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Monthly Archives: November 2007

In reference to my last post, I wanted to illustrate how I got the OpenFire Jabber server integrated to OS X’s Open Directory implementation.  I installed OpenFire in an effort to find an easy solution to providing group chat to my users.  OpenFire has a simple installation procedure, and seems very extensible even in the open source edition.  Unfortunately, due to the ease by which my users can take advantage of Google App’s embedded talk client in Gmail, I can’t find a good reason to switch completely over to this yet…

See post in OpenFire Community.

Also, this post on uninstalling OpenFire on a Mac might be helpful.

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In the last few months, we’ve been testing and using Google Apps for Your Domain for many of our standard business net services including email, documents, spreadsheets, and even presentations. Overall, we’ve been pretty pleased with the setup minus some aggravations that Google will hopefully fix over time. As of this writing, the Standard version is still free of charge which is a HUGE plus to a small company. Here’s some thoughts on it:
1. Wish I could administer the email service a bit better, they just added IMAP support, which helps considerably, but I still don’t have an easy way to monitor, filter, etc user’s email. Not a big deal, especially since you can upgrade to the Enterprise version and this ability comes with it.

2. Easier Group Chat would be huge. While the Google Apps Gmail is offering this as a part of the chat app embedded in the Inbox, they haven’t, to my knowledge, offered it to Google Apps yet. Since we mostly run Macs here, we use iChat a lot on most of the client computers, so I have to setup a seperate Jabber server in order to be able to create a chat room. The Google Talk application when tied into your Google Apps account will work, but alas, there’s no version for the Mac. The flash-made Talk Gadget through the web is, in my opinion, simply not up to the task. So, until they give us the ability for group chats through the Inbox applet or through iChat, I’m pretty much stuck. Oh, and other third-party chat clients (such as Pidgin) won’t group chat either.

3. The SpreadSheets tend to be pretty slow, especially when dealing with large amounts of information. But, for most cases, it works well.

But overall, it’s definitely worth the time and effort to put in place. It keeps small businesses from having to mess with the intricacies of email service, provides all the email/data backup, etc for you, and provides the nice Google interface with most everything. And best of all, it’s free!

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While our intentions here are mainly to provide for a place for ideas, comments, problems/solutions, etc for those of us at [Frontier Label, Inc.], we’re secretly hoping to be able to give back to the web community to whom we owe (and continue to owe) so much. Over the course of the last year, we’ve completely revamped our systems, overhauled from the ground up our website, and have laid down a foundation of continuing research and application in order to provide the best, easiest and most innovative service for the label making industry.

We’re hoping that this blog can serve as a way for us to record where we’ve been and provide back to the web community the solutions to problems we’ve come across.