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

December 20, 2010  8:47 PM

Google Cr-48 Chrome Laptop

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I was browsing around and came upon an article about Google’s new Chrome Netbook. I have been looking around for an image to load up on my Acer Netbook, as it would probably run a little smoother than Windows XP, besides, all i ever used that Netbook for was playing music, watching videos, and facebook.

Anyways, back to business, I included a small insert for you to quickly read, then you can decide if you want to check out the whole article.

The Cr-48 may look like just any other laptop, but we can tell you right off the bat that it feels considerably better than most of those plastic netbooks sitting on store shelves right now. The entire body (that means the lid, edges, and the underside) is made of a soft, rubber-like matte black plastic — in fact, it feels a lot like the back of the Droid, though it feels a bit less rubbery. Overall, it looks a lot like the old black MacBook, including a magnetic latch with a split spot for getting your finger in and lifting the lid and a sunken screen hinge. We’re obviously pretty taken with the hardware design look and feel, but the laptop itself isn’t going to turn heads or win any beauty contests, and that was clearly intentional on Google’s part — remember this one isn’t for consumers, but more for those less stylish developers and early adopters.

As promised here is the article from Engadget.



December 20, 2010  8:34 PM

Microsoft Releases Security Essentials 2

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Microsoft released v.2 of their antivirus application, unannounced, not sure why. Maybe it wasn’t a major release to them, but when you change the primary number, from 1 to 2, I would consider that a major release! I first learned about it off my iPhone via Pulse. So I am not passing it onto my readers, I do have readers don’t I? 🙂

A few of the updates to be noted are that they improved Windows Firewall integration, you can now inspect traffic as you surf, and they added a better heuristic scanning engine.

Even though going here doesn’t show any sign of updates, if you “Download Now” you will get Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.


December 20, 2010  8:20 PM

Office Genuine Advantage Program is Done

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Microsoft no longer requires a validation check when downloading add-ins and templates. Prior to this you had to jump through hoops just to download a resume template. I couldn’t tell you why they removed the check, possible it required a lot of overhead, maybe employees, that they wanted to get rid of… Who knows, just know that its gone. One less thing to click on when trying to download Office add-ons.


December 15, 2010  3:10 PM

The Expert Guide to VMware Data Protection

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Want to know more about VMware Data Protection? Well now you can for FREE!

Virtualization is the most disruptive technology of the decade. Virtualization-enabled data protection and disaster recovery is especially disruptive as it allows IT to do things dramatically better at a fraction of the cost of what it would be in a physical data center. Gain an understanding of how VMware virtualization changes data protection in a very profound way.

Check out Eric Siebert’s free e-Booksover at and download them now. You will need a Veeam login and password, but you can create an account for free.


December 15, 2010  3:07 PM

Veeam is free for VCP

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You heard me, Veeam is so proud of being number 1 for VMware Backup solutions that they are giving away NFR licenses to VMware VCPs, amongst other designations.

“We are proud of the deep VMware expertise we’ve built into Veeam Backup & Replication v5,” explained Doug Hazelman, Senior Director of Product Strategy for Veeam. “It is the most compelling reason yet to virtualize 100 percent of enterprise applications, and we want the entire VMware community to experience Veeam vPower.”

Check it out here.

December 2, 2010  1:56 PM

Fasted CPU on the Planet

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Maybe I am wrong, but according to Maximum PC the fastest processor on the planet is the Core i7-980x.

Intel’s new 3.33GHz Core i7-980X builds on all the goodness of the ass-kicking quad-core 3.33GHz Core i7-975 Extreme Edition, but is smaller, cooler, and has an additional two cores under its heat spreader. With Hyper-Threading enabled, that’s a cool 12 threads at the ready. Meet the world’s fastest CPU.

I myself will be going for the Core i5-750, which has a total of 4 cores, but when you are gaming, it doesn’t really matter at this point, as most games only utilize 4 cores. The Core i7-980x would be an encoding beast! Although if you overclock the Core i5 it will give you an amazing gaming processor.

December 2, 2010  1:35 PM

IPv4 Addresses to run out in weeks

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What? Is this true? Will we actually have to start learning IPv6? Well that is definitely what its starting to look like. Based on the below information there are only 7 blocks left.

