So the other day… My mouse on my home computer just started shaking, shaking and acting very erratic. This was well after April fools day so I was fairly certain I wasn’t being punked.
Items plugged into this laptop are/were:
+ a Logitech VX Revolution (Wireless) Mouse.
+ a Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard (also wireless).
+ a USB cable into my USB KVM which also shows up as a mouse/HID device
+ a Bluetooth presentation mouse, though not currently active.
I did the normal trouble shooting steps. Made sure my anti-viri software was up-to-date. Plugging and unplugging mice and keyboards. I *thought* it was the diNovo Edge as it also has a little track pad. It would go away for a while but not permanently.
It made using the computer almost impossible.
After a little more research I found technet Article: The Microsoft mouse pointer moves erratically or does not respond when you use a Microsoft pointing device # Q321122 and was appalled at the 82 steps it took to fix this. Why this is still an issue after almost 2 years, and why since it is an issue that there isn’t a utility to deal with the 2000 registry entries I had to manually delete is beyond me.
But if your mouse suddenly gets the shakes. You may want to look into this.
FWIW, deleting all the devices from the device manager had a greater impact than deleting all the registry entries.
No offense was intended to those that actually have Parkinsons disease and shake like my mouse was shaking. It would be nice if you could eliminate a few drivers and registry entries to get rid of it.
We’re currently evaluating our corporate Anti-virus products.
For the past couple years we’ve used Trend Office Scan. For the most part it’s worked OK. The interface and admin tools are horrible though and it’s also good at finding things but not necessarily cleaning it up.
Over the last couple months we’ve had a few (read more than 4) instances where computers were infected and Trend Office Scan was oblivious.
We’re up for renewal in February, so the timing is perfect to switch.
In the recent cases of infestation we’ve been able to limit the damage and clean up after trend with other 3rd party products. Mostly free versions so this really makes us suspicious of Trends effectiveness.
For the record, we are not open to any Symantec solutions. That’s just not going to happen. We’re also not big fans of McAfee. Those two companies seem more focused on Marketing than creating reliable usable products.
We’ve looked at AVG and Kaspersky and Microsoft ForeFront and are leaning towards AVG.
AVG looks great on the client side, but administratively it’s kind of week.
Kaspersky is just overkill, we’ve toned down UAC messages, and installing Kaspersky will remind you why you did so. It’s also prohibitively expensive.
Microsoft ForeFront, really come on… A corporate anti-virus solution should not have the complexity of Sharepoint to administer it. It also shouldn’t need to use 3 different servers.
We are leaning towards AVG but we are open to suggestions.
- Cost: < $20 a user
- Basic Anti-virus is really all we need, we don’t need another firewall product and we don’t need extended browser enhancements or even email scanning.
- Centralized updating and management is a MUST. Our users shouldn’t ever need to do anything and we need to report on the condition of the product.
If you have a suggestion or a comment on any of these products please post away.
A couple of weeks ago I got this rather dubious email from the fine folks at Google. The said that my site was being ranked as ‘possibly’ unsafe.
They warned me that search engines would display that datapoohbah.com might contain files that could hurt your computer. WTF?
I know I can be harsh at times, and there may be links to some utilities here or there that might be of dubious nature. But there isn’t a damn thing here that’s harmful to your computer.
They claim that my site might have been hacked… Uhm, OK, I’d probably notice if it was but can certainly understand that some folks might not notice. Fair enough.
But what they didn’t do was tell me what exactly it is that they think is “potentially unsafe”.
This is a crock. I couldn’t reply to the email as it was a notification email only. I found the program and sites used to ‘rate’ unsafe sites like mine and have sent several emails asking for clarification. All to no avail.
I’ve half a mind to start sending out emails warning that Sergey Brin, just might have an STD. Apparently I don’t need to disclose what STD it is, or even if it’s true.
Not sure when this was released or how I missed it. But this is pretty much the ultimate color/theme tool.
FREE at http://kuler.adobe.com/
You had me at EHLO
has the new MS Exchange 2007 Management Console. Looks like a dose of sanity and common sense has infected them after the nested folder madness of the exchange 2003 admin console.
In exchange 2003 there was no clue as to whether a property page needed to be accessed by right clicking for the properties menu or to keep digging deeper.
OK this tops my list of extremely annoying. Trend Officescan implies that superscan 3, the supereffective fast and highly useful network scanning utility is ‘grayware’.
Well, yes, I suppose it could be used for nefarious purposes.Â Just like a brick could be used for nefarious purposes.Â As an example, we make houses out of brick, but if I took a brick and dropped it on the heads of the idiots who did this at Trend, they would probably recommend a law to outlaw bricks.
thanks to officescan a 15 minute task to scan a network looking for hardcoded ip addresses turned into a 45 minute task of trying to configure officescan to allow me to use a great piece of software.
Note:Â Superscan 4 is out, but it sucks.Â Superscan 3 is all you probably need and it’s not bloatware.