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

August 28, 2011  10:39 PM

Windows 8 – USB 3.0 and improved file copy management.

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We have a little ways to go before Windows 8 is released to the masses, but as weeks pass more and more information flows through the Microsoft doors.

First off is the built in support for USB 3.0, currently vendor drivers are utilized and can cause sometimes not work as well as they could, don’t get me wrong USB 3.0 is great and the driver support is functional, its just a 2nd layer that doesn’t really need to be there.

Next the Windows 8 team wants to improve the user experience when copying files. Supposedly allowing you to queue up file copies, view, and control them from one combined user interface. The new UI will allow you to choose which job finishes first, you will also be able to click on source and destination folders while the copy is taking place. Finally we will get a real-time throughput graph, showing you transfer rates, transfer rate trending, and how much data is left to copy.

While this isn’t exciting to many people, all us geeks out there are happy that they are finally revamping their copy mechanism.

Stay tuned for more information on Windows 8.


August 25, 2011  3:24 PM

VMware vSphere 5 Installable and Documentation

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Hot off the Presses from yesterday! vSphere 5 Installable and all documentation has finally been released. All you guys and gals looking to study for VCP5 better get reading! Download the client here.

VMware vSphere Basics Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Installation and Setup Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Upgrade Guide html pdf epub mobi
vCenter Server and Host Management Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Host Profiles Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Networking Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Storage Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Security Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Resource Management Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Availability Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Monitoring and Performance Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Troubleshooting html pdf epub mobi
VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios Guide html pdf epub mobi

Its great that they finally included mobi files for all you Kindle owners and epub files for the rest of us!

August 25, 2011  12:49 AM

Facebook gives you more control… its about time..

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So you post a bunch of pictures, some of them are questionable, you really don’t care if your “friends” see them, but what if your boss, or aunt, or mom’s best friend sees these pictures from Mexico? What will they say, oh how embarrassing… Well now you can change that, and you will be fully conscience of your decisions, because as soon as you post those “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” pictures, you will be asked, “Who would you like to allow to see these lovely pictures?”

Overall, the changes make it easier for people to understand what audience will be seeing what they post on Facebook and to control who sees what others post that refers to them. The changes will start rolling out in coming days and people will be prompted with a tour option when they are available.

Facebook users have long complained that it’s not always clear who can see what content is posted, among other concerns. Meanwhile, Google+ has been praised for avoiding some of the Facebook (and Buzz) privacy pitfallsby allowing users to easily control who they share content with. Asked if the Facebook changes were in response to Google+, a Facebook representative said no.

Best thing about this is when your buddy posts you in a less than appropriate bar night picture, you get notified of the tag and can accept it or not. Power back to the people. My suggestion, start making groups asap. Friends, Work Friends, Bosses, Family. etc. you get the point. After those groups are created you can then choose who see’s what. The Ball is back in our court. Why? Because Google was doing it and Facebook should have already been doing it.


August 25, 2011  12:37 AM

Mastering vSphere 5

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Are you ready to tackle the next Exam? I know I wouldn’t be. but this book might help you get the edge you need to succeed.

Mastering vSphere 5 is a book that recommends. If you do not know what vReference is, then you probably do not know what VMware is. has been there every step of the way to help me gain the edge to become the professional I am today.

I emailed the owner of and he responded to me within 12 hours, impressive, I basically asked him, If I bought this book, would it help me in attaining VCP 5? He answered that it isn’t geared towards the exam persay, but it does cover everything you need to know to be able to pass. Using real world situations this could be a great addition to anyones technical library.

Please check it out on the link above.


August 25, 2011  12:30 AM

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple Inc.

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Well without reading anything in the press, nor have I even read what is below, I will say this, like Bill Gates, Steve steps down, he may not be actively running the company, but I am sure he will have plenty of input. I do not like Apple, I was forced to use an iPhone 4 for almost a year, thank god I got a BlackBerry Bold 9900( I can breath again!), but Steve, you did an amazing job. Sure you gave up on your own hardware and had to use Intel Processors etc. but your design was what people wanted, no not me, but other people… having said the above… let’s read the insert I pasted from Apples sight! 🙂

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

See? What did I say, just because he stepped down as CEO he will still be there to guide the company that he built. I mean when you are Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates, you never leave the company completely… Good Luck in your new position Steve…


August 21, 2011  8:52 PM

August Sysinternals Update

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I’ve said it time and time again, Sysinternals is one of the best names in the IT industry, without it, I wouldn’t be the tech I am today. With that said, there are some program and blog updates from the 16th of this month that I wanted to make sure got some extra attention.

