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Today in History – October 4, 1979

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Today (October 4th) in 1979 the HP 41c Programmable Calculator was introduced. The HP-41c was the first programmable calculator on the market and was the first to give alphanumeric displace capabilities. The HP-41c also had four ports that could be used for expandable memory, a thermal printer, a bar code scanner or a magnetic reader.

Today you can find the HP-41c on display in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Windows XP and Server 2003 – End of Life is Coming Soon.

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Microsoft has been very transparent over the last several years that Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are entering end of life in 2014.

What does this mean for you?

Depending on your industry, this could be very problematic. Microsoft stops creating and pushing technical and security patches to their products once mainstream support has ended. This puts computers at risk to operating system vulnerabilities, ultimately putting data and machine stability at risk. Additionally, software vendors aren’t really building software for XP anymore. Ipaddress I mean, why would anyone want to develop on an OS that’s 12 years old? Yes, it’s been 12 years already!

The time is now to upgrade your environment. Take this year to decide a budget and give Jabtech a call to help with your operating system migrations.

Server 2008 R2 RDS – Multi Screen Issues

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Our support team lost a bit of hair today when troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS (Remote Desktop Services) issue. Our customer was complaining that when end users with dual screens logged on, a blank desktop was displayed, with a frozen taskbar and funky start menu. When the start button was clicked, a small user would be displayed from the top of the menu and nothing else worked. The session was useless. If they disconnected their session and logged back in, the session was fine. ask a question . Strange.

We spent seven (7) hours of troubleshooting before finally finding this TechNet article:

The final resolution in our case was to uninstall the ATI software from Programs and Features. Once the server was rebooted, both displays enumerated the desktop correctly.

Data Gone? I don’t think so!

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Got a hard drive that’s on the verge of failing? So did one of our customers recently. One of their laptops started to blue screen and innocently we all assumed the data was perfectly safe since Windows kept attempting to load. We went through a battery of solutions before nearly putting up the white flag and giving up. Check this out.

We connected the 2.5″ IDE hard drive to our recovery PC using an IDE to USB converter and the computer didn’t recognize a new hard drive. Strike 1.

So we attempted a different IDE to USB converter thinking it could have been a connection issue. The second converter recognized the disk but wanted to format it. Strike 2.

We tried a THIRD IDE to USB converter, and this time it recognized a disk, didn’t want to format, but showed no file structure on the drive….and now it’s starting to click!  Strike 3?  Desperately we used a recovery tool by a company called Kroll Ontrack ( The software quickly recognized the disk, and after a brief scan was able to detect the file structure. We were simply able to select the important user data and copy it to another drive. Problem solved! premium domains