Yesterday, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA, part of ICANN), allocated two blocks of 16.8 million IPv4 addresses to the RIPE NCC and another two blocks to ARIN. The RIPE NCC and ARIN are the Regional Internet Registries that give out IP addresses in greater Europe and North America, respectively. This brings the global pool of still available “/8” address blocks that IANA maintains from 11 down to 7.

What does this mean to the general public? Not too much, but it means a lot to us Engineers and Techs, start brushing up on IPv6 asap. Check out the IPv6 Wiki Page, its chalked full of good information. If your more of a book person y ou can check out IPv6 for Enterprise Networks from Cisco Press.

November 30, 2010  2:08 AM

Cisco Cius

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Hot off the presses, the new Cisco Cius. I first caught wind of it from Raj over on his blog, go check out what he had to say! I am going to of course write my own little article about it as its hot news. It doubles as a HD Video phone and tablet.

The Cisco Cius tablet features a front-mounted 720p HD camera which refreshes at up to 30 frames per second; a seven inch, high-resolution widescreen super VGA touch-target display for real-time and streamed video, and single-button TelePresence interoperability that can be utilized either when the tablet is docked, or being used remotely via Wi-Fi. Cisco Cius supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi for enterprise campus mobility and 3G cellular services when off-campus. 4G services will be available at a later date. Bluetooth and Micro-USB means users can work untethered and share data with a PC. A detachable and serviceable battery offers eight hours life under normal usage.

Head on over to Cisco to check out the Video Data Sheet. And read all the juicy product specs.


November 30, 2010  1:56 AM

Patriot Box Office

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What would a techie be without his toys? Patriot better known for their memory and USB devices have recently released the Patriot Box Office or PBO.

The Patriot PBO Core is a Full-HD all-in-one media player that frees your digital media library from the constraints of a PC and bridges digital media to your home entertainment system and brings your entire media library to the comfort of your living room. With support for today’s most popular media formats (H.264,ISO, VOB, DivX, xVid, MKV, MOV, MPEG and more) PBO Core offers offers a variety of ways to connect to your media library through 3 USB ports, optional internal 2.5″ hard drive, UPnP and wired or wireless network streaming.

  • Supports Full HD-video playback up to 1080p
  • Supports Dolby® Digital and DTS™ surround sound
  • Expandable internal storage via 2.5″ SATA SSD/HDD
  • Supports video playback via UPnP networking streaming
  • Browse and shared videos, photos and music from attached network devices/PCs, USB Flash Drives and USB external storage
  • File formats supports
    Music – WMA, MP3, Real Audio (Ra), EAV, OGG, ACC, FLAC
    Graphics – JPEG, BMP, PNG
    Video – [MPEG-1] MPG/MPEG/DAT,[MPEG-2]MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/TS/TP/M2TS, [MPEG-4] MP4/AVI/MOV, WMV9, FLA,[H.264/AVC] MKV/TS/AVI/MOV/M2TS, [DviX 3/4/5/6, Xvid] AVI/MKV, [Real Video 8/9/10] RM/RMVB
  • Supports Internet Media Services (IMS) Flickr, Stocks, Video News, Video Podcasts, Weather, Picasa, RSS (+20 video feeds) and custom RSS feeds
  • New improved user interface for easier use and album artwork feature during music search and playback
  • Increased HDTV compatibility
  • New compatibility with home made media connected via USB optical device
  • New firmware and features are backward compatible with legacy units

At a price point of 110$ Canadian, why would one waste their time with building a media PC? Especially when this one can pretty much do anything. The PBO might be something showing up in my house in the near future.

If you have one, let me know what you think. I’d love to read your comments.

If you need to update the firmware on your PBO go here to download the latest firmwares. If you’re the same kind of techie like me you might want to try out the BETA firmware which can be found on the same page.


November 29, 2010  2:02 PM

Sandy Bridge then Ivy Bridge

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These are the code names for the next two successive chipsets by Intel.

Sandy Bridge processor socket will be 225mm², they will also have an improved memory controller, with a maximum of 25.6GB/sec bandwidth. Included is the support of octacore processors(future release).

Ivy Bridge will be a 22nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture. We might see a release midway through 2011. Ivy Bridge is supposed to have about double the graphics performance of Sandy Bridge, including direct integration of a DirectX 11 graphics chip planted directly into the processor die.

The next chipset in line will be the Haswell chipset, which will be released sometime in 2010. Details are sketchy so I won’t discuss them.


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