The musings of an IT Consultant

September 30, 2011  11:27 PM

Outlook for Mac

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So I’ve been using my Mac lately to connect to Microsoft Exchange 2010. I bought Outlook and installed it on my MacBook Air.

I have to say that I’m quite impressed with Outlook for the Mac. It works great and it’s easy to get around in the application for a user like myself that is used to the Windows version.

Everything is pretty straightforward, and creating meeting requests is a breeze. The one thing I did notice is that it seems it takes longer for the Mac to synchronize folders with the server than it does for my PC. I’m not sure if this is a MacBook Air thing, or Outlook however. In any case it’s not that much longer that it’s an issue but it was something I noticed.

The rest of my Microsoft Office experience is great as well, Word, Excel, PowerPoint are all great apps that work great on their Mac counterpart.


September 30, 2011  11:23 PM

HP Tablet issues

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So it’s kind of funny, lots of people rushed out and bought HP tablets. But now I have a few people coming to me for help with issues.

Turns out that there are quite a few issues with sluggishness and WiFi connectivity problems. The question is, will HP address these issues or not if they are looking to spin off PSG?

In any case, there is a hack out there to run Android on the HP tablet so maybe that might be a better alternative.


September 30, 2011  11:17 PM

Studying for CCNA Voice

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So I’ve been studying for my CCNA voice. I figured it’s time for me to expand my skills into the voice arena since it seems to be overlapping into the network world a fair bit.

I have always had some experience from my CCNP training, but studying for the CCNA Voice is giving me a great look into the voice world. The best part is that Cisco just came out with a new CCNA Voice study guide this month so it’s fairly up to date!

You can buy the book for cheap from You can review the new exam topics for the new exam 640-641 here.


September 30, 2011  11:14 PM

Screenshot on the Mac with Skitch!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so do you use Evernote? Well Evernote bought a company called Skitch and you can download their app for free from the app store on your Mac!

What does it do? Basically it’s screenshotting on steroids. You can take screenshots and then mark them up with drawings, text, arrows etc. Then share the screenshots with people or even drop them into Evernote!

You can read about it here.


September 30, 2011  11:09 PM

Samsung joins forces with Microsoft

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so one of the biggest announcements lately is from the mobile world.

Samsung and Microsoft have announced that they are joining forces in the mobile war! With Apple and Samsung embroiled in a deep legal battle, it only makes sense that Samsung has run to Microsoft for shelter.

This will enable them to cross-license and implement technology that Apple can’t sue over. Then Samsung can  focus on moving forward unhindered!

You can read more about it here.


August 31, 2011  9:56 PM

Microsoft Lync

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So what’s the latest in the UC world? Well Microsoft Lync is getting a lot of buzz!

Microsoft Lync is a software product that integrates with Microsoft Exchange and provides unified communications! It can integrate with most existing PBX’s as well!

More and more I’m hearing from customers that want to look into Lync. I think the tie in to Exchange was very smart on Microsoft’s part. They can leverage their Exchange business into a full UC business.

I will be doing more blogs on Microsoft Lync in the future. You can read more about it here.


August 31, 2011  9:54 PM

Web Security with OpenDNS

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Web security is a popular request these days. Many vendors offer this feature such as url filtering in their firewall products.

However these features typically come at an additional cost that is not easy to swallow. Enter OpenDNS! OpenDNS is a web based solution that provides you with DNS servers where you can filter URL’s and categories of content that you don’t want users to go to.

You can get a free account for personal use to try it out, and you can get an enterprise account for a decent price point. You can lock down the DNS settings in your group policies so people don’t change them, and you can block all DNS except your allowed servers at the firewall in conjunction with using OpenDNS to have an easy solution for web security!

You can try it out here.


August 31, 2011  9:48 PM

Locking down iTunes

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So here is a common question regarding iTunes.

These days many people are starting to use iPads in the enterprise and are wondering how they can do this without allowing users to have full access to iTunes. There is a really easy way to achieve this!

Implement parental controls! This is built right into iTunes and you can lock down the iTunes store and other portions of iTunes so a user is restricted on what they can do and what they can view.

You can read the instructions from Apple here.


August 31, 2011  9:45 PM

Silverlight on iPhone or Android

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you know flash doesn’t work on the iPhone but works on Android. But do you know what doesn’t work on either?

Silverlight! Granted, a lot of people have no use for it, but there have been a few occasions where it would have come in handy. It sure would be nice if everyone just got a long and supported everyone’s technologies. Of course I probably stand a better chance of achieving world peace. 🙂

Anyways, there might be a way to get Silverlight on the Android. Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight and it might be coming to Android. If this happens this will be a great win for the Android platform. Stay tuned.


August 31, 2011  7:27 PM

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with the HP tablet craze, it got me thinking about buying a tablet. Just for a second anyways….:)

I’m thinking I don’t want WebOS but i wouldn’t mind trying out Android. I think it is at the moment the only viable competitor to iPad.

I was thinking of purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. The only thing I wish is that it would be a little bit cheaper.

I think a lot of the iPad competitors could stand to lower their prices, it would provide a great way to eat away at Apple’s market share!

You can read a review of the tablet here. But in a nutshell the Galaxy Tab is a great device for the Android platform and Samsung has made a great high resolution display! It definitely has the geek factor going for it!


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