The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

October 24, 2011  11:47 AM

Toshiba’s new 2560 x 1600 Display

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You see the title of this post and naturally you think, sure that’s cool, that’s where 50″ TV resolutions are headed… you’re wrong, Toshiba’s released the specs on a 6.1″ display that boasts ~500 ppi(pixels per inch) Here is a breakdown of world leaders in PPI.

iPhone 4/4S 3.5″ 960×640 329.65
Samsung Nexus 4.65″ 1280×720 315.83
Samsung’s Unreleased Tablet Panel 10.1″ 2560×1600 298.9
Toshiba’s New Panel 6.1″ 2560×1600 494.9

You thought the iPhone4/4S display was crisp and clear… go here to read the full story and see some image comparisons to see exactly what I am talking about. Just think, a display so clear and smooth that you cannot see the pixels anymore (kind of like looking through a sheet of glass). If they are able to apply this resolution to a TV screen 10x the size it would be like having a 16000p display never mind 1080p, that is just amazing. It’s an amazing time in technology, and it only gets better as the years fly by.


October 19, 2011  12:16 PM

Bold 9900 Red LED of Death (RLD)

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It had to happen, my worst dreams come true… my new Bold 9900 died on me Monday evening. Now if you don’t want to read my story, skip to the middle of the blog to get to the technical part, if you like short stories, read on! It all started with trying to use my phone to call a college on my way to the Winnipeg Jets game. The phone was acting up and i ended up getting frustrated with it, so I just put it away. Moments later when the Jets were winning over the Penguins, I had the urge to take some photo’s. The Bold’s camera is pretty good when it comes to smartphone camera, its quick, and the pictures are sharp, so i took a couple pictures and was satisfied for the moment. I once again put my phone in my pocket and continued to enjoy the game. ten minutes later, I wanted to check my work emails, messages, whatever happened to pop up in the last ten minutes. The phone felt like a pop tart freshly out of the toaster… and you guessed it the batter went from twenty-five percent to zero persent in the last ten minutes, dead… anyways, I charged the phone a bit in the car and all was well. I got home and plugged it in for the night. When I woke up in the am, it was dead, RLD.

Removing and re-inserting the batter didn’t help. The phone just cycles the red led every ten seconds, on and off, on and off. If you pull the battery, connect it to usb, and run Apploader /nojvm from its directory you will be able to see the USB ID, and load an OS. This has been known to fix the issue, IF your internal memory is fine. Mine was not, so no matter what I did I would get the red led. And if you looked closely you will also see an hour glass in between led flashes. So what do you do? Call Rogers, have them step you through a couple runs, but if you just tell them that you ran apploader and tried to reinstall the OS with no luck, they will most likely issue an RMA.

So in the end of it all… I am getting a new phone expedited to me for thirty-five dollars, as Rogers does not express ship phones out anymore. All a cash grab i think…

October 13, 2011  2:37 AM

Blackberry, What happened?

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Still down? Is the only question I can ask, or care to ask, all day I have had service disruptions, mitigated only by connecting to WIFI, so if most of RIM’s services were working on WIFI why was nothing working when connected direct to Rogers?

“The messaging and browsing delays that some of you are still experiencing were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure,” RIM said in a statement released Wednesday.
“Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested. As a result, a large backlog of data was generated and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service as quickly as possible.”

RIM declined to comment further on the service outage or to make a spokesperson available.

 As I speak, i believe its still down… everything seems okay, except for Hotmail. Corporate mail, phone, BBM, and text seem stable, although I will not be disconnecting from WIFI to find out where the issue lies… one can only hope that services will be 100% tomorrow am…


October 7, 2011  12:26 AM

Vodafone to acquire RIM?

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Its a substantial rumour that has caused RIM’s stocks to rise. In the wake of the announcement of the new iPhone 4S, many people were left uninspired, sure its faster, and has some cool new voice features, but that’s it, iOS 5 will be available to many current iPhone users all the way from 3GS and up… so really not everyone is going to jump for the new phone… anyways I went as little bit off track there. The reason all these rumors have spawned is because of the lack of general interest in the iPhone 4S, its left investors to take a second look at RIM and the fact that its flagship Bold 9900 has made a big name for itself. Now  a lot people think, including me, that a phone company like Vodafone wouldn’t really benefit from the acquisition, I do however see benefit for Microsoft, Google, or Apple. Why you ask? Well I think we all know. They want what Blackberry does best, email and instant messaging (BlackBerry Messenger). Just think of the droves of users any on of those vendors would acquire if they implemented BBM into their phones (do it right though!!!). So should Vodafone buy RIM? No. Should one of the aforementioned icons? Yes. Would I rather see RIM survive as its own entity, of course!

October 6, 2011  2:21 AM

Bill Gates mourns long time competitor Steve Jobs.

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Today is a sad day. Steve Jobs has passed away. Yeah I said I disliked Apple, “Just Because” but Steve Jobs was an amazing business man, and brought Apple from near extinction to what it is today. Who knows where the company will go from here. It all makes sense as to why he stepped down as CEO, he must have know it would be his last days. Take a moment and remember him, and also take a look at yourself, life is too short… go and live it!

