The musings of an IT Consultant


September 30, 2010  9:16 PM

Facetime on the iPhone

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So I finally had a chance to try out Apple’s version of videoconferencing called facetime. I have to say it’s not bad.

One of the limitations is that you can only use it on wireless. However despite that I have to say it’s quite good. The downside? You can only use it on Apple. Oh well, that was to be expected. I’d like to see them develop a version that works on 3G at lesser quality, that would be quite good.

Now is this something I’m going to use on a daily basis? No. I don’t really want people to see me when i’m talking all the time. However I might use it once in a while. I’m tempted to get an iPhone 4 for my wife now just because of facetime.

-RP

September 30, 2010  9:08 PM

Microsoft Second Shot is back

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you didn’t know this already, Second Shot is back! What is that you might ask?

Second Shot allows you to retry an exam if you fail it the first time for a reduced cost. Microsoft likes to do this every once in a while to encourage people to do certification exams.

I highly recommend if you haven’t done the 2008 training to get into it. You can register for Microsoft’s second shot here.

-RP


September 30, 2010  9:00 PM

Running network wiring

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi everyone! One of the things our company does is run network wiring. It’s one of those things that you just can’t get around in IT , you need it and can’t go all wireless all the time.

Now one of the things that people always seem to forget is to decide on how many drops they want and end up short changing themselves.

You see when you run a drop, you might as well run two to your faceplate. Why? Because if one fails, you have the other one to fall back to without having to re-run. Especially if you are wiring a new building. It’s easy to do this before all the drywall goes in.

More often than not I have seen other people just run one drop, put the walls up and then regret it later. Then you end up with people plugging in switches into the walls of their offices which can cause all sorts of other problems.

So don’t be chintzy, run two drops! :)

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:52 PM

EPIC Technology Day is here again!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi everyone, my company’s twice yearly IT conference event is here again. EPIC Technology Day consists of us putting on a bunch of presentations throughout the day by various IT vendors.

You can learn a lot at these sessions and most people say they always come away a little more knowledgeable. I highly recommend you attend if you are going to be in Winnipeg, MB, Canada during this time.

You can register for the event here. It is free to attend and we provide breakfast and lunch, as well as cocktails after the event at the end of the day.

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:47 PM

Flash and the iPhone

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so I finally get to chime in on the Flash fiasco with iPhone. Now that I have my iPhone 4, I have been doing a lot of web browsing with it.

I have to say that the lack of flash hasn’t been so bad that it makes me want to stop using the iPhone, but it has been annoying. I think as time goes on this will be less of an issue, but I wish Apple would just let us use flash.

There are some web sites that don’t have alternatives so you basically are left with no choice but to find a computer to view the web page instead of your iPhone.

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:44 PM

The BlackBerry PlayBook

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been hiding under a rock, you would have heard about the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook by now.

So what is it? It’s RIM’s answer to the iPad. Now that Apple has made tablet computing hip and cool, RIM has thrown their hat in the ring. The question is, will it be successful?

Well RIM has done a few things right. According to the announcement it will sport the same functionality of regular BlackBerries to attach to a  BES server which will make the corporate types happy. This goes a long way to pleasing an already existing customer base.

However there is just one problem. Is it going to have app support? The current array of BlackBerries have a dismal array of apps available. There are only a few “must have” apps on the BlackBerry in my opinion as compared to Android or iPhone. I think BlackBerry needs to address app support issues before they try and sell the PlayBook. Because if I have no apps to use on my Playbook no matter how good the technical specifications are, why would I buy one?

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:37 PM

The BlackBerry Torch

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the BlackBerry Torch is here, and I have had a chance to try it out. I tried one the other day and I have to say it is an improvement over older generation BlackBerries but it’s not nearly enough.

Sure you can do all sorts of things with the Torch, but I still don’t find it as usable as the iPhone. This is more of a complaint about the app support though than the actual device.

I do like the keyboard on the Torch, but the touch screen still leaves a lot to be desired. I just don’t find the touch screen as responsive as my iPhone. It is better than the original Storm however.

I think BlackBerry has done a good thing by including a keyboard, now they need to focus on a way to get more app support.

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:30 PM

RDP Client for the iPhone 4

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, for those of you that like network administration on the run, i have a great app for you. One of those things that is super important as a network admin is the ability to RDP (remote desktop) into a computer or server.

The problem is that most apps don’t support Windows 7 or  Windows 2008 Server. Well never fear, iTAP RDP is here. It fully supports Windows 7 and 2008 and works great.

Using this you can connect using your iPhone to a server via rdp and manage it if you are away from a laptop or any other type of computer. This works in a pinch when you need to do some work and would rather not drive forever to get back to a computer to do some work.

This is a great app for those of you on-call and on the run!

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:26 PM

Rackspace app for the iPhone to manage your cloud servers

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So do any of you guys do hosting? Well I do, and I love using Rackspace. They are a great hosting provider for hosting in the cloud.

One of the coolest apps is an app from Rackspace which allows me to reboot my servers using my iPhone. Now that’s cool! Apps like this really increase the usability of a smart phone and i’m happy that Rackspace went and created it.

If you guys have a Rackspace account I encourage you to give it a try!

-RP


September 30, 2010  8:21 PM

I finally got my iPhone 4!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! I finally got my iPhone 4! I ended up getting the 32 GB version and have promptly loaded it up with a ton of stuff.

I used that case from Future Shop I was telling you all about and it works great. I haven’t had any really bad reception issues other than i normally would have had with any other phone in bad reception areas in my city.

I have to say the touch interface is silky smooth, and screen clarity is amazing. I will continue to use it and report on my experiences with the phone.

-RP


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