One very popular feature of web browsers nowadays is the ability to have multiple tabs open. This way, you don’t need to close one website to visit another, you simply open a new tab. After a long session of surfing, you may find yourself with several open tabs. One concern is that if you have a number of tabs open, you may forget what tabs are active and walk away from your desk while logged in to, for example, Gmail or Facebook. Because of this, many websites automatically log you out of their site after a certain amount of time in which no activity is detected. When you return to the tab, you are asked to log back in. I am sure this has happened to most of you reading this article. This is the very situation that this new threat depends on.
This new threat is called tabnapping. It works by a malicious script running and opens a tab in the background. The tab is labeled so that it looks like a website you may visit often, such as Facebook or Gmail. When you click on the tab, you see a web page that looks like the login page for that service, but is actually a malicious page that records your username and password.
Normally, browser vulnerabilities are specific to a certain brand of browser, but currently most browsers seem susceptible to this vulnerability. So, until there is a fix for this, it is best that whenever you end up at a login page that you don’t remember opening, close the site and manually enter that site’s address.]]>
1. Configurations >Settings (A number of important values are set here such as default schedules, phone menu timeouts, and substitute settings).
There are other system settings that you may wish to configure, but these are the minimum that I recommend you take the time to review and adjust as desired.
Next, subscriber settings should be configured. It is interesting to note that the order in which you configure subscriber settings is nearly the exact opposite order in which they are listed in the administrative interface (Figure 1).
1. Account Policies
2. Class of Service (COS)
3. Public Distribution Lists
4. Subscriber Templates
Once these settings are configured, you can start adding subscribers. While this is not necessarily the required configuration order, it is the order that will work for most environments.]]>
1. Communications Manager group
2. Date/Time group
4. Locations (if used)
5. SRTS Reference (if used)
Once these have been configured, you need to create a Device Pool and assign the components you just created.
2. Search Space
3. Call Pickup Groups
1. Phone Button Template (or use default)
2. Softkey Template (or use default)
3. Common Phone Profile (or use default)
4. Common Device Configuration (optional)
There are other settings that can be set up before adding phones, but these are the most commonly required/used settings. This is in no way the only order in which things can be configured, but I have found this order works for most environments. In the next post, we will take a look at the order in which Unity components should be configured.]]>
If you have watched TV shows like 24, NCIS, or The Office, a Cisco phone has most likely been “placed” in your home or at least in the show you watched. When theses appearances first started, they were pretty low key, and you really had to look for a quick shot of the phone while the camera panned the desk. Not anymore, in an episode of NCIS that broadcast May 18th, the new Cisco 9971 was the focal point of a nearly two minute segment of the show. If you missed the show, you can see this segment and many others that contain Cisco products at this link.
But hey, what about people that don’t watch TV or those that don’t watch much? I would put myself in the later category. While I don’t watch a lot of TV, I do play a lot of video games. Just to make sure I don’t miss out on all this product placement, the Cisco logo and product can be found spattered through the new Tom Clancy game, Splinter Cell.
Before we pass judgment on any of this, we need to remember that Cisco is not the only company to be doing this sort of thing. Just before the Apple IPAD was launched, ABC’s show called Modern Family did an entire show based on one of the main characters wanting an IPAD for his birthday.
So, does product placement belong in TV shows and video games? I guess my feeling is why not? We, the consumer, are somewhat to blame for this. How many of you reading this have DVRs? How many shows do you watch live and view the commercials? I know in my house it is very rare that we watch any of our favorite shows live. We DVR them and fly pass the commercials. The Networks need to make money so they can make the shows that we want to watch. If they throw a little product placement in and still make it entertaining, I’m good with that. It’s not like I ran out and bought an IPAD after I watched Modern Family – I waited a whole two weeks before doing so.]]>
Cisco recently announced a new communications framework based on Cisco IOS. It is called Service Advertisement Framework (SAF). The goal of SAF is to share service information between various devices on the network. The first place we will see this deployed is within the Communications Manager arena.
The way it works is each Communications Manager (this includes Communications Manager, Communications Manger Express, and Survivable Remote Telephony Service devices) will act as SAF clients and advertise that they are called agents. They will advertise their IP and E.164 (phone number) addresses. Other SAF call agents (Communication Managers) will receive these advertisements and add a route to their dial plan.
In the future, SAF may be expanded to include other services such as directory services. We will have to wait and see about that, but for now it sounds like it holds some promise.
T0 learn more about SAF check out this link.]]>
If you have heard anything about the iPad, you have probably heard that there is a Netflix app for it. As a Netflix customer and someone that has streamed Netflix movies on a PC, PS3, XBOX 360, and the Wii, I was was very interested to see what the iPad app was like. It did not disappoint. Over all it is my favorite Netflix interface. The picture quality is outstanding. The slowest link I have used it on so far is a 1.5 Mbs DSL link, and I was amazed at the picture quality.
I should also mention that ABC has a nice app that allows you to stream most of their programing. At this point, CBS does not have an app, but you can watch Survivor using the iPad web browser directly from CBS.com. CBS is promising to make more shows available for viewing on the iPad later this fall.
