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

November, 2011

November 24, 2011  1:02 PM

Lync IM for BlackBerry, iOS, and Android

Posted by: Nathan Simon
android, corporate IM, iOS, iOS 4, Lync, microsoft, video conferencing

A tweet from Microsoft Australia has landed at my doorstep, well not mine, but everyone that's subscribed to it :)

Confirmed RT : So apparently...

November 23, 2011  1:03 PM

Windows 8 “Improving the Setup Experience”

Posted by: Nathan Simon
advanced setup, end-to-end experience, microsoft, online, online upgrade, setup, Streamlined Upgrade, user interface, Windows 7, Windows 8

Its about time Microsoft makes the installation of Windows easier, what better way to draw clients then to make things easy for them?

Installing Windows is a complex operation that provides an incredibly unique capability—the ability to run a new version of Windows on a vast array of...

November 23, 2011  12:50 PM

Pico-ATX Nettop

Posted by: Nathan Simon
A1150, ARTiGO, hdmi, HTPC, multimedia, Nettop, streaming, VIA, VIA Eden, WiFi

Wanting the PC experience on your bigscreen TV? Don't have an idea of how to get it done? PC too far away from your TV? VIA might have the solution for you. Over at Engadget they have article about the VIA ARTiGO, a $265 nettop.

That VE-900 mini-ITX kit still too big for you, eh? Then...

November 22, 2011  2:04 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Antivirus, Beta, Microsoft Security Essentials

Do you want to stay on the cutting edge of security? Want to be cooler than everyone else? Well why dont you sign up for the Beta of MS Security Essentials? The Beta includes the following new or or enhanced features.

Enhanced protection through automatic malware...

November 22, 2011  1:48 AM

Got a Playbook?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
BlackBerry PlayBook, hdmi, how to use the playbook, presentation tool, RIM

Did you get a BlackBerry Playbook but not sure to do with it? has a great page that gives you the 101 on how everything works, and what you can do with it... i have included in insert below... Since the day it was announced, it was clear the BlackBerry...

November 21, 2011  11:29 PM

Miss the BlackBerry Playbook Boat?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
BlackBerry PlayBook, chip, Ipad, iPad 2, Nvidia, Processor, quad-core, RIM, soc, tablet, Tegra 3

So who got a Playbook? I tried to get on and they are sold out everywhere. I hate to say this but RIM copied HP, and that's fine, at least they don't intent to close the QNX doors like HP did with Web Os and the Touch Pad. Well if you missed the boat and were unable to get a Playbook, have no fear,...

November 14, 2011  11:05 PM

Intel’s new Sandy Bridge-E

Posted by: Nathan Simon
8-core, ASUS GTX-570, ASUS P8P67, Core i5-2500k, Intel, OCZ Vertex2, Overclocking, Sandy Bridge-E, sandybridge, Socket 1155

Now that the Intel Sandybridge has been out for a while and proven itself, Intel wants to up their game.

Intel has just released its new Sandy Bridge-E platform. With six- and eight-core processors, eight DIMM...

November 14, 2011  9:40 PM

Blackberry London QNX Phone

Posted by: Nathan Simon
BBX, BES, Black Berry Colt, Black Berry Enterprise Server, Black Berry London, Playbook, QNX, RIM, stock

Is it a hoax? I sure want to add to the hype!

For what it's worth, The Verge was informed that this model is merely a dummy unit, although the actual device is alleged to contain a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. An 8-megapixel...

November 8, 2011  12:59 PM

Windows 7 System Hang – Application Experience in Eventlog

Posted by: Nathan Simon
A.e.L.o.o.k.u.p, Event 7036, Service Control Manager, Sleep, system hang, Task Shcheduler, The Application Experience service entered a stopped state, Windows 7

Your system has hung, most likely before going to sleep. The last few things in your eventlog before the crash was and information event 7036, Service Control Manager, under the general tab you saw the following. " The Application Experience service entered the stopped state", and...

November 8, 2011  3:41 AM

To 6G or not 6G

Posted by: Nathan Simon
OCZ Vertex, Sandforce, SATA2, SATA3, SSD Benchmark

Are you on the fence about spending that extra bit of hard earned money on a SATA3 drive, and have only SATA 2 ports? Well based on the information below, purchasing a drive like the Vertex 3 will still net you some great results.

We tested OCZ’s Vertex 3 6Gb/s SATA drive on our test...

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