“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor,” Gates said. “I will miss Steve immensely.”

Read the full article here.

October 5, 2011  2:27 AM vSphere 5 Notes

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Hey everyone, so in the near future I will be challenging the VCP-510 Exam. Now I know you all agree that there is a lack of study material out there, but I can tell you that there is hope! Thanks to Forbes Gunthrie and, we have a great reference document to read. Basically its a condensed version of all the VMware vSphere 5 documents on VMware’s website. For some information and to download the document, go here. Make sure to leave a comment with your experience, in using his documentation, in your journey for VCP5. Good Luck!


October 1, 2011  3:36 PM

iPhone 5 Release to be Delayed?

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Well it seems from reading a few different posts, that Samsung is trying to put a stop to the release of the iPhone 5, which is supposed to be announced this Tuesday, October 4th. Here is in insert from International Business Times.

On Oct. 4, Apple will host the media at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to unveil the long awaited iPhone 5, and have a release date just days (maybe weeks) later. It will be a coronation of sorts for new CEO Tim Cook, who will face the public for the first time in Apple’s post-Steve Jobs era. But Apple’s prodigal brother will be there to spoil the party.

Samsung, according to reports, will pursue a complete sales ban on the fifth generation iPhone using various wireless patents of Samsung. “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents”, The Korea Times quoted a Samsung insider as saying.

 Does Samsung have something here? They just might, but then again, Apple is quite persuasive and I think they will take their chances and release the iPhone 5 anyways. If they sell enough, I am sure no lawsuit from Samsung can’t be paid off! Read the full article here.

September 30, 2011  2:30 AM

Playbook Discontinued? Say it isn’t so…

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Lies! All Lies, but to millions of readers world wide, the Playbook went extinct, then less then a couple hours later, it was told to Reuters by BlackBerry representatives that the Playbook is not going anywhere, the QNX Operating system is just beginning. They also mentions that QNX will be powering the new Colt “Superphone” as they dubbed it, but we already knew that… here is the false statement that many of you read in disparity.

“Rumors suggesting that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued are pure fiction,” RIM spokeswoman Marisa Conway said in an emailed statement. “RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform.”

… and here is the truth …

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion brushed off suggestions on Thursday that it would discontinue production of its PlayBook computer tablet as “pure fiction” after an analyst said the company may be considering an exit from the market.

“Rumors suggesting that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued are pure fiction,” RIM spokeswoman Marisa Conway said in an emailed statement. “RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform.”

Currently you can purchase a 16GB playbook for $299, down from $499. Not a bad deal for one heck of tablet.

September 29, 2011  12:02 PM

All-SSD array debuts (10 Million iOPS!)

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Are you in the need for speed? Well a company called Violin Memory has a new array that apparently blows everything out of the water. Mind you these definitely aren’t for your average consumer. Stand-alone, these wouldn’t fair well in an Enterprise, but since they were #4 in the top 20 OEM SSD Array vendors, you may see them backed by some giants like HP 3PAR or IBM SVC to name a couple.

Violin Memory is one such company, and its new offering, the Violin 6000-series memory arrays, boasts some serious performance. The company claims that a single Violin 6000 rack containing 10 arrays can do 10 million IOPS (input/output operations per second), the same as 40 racks of traditional storage containing a total of 9,600 disks. That works out to an 80 percent reduction in cost per IOPS and a 15:1 reduction in physical consolidation of hardware. The arrays also address flash’s memory cell wear issue (a flash memory cell can only be written to so many times before it stops working) by including an algorithm that ensures that cells are rewritten to only after all new cells are used. Violin claims this lets its flash memory last as long as a standard disk drive.

6000 Series arrays bring storage performance in balance with high speed compute and networking and offer a significant opportunity for infrastructure consolidation. A single system fits in 3U of rack space and can deliver one million IOPS with 4 GB/sec of bandwidth – enough performance to replace multiple racks of traditional disk arrays for savings of both CAPEX and OPEX. The arrays attach to the network for shared primary storage. Multiple arrays can be clustered together to achieve petabytes (PB) of capacity and high aggregate bandwidth.

Want to know more? Check it out here.

September 27, 2011  2:06 AM

Galaxy Tab 8.9

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The Galaxy 10.1 Tab is possibly one of the best tablets out there. So how would it’s little brother be any different, just check out below on some of the great features that come with the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is available for pre-sale right now, with shipments to hit retail on October 2nd. You’ll be laying down $469 for the 16GB model, while a doubling of capacity will run you $100 more. Need a refresher on this one, too? How’s about a WXGA (1,280 x 800) touchpanel, dual-core T250S processor, 6,100mAh battery, sub-one pound weight, DLNA compatibility, a 3 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, integrated Swype / Polaris Office and even a few amenities for those in the enterprise — things like full support for Exchange ActiveSync (v14), on-device encryption, Cisco VPN, Sybase MDM and WebEx support. Best of all, the inbuilt FindMyMobile service allows users to track their lost / stolen Tab 8.9 down on a map as it moves, remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorized access and delete personal information stored on the device. Head on past the break for the full release.

Pre-Order ships October 2nd in the US. Are you going to pre-order?

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