The iPad will function just like an iPod and allow you to store thousands and thousands of songs, podcasts, and audio books. Making sure you have a good stock of this type of content comes in handy when you are without an Internet connection. I prefer podcasts and audio books over music, but whatever your favorite kind of audio content is, make sure you have plenty of it before hitting the road.
However, when you do have an Internet connection, there are thousands of sites the you can stream music and talk radio from. I started my trip with about 10 apps that allowed me to stream audio. When I got home, I only had one still installed. It is called ooTunes. It is not the cheapest audio streaming app in the iTunes store, but for just $4.99 it is the nicest one in my book.
When I am home, I like to relax at night by playing on one of my consoles. For traveling, I used to have a DS and PSP. Once I got an iPhone, I started using that for games when traveling, not because it is a better gaming platform, but simply because it allowed me to carry one device. This, of course, meant that I had a few games for the iPhone, which I was able to load on the iPad. I found that a number of games are actually more fun on the iPad. Currently, my favorite games on the iPad are NOVA, Pinball HD, and 10 Pin Shuffle. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of other good games out there. However, there is a lot of garbage as well.
That about raps it up for this article. If you have a favorite iPad or iPhone app that you think others would be interested in, please leave a comment and let us know about it.]]>
I am currently using Office 2 HD to create and edit Word and Excel documents. I decided on this app mainly due to price. Apple has an app called Pages for documents and one called Numbers for spreadsheets. Both of these are fine products, but for less than half the price of these two packages, Office 2 HD offers similar features. If you currently use Pages and Numbers on a Mac, you may want to stick with those apps, but since I use MS Office, there just wasn’t enough reason to pay the higher price.
There are times when you simply need to use a PC for something. I deal with this by leaving my main work PC on at home and access it with Logmein. I have mentioned this remote access solution before. It offers basic free remote access to your PC via a web browser. To access the PC from the iPad, you need to purchase the Logmein app.
At first, it may seem pricey at 24.99, but it is about the best value app I have bought so far. I already owned it for the iPhone and was very happy to see they updated it for the iPad. On a side note, some developers are updating apps for the iPad and making you buy the iPad version even if you already own the iPhone version. Logmein did not do this. They upgraded the single app to work on both the iPhone and the iPad and did not charge their current customers to upgrade. I applaud them for that.
Remote file access
As I was on the plane leaving home, I realized that I had forgot to put a number of very important files on my iPad. No problem! When I got to my destination, I logged into my home PC (using Logmein) and copied them to my Dropbox folder on my home PC. Dropbox is a service that will allow you to access any files you have placed in your Dropbox folder from any PC with an Internet connection. And, of course, there is a Dropbox app for the iPad. All I had to do was fire up that app, and I had the files I needed. Dropbox also allows you to open the files in another app such as Office 2 HD. This allowed me to edit them and save them locally for future access.
When it come to read PDFs, I highly recommend an app by the name of Goodreader. It does a very nice job presenting a PDF in the proper format. However, I often have the need not only to read but also proof PDF documents. That’s where iAnnotate comes in. iAnnotate allows you to view and mark up PDF documents and offers a very clean and simple interface. Currently, you cannot send or receive PDFs via email so you have to install a small app on your PC so that you can send and receive files. They are promising an email feature in a future version.
Of course, all work and no play makes Jack very bored, so in the next article I will discuss the apps I use to help relax or just kill time while waiting for a flight.]]>
My goal was to see if I could travel without a laptop. Since I was not certain, I did pack my older (smaller) laptop just in case. I could make you wait until the end of the article for the verdict, but I won’t. While I did use my laptop once or twice, I didn’t really need it. I was able to do everything I needed using the iPad. I am sure you are wondering what “everything” really means, that is, what I was actually able to accomplish using just the iPad? I, of course, was able to do the normal tasks that you would expect the iPad to be capable of such as email, web surfing, and and listening to music. But, I was also able to proofread and markup PDF files, edit curriculum, attend WebEx meetings, and even make phone calls directly from the iPad. Just as any device, it is only as good as the software. I spent the week evaluating various apps to determine what ones are needed in order to travel laptop free. Here are a couple apps that I feel will allow many people to accomplish all of their job tasks from the road using only an iPad.
Email and calendar
The built in email client on the iPad is adequate, but could be better. It allows you to send and receive email as well as view certain types of attachments. It also allows you to open some attachments in other apps. The real weak part is the calendaring. I receive multiple Outlook calendar invites each day. While I can receive the invites via the iPad email app, I can not open them and they are not added to my calendar. I resolved this by using Google Sync on my PC at home. When my home PC receives an invite, it is added to the Outlook calendar and synced with my Google calendar. I also have my Google calendar set to sync both my iPad and iPhone.
I have to attend several Webex meetings each week. Cisco has created an iPad Webex app which is available for free on iTunes. I used this app three time and it works well. When you connect to the meeting, it asks if you would like to have Webex call a phone or use the iPad for audio. I tried to use audio the iPad twice and both times was informed that the feature was not supported on the Webex server. I suppose this is something that will be added over time.
Well, as I said at the beginning of this article, I am sitting in the hotel and it is getting late, so I will continue this topic in the next post. Make sure to check back because some of the most useful (and fun) apps are yet to come.]]>