Friday, August 2, 2013



Amazon introduced a cloud computing service, S2, in 2006 and Google introduced a cloud delivered email system , Google Apps for Business, around the same time. Now several of the markets largest IT providers offer inexpensive, reliable, and scalable cloud based solutions. Thanks to the investments of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, RackSpace, and others there are million server environments available to host our applications, serve as storage targets, and even function as an extension of the server farms inside our data centers.

MMY has assisted many of our clients explore:

Perhaps you are exploring how cloud services might decrease your cost or improve one of your offered services. For our customers the first step has been an exploration of what is possible followed by an analysis of the fit of an alternative to their processes and operational methods. So take a look at two of our newest technology overviews a new high level PDF on Big Data and a new high level PDF on Cloud Computing then contact MMY for a more in depth discussion (cloud@mmyconsulting.com). 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Removing the AVG (Virus Product) tab from your Chrome Browser


I recently installed a new version of the AVG Virus Scan product (purchased version) and experienced the AVG tab for each new Chrome browser tab I opened.  It was an interesting experiment to find exactly how to remove this helpful AVG tab from my Chrome browser.  I thought I'd share how to eliminate this tab.  In short Chrome does have plug-ins in addition to extensions and here is how you disable a plug-in.

There were plenty of helpful posts on how to modify your computer by hacking through Windows RegEdit but, I find that level of manipulation too potentially destructive.  Fortunately CNET had a good post from 2012 on how to avoid the auto play of sound and video when you visit a web site and a modification of those instructions will allow you to regain control of your Chrome experience. (here is the original CNET how to http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57536917-285/enable-click-to-play-for-chrome-plug-ins/)

Here's how to disable plug-ins in Google Chrome:
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 1: Open the general menu in the top right-hand corner of your Chrome browser, then go to Settings.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Show advanced settings.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 3: In the new area that loads, find the Privacy subsection and click on the "Content settings" button.(Note  from MMY: you may not have known that this button takes you to a new screen that lets you control plug-ins)

(Credit: Screenshot by MMY)
Step 4: Scroll down to Plug-ins in the small pop-up window and select the "Disable Individual Plugins". Find the AVG plug-in and click Disable.  You should also disable the appropriate Web Browser features in your AVG management console.  Close and restart your Chrome browser, open a new tab to confirm that you have regained control over your Chrome Browser tabs.

Monday, February 25, 2013

HTML5 support for Google Drive videos

In case you missed the weekend's announcement, your videos that are stored in Google Drive may be viewed from devices that do not have Flash support.

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 06:52 PM PST
Videos stored in Google Drive are now available in HTML5. Videos will be served in HTML5 if Flash support is not available in the browser. This change allows users to play videos on their mobile phones without Flash support.

Editions included
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2423694

Monday, January 7, 2013

Now a Shared Inbox within Google Apps

Have you been waiting for Shared email 

Google Apps has expanded the capability to Google Groups to deliver:
  • Collaborative Inbox (shared email/inbox)
  • Web Forum
  • Q&A Forum
  • and email distribution list
A Collaborative Inbox will allow you to achieve a shared inbox for multiple users in your organization.  Follow this link to see how to define this new Google Group in your environment (you'll need Google Groups for Business enabled).

If you have really been waiting for this feature you may ask if you can bring your Exchange Public Folders over to your new Collaborative Inbox.  Yes!  Check out the new (version 3) of Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange for all the details.