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Issue Tracking
We were looking for a good issue tracking system a while back. I'd used FootPrints in the past, which I found to be really slow and cumbersome. We tried the IssueTracking starter kit and found it subtantially lacking. Eventually, we tried a product called Gemini from countersoft. They allow you 10 users for free to “get you started”. We used this for about 6 months to a year and then realized that we could use it throughout the company. After the exchange rate, we ended up paying $273 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 7:51 AM

Hiring employees
We're finally going to replace our sysadmin that quite a while ago, but that means we're back into interviewing, which is a lot of work. Trying to figure out if someone has the skills that you need and if they have the personality that will fit in is very difficult. One aspect that I find particularly challenging is determining motivation and speed. Will the employee work quickly, or will they take forever to get things done. Yeah, they're technically competent, but will they use any of the knowledge ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 7:45 AM

Image Maps and the US
We decided that we had to have a US image map out on our web page. In searching for maps, I found a lot of the same type of map on people's web pages, but no source of where the map came from. It appears that many people are just “borrowing” the same map from each other's websites, which is fundamentally sick and wrong. We found a resource that we really like: www.mapresources.com. At first, we purchased their North American Continent map--oops no Hawaii, so we ended up purchasing just ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:09 AM

DropDownList Trouble
I was fighting with a drop down list on Friday, and I never did figure out what was going on. The list contains a set of all of the states in the US and the provinces in Canada and is bound to a DataSet. The user fills out a simple form (city and state) and the clicks on search. On the post back, server side, I looked for the value of the state, and it was always set to the first value in the dataset. First thing I found was that the list was being reloaded on the page reload. I took steps to stop ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 8:41 AM

Are sales people always like this?
Sometimes I think e-mail is a bad thing. Over the weekend, our illustrious sales department decided to send out a new campaign to get old customers back to our service. They didn't tell anyone, and rather than using the mechanisms provided by IT to them for the purpose of sending e-mail campaigns, they just opened up Outlook and started BCC'ing people. They send a 2.2 MB file to THOUSANDS of people over our poor little T-1. The mail server also isn't a super large server (the former sysadmin really ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 8:30 AM

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