The musings of an IT Consultant


August 5, 2012  1:25 PM

Replication built right in!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So adding to the VMware news, VMware has decided to include more features in the core product.

Up until now if you wanted replication for your VM’s you had to go to a third party solution or buy VMware’s SRM which is licensed by the amount of VM’s you want to replicate. Well the latest news is going to make you happy!

VMware has announced that regular VMware replication functionality will be available standalone in the core product without having to buy SRM! This will be configured on a per VM basis like you configure it now, but you don’t have to outlay the extra cash for SRM!

Thank you VMware!

August 3, 2012  1:21 PM

Cool feature in Mountain Lion but can you use it?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! As you know, I have updated my MacBook Air to Mountain Lion recently and have been using it in my daily life. What are my initial impressions?

It’s a small update to my existing OS X installation and doesn’t really change much to be frank. But at the same time I think it’s worth the upgrade to stay up to date. Unfortunately one of the coolest features called AirPlay mirroring which allows you to mirror your screen to your tv is only available on the newest Mac hardware.

My 2010 MacBook Air is out of luck where this is concerned and it can’t use this feature. Now I will be forced to upgrade to a new MacBook Air when my existing one is serving me just fine. I think this is a bad move on Apple’s part and they should have unlocked this feature for everyone.

-RP


August 1, 2012  1:17 PM

vRAM say goodbye!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard some of the most recent announcements from VMware!

They have finally done away with vRAM based licensing! This is great news as most of us users were feeling as if this were a tax on using VMware. So kudos to VMware on a job well done listening to their community and changing the model!

Licensing will now be socket based.

-RP


July 31, 2012  11:00 PM

Apple OS X Mountain Lion

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard that OS X Mountain Lion is available! It apparently has broken all sorts of records and has reached over 3 million downloads in four days!

What’s all the buzz about? Well it offers a few new features and everyone is excited to see them. Sure it’s not a huge overhaul but at such a cheap price , most people just say “why not?” and download it anyways!

I think Microsoft should take a hint from Apple and adopt a similar model. You can read more about the latest features here.

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:51 PM

The Dropbox public folder deadline is here!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! For those of you that don’t know, Dropbox is a file sharing/storing service that allows you to store your data in the cloud. For those of you that have used Dropbox for ages, you’ll be familiar with their public folder. It’s a folder you can share with other users essentially.

Well Dropbox is discontinuing use of the public folder and moving to just using shared links. You can click on a folder and share the link to it with your friends so you can easily share files. The last date for public folders is today, and as of August 31st, new users signing up can no longer  get access to it.

Existing users will still have access but it is unknown for how long Dropbox will support this. Stay tuned.

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:47 PM

Educational IT toys!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as a computer guy, I’m always looking for great way to get my kids involved in IT. Not because I want them to be in computer jobs, but because computers are such a part of our daily lives that I want them to have the proper skills to grow up in this world and be successful.

Well the company LeapFrog makes many products that help you out with just that! I bought my daughter a LeapPad which is essentially a tablet for kids made by LeapFrog. It allows you to buy educational games that your kids can play and it teaches them essential skills such as reading, writing, match, science etc.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:42 PM

Use a smartphone instead of that cheap digital camera!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you that are in the market for cheap digital cameras, I urge you to stop and think about that for a second. Most low end digital cameras don’t take pictures that are that much better than what you can get in a high end smartphone! The latest smartphones offer even HD recording!

Now granted, there are much more manual features available to you in regular dedicated digital cameras, but most pictures people take are usually only shared over social media and don’t require the high quality most dedicated digital cameras provide.

As a matter of fact, someone once said the best camera is the one you have on hand, and almost everyone has their smartphone on hand!

So the next time you think about taking pictures, i urge you to just give it a try. Take pictures with your smartphone instead and see if that will do the trick. If it leaves you wanting, then go ahead and use a real digital camera, but if you find it’s just fine, you just saved yourself a few 100 bucks on a point and shoot camera!

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:38 PM

Laptop case for your UltraBook!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! When buying a laptop case or bag for your new ultrabook, there are many selections, but what do you choose?

It seems counterintuitive to buy  a bulky case or bag when you just spent tons of money on a small portable computer. Well the other day I was in my local Future Shop and I had a chance to browse through the bags they had on hand.

I found a great case made by Init that had all the right pockets, and was the perfect size for my MacBook Air 13″. The best part? It was only $49.99 Canadian! You can walk into Future Shop and check it out there or you can go to their website and see if you can order it online. It comes with a 1  year warranty.

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:32 PM

Western Digital My Passport 2 TB

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you that are avid ultrabook users, or even those of you on the sidelines watching and waiting, the best news about ultrabooks is here.

Western Digital has created a 2 TB external 2.5″ hard drive! This is great for us ultrabooks users, because they are so small and portable and can easily fit in a small laptop bag or case where you store your ultrabook!

You can read more here.

-RP


July 31, 2012  10:28 PM

Patent wars!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

With all the lawsuits in the mobile arena going on, it almost seems like a soap opera or a video game! Someone could invent it and call it patent wars where the goal is to sue your competition into oblivion! :)

Well with all the ruckus about patenting rectangles for tablets going on , it’s got me completely frustrated! I don’t see how the government can even allow this to happen, it’s just preposterous! It would be nice if cooler heads prevailed and we actually worked together to create great technology for end users instead of stifling innovation with frivolous law suits!

It’s not like Apple was the first company to create an electronic device made with a rectangle with rounded edges.

-RP


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