The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

January, 2009

January 28, 2009  3:56 AM

Symantec Backup Exec Fun

Posted by: Nathan Simon
backup exec compression, backup failing, compression not enabled, how to check for compression, SGMON.EXE, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec Backup Exec 12.5d, Symantec Backup Exec Speed issues, tape backup

Backup Exec is a great application, my personal favorite. Recently I had issues with a backup, as you can see in one of my previous posts... the backup works fine, although compression will not turn on. It is known by most Backup Exec experts that Symantec Backup Exec enables compression when the...

January 22, 2009  5:54 PM

Palm Pre : iPhone Killer?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
bluetooth, iphone, microsoft, Microsoft Direct Push Technology, Multi-touch, palm, Palm Pre, QWERTY keyboard, smartphone, webos, WiFi

I saw some videos on the Palm Pre and I am so far impressed.

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January 20, 2009  3:58 AM

HP Dat 72 USB Internal Tape Drive

Posted by: Nathan Simon
cleaning tape, crc, crc errors, DAT Tape drive, HP, HP DAT 72 USB, HP Tape Tools, poor tape drive performance, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec Backup Exec Speed issues

I had a tape drive at a client slowly die, I was running Symantec Backup Exec 12d. I spent an hour or so troubleshooting and ended up calling HP tech support and they decided to replace the tape drive, soon after, the replacement tape drive died.... it was in there for about one week. I tried...

January 12, 2009  11:22 PM

Windows Search Service and Server 2008

Posted by: Nathan Simon
how to enable Windows Search Service, Office 2007, Windows Search Service, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

  I just recently took Vista Business 32Bit off my laptop and installed Server 2008 Standard 32bit. I am quite amazed at how much faster it is, I guess mainly because Vista is slightly bloated with Multimedia features not applicable too Windows Server 2008... anyways to get to my point of this...

January 10, 2009  5:52 PM

Google Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta Released

Posted by: Nathan Simon
browsing, Google Chrome, Google Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta, Greasmonkey, Internet Explorer

One of the better updates is the fact that you can have "profiles" within Chrome, ie different homepages, favorites, and history. The update also allows for Full Page Zooming, Auto Form Completion, and Greasemonkey. Don't know what Greasemonkey is check

January 9, 2009  3:04 PM

Outlook Auto-Fill File

Posted by: Nathan Simon
auto-fill, nk2, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office Xp, Outlook

Sorry this is going to be a short one... The file is called outlook.nk2, it contains all the addresses of all the people you emailed or responded to in Outlook. I always make sure to back this file up. The file is located in "C:\Users\loginname\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook" for...

January 7, 2009  1:49 AM

Netbooks are getting bigger!

Posted by: Nathan Simon
CES 2009, dell, dual core, HP, Intel, mini 12, Netbook

Intel wanted to keep Netbooks at 10" or less, Dell and Samsung are now each releasing 12" netbooks. What does this mean? Well its one less reason to not buy a more expensive dual core laptop(which Intel sells at higher prices and higher margins.) Intel is not happy about this, they say that...

January 7, 2009  1:08 AM

New Version of Autoruns v9.37

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Autoruns, logon, Microsoft Windows, services, sysinternals

This update includes a cool new option, Hide Microsoft and Windows Entries! To use this, you start Autoruns (link to follow), then click on options, then "Hide Microsoft and Windows Entries". This option makes it much easier to sort through all the apps and services loading on your system. You...

January 6, 2009  3:54 AM

Slow system…?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
antech, Nforce, pentium 4, pentium dual core, power supply, RAID stripe size, sata, slow system, Windows XP x64

Well have you ever checked the hardware monitor section in your BIOS, this will show you what your powersupply is running at along with Fan speeds and CPU Temperatures. If left unchecked most BIOS' will not warn when there is an issue with the powersupply, depending on the severity of course. For...

January 5, 2009  1:20 AM

Intel to Produce High-end GPU

Posted by: Nathan Simon
AMD, CNET, GPU, graphics processing unit, Intel, Larrabee, Nvidia

Here is an insert from CNET News... "Intel, never one to shrink from competition, announced that it would enter, by 2010, the market for high-end graphics chips. The chip, code-named Larrabee, would give Nvidia and AMD something...

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