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Expanding Storage

It seems like data storage is ever expanding due to the advances in technology and science.  I remember years ago getting our first PC, which was an Intel 486.  Its memory was only four megabytes about a thousand times less than current top-of-the-line PCs, the hard drive was around 400 megabytes smaller than a CD, and the processor was 50 MHz which is about twelve times slower than my phones processor. With the popularity of CD Burners in the late nineties, large amounts of data (700 MB) it has been easier to store/backup and more portable. Before that there were floppy drives which only held 1.44 Megabytes and then ZIP drives, which came about only a few years before CD burners.  One of problems with ZIP discs was the media never dropped like the price of CD media. After that data could be stored onto DVDs which holds 4.4 gigabytes per layer.  Now the latest technologies are HD-DVD, which holds 15 gigabytes per layer and BLU-Ray DVDS, which can hold up to 25 gigabytes per layer.  We at DDA are always getting the latest technologies to backup and archive our work, since the size of the content we produce grows with technology.

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Moving

Last weekend, I moved from Chalfont to an apartment in New Hope.  It was rough because I was recovering from the Flu and lost about three days from being too sick too pack anything (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday).  I spent the better part of Friday and Saturday moving furniture and other items, because I had to be completely out by the end of Halloween which is probably the last thing that I wanted to do on Halloween.  I would like to thank all the people that took time from their weekend to help out (my parents, Beth, and Colby).  Im still not completely set up, but hopefully by the end of the month I will be setup and be able to locate everything I need.

At DDA, We moved to a larger facility around March of 2008.  We all contributed with the move to get set up as soon as possible and not lose much of our efficiency to do the work that we needed to do.  Some of the things that I assisted with was setting up the PBX phone system and setting up the network.  One of the problems that occurred was running into a lot of cut network and phone wiring from the previous owners which had to be re-run.

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Windows Vista Sharing

The other day, I was trying to get a Windows XP workstation to connect to a Windows Vista share.  Normally, it is straightforward and easy to do.  The connecting computer opens up window explorer types in backslash, backslash and then the computer name.  The user then will be prompted for the username and password for the target computer.  For some reason, on the connecting machine, the user profile was corrupt and was sending invalid login information or guest account information, not allowing the computer to access that resource.  A windows alert message would pop up and say \\computername is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon failure: account currently disabled.  Rather than create a new system profile and lose a lot of settings and customizations, I went to the sharing Vista workstation and followed these steps. 

First, I went into the Network and Sharing Center and went down to Sharing and Discovery and made sure file sharing was turned on and then turned off password protected sharing then clicked apply.  The next step I took which is a little more complex was go to the folder that I wanted shared and right clicked and selected Share  A window popped up with the title choose people to share with I added the guest account and everybody in the window.  The last step I took was change the drop down permissions for both to co-owner from reader.  The other option that could have been selected was contributor.  The reader permission level is somewhat self explanatory, users and groups with the reader permission level can only read files in the share.  The difference between users and groups with co-owner permission level and the contributor permission level is that co-owner permission allows any file to be modified, or deleted whereas the contributor permission only allows files they have created or added to be deleted or modified.

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