The musings of an IT Consultant


January 5, 2014  9:14 PM

Lenovo launches new X1 Carbon at CES

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So Lenovo’s new launch announcement on the new X1 Carbon is amazing!

The new X1 Carbon features a new adaptive keyboard. This keyboard has the ability to be used in a contextual manner in relation to the application you are using at that time. It’s just another great innovation from Lenovo who continues to push the envelope with the products they build.

You can read more here.

-RP

January 1, 2014  8:50 PM

Faster speeds with 802.11ac access points

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So you’re looking at putting in a new wireless system and wondering if you should go with ac? Well even if you are just doing 802.11n, there are benefits.

The new gear seems to provide slight increases in speed to legacy 802.11n clients. This is due to beamforming capabilities in the newer ap’s.

You can read about the reasons in detail here.

-RP


December 31, 2013  10:11 PM

Where’s my Android?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Great news from Google!

Google nows has an app called Android Device Manager so you can find your lost Android smartphone, remote lock it, or wipe it! It’s about time this came by and I am happy to finally see it.

Other programs have long existed for Android that do this, but it’s nice to see an app come straight from Google. The app is completely free to use!

You can download it here.

-RP


December 31, 2013  10:03 PM

Cisco concerned over NSA

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So Cisco is concerned about the NSA. Isn’t everyone?

Some of the things in the news about the NSA has everyone concerned and now Cisco joins Apple in the group of companies concerned about what the NSA is doing.

Apparently the NSA has backdoored numerous devices in the industry and all of us as private citizens should be concerned. Here’s hoping Cisco can find these backdoors if they really do exist and lock them up tight.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 31, 2013  9:46 PM

Apple and the NSA

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Apple and the NSA have recently found them in the spotlight, and not in a good way.

Apparently there are claims that the NSA has the capability of compromising older iPhones with a 100% success rate. Apple has gone on record categorically denying these claims and they have said that they are not in collusion with the NSA.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 31, 2013  9:40 PM

HP cutting more jobs

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So once again HP finds itself in the news regarding jobs.

HP has announced that they will be cutting 5000 more jobs on top of the 29000 jobs they’ve already cut. My heart goes out to all those employees that have been hit by this so close to the holiday season.

Hopefully HP will be able to do the necessary retooling to stop the job losses from continuing.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 30, 2013  9:46 PM

Sony may be making a Windows Phone

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So Sony may be deciding to venture forth down the Windows Phone path.

According to rumors, Sony may be getting ready to build a Windows Phone for 2014. Windows Phone could stand to benefit from Sony’s involvement and it would be interesting to see how that would affect adoption rates from Sony fans all over the world.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 29, 2013  9:49 PM

Nimble Storage Stock Rises after IPO

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you haven’t heard of Nimble Storage, i suggest you look into them further.

Nimble Storage builds flash based SAN storage that works using the iSCSI protocol. Nimble’s approach is unique in that it uses a single tier but uses flash to accelerate everything. Through this Nimble is able to achieve very high performance.

Nimble decided to go IPO recently as I have blogged about before and their stock saw a major uptick when it was released. I would suggest keeping a close eye on Nimble because they are poised to do great things in the coming year for 2014.

You can read more here.

-RP


December 28, 2013  9:51 PM

Google in your new car

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as if we didn’t have enough gadgets in our cars already.

Google and Audi are going to be doing some neat things together with Android. This would be a huge selling feature for Audi vehicles! Imagine, email, web, etc. all at your Android fingertips in your luxury car!

You can read more here.

-RP


December 27, 2013  9:53 PM

SolarWinds ups the Ante with higher performing NTA

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know I love the SolarWinds line of products. I think they are easily some of the best products for network monitoring on the market.

The SolarWinds Orion NPM (Network Performance Monitor) and NTA (Netflow Traffic Analyzer) products are key tools in an IT administrators toolbelt.

Well SolarWinds just took it to the next level with NTA by increasing it’s performance and logging capabilities. If you are on a current support agreement you will automatically get all these new features for free. If you don’t own NTA, then this just became another reason to pick it up!

You can read more here.

-RP


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