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

Windows 7


October 1, 2010  7:27 PM

USB Storage & Windows 7 ReadyBoost



Posted by: Nathan Simon
microsoft, paging file, RAM, ReadyBoost, usb 2.0, Windows 7

Windows 7 has a performance feature called ReadyBoost. This feature enables the use of a USB storage device instead of the slow paging file on your hard disk when you're low on physical memory (RAM). The logic is simple - the USB storage device is faster than your hard disk drive. In order for...

September 16, 2010  9:28 PM

Internet Explorer 9 Beta



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Beta, faster browsing, gpu accelerated, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Connect, platform preview, Windows 7

Want to test drive the new browser? Well now you can, it is officially in BETA, See the insert below and then the download link at the bottom of this blog. I am about to install it and run some of the demo's. Back when I first piloted the IE9 demo, I was quite impressed. I wonder what Microsoft has...


August 30, 2010  4:21 AM

Sysinternals : TCPView Update



Posted by: Nathan Simon
awesome apps, live.sysinternals.com, microsoft, sysinternals, tcpview, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP

TCPView has been updated a few weeks ago, if you haven't checked out what's new, I suggest you do! TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. On Windows...


August 14, 2010  4:14 PM

Windows 7 and DirectX 11



Posted by: Nathan Simon
AMD, directx 11, DirectX10, Dirt 2, gaming, GTX 470, GTX 480, Nvidia, pc, personal computer, Tessellation, Windows 7

We all do it, PC gaming, well finally there is a graphics format that will improve on performance while starting to make games look more real.

AMD has been aggressively shipping DirectX 11 GPUs in almost every price category, while cards based on Nvidia’s new GTX 470 and GTX 480 DX11...


July 13, 2010  3:09 AM

Update on Systinternals Website!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Active Directory editor, measuring the memory usage of applications, memory analysis, microsoft, systinternals, teched, TechEd US 2010, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista

One of my all time favorite application suites is Sysinternals. Here is what's been updated in the recent past. Mark’s TechEd Talks Available Mark delivered four top-rated, top-attended sessions at TechEd US 2010 in New Orleans and they, along with all the TechEd sessions, are available for...


June 30, 2010  4:58 AM

Windows 8? Maybe…



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Aero, boot times, facial recognition, leaked images, leaked powerpoint, login credentials, microsoft, web camera, Windows 7, Windows 8

I stumbled upon this while searching for blog worthy news...

A set of PowerPoint slides that appear to contain details about the next version of Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows operating system surfaced Monday. The slides indicate that Microsoft plans to tackle the long-running...


June 25, 2010  2:14 AM

VMware vCenter Server 4 Update 2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
issues resolved, vcenter server, vmware, vsphere 4 update 2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Well since i like to follow VMware, I'd like to let everyone know that vCenter Server 4 Update 2 is out. With this release there has been guest operating system customization improvements, support for Server 2008 R2 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit (had issues in the past trying to install on these OS'),...


June 10, 2010  3:42 AM

Netrouteview



Posted by: Nathan Simon
netrouteview, route.exe, static route, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Here is a neat utility that i stumbled upon, when i was having routing issues on a user PC... yeah I know why would the route table be modified on a client PC, well it was for testing purposes... NetRouteView is a GUI alternative to the standard route utility (Route.exe) of Windows operating...


June 3, 2010  3:39 AM

Windows 7 P2V for ESX/VMware Workstation



Posted by: Nathan Simon
32-bit, 64-bit, bootloader, BSOD, disk2vhd, microsoft, P2V, VHD, vmdk, vmware, VMware Converter Standalone, VMWare workstation, vsphere, Windows 7, x64

Why is it so hard to find out how to properly P2V(physical to virtual) Windows 7 32 or 64 bit? I looked all over the net, googled until i couldn't google anymore and could not find the answer. Everything I did would end up in a BSOD or Bootloader errors, so i gave up. Then one night I was...


May 26, 2010  12:31 PM

VMware Workstation 7.1 Just released



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Aero, DirectX 9, industry standard, opengl, Virtualization, vmware, VMware Workstation 7.1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

As of yesterday the industry standard in desktop virtualization has just been upgraded to version 7.1. Along with the new release comes the ability to create virtual machines with up to 8 vcpus and 32GB of memory, driverless printing with no configuration for both Windows and Linux guest...


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