The musings of an IT Consultant


July 31, 2010  10:36 PM

Benefits of SSD Drives



Posted by: Raj Perumal
gaming, hard drives, mobile applications, moving parts, notebook, performance, SSD, workstation

Hi folks, every now and then I am called in to help out on the desktop side of things. Items for end users, or even home pc’s for executives of customers we service.

One of the more common questions these days are on the benefits of SSD drives. Should you get one or should you stick to the drives you are used to?

Well ssd drives are great in notebooks due to their lack of moving parts, are they good in desktop machines? I personally think they are quite overpriced, and not really needed in machines where you are just using Office or Internet browsing.

However due to their good performance times, they are good in performance computer applications such as gaming as long as you can stomach the steep price.

One of my favorite SSD drives is the OCZ Vertex 2 series. They have great reviews and you can get smaller ones for a more affordable price than some of the larger units.

-RP

July 31, 2010  10:14 PM

Time to switch smartphones



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, RIM

Hello again folks! So the time has finally come. For what you might ask? Time to switch phones!

For the past many years I have been an avid BlackBerry user and fan. But I have to say enough is enough. Now is the time for me to switch. I will be switching my phone to an iPhone 4 as soon as Rogers cleans up their act. I will be switching my wife’s phone to an Android from the BlackBerry Storm.

Then over the next few months I will see how this integrates with our daily lives and the corporate world and report back to you on my experiences as compared to the BlackBerry. Sorry RIM, you had your chance, but it’s time for me to move on.

-RP


July 31, 2010  10:10 PM

Way to go Rogers



Posted by: Raj Perumal
iPhone 4, launch, Rogers

Hi folks, so here we are, all us Canadians waiting for the release of the iPhone 4. Well on the day that Rogers releases everything, we have tons of problems!

There were tons of reports of Rogers systems not being able to handle the overload of people wanting new iPhones. This isn’t the first time this has happened either. Also Rogers had plenty of time to prepare for this.

Sometimes I wonder if the company even cares how it services it’s customers. It probably doesn’t. Here is a classic example of a big corporation doing what it wants and screwing up yet another iPhone launch.

-RP


July 2, 2010  5:54 PM

iPhone 4 law suit!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
class action, iPhone 4, law suit, reception problems

Hi folks! This just in, there is a new law suit against Apple! What is it for this time? It’s regarding the iPhone 4 and it’s reception capabilities.

The iPhone 4 apparently has some reception issues when holding it a certain way. Apparently it’s a design flaw. Apple isn’t really being very nice to it’s customers and is turning up their nose at providing any type of warranty service according to reports.

This has prompted people to file a class action law suit against them. For what it’s worth, I hope Apple thinks about this for a second before going to court, and just does the right thing and helps out these users. Come on guys, admit you’re wrong and help us out won’t you?

Read more about it here.

-RP


June 30, 2010  9:46 PM

Great practice storage for the lab!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
iSCSI, Starwind, Storage

Hi folks, so you have your newly minted certification as a VCP, MVP, MCP or MCT and you think to yourself, I want to apply my knowledge. What do you do now? Well for one you can get a great deal from Starwind.

Starwind provides their iSCSI SAN software for free to people with the certifications mentioned above. You can use this to mount local disk as iSCSI and then use this storage in your lab environments for testing out virtualization.

Why would Starwind do this? They’re doing this so experienced techs can get a hands on look at their products and consider them for production use. I have had the pleasure of using Starwind and I can happily say that I would consider it for use in production in certain scenarios.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


June 30, 2010  9:41 PM

Are you LUN masking?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Fiber Channel, iSCSI, LUN masking, SAN, Storage

Hi folks! Here is a common scenario in today’s world. With the advent of virtualization and also with the need for storage of large amounts of data, we have more and more people taking advantage of centralized storage.

In a lot of these cases, these are people that have no real storage experience. So what do they do? They usually find a few guides and don’t follow best practices and end up implementing in a default type of scenario. One of the things I see people forget to do is LUN masking. This is the act of apply access lists essentially to servers and storage, determining what can access what.

When provisioning storage, make sure you mask the LUNs that you don’t need certain servers to see. If you don’t mask the LUN, you can easily overwrite data that you don’t realize you needed. This way if the LUNs are masked the servers that need to see it can see it and the servers that don’t need to see it don’t. It only takes a few minutes to do but it can be a life saver!

-RP


June 30, 2010  9:36 PM

RIM projections not good…..



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, BlackBerry, iPhone

Hi everyone, so in the blogosphere there is a lot of talk about RIM. There was recent news that they aren’t doing as good as they should be right now.

RIM has started to make some moves, along the lines of the App Store and making a neutered version of BES free for use. But I think this is all too little too late. I think that in the future RIM will be reduced to an “also ran”, and nothing more than 3rd place to iPhone and Android.

You know what the funny thing is? The BlackBerry is an extremely efficient device. Once you know how to use it I can rip through the device extremely fast to get the information I need. Much faster than I can on a “touch” based device. However I don’t think this will win over the “sexiness” of the iPhone and Android as people typically have that itch to have the latest and greatest gadget these days.

RIM needs to find a way to make people to want to buy it, and right now they just don’t have anything.

-RP


June 30, 2010  9:31 PM

Licensing woes….



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Licensing

Hi everyone, I just wanted to touch on one of my pet peeves of IT. You guessed it, that’s licensing! Now what do I hate about it so much?

Well licensing is one of those necessary evils that we obviously have to endure due to the pirates of the world. I understand that. However the majority of companies out there don’t seem to have a clue how to implement it.

There are a few vendors that have this down pat and make it a pleasant experience, but this is not the norm. Generally you end up with kludgy web portals and online activations trying to get your products to work. This never helps and when you have to transfer licenses to someone else to manage this is usually a huge headache.

Needless to say, this is just a shout out to all you vendors (and you know who you are), fix your crappy licensing!

-RP


June 30, 2010  9:27 PM

Great service Seagate!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
replacement, Seagate external usb hard drive, service, warranty

Hi folks, I just wanted to complement Seagate on a job well done! I recently had to do a service call with them and had a great experience I wanted to share.

I have this external 750 GB USB drive that I use regularly that eventually failed. I did a warranty claim on it and I got a new drive back within a week!

Other vendors hear this, if you provide service like this, you are sure to gain loyalty from your customers. Not only did Seagate send me a new drive, they upgraded me to a 1 TB drive! Now that’s what I call service!

-RP


June 30, 2010  9:24 PM

Cisco’s new routers



Posted by: Raj Perumal
2900 series, Cisco, routers

Hi folks, has anyone seen the new line of routers from Cisco? The 2900 series is out and they are sweet!

The old series was lacking some muscle and I think Cisco has really stepped up to the plate with the new 2900 series. They are way more beefier and should enable us Cisco geeks to really use some of the nice features.

My problem with the old routers was that if you wanted to use some of the higher end things, you would end up killing the router on resources. Now with the new series we can start enabling some of these features.

For example running NBAR in a large network and leveraging all it has to offer without having to move up to the next level of routers is going to be made a lot easier for us now! I love it, more power!!!! :)

Read more about them here.

-RP


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