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May 29, 2011  11:59 PM

StarWind is VMware Certified



Posted by: Joshua Wood
iSCSI, starwind, VMware

Hi all, as you know from my last post I am big fan of the Windows based iSCSI server from StarWind. Recently they have upped their game and become a VMware certified partner. This is really nice since we should start seeing some additional features that integrate directly with the VMware feature set.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

May 28, 2011  11:56 PM

StarWind iSCSI – Free Version



Posted by: Joshua Wood
iSCSI, starwind, Windows

Hi all, StarWind iSCSI is a great product. It runs smoothly, rock-solid, great performance and now the price is unbeatable. I have used StarWind for a good while now and it is easily one of the best iSCSI products out there. Recently they came out a with a free version that has some awesome features. StarWind has had a free version for some time now but only recently have they released a version of their product that has the specs that are truly great. In the past the free version had some limitations that made it just out of reach of a good SMB solution.

If you haven’t already checked out the Starwind site for the details you definitely should.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

Source: http://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-free?campaign_id=171&utm_content=starwind%40wiband.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Learn%20more&utm_campaign=StarWind%20News%3A%20VMware%20Certification%20and%20StarWind%20Free


May 27, 2011  11:55 PM

Fiber Optics Reaches 100 Terabits



Posted by: Joshua Wood

Hi all, a pair of fiber optic cables can now run at 100 terabits per second. Yes, that is right fiber optics can now run so fast that no one knows what to do with it. Now why can i get a 100 Mbps to my house over cable?

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

Source: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-04/two-different-fiber-optic-technologes-top-100-terabit-second-speeds-fastest-ever?cmpid=tw


May 26, 2011  11:44 PM

CyberSecurity Threat Index



Posted by: Joshua Wood

Hi all, the Internet has come up with a way to gauge the overall threat online. The basic jist is that a bunch of security guys have come up with a complex way of rating their opinions of how bad or good the security is on the Internet. Then they trend that over time. It is actually pretty cool take a look http://www.cybersecurityindex.org/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


May 25, 2011  1:44 AM

Office 365 – Right for You?



Posted by: Joshua Wood
365, Microsoft, Office

Hello all, well Microsoft has thought up a way to offer you Office as a subscription. It is called Office 365. The features are unrivaled because you are getting most of the popular features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more for about $7.00/user/mth. You don’t need to pay for a volume license or maintain keys or worry about your mobile work force. For the SMB this is awesome.

But wait, it gets better. If you buy their Exchange option you get automatic integration with the Exchange functions. That is about $5.00/user/mth more. It is hard to buy and maintain servers for that price for an office of between 5 to 20 users and perhaps more depending on your business function. If the product is as solid as they are touting it is a huge boon for them.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


May 8, 2011  9:35 PM

Your Next Phone … Paper



Posted by: Joshua Wood
iphone

Hi all,

It is still in the research phase but a university in Ontario has developed a set of computer components that look and act like thick paper. At 9.5 centimeters they call their prototype the Paperphone. I don’t know the specs are on the device but iPhone 7 may be paper thin.

Until next time,
TechStop

Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/Listen+tunes+make+call+read+book+sheet+paper/4727751/story.html


May 6, 2011  9:28 PM

Windows 7 Adoption Slow



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Microsoft, Windows 7

Hi all,

A poll run by Unisys says that Windows 7 adoption has been slow. Not terrible but slower than people would have liked or expected. Windows 7 is a great OS from my perspective. It adds tons of features for admins and users alike. That said, I can see why a small business person would be looking at Windows XP running on his 5 year old PC and say to himself, “Outside of IE9, what does Windows 7 really offer me.” To that person, I would say that it offers progress. Sure there isn’t likely to be that one feature that really does it for you but you will need new hardware eventually. When that happens the drivers or software that you will load likely won’t support Windows XP.

While hardware refreshes might be only place for some business to upgrade their desktop OS’s large corporations will need a more strategic approach since their apps and support options will need to be planned for. A lack of vision on that area could leave those companies struggling to catch up.

Until next time,
TechStop

Source: http://mcpmag.com/articles/2011/04/27/windows-7-migration-is-slower-than-expected.aspx


May 4, 2011  11:00 PM

VMware Causes Their Own Outage



Posted by: Joshua Wood
cloud, VMware

Hi all,

It seems that the cloud is dissipating in the heat of the small amount of usage that it is getting. Recently VMware was dealing with outage and while trying to fix that one caused anther one. I can give VMware a break on this front since their service is still in Beta unlike Aamazon’s. The series of events is comical though. It seems that VMware had a power outage which lasted 10 hours. When the power was restored they were trying to figure out a way to setup early detection for power outages and caused another outage. Again, a beta program is more easily forgiven for outages than a service that has been production for a while but people are going to get even more nervous about outages if the run on cloud services keeps showing outages.

Until next time,
TechStop

Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/050211-vmware-foundry-outage.html


April 29, 2011  4:30 PM

Apple Doesn’t Track iPhone via GPS … mostly



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Apple, gps, ipad, iphone

Hi all,

Apple has released several statements saying that they don’t use the GPS data that they collect about customers but that they collect GPS data about customers BUT that the data that they collect they do use, just not for tracking although GPS data can only be used for tracking … WHAT!?? In the article found here it says Apple “does not track iPhone users” BUT “software does contain flaws affecting the collection of data required for location-based services.”

What I have gleaned since the issue started is that there is a file that records GPS data as you move around. That file is used by several apps/services but you must actively grant apps/services to access the data. In general there is a bug that could potentially allow programs access to some GPS data without your express permission but that is being patched soon. Also Apple has stated over and over that they don’t glean that file that records GPS locally on the iPhone. While no one has tested that stated fact it wouldn’t be hard to prove either way, perhaps when I have some time.

Until next time,
TechStop


April 29, 2011  2:28 PM

PlayStation Network Info for Sale



Posted by: Joshua Wood
Credit Card, Hack, PlayStation, PSN

Hi all,

The Interwebs have been buzzing about the PlayStation Network (PSN) having been hacked. And it seems not just hacked for the purpose of disabling a few services or causing some random dismay with outages; the hackers actually gleaned most of the credit card data on Sony’s PSN and are putting it up for sale. Sony is trying to work on the PR front by hiring an external security firm to review the situation. They obviously and rightfully don’t trust their internal security people at this point but will an external company make things better? Most people would agree that the security firm should have been called BEFORE someone made off with customer data.

It is pretty interesting to see Sony on the defensive from customers with regards to the rights of their information. With Sony having been the perceived bully in the digital rights area for so long there are bound to be many people looking to reverse the tables. If even a few of them succeed in court a landslide of other law suits could be filed. Then there is the issue with the fact that no one wants to use the service that the PS3 desperately needs in order to be competitive in the console market. Sony just an uphill battle even steeper.

Until next time,
TechStop

Sources:
Sony Sued: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20057921-260.html
PSN Credit Card Info for Sale: http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Hackers_put_up_PSN_Credit_Card_Info_for_Sale/551-115147-585.html
Sophos Called in for Review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13192359


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