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March 31, 2012  10:19 PM

Jim Balsillie Resigns from RIM Board



Posted by: Raj Perumal
co-ceo, Jim Balsillie, resigns, RIM

Hi folks, so unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard that Jim has resigned from the RIM board.

What do I think about this? I think it’s about time! By doing this, maybe RIM can move forward without the influence of the former co-ceo.

This should enable RIM to re-focus and hopefully accomplish what they need to do in the next quarter. You can read more here.

-RP

March 22, 2012  1:44 PM

Meru Networks Wireless Solution



Posted by: Raj Perumal
4th generation, access point, airtime fairness, ap, BYOD, centralized wireless, co-channel interference, Meru Networks

Hi folks! So in the past i’ve spoken about other wireless solutions such as Cisco. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about Meru Networks.

Meru Networks is a wireless company dedicated to selling wireless solutions. They don’t do anything else but that. They have a neat solution where they use a single channel instead of multiple channels and then crank the power on the AP’s to full to achieve good wireless connectivity. This helps with co-channel interference since everything is sitting in the same channel controlled by the controller.

The controller also truly gives airtime fairness by allocating time equally amongst clients. This way the speed of your wireless network is not dictated by the slowest client. This allows you to deploy very high density environments in mixed mode 802.11 a/b/g/n environments.

If you haven’t had a chance to check Meru out, I suggest you do. They are very price competitive and great in high density environments. In this day and age of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), it’s only going to be a matter of time where you will need a strong wireless solution.

You can read more here.

-RP


March 16, 2012  3:07 PM

Samsung Galaxy S3 Update – Trademark Names



Posted by: Raj Perumal
S III, Samsung Galaxy S3, SIII, trademark naes, US

Hi folks! So as you know there have been a ton of rumors going around about the Galaxy S3. For those of you that are Android fans you will be waiting in anticipation for this phone.

Some people have been wondering what some of the nicknames are going to be for the upcoming phone. Well it was recently announced that they have filed for trademark names in the US asĀ  “Thunder”, “Express”, and “Accelerate”.

This is just a rumor however and not confirmed. You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy S3 here.

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:51 PM

Google’s acquisition of Motorola



Posted by: Raj Perumal
acquisition, Google, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung

Hi folks! So you’ve obviously heard by now about the acquisition of Motorola by Google. This is just further evidence of the close ties between the telephony world and the computer world.

Really more and more these days you see a merging of these two industries and this acquisition is just another example of that. This is great for Google which could help them bolster their offerings in the Android market in their eternal battle against Apple.

However it’s not so good for the other vendors who have historically made products on the Android platform such as Samsung. I can’t imagine a deal with Motorola bodes well for them.

If anything I’m sure we will see Samsung doing more with Windows phone in the future. Nokia actually made a public statement to that effect. Nokia seems to think that there future will be with Windows phone and that Google’s acquisition of Motorola will put the rest of the phone makers at a disadvantage. I can’t say I disagree with Nokia on this one. Time will tell.

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:44 PM

Privacy in Canada, Bill C-30



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Bill C-30, CAnada, privacy

Hi folks, so if you’re part of the IT community and live in Canada, bill C-30 should be important to you. Not because you want it, but because you want to avoid it in any way you can!

Bill C-30 authorizes governments to get your private information from ISP’s without a warrant. Some people say that we should just let them do this. I for one can see how many a government official could severely abuse this.

If you are Canadian, please voice your opposition to your local politician about this bill!

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:41 PM

Yet another way to get a free BlackBerry PlayBook



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry, developer, free playbook, RIM

Hi folks! So if you read my previous post, you know you can get a free PlayBook by upgrading to BES version 5 by March 31st, 2012. Well there is another way as well.

Developers submitting applications to RIM can also get a free PlayBook. This offer was so popular that RIM has extended it to March 2nd, 2012. The PlayBook seems to be making a bit of a comeback in Canada where it’s market share has slightly increased.

It would be nice to see it stay in the competition to give the iPad and Android based tablets a run for their money. Like I always say, competition is great for the consumer!

You can read more here.

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:39 PM

Free PlayBook if you Upgrade BES



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES version 5, BlackBerry PlayBook, free playbook, upgrade offer

So RIM is offering a great deal for prospective people wanting to upgrade to BES 5. If you upgrade to BES 5 before March 31st, 2012 you will get a free PlayBook!

Now if you have a huge BES implementation, this might not be enough time to get a project such as this off the ground, but if you haveĀ  a smaller implementation, you should be able to easily handle the upgrade.

Why should you be running BES? Well another than the obvious reason of staying up to date with the latest secure code and patches, as well as support from RIM, you should upgrade to prepare yourself for Mobile Fusion.

Mobile Fusion is the software from RIM that will allow you to manage other devices than BlackBerries. This has a requirement of BES version 5.0.3. So upgrade now and get that free PlayBook!

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:33 PM

Windows 8 Consumer Preview!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Add new tag, Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview download

Hi folks, so if you’re interested in fooling around with new operating systems, the Windows 8 consumer preview is here!

Obviously you’re not going to want to run this in production, and you are sure to have some issues in testing, but that’s what testing is all about.

So if you have a test machine or want to run it virtually to test it, you can go here to get the preview.

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:27 PM

VMware VCP 5 Certification Upgrade Deadline Today Feb. 29, 2012



Posted by: Raj Perumal
deadline, VCP 5, VMWare

Hi folks! So if you are a current VCP 4, today is the deadline date to upgrade!

If you want to upgrade to your VCP 5 without having to attend a course, then you need to have written the exam by today. For those of you that haven’t done it already, it’s too late, you are now going to have to register for the course.

You can read more about the VCP 5 here.

-RP


February 29, 2012  8:22 PM

Google’s Privacy Policy



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Google's Privacy Policy

Hi folks, you have one more day to clear your Google history!

Due to Google’s new privacy policy, if you have web history stored at Google and don’t clear it before March 1st, 2012, it will become permanent. This is not good if you are a privacy advocate!

The EFF is trying to make more people aware of this and has posted instructions on how to clear your web history from Google. You can follow instructions here.

-RP


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