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

May 23, 2011  5:10 PM

Firefox 5 Beta Released

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Mozilla just released Firefox 5 the other day, they have moved to a quick-release schedule in the hope to bring new features to users and developers sooner.

Mozilla has three main versions of Firefox now: the release version for mainstream users, the beta version with new features under testing, and the most raw, Aurora, a version to introduce those new features. Those three versions correspond to Chrome’s stable, beta, and dev releases. There’s also a nightly Firefox build for those who want to try whatever patches have arrived in the last 24 hours, but it’s most likely to be unstable.
The new process means that whatever is done on a particular schedule can ship in the new version–a more calendar-focused process than feature-focused process. One goal of the approach is to reduce the penalty of missing a train, because with a rapid release cycle, another train should come to the station soon.

“The shift to a rapid release development cycle delivers cutting edge Firefox features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster,” Mozilla said in its blog post announcing the Firefox 5 beta. “After five weeks of testing on the Firefox Aurora channel, the next version of Firefox is ready for the beta channel.”
Another feature in the new beta is the ability to switch among the various versions of Firefox by clicking “change” in the “About Firefox” dialog box.

I used to use Firefox back when Internet Explorer was lacking, but so far Internet Explorer 9 is awesome, I have no complaints. So as far as i’m concerned, Firefox, keep releasing your browser revisions and I will keep using IE9 🙂


May 13, 2011  4:34 AM

Intel ME or Management Engine

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The default ME password is “admin”.

Once Entered it will force you to set a “strong” password

Basically you need to have a capital letter, a number, and a character like !/@/#

Why did i post this? Because my ESXi Host at home has this feature and I was curious. I do not think I will be looking at it again anytime soon.


May 11, 2011  5:59 PM

iOS 4.3.3 Location Services Fix

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Well here is the fix for that “Apple is tracking you” Issue.

I for one don’t really care, maybe I should? Either way, once the jailbreak for this comes out I might update, until then, Apple I guess you know where I am!

Here is “what” is fixed.

Reduces the size of the cache [it’s only about a weeks worth of locational data now, as opposed to many months]

No longer backs the cache up to iTunes [Your new backups will no longer contain the consolidated.db file, making it a whole lot harder for a crazy spouse to take it and throw it into a third-party mapping tool to figure out roughly where you were at any given time]

Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off

Comments? Questions? Here is the download link.

May 11, 2011  5:52 PM

Full Offline Google Applications

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Offline you say, yep, Google is looking to add a huge item to their repertoire. A Google spokesperson stated that they have been using offline versions of the software for months.

Google is aiming to strike right at the heart of Microsoft and the Windows stronghold. But they know that one big hold up remains before a browser-based OS can be everywhere: offline access.

Applications like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs will be able to be used in offline mode this summer.

May 10, 2011  2:26 AM

iPad 2 – A super computer in your hands.

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Here is a fun little tidbit for you all.

The iPad 2 would rival the Quad Processor Cray 2 Supercomputer which was built in 1985, and get this, it was the size of a washing machine!

Also something of note for those wanting to pick up an iPad 2,  the new processor is 10 times faster than the original iPad. Makes me happy that i usually wait for the next revision of the next biggest thing on the market, USUALLY! 🙂

Check out the full story here.

May 10, 2011  2:18 AM

Apple – Worlds Most Valuable Brand

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Not surprising but Google is now the second most valuable brand in the world…

Here is a quick insert of the top 10.

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry brand lost a fifth of its brand value. Among technology companies, only Nokia’s 28 percent decline was steeper.

Of the top 10 brands in Monday’s report, six were technology and telecoms companies: Google at number two, IBM at number three, Microsoft at number five, AT&T at number seven and China Mobile at number nine.

McDonald’s rose two places to number four, as fast food became the fastest-growing category, Coca-Cola slipped one place to number six, Marlboro was also down one to number eight, and General Electric was number 10.

If Google wants back on top, it had better release their next iPhone killer soon, once the iPhone 5 comes out, there may be no stopping Apple!

May 4, 2011  1:07 PM

Update : VMware Workstation 7.1.4

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VMware Workstation 7.1.4 is a FREE update for all VMware Workstation 7 users.

Highlights of VMware Workstation 7.1.4 are:

– Windows 7 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10 are officially supported.
– Improved support for RHEL 6.0 and Fedora 14.
– Resolved customer reported USB device issues.
– Enhanced support script to gather additional technical information.
– Addressed several security, performance and usability issues.

See the VMware Workstation release notes for more details.

April 28, 2011  7:38 PM

Enable SSH root access for ESXi via Service Console

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To enable SSH access for the root user you need to have another user created through ViClient.

After you are logged in SSH session with that user, switch to the root user with the command:

su –

Edit the configuration file for SSH with the command:

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Find the line that starts with PermitRootLogin and change the no to yes. You can find this line about 2 pages down from the top. Save the file by first pressing Ctrl-O and then Enter. Exit with Ctrl-X.

Restart the sshd service with the command:

service sshd restart

You should be good to go!

Good Luck!

April 28, 2011  1:31 PM

New vReference Cards

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These PDFs are amazing, when i was studying for VCP 4 I used these religously. They leave nothing uncovered and are very useful in a pinch. The documents contain commands, maximums, definitions, you name it, its there! I have also included links to other great references.

Click herefor the vSphere 4.1 Reference Document. Once there, just click on “here is the vReference card updated for vSphere 4.1.”

Click herefor the vSphere 4.1 Firewall Diagram

Click herefor an ESXTop Reference Credit card.


April 28, 2011  4:23 AM

Sysinternals Process Monitor Update

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One of my favorite apps to use. I am not sure where I would be without it. I have included an insert for your reading pleasure.


Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.

Overview of Process Monitor Capabilities

  • Process Monitor includes powerful monitoring and filtering capabilities, including:
  • More data captured for operation input and output parameters
  • Non-destructive filters allow you to set filters without losing data
  • Capture of thread stacks for each operation make it possible in many cases to identify the root cause of an operation
  • Reliable capture of process details, including image path, command line, user and session ID
    Configurable and moveable columns for any event property
  • Filters can be set for any data field, including fields not configured as columns
  • Advanced logging architecture scales to tens of millions of captured events and gigabytes of log data
  • Process tree tool shows relationship of all processes referenced in a trace
  • Native log format preserves all data for loading in a different Process Monitor instance
  • Process tooltip for easy viewing of process image information
  • Detail tooltip allows convenient access to formatted data that doesn’t fit in the column
  • Cancellable search
  • Boot time logging of all operations

Here is the download link… also if you want to see some screenshots, and read more about this wonderful app go here.

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