLs here.
How to Perform a Backup of Exchange Using Windows Server Backup: Exchange 2007 H…
This is probably not the best way to do this but I’m doing it anyway.
BranchCache in Windows 7 – Remote, File, Content, Host | TechNet
You Receive a Message That States That Only the Build-Build Upgrade Mode Is Avai…
XFOR: Telnet to Port 25 to Test SMTP Communication
Designing a Shadow Copy Strategy: Storage Services; Remote File Systems; Local F…
Overview of Exchange Server Backup Methods
 Testing H2

In a nutshell, the state of West Virginia spent a huge amount of money on equipment that was extremely overpowered for the application.  You can watch the entire webcast from the oversight hearing here http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=9508

I have been reading supporting articles that flesh out the story.  In these articles it is stated that 366 of the routers purchased have yet to be unboxed, two years after the original purchase.  This means that the valued added benefit of a full five years of support from Cisco for these 366 routers has been wasted.  From my time in the IT industry, I can tell you that Cisco SmartNET is NOT free and it is NOT cheap.  The Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information & Administrator National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Department of Commerce, Lawrence Strickling, defends the purchase that West Virginia made by saying that keeping the router model static across all of the locations it saves money on training and implementation.  He also said that the price of the routers were not $22,000 as the chairman suggests, but rather $12,000.  I haven’t delved deeply enough yet, but I’m sure this is the pricing of the router without SmartNET and the pricing with SmartNET.  What I can say is that if Verizon gave you 100 of these routers at no cost (a savings of $1.2M on the conservative end) then you have no idea what a ride you have been taken for.

While I can understand the attempt to standardize equipment across locations of similar size, I can’t understand trying to standardize locations with 500+ computers with sites that have 5 computers.  Mr. Strickling also goes into his defense of the methodology of the purchase by stating that the state determined that the amount of time to research what type of router was needed at each location would have required more money than the “savings” of the purchase of the routers.  Who cares, it’s free money so let’s spend it guys!  The real people at fault are those who made this decision in West Virginia.  I applaud the oversight committee and it’s chairman, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), for bringing this story to my attention.


This girl didn’t need a $22,000 Cisco router to surf the web.

“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things.” —Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian philosopher

Just like most people, I am not a huge fan of change.  However, in the technology business everything is always changing and advancing.  While I may love Windows 7 and think it’s the greatest operating system that Microsoft has ever released…I absolutely despise the new Event Viewer.  My first complaint is that it’s slower than the original event viewer and secondly the detail panes are too small for my liking no matter how I configure them.  If you agree with me then you might be interested in learning how to use the classic Event Viewer that you are used to from Windows XP.

Here is how you do it:

  • Open a command prompt as Administrator.
  • Type Regsvr32 els.dll (if you get error code 0×80070005 then you didn’t run as Administrator).
  • Start mmc.exe and goto File | Add/Remove Snapin.
  • From the available Snapins choose “Classic Event Viewer”.
  • Right-Click Classic Event Viewer under Console Root and select New Window from Here.
  • Choose Customize from the View menu.
  • Deselect the Action Pane and Click OK

Voila!  You have your old warm and snuggly Event Viewer back and it works just as well as it always did.

I will probably learn to love the new Event Viewer in time, but until then I will resort to the classic Event Viewer when I have a lot of research to do in the event logs of a Windows 7 computer.