The musings of an IT Consultant


June 30, 2011  7:55 PM

RIM’s letter



Posted by: Raj Perumal
anonymous, BlackBerry, letter, RIM

Hi folks! So the pain keeps coming for RIM!

An anonymous employee at RIM decided to call out the top brass at RIM and tell them everything they are doing wrong! If you read the letter it makes for some very entertaining reading.

I have to say there are a lot of points the guy makes that make a lot of sense.

You can read more here.

-RP

June 8, 2011  1:53 PM

World IPv6 Day!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
IPV6, World IPv6 day

Hi folks! So you know what today is? World IPv6 day!

This is the day where many organizations around the world actively participate in an IPv6 trial. They are doing this to essentially work out any kinks in the system. This is a great initiative and will help us prepare for the day when we all have to go to IPv6.

I know some of you think this day is a long time away, but it’s closer than you think. There are over 400 organizations¬† participating in this event, even such companies as Google and Cisco.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


May 30, 2011  4:41 AM

Microsoft to demo new operating system



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Microsoft, operating system, OS, tablet

Hi folks! So this just in, Microsoft is getting ready to demo a new operating system for tablets!

The rumor is that they will make an announcement quite soon. As you know they earlier announced that they would let Windows 7 support ARM but I don’t know if that is the case with this announcement.

Whatever they end up demoing, hopefully it’s better than RIM’s dismal PlayBook launch. Here’s hoping that we can have some real competition happen in the tablet arena from Microsoft!

-RP


May 30, 2011  4:36 AM

Samsung and Apple lawsuit



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Apple, lawsuit, Samsung

Hi folks! So you probably have heard about the lawsuit Apple brought against Samsung. This was for copying the look and feel of the iPhone with their own devices.

Well now this trial has taken an interesting turn. Samsung is requesting to see Apple’s upcoming devices such as the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5. I think it will be a cold day in hell before Apple gives in to show these devices.

Granted, the terms are for only the lawyers to look at the devices, not any engineers, but still, this has got to make Steve Jobs extremely ticked off!  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


May 30, 2011  4:25 AM

New revision of Sandy Bridge motherboards



Posted by: Raj Perumal
B3, fix, motherboards, sandy bridge

Hi folks! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve heard that the new revisions of the Sandy Bridge motherboards are out!

The older ones that have the problems should be next to impossible to find but just in case you are worried just look for the “B3″ logo on the product you are buying. This will ensure that you are buying the fixed version of the motherboard!

-RP


May 30, 2011  4:14 AM

Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controller



Posted by: Raj Perumal
802.11n, Cisco 2500 series Wireless LAN Controller, CleanAir, OfficeExtend

Hi folks! So for the last post in my wireless series this month, I wanted to speak about the brand new Cisco 2500 seriess WLC!

The new 2500 WLC supports 802.11n and comes with support for 5, 15, 25, and 50 access points. You do not need to buy separate hardware if you want to upgrade in the future, you can just purchase the appropriate license and upgrade your controller to support more access points.

One of the cool features is the ability to support Cisco OfficeExtend which allows you to place an AP at home and when you connect to it, you can connect to your corporate office.

You can read about the 2500 series WLC here.

-RP


May 30, 2011  3:59 AM

Cisco AP541N Access Points



Posted by: Raj Perumal
802.11n, access point, AP541N, Cisco, small business, SMB, wireless

Hi folks! So for those of you that want to use cheap wireless and 802.11n, there aren’t many options unless you want to go with really low end product.

Well Cisco is now offering small business access points that do just that. The new AP541N access points support 802.11n and are a perfect fit for the small business environment.

If you require more than what this offers you can always move up to a controller based solution, however for most small businesses these access points would do just fine.

You can read more about them here.

-RP


May 30, 2011  3:50 AM

Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Points



Posted by: Raj Perumal
802.11n, access points, Cisco 3500, CleanAir, wireless, wireless lan controller, WLC

Hi folks! So in regards to 802.11n, here is a great access point for you to use. The cisco Aironet 3500 series of ap’s have a technology that Cisco calls CleanAir.

This allows the access points to mitigate wireless interference in heavy wireless use zones. For example if your office is located in an area where there are a lot of other wireless signals, the 3500 will allow you to have a more stable wireless network.

You don’t need to deploy all 3500 series access points either. You can deploy a few in a few choice locations and then use normal 1140 series access points for the rest.

You can read more about the Cisco 3500 series access points here.

-RP


May 30, 2011  3:44 AM

802.11n Wireless



Posted by: Raj Perumal
802.11n, wireless

Hi folks! So with the plethora of mobile devices available, whether it’s a laptop, smart phone or a tablet – we all need wireless.

Not everyone wants to use their data plans for 3G or 4G. So sometimes you need access to a wireless network. However, most networks out their are rocking the good old fashioned b/g standards instead of 802.11n.

Now there isn’t anything wrong with b/g necessarily, but most new devices these days are coming with 802.11n capability so you will want to take advantage of that.

Some of the benefits of 802.11n are the ability to support more simultaneous users, more bandwidth and better performance in areas where b/g typically wouldn’t work as well.

If you are getting lots of complaints about your current wireless networking solution, maybe think about switching over to 802.11n. It will surprise you!

-RP


May 30, 2011  3:36 AM

More on the MacBook Air



Posted by: Raj Perumal
MacBook Air

Hi folks! Now that I’ve been using the MacBook Air for some time, I’d like to share my experience with you.

As a daily Windows user, it has been an interesting time using the MacBook Air. I have to say I have been quite pleasantly surprised by the performance. Even compared to my Windows 7 desktop machine with an SSD drive it is lightning quick.

The MacBook Air boots extremely fast, and all apps launch and work with blazing fast speed. I have to say I wish my Windows machine was this smooth.

My only complaint? I wish developers made Mac versions of the PC apps that I regularly use. The Mac is so much more relevant today in my mind, than it used to be. It’s time for more developers to lift their head out of the Windows world and start developing for the Mac too!

-RP


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