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

November, 2010


November 30, 2010  2:08 AM

Cisco Cius



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Cisco, Cisco Quad, Cisco WebEx, cloud computing, collaboration, email, enterprise, enterprise instant messaging, enterprise social software, hosted applications, intercompany collaboration, on-demand, on-premise, on-premises, presence, presence federation, SaaS, social software, unified communications, WebEx, XMPP

Hot off the presses, the new Cisco Cius. I first caught wind of it from Raj over on his blog, go check out what he had to say! I am going to of course write my own little article about it as its...

November 30, 2010  1:56 AM

Patriot Box Office



Posted by: Nathan Simon
dolby digital, Full HD 1080p, hdmi, hdtv, media player, Media Server, patriot, Patriot Box Office, PBO, streaming media

What would a techie be without his toys? Patriot better known for their memory and USB devices have recently released the Patriot Box Office or PBO.

The Patriot PBO Core is a Full-HD all-in-one media player that frees your digital media library from the constraints of a PC and bridges...


November 29, 2010  2:02 PM

Sandy Bridge then Ivy Bridge



Posted by: Nathan Simon
directx 11, Intel, intergrated graphics, Ivy Bridge, motherboard chipsets, Sandy Bridge

These are the code names for the next two successive chipsets by Intel. Sandy Bridge processor socket will be 225mm², they will also have an improved memory controller, with a maximum of 25.6GB/sec bandwidth. Included is the support of octacore processors(future release). Ivy Bridge will be...


November 24, 2010  2:00 PM

iPhone iOS 4.3?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Apple, application, Daring Fireball, iOS 4.1, iOS 4.2, iOS 4.3, Ipad, iPhone 4, jailbreak, News Corp, newspaper, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Jobs, subscribe, The Daily

I swear iOS 4.2 was just released, I am still running iOS 4.1 and do not plan to go to iOS4.2 for a little bit,  the phone works fine. My guess is that they want to stop Jailbreaker's or at least discourage them.

What’s does that have to do with iOS4.3? It’s going to let users...


November 23, 2010  4:15 AM

Western Digital 3TB USB HDD



Posted by: Nathan Simon
750GB/Platter, I/O Benchmark, low power, Serial ATA-2, USB, usb 3.0, WD Caviar Green, Western Digital

Western Digital has released the first boot-able 3TB USB HDD. With 64MB Cache and a 7200RPM spindle speed, and USB 3.0 support, his drive should perform quite well. The WD Caviar Green 3TB drive was able to reach 128MBps on the read test and 107MBps on the write test in the Overlapped I/O...


November 23, 2010  4:01 AM

What is Google Public DNS?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
DNS lookups, google, Google Search, Public DNS, router, search, secure DNS

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.

Why does DNS matter? The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the Internet's phone book: every time...


November 19, 2010  2:26 PM

Delete Failed DCs from Active Directory



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Active Directory, dc dies, Dcpromo, manual removal of dc, microsoft, Petri, remove domain controller, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

What do you do if a Domain Controller dies and cannot be revived? Just deleting it from Active Directory won't do it. There is only one thing you can do, remove it forcibly. Petri has an article that can help...


November 18, 2010  10:16 PM

How late do you stay up?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
geek, IQ, night-owl, research, smart, smart people, techie

I tend to go to be much later then normal people, sometimes as late as 2am, although my old body doesn't like me that much when I do so, but apparently the later you stay up seems to have some correlation to how intelligent you are. Those with higher IQ's tend to be nocturnal. I know this isn't...


November 15, 2010  8:14 PM

Facebook E-Mail? or Instant Chat? or Both?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
AOL, facebook, Facebook email, google, Mark Zuckerberg, modern messaging system

Mark Zuckerberg has been working on a modern messaging system that will give people the choice of where and when they want any of their emails, sms, Facebook messages, or from what it seems any messaging source. I gather this would be huge if he pulls it off, as the 500 million people who are...


November 5, 2010  12:17 PM

Windows Azure



Posted by: Nathan Simon
cloud computing, hosted, Mark, microsoft, Microsoft Download Center, MVP, sysinternals, webcast, Windows Azure

Have you heard of it? Well I have more than a few times from an MVP at EPIC. Essentially Windows Azure is a new platform for running applications on a scalable, reliable hosting framework. Over at the Microsoft Download Center, they have an Introduction to Windows Azure. The topics walk you...


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