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


August 25, 2009  3:14 AM

Blackberry Storm 2 (ODIN)



Posted by: Nathan Simon
BlackBerry, Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry Odin, Blackberry Storm 2, new blackberry, Odin

Well it was bound to happen, a leaked video made its way onto the Internet. If you currently use the Blackberry Storm, or any Blackberry for that matter check out this video. The person in the video states that even with the old OS, the phone performs faster and is much more responsive. Check out the video and article here.

August 23, 2009  3:47 AM

Office 2010



Posted by: Nathan Simon
CNET reviews, Excel 2010, microsoft, Office 2010, Office Suite, Outlook 2010, Word 2010

Yes, yes, old news, but i came upon an article on CNET where they preview Office 2010. Included in this article is a video review of Microsoft’s, latest Office suite. One comment that I smirked at was the fact that one of the editors installed it a while ago and stated, “I wish Outlook/Office 2010 tech preview would do something weird and dumb so I could write about it. Sadly, it just works.” check out the video review here. Also check out the screen shots, if you haven’t already. There is also a newer review that you can check out, that’s where i got the “it just works” tag-line from :)

NS


August 12, 2009  11:13 PM

Facebook Lite to challenge Twitter



Posted by: Nathan Simon
facebook, facebook lite, facebook.com, lite.facebook.com, new version of facebook, social network, social networking, twitter

Okay I know this isnt exactely tech news, or news about Vmware, or anything else. BUT it is news about two of the most popular socializing networks, Facebook and Twitter.

Picture this a stripped down version of facebook, where you can do everything you need to stay in touch with your friends, post to peoples wall, check out pictures, and message people, all while suppressing the games and videos that annoy people.

They may be catering to low bandwidth people also, but i think its a move to make it quicker and easier, while keeping all the core components. I say do it.

Facebook Lite was exposed to the masses when invitations to try out the new version were sent out. The new URL did not work of course… but it will eventually, the URL took keep a lookout for is lite.facebook.com.

NS


August 12, 2009  10:59 PM

Microsoft and SQL Server 2008 R2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
microsoft, new SQL Server, R2, Report Builder, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 features

I’m not a huge SQL Guru by any means, but I do have a few clients with SQL Servers hosting their data, which is critical to their business, so I am letting everyone know that Microsoft delivers SQL Server 2008 R2. I have attached some inserts for you to read. Then you can goto the full article :)

“The updated database software lets businesses build their own business intelligence capabilities. It includes a new version of its report-making software, Report Builder 3.0, that can incorporate maps.

“Report Builder 3.0 supports geospatial visualization to produce new insights and discoveries by combining geospatial data with business information,” according to Microsoft.”

“New wizards enable administrators to quickly set up a multi-server management environment in minutes–no professional services required,”

And now onto the originating blog post.


August 10, 2009  12:22 AM

More news on Project Natal for Xbox 360



Posted by: Nathan Simon
CNET, microsoft, project natal, xbox 360, YouTube

CNET got up close and personal with Xbox 360 Project Natal, the CNET editor went to Redmond and got to try out Project Natal himself. Here is an isert from the article…

“Although Microsoft demonstrated Natal at this year’s E3 trade show, the software maker hasn’t said when the technology will be available. The company has said that Natal, which incorporates face, voice, and gesture recognition technologies, will be sold as an add-on to the current Xbox 360 console.”

Check out the full story here. Also check out Microsoft’s Official page. The video is pretty impressive… there is also a YouTube portal to all the Project Natal videos here.

Enjoy!

NS


August 5, 2009  1:26 AM

Windows 7 is almost here….



Posted by: Nathan Simon
sucessor to Windows Vista, versions of Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows 7 benchmarking, Windows 7 RTM, Windows 7 support

If you still haven’t tried it out, or watched videos of Windows 7, the real successor to Windows XP you should do so as soon as possible… CNET has an excellent article with embedded videos, here is an isert from the website.

“Luckily for Microsoft, Windows 7 is more than just spin. It’s stable, smooth, and highly polished, introducing new graphical features, a new taskbar that can compete handily with the Mac OS X dock, and device management and security enhancements that make it both easier to use and safer. Importantly, it won’t require the hardware upgrades that Vista demanded, partially because the hardware has caught up, and partially because Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make Windows 7 accessible to as many people as possible.”

Read the full story here, trust me its a great read.

NS


August 5, 2009  1:18 AM

Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox 3.5



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Firefox, future of browsing, Google Chrome, IE8, which browser would you use?

Well Firefox hit the 1billion mark for downloads on July 31st, they are now at 1,000,122,057 downloads! Internet Explorer 8 is up there, but no where near that number… according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s statistics there has been more than 200 million times in the last 4 months. Beta testing Windows 7 has caused me to stop using Internet Explorer 8 and start using FireFox 3.5, nothing personal Microsoft, but Firefox just works better… check out the full story here. “Nothing like a good ole competition”, I say!

NS


August 5, 2009  1:11 AM

The Near Future of Laptops



Posted by: Nathan Simon
core i7, future of processing, HUGI, Hurry up and get idle, Intel Technology Summit, Netbook, Pine Trail Atom

An interesting story discussing the future of Intel, laptops, and netbooks. They mention Intel’s new Pine Trail Atom silicon which will shrink the amount of space required by the silicon while boosting power efficiency and performance. Also mentioned is HUGI(Hurry up and get Idle) which will allow the Processor to instantly go from 100% complete a task then back down to full idle… very interesting.

Here is an insert from the page and a link below to read the full story.

“At the Intel Technology Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, an executive described the imminent mobile future, including a major refresh of Netbook silicon, better-designed “ultrathins,” and turbo-powered high-end laptops.”

Read the full story here.

NS


July 30, 2009  4:57 AM

Utility Spot Light – RichCopy



Posted by: Nathan Simon
file migration, multi-threaded copy, resume copy, richcopy, robocopy, robocopygui

I was looking for the download to RoboCopyGUI as I was going to setup a mass copy of data from one server to another, and I stumbled upon this… RichCopy, see the insert for more info…

RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft. The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. Trust me when I tell you, this is the answer to all your file copying needs. What you’ll find most striking the first time you take RichCopy out for a spin is that it’s a multithreaded copying tool. That means that rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.

Go here to read the whole article and download the application.


July 29, 2009  3:37 AM

RAID Levels Pros and Cons



Posted by: Nathan Simon
mirroring, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, RAID 50, RAID 6, striping

Have you ever wondered what the pros and cons of every raid level is? Well look no further, I stumbled upon this website which describes all forms of RAID Levels and the pros and cons of each, along with a nice description. So the next time your talking with your fellow techies, you can sound a little bit smarter :)

Check it out here, I have also included an insert below from the website for a quick read.

“RAID 50 should have been called “RAID 03″ because it was implemented as a striped (RAID level 0) array whose segments were RAID 3 arrays (during mid-90s)

Most current RAID 50 implementation is illustrated above

RAID 50 is more fault tolerant than RAID 5 but has twice the parity overhead

High data transfer rates are achieved thanks to its RAID 5 array segments

High I/O rates for small requests are achieved thanks to its RAID 0 striping

Maybe a good solution for sites who would have otherwise gone with RAID 5 but need some additional performance boost”

NS


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