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


June 30, 2009  2:51 AM

Possible iPhone 3Gs Recall

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As stated in a Wired.com article, some users are reporting that their phones are overheating. So far there have been few claims, but since we all know Apple sold a lot(about a million) of these in the first week, there are bound to be more phones with the same issue. Apparently its due to faulty battery cells, and it is very possible that there could be thousands of affected phones out there. You guessed it, if your phone is affected you cant just swap out the battery for a new one, you have to either send it in for repair or swap it out at your local phone dealership(and we all know how that goes sometimes)!

I am still waiting patiently for my Blackberry 8900, no touchscreen for me!

NS

June 30, 2009  2:41 AM

Lost Connection to Exchange?

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You have a mailbox that you no longer can connect to, it either cannot connect to exchange or you may get an error stating that “MAPI Session “/o=servername/ou=first administrative group/cn=Recipients/cn=username” exceeded the maximum of 32 objects of type “session”

To fix this error go to the Mailbox store where the user is affected, right click on the store, then you need to modify the everyone permissions to allow “View Information Store Status” Once that is done the user just needs to log off and back in.

 


June 23, 2009  11:41 PM

Important c-Class Blade Enclosure Updates inc. iLO Updates

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Here are some very important updates for HP Blade Enclosures, I have also included iLO Updates as they are very important to keep up to date. Remember iLO and the Onboard Administrator firmwares can be updated live with no impact to the enclosure, ESX/vSphere server, Windows Servers, or Virtual Machine’s on ESX/vSphere. The Power Management Controller will have to be updated via a Bootable firmware CD.

HP Onboard Administrator for c-Class Blades is at rev 2.51 (May 28 2009)

HP ILO is at revision 1.7.8 (June 16th 2009)

HP Power Management Controller rev 3.4(B) (June 17th 2009) (haven’t figured out how to apply this one)

 Here is the whole HP Blade System Online Firmware Bundle

 If the files are out of date, which they shouldn’t be..

 then go here for ILO or Integrated Lights-Out and here for the Onboard Administrator  and here for The Power Management Controller Update

 NS


June 23, 2009  3:57 AM

A PC-free Printer

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HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web can connect to the Internet and print movies tickets, pictures, and pretty much anything else you can pull up on its web based OS. You will also be able to print from any blue-tooth enabled device and iPhone. The printer is expected to ship in September and be about 399 USD. Check out the full story here.


June 19, 2009  2:00 AM

Google Smart Charging

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Here’s a quick insert from CNET…

“Google has written software with “vehicle dispatch algorithms” that can decide how to best charge cars, Reicher said. In addition to smoothing out the load on the grid, smart charging makes it easier to take advantage of solar and wind power, which are variable sources of electricity. ”

Electric cars are getting more and more interesting… driving 70km before a charge is required is pretty good. Mind you ill be one of those guys that gets one of those hot rod electric cars, so it may not last that long! But what Google is trying to do is to stop the 530pm rush of everyone plugging in their cars.

Read the full story here

NS


June 15, 2009  8:50 PM

LOOP

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Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could purchase a PC, not have to use screws, not have to constantly rip apart your PC, junk old parts, and replace them, only to repeat this once every 1-2 years? Jocko Chan from Hong Kong has a novel idea. Basically its a designer chassis that required no screws at all. Part of his vision is to see users renting parts, ie a video card, when its obsolete, the card is returned and recycled and you get a much better video card in return, while continuing payments. Its kind of like leasing a car… check out some design art here. His work was submitted to a design competition that Dell put together called “Regeneration: International Green Computing Technology Design Competition”

This sure would be an interesting concept if it gets backed by Dell.

NS


June 15, 2009  8:33 PM

Intel’s next-gen Atom Processor

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Intel showed the new processor code names ‘Moorestown’ to a live public audience for the first time at the Spring IDF in Beijing.

Apparently it will run at 10x less idle power than the current Atom processor, although they didn’t let us know how much power the processor would consume while in use. My guess it about the same,(think of it, new processor, faster CPU, its has to use “more or the same” power) but netting better benchmarks.

Intel wants to make a serious attempt on the cellphone market with the new processor. Be sure that I will follow up with this at a later date.

Here’san article that states that LG will be the first to utilize ‘Moorestown’ I have also included an insert from that article.

“Moorestown will also be used in MIDs or mobile Internet devices. And it seems, at times, that the terms smartphone and MID are used almost interchangeably. “The MID segment will drive growth at LG Electronics. We chose Intel’s next-generation Moorestown platform and Moblin-based OS to pursue this segment because of the high performance and Internet compatibility this brings to our service provider customers,” Jung Jun Lee, executive vice president of LG Electronics, said in a statement. ”

It seems that things are looking up for mobile devices and smartphones, check back for further developments.

NS


June 11, 2009  12:33 AM

USB 3.0 Where are you?

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USB 3.0 has been in the IT News world for years now… but when is it going to officially be released? From what I just read, soon!

The webpage here (i know its old!) states that you can transfer 25GB in 70 seconds!

You can can check out USB.org and download documents, presentations, and whitepapers on SuperSpeed USB. Below is an insert from USB.org.

“SuperSpeed USB brings significant performance enhancements to the ubiquitous USB standard, while remaining compatible with the billions of USB enabled devices currently deployed in the market. SuperSpeed USB will deliver 10x the data transfer rate of Hi-Speed USB, as well as improved power efficiency.

  • SuperSpeed USB has a 5 Gbps signaling rate offering 10x performance increase over Hi-Speed USB.
  • SuperSpeed USB is a Sync-N-Go technology that minimizes user wait-time.
  • SuperSpeed USB will provide Optimized Power Efficiency.No device polling and lower active and idle power requirements.
  • SuperSpeed USB is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Devices interoperate with USB 2.0 platforms. Hosts support USB 2.0 legacy devices. “

The full details can be found on Intel’s website.


June 11, 2009  12:08 AM

Meet OCZ’s “Colossus” SSD Drive

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Currently its a prototype. Here is a quote from TheRegister.

“Unlike OCZ’s Z-Drive, a PCIe-connected 1TB SSD shown at this year’s CeBIT, Colossus comes in a standard 3.5-inch drive bay form factor. This format is generally used for hard drive storage arrays and server and desktop drive bays, with the 2.5-inch format, which many SSDs use, designed into notebook computers.”

The Colossus offers read and write performance up to 256MB/sec through a 3G SATA Connection.

Hopefully when the prices drop, we can implement these into desktops and see some better performance, right now prices are around 800$ so its just not feasible…

Here is a link to Guru3D that shows it off.

NS


June 9, 2009  2:11 AM

Acer chooses Google Andriod over Windows 7

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Over the weekend it has become known that Acer has chosen Goolge Android over Windows 7.

Now I don’t know what Google Android looks like on a Netbook, but I know that Windows 7 didn’t run too well on mine. On the defense of Windows 7, my lil Acer One isn’t exactly a power house. I guess that is why Acer choose Google Android instead, it is able to run on much lower resources, and apparently its wireless access speeds are much better then Windows 7. Along with its open source backings, this could make for a good opportunity for Google Android to shine!

Check out the full story here.


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