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


February 14, 2012  1:12 PM

New BlackBerry 10 OS and Phone Images

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CrackBerry Kevin got a special email from his rumors mailbox… now I am pretty sure this is all legit, it looks like RIM marketing has released a pdf file full of awesome pictures.

POW! Following up the first-look image of a BlackBerry 10 phone we posted two weeks ago, today the good ol’ CrackBerry tip line received a pretty *interesting* email, to which was attached a 14-page .pdf file full of Cracktasticgoodness. The document was clearly prepared by one of RIM’s external ad agency partners as a BB10 briefing document, providing background information on BlackBerry 10 and outlining some of the OS features and ideas for how to position BlackBerry 10 in future advertising campaigns. BlackBerry 10 Phones may be months away still, but judging by the document it appears the behind-the-scenes work to begin marketing the next-generation of BlackBerry phones is already well under way.

Go here to see the pics and get more information.

February 14, 2012  12:58 AM

The Ultimate UltraBook? Sony?

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Maybe? But vendors are releasing them so fast my head is spinning…

Maybe Sony has the answer…

Meet the Sony Vaio Z2.

  • 13.1″ 1080p screen
  • Second Batter Slice that doubles run-time capacity
  • external dock option
    • add a dedicated GPU that can power the 13.1″ screen
    • optical drive (blue-ray)
    • addition connectivity

Want more statistics and the full scoop? Head on over here.


February 9, 2012  4:03 AM

Facebook Native App on PlayBook

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PlayBook OS 2 is soon to be released. Want the scoop on what’s new for the PlayBook and how it interacts with social apps?

When we took our first official tour of the native messaging on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 a month ago at CES 2012, one of the services that was missing from the social messaging integration was Facebook. We *knew* Facebook would soon be joining Twitter and LinkedIn, but it’s good to see Facebook is now there too for when the highly-anticipated PlayBook software update drops later this month. You can hit up the video above to get a quick look of the Facebook addition within the Manage Accounts option screen and integrated into the native messaging client itself.

Go here to check out the full story.


February 8, 2012  12:51 PM

VMware vDS Best Practices

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So you have 20 hosts, 50 different port groups, network configurations all over the place. Wouldn’t it be nice to pull that all together? Into one distributed switch? Whether you are new to virtual networking, or would like to take a peek at VMware best practices then you need the vDS Best Practices guide…

VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) is a key virtual network platform that is scalable and extensible. It also provides advanced networking features and operational simplicity that helps build a flexible network for the cloud. The advanced networking features such as NIOC, LBT, NetFlow, and Port mirror are available on VDS and not on a virtual standard switch (VSS). This paper walks through the design process of incorporating VDS and its advanced features in different customer deployments.

Go here to read more and to download the PDF.


February 6, 2012  4:54 PM

Guide to VMware Data Protection Whitepaper

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Eric Siebert, vExpert, wrote a series of pdf documents that explain how backups work in the VMware Environment, including an intro to VMware, backup and recovery methodology, data recovery in virtual environments, as well as a brand new document about choosing the right backup solution.

Here is an insert from the latest guide, “Choosing the right backup solution for a VMware environment”.

Virtualization is an invisible layer that is inserted between physical server hardware and operating systems. When you implement virtualization in your data center, it affects almost everything in your data center that surrounds or connects to your virtual environment. This includes any type of hardware & software, such as storage, networking, monitoring and of course backup & recovery. With virtualization you’re in a whole new world especially when it comes to your critical backups. These backups are your safety net for anything that happens in your data center, and you need make sure that you choose a backup solution that is made for that new world as well.

Go here to download and read all the articles.


February 4, 2012  5:55 PM

Samsung Lotus Glass vs Gorilla Glass 2

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Both made utilizing Corning’s technology, but Samsung’s manufacturing process allows for far superior screen quality… 2 of the most important qualities you look for in a smartphone these days, durability and visual quality.

Corning released some information stating that Lotus Glass is just as strong as Gorilla Glass 2, yet because of the manufacturing process, it has an enhanced picture quality, better response time, better resolution, and reduces the screen’s power requirements(someone explain this one to me please!)

It has also been brought to my attention that Lotus Glass is going to be used in conjuntion with Gorilla Glass, and will not be a used separately. This will make for one tough smartphone display. Go here to read all about it.


February 2, 2012  5:25 AM

Facebook : How much is it worth?

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Today marks a historical day for Facebook, only thing better is when stock starts trading on the public market!

It’s finally happened — the Facebook IPO is a real thing. No more speculation, no more guess-work. Facebook filed its S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this afternoon indicating its intention to go public with an eye toward raising $5 billion from sales of stock based on a $100 billion valuation.

How much do you think Facebook is worth? Read more here.


February 1, 2012  12:54 PM

In this Corner – Samsung Galaxy S3

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The Galaxy S3 will not be showing up at the Mobile World Conference 2012, but instead will get its own launch party mid 2012.

Whether it is delayed because of manufacturing or because of wanting to directly compete with iPhone 5, the launch of the Galaxy S3 will be huge. You can bet that it will hurt the iPhone 5’s own launch.

Is Samsung going to put in a Dual-core Exynos processor or a Quad-core Exynos processor? Many of us are hoping for a quad-core, we always want more power right? I think the more important issue is which one works better with the battery? As long as the phone runs fast like the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch on Sprint does, I am happy with dual-core as long as the battery is adequate to last the entire day.

The iPhone 5 is rumored to be released July, maybe that’s the reason Samsung is waiting? Read more here.


February 1, 2012  12:36 PM

BlackBerry Superphone “London”

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You got that right, BlackBerry has released the first legit photo of their new phone! Here is an insert from CrackBerry.

…the BlackBerry London in the image above looks much more like a phonified BlackBerry PlayBook, featuring the rounded corners and all-black look of RIM’s first tablet. And while we heard the first photo of London was legit as RIM hardware concept, we’ve been hearing for an even longer time now that the first QNX-based hardware was more like a downsized PlayBook.

Head on over here for the photo and more details!


January 23, 2012  3:35 AM

RIM CEO’s Step down!

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Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis step down and Thorsten Heins is named CEO… it was just announced moments ago… this has to be good for RIM stocks!

According to RIM’s press release Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee and Jim Balsillie remains a member of the Board.

Read more here.


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