Process Explorer is at v15. The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

ProcDump is at v4 now. ProcDump is a command-line utility whose primary purpose is monitoring an application for CPU spikes and generating crash dumps during a spike that an administrator or developer can use to determine the cause of the spike.

Mark, one of the sysinternal developers, added a blog where he was trying to play Portal 2, he used his own utilities to find what was causing the issue.

Check the site out here.

August 11, 2011  2:09 AM

Facebook Messenger! SMS huh?

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It all started way back when you could send an innocent 148 character SMS(or short message service). Now we blast into the 20th century and you have BBM(BlackBerry Messenger), millions of users and unlimited amount of characters and smiley faces until you were blue in the face…. Wait for it….

Nooowww we hit 2011 and Facebook has one upped EVERYONE… basically its an iPhone app that allows you to send messages to anyone on any device anywhere in the world. Facebook Chat is what they call it, you might have noticed how they aggregated all of their messaging into one neat and tidy section where you can now happily scroll through ANY message you EVER sent, to ANYONE, unless of course you deleted your history, might be a good idea for some of the folks out there… you know what I mean 🙂

Anyways, you have got to check this out… go here… and here to download the iPhone App

Happy Messaging!

August 11, 2011  1:53 AM

Bold 9900 and 9930 out in the Wild!

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Did you get yours today?

I think that all the people that say BlackBerry is dead, can go back to their SMS texting. I mean come on people. The BlackBerry is just so easy to use and you can get everything done within seconds. Other touch phones are so annoying to try and find the proper application to load then you start typing and you have to backspace all the time because that DAMN Autocorrect messes you up.

Anyways getting back to the Bold 99xx Smartphone. Its out. Mine is in the mail. This makes me one happy blogger. Its a touch screen phone, its a Qwerty keyboard phone as well. Its fast…. really fast… you though the Bold 9700 could get things done(minus the browsing of course haha), the new phone can do it all 10 times faster on its 1.2Ghz processor, connect it to a WiFi hotspot and enjoy 802.11n speeds on its new completely overhauled browser, no more checker boards for us!

To give you an example of how popular the new smartphone is, well, they were all sold out in Winnipeg before the end of the day… IN WINNIPEG… so i am sure RIM has sold A LOT of phones today all over the world.

The only thing I have against you o’ BlackBerry why release a new phone in 6 months, with an OS (QNX) that doesn’t support BES out of the box? I don’t want to use ActiveSync… sigh… at least it will be dual-core this time around. Until 1st QTR 2012 ill stick with the Bold 9900 from Rogers.

Have a great night!


August 8, 2011  9:10 PM

Pierre Cardin designs an iPad Competitor

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Sick of your friends carrying around a pretty iPad? Well look no further, Pierre Cardin has gone where no other designer dared. He designed a tablet PC that will turn heads… maybe… either way. It will look good, and it will be Android, that is enough to worry Steve Jobs.

The Pierre Cardin PC-7006 Tablet PC is perfectly sized to fit in the palm of your hand yet practical enough for life on the go. Powered by the ever-popular Android operating system and packed with a fantastic array of features, the communication and entertainment possibilities are endless.

Initially one would think that this Tablet will be quote expensive, well it isn’t, its going to sell for about 450 US. Not bad for style and usability.


August 8, 2011  8:55 PM

BlackBerry Colt? Running QNX?

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Well I knew it was coming, but to have a new BlackBerry with a new OS to come out this soon after the Bold 9900 is a little perplexing to me. The fact that this new BlackBerry doesn’t support BES out of the box is a major sting to the new phone. It will support activesync out of the box, so it will have email support, hopefully RIM can make “Push” technology work better, I’m talking about how horrible “Push” drains an iPhone when you get alot of emails during the day.

One of the reasons that the BlackBerry PlayBook launched without native email is that RIM has had to rewrite its BES code in order for it to support the new operating system, and this has proven to be extremely difficult. We have been told that RIM is working on a QNX-specific BlackBerry Enterprise Server, but that the first QNX smartphone will launch without support for current BES versions. The kicker? If companies want to use Microsoft Exchange email on the device, they will actually have to use Microsoft ActiveSync, which the phone will support out of the box.

RIM is currently aiming to release the BlackBerry Colt some time in the first quarter of 2012, obviously depending on how internal testing goes. We’re told that the Software Verification team inside of RIM is already well into the testing process with this device, so our fingers are crossed for a timely release.

Check out the pic of this device over at BGR… from the looks of it, the screen resolution will be pretty sharp. Maybe even more then 640×480, the Bold 9900’s resolution. Read more about QNX and BlackBerry here.


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