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

Microsoft Windows


April 26, 2011  6:17 PM

My New OCZ Vertex2 SSD Drive



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ASUS, Memory Express, OCZ Vertex 2, OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III, OS, SSD, Windows 7, Winnipeg

Recently my ASUS P8P67-Deluxe started to show failure on the disk drives, even after moving my SATA disks to the 6G ports. I decided it was time to swap out my mainboard with a "B3 Stepping" board. When I was at Memory Express here in Winnipeg, I decided that I wanted to also take my existing HDD...

April 24, 2011  7:54 PM

Windows 7 sells 350 Million Copies in 18 Months



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Internet Explorer, licensing, Market Share, OS, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP

Yet, its nowhere close to Windows XP overall penetration of the global operating systems market (54%). Windows 7, in contrast, is flourishing both at home and at work. Microsoft cites an IDC estimate that 90 percent of corporations are currently in the process of migrating to Windows 7, and...


March 22, 2011  5:51 PM

Asus Eee Slate EP121



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ASUS, Bluetooth V3.0, core i5, Eee Slate EP121, LED, microsoft, touch, Windows 7 Home Premium, WXGA

With all the tablets out there, here is one to watch out for.

A tablet device shouldn't have to skimp on powerful hardware just because of its size. Accept no compromises on performance and portability with the ASUS Eee Slate EP121, the world's most powerful tablet device featuring an...


March 19, 2011  4:39 PM

How to Disable Windows 7 Automatic Update Restart



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Automatic Updates, Computer Policy, disable Windows 7 automatic update restart, gpupdate, Group Policy, microsoft, no restart, User Policy, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

How often have you sat down at your computer and your logged off? What happened you say to yourself? You log back in and Windows kindly mentions to you that it had restarted because of Windows updates. Well what if you had a bunch of stuff open? Yeah Windows doesn't care, it just reboots. Well I am...


February 15, 2011  1:55 AM

Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Capacitive Multi-touch technology, Convertable, DDR3, Dell Insprion Duo, Intel, Intel Atom Dual Core N550, Intel NM10 Express, touch screen, Wi-Fi, Windows 7

The Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet, basically its a tablet that converts into a netbook with all the bells and whistles, including touch capabilities!

“Dell is changing the shape of computing, with products that usher in new experiences and allow people to stay connected to each other and...


January 29, 2011  4:51 PM

HP Elitebooks



Posted by: Nathan Simon
8540w, 8740w, Hewlett-Packard Co., HP, HP EliteBook 8740w, Virtualization, vmware

Maximum PC has a nice review on an EliteBook 8740w, while this beast of a notebook isn't for everyone, it definitely plays in the space of high end developers, designers, and Senior Systems Engineers.

With features squarely aimed at businesses that require a color-accurate display,...


January 14, 2011  2:19 PM

ILO / NTP / Timezones



Posted by: Nathan Simon
host clock, HP, HP Insight, ilo change time, Integrated Lights Out, NTP, Proliant, set time in ilo, Timezone

If you would like to know how to enable NTP settings on ILO, don't ask, as it cannot be done. Others have asked if ILO can run in a different timezone. Based on many reports, ILO syncs with the host clock, or BIOS. Because of this ILO cannot show time as if its in another time zone. If you are...


January 13, 2011  1:40 AM

Lost HTTP Access to MSA 2012i



Posted by: Nathan Simon
cannot access via browser, Firefox, HP, http access not working, Internet Explorer, iSCSI, lun, microsoft, MSA 2000, MSA 2012i, Storage Controller, vmware, Windows

Well, the scenario is that I lost the ability to manage the storage controllers via a web browser. I could ping each controller fine, and I could also telnet into them, which is great, because with telnet you can fix this issue. Go to Command Prompt. Type telnet 192.168.x.x (whatever the IP...


January 3, 2011  1:08 AM

VMware Workstation 7.1.3



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Linux, maintenance release, microsoft, Resolved Issues, Ubuntu, vmware, VMware Workstation 7.1.3, Windows, Windows 7

VMware Workstation v7.1.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. Its isn't a major release so unless you are having issues with the application, there isn't a need to upgrade yet. When launching previous versions of VMware Workstation you will get a notice stating that this...


December 20, 2010  8:34 PM

Microsoft Releases Security Essentials 2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
heuristics, inspect traffic, major release, Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, MSE 2, Pulse, Windows 7, Windows Firewall Integration, Windows XP

Microsoft released v.2 of their antivirus application, unannounced, not sure why. Maybe it wasn't a major release to them, but when you change the primary number, from 1 to 2, I would consider that a major release! I first learned about it off my iPhone via


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