iphone_homeAn interesting article at the Apple Insider blog indicates that serious enterprise organizations are noting the advantages of adopting Apple’s iPhone over business’ traditional smart-phone pick, the Blackberry. Kraft, Oracle, & Amylin Pharmaceutical are some of the larger enterprise organizations who have found that lower annual operating costs, minimized IT overhead, and happier end users were just some of the benefits associated with iPhone adoption.

While there are certainly still some issues around the integration of iPhones into enterprise culture, steady improvements to the iPhones’s enterprise feature-set has led to dramatic changes in both attitude an uptake towards the iPhone. Oracle apparently has about 4,000 iPhones in use & Kraft has been adding nearly 400 new iPhones a month. Looks like choice is finally starting to become a word that IT departments are going to have to learn…

The full article can be found here on appleinsider.com.

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beachballWe’ve all seen & experienced the frustration of OS X’s rainbow-coloured beach ball (frequently referred to as the Spinning Beach Ball). Applications stop responding & sometimes the entire system seems to grind to a halt once the cursor has changed into that seemingly cheery multi-coloured ball.

Despite the friendly colours, there’s really nothing pleasant about the appearance of this particular icon, & the frustration of losing control of your applications (or entire computer) is compounded by the fact that it’s never really clear just exactly what is going on & why things are locking up in the first place.

Unfortunately, there’s no single solution to this particular issue. The beach ball can be a symptom of any number of issues & the possible solutions are as varied as the symptoms. So what is happening that causes the ball to appear? & how can we minimize its occurance?

What can cause the Spinning Beach Ball

Basically, the cursor will change from the regular pointer into the multi-coloured ball any time that the processor (CPU) finds itself waiting for a response, whether from the operating system, an application or a piece of hardware. The changing cursor is meant to inform users that the CPU is stuck waiting for a response from somewhere & cannot continue until it receives one. (Please note, this is a very basic breakdown of the issue, & not at all a proper technical description!!!)

There are a number of potential causes for this system ‘hang’ & the solutions vary, depending on the cause although they can be broken down into 3 basic categories: hardware, operating system, & application. Follow the links below for more information…

Hardware Causes (coming soon…)

Network Causes (coming soon…)

Application Causes (coming soon…)