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


March 3, 2009  3:08 AM

Boston-Power Sonata Green Super-Battery

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Boston-Power, going green, Going Green East Top 50, GP Batteries, green, HP, laptop, laptop batteries, net-book, Netbook, Sonata

I wanted to post a follow up on Boston Power from a previous post I made, you can check that out here. I stated that HP would be the first to utilize this new...

February 18, 2009  4:47 AM

Excel Printing out Duplicates

Posted by: Nathan Simon
book.xlt, excel issues, excel printing duplicates, excel safe mode, excel troubleshooting, HP, IT professional, Laserjet

 Well here’s a good one for you, and I hope that this helps someone if they run into the same issue. Two PC’s both have the same printer, and both have the exact same drivers. The printer was an HP LaserJet 1320. The issues was that Excel would print out duplicate copies of everything. Running...

February 12, 2009  3:09 AM

NetBooks What are they good for?

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ACER, ASUS, dell, HP, IT professional, N270, N280, Netbook, Samsung, SSD, Windows XP, Z520, Z530

I’ve been following Netbooks closely, not too close, but close enough :) Jenny, yes our Jenny, asked me a couple notable questions. Answering that question will inform people that there are options out there to make the Netbook experience a joyful one. "I enjoyed your coverage on...

January 20, 2009  3:58 AM

HP Dat 72 USB Internal Tape Drive

Posted by: Nathan Simon
cleaning tape, crc, crc errors, DAT Tape drive, HP, HP DAT 72 USB, HP Tape Tools, poor tape drive performance, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec Backup Exec Speed issues

I had a tape drive at a client slowly die, I was running Symantec Backup Exec 12d. I spent an hour or so troubleshooting and ended up calling HP tech support and they decided to replace the tape drive, soon after, the replacement tape drive died.... it was in there for about one week. I tried...

January 7, 2009  1:49 AM

Netbooks are getting bigger!

Posted by: Nathan Simon
CES 2009, dell, dual core, HP, Intel, mini 12, Netbook

Intel wanted to keep Netbooks at 10" or less, Dell and Samsung are now each releasing 12" netbooks. What does this mean? Well its one less reason to not buy a more expensive dual core laptop(which Intel sells at higher prices and higher margins.) Intel is not happy about this, they say that...

December 11, 2008  9:10 PM

HP to use “Green Super Batteries”

Posted by: Nathan Simon
green, HP, laptop, lithium-ion, Mobile, notebook

Boston Power Inc created these lithium ion batteries, apparently what they do is act like new for up to 3 years. That and they will charge to full capacity in 30 minutes while delivering longer, on average, run-times. The batteries will provide 4.4 amps per hour as apposed to 2.6 amps from the...

December 11, 2008  3:03 AM

Terminal Services Printing Workaround

Posted by: Nathan Simon
HP, IT professional, Microsoft Windows, net use, Terminal Services, Windows Server 2008

Would you like to print to that HP Printer that just wont connect through RDP? Let me lay out the scenario for you. You have an USB HP Printer of any type. No matter what you have done you cannot get it to map. Well here is a little work-around that I put together a while ago. Take...

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