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

November 24, 2010  2:00 PM

iPhone iOS 4.3?

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I swear iOS 4.2 was just released, I am still running iOS 4.1 and do not plan to go to iOS4.2 for a little bit,  the phone works fine. My guess is that they want to stop Jailbreaker’s or at least discourage them.

What’s does that have to do with iOS4.3? It’s going to let users subscribe to applications. That’s a crucial ingredient if you want to build a publication and need a constant stream of income. Many people have been saying that Apple should do to newspapers and magazines what they did to music. With iOS 4.3, if these rumors are to be believed, then it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.

Below is an insert from the Daring Fireball

Rupert Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp, and Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, are preparing to unveil a new digital “newspaper” called the Daily at the end of this month, according to reports in the US media.

I don’t know if I like the idea of paying for a subscription, now if we get a lot of content then it might be okay, but most of the 99c apps do not have the most content in them, thus they are only “99c one time”. The expected release date is December 13th 2010, yes this year.

November 23, 2010  4:15 AM

Western Digital 3TB USB HDD

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Western Digital has released the first boot-able 3TB USB HDD. With 64MB Cache and a 7200RPM spindle speed, and USB 3.0 support, his drive should perform quite well. The WD Caviar Green 3TB drive was able to reach 128MBps on the read test and 107MBps on the write test in the Overlapped I/O benchmark. See complete specifications below.

WD states that with a 3TB hard drive you can store the following:

Up to 600,000 10MP digital photos
Up to 750,000 4min long 128 kbps songs (MP3)
Up to 75,000 4 min long songs (uncompressed CD quality)
Up to 230 hours of Digital Video (DV) at 13 GB/hr
Up to 1,150 hours of DVD quality video at 2.597 GB/hr
Up to 360 hours of HD video at 8.3 GB/hr

WD Caviar Green 3TB Product Specifications:

Interface: Serial ATA-2 (3Gbps)
Form Factor: 3.5″
Cache: 64MB
Average Seek Time: 15ms
Average Latency: 5.5ms
Platters: 4 at 750GB/Platter
Peak Read/Write Sequential Watts: 6.0W
Idle Watts: 5.5W
Sleep/Standby Idle Watts: 0.80W
Temperature Range: 5 to 60 Degrees Celsius 
Acoustics (idle/seek): 24 / 29 dBA

November 23, 2010  4:01 AM

What is Google Public DNS?

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Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.

Why does DNS matter?
The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

Configure your router’s DNS or PC’s DNS to point to and this will allow your client applications to use Google’s Public DNS. Based on reading up on this, it can improve your google search times and is much more secure than using other public DNS settings.

November 19, 2010  2:26 PM

Delete Failed DCs from Active Directory

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What do you do if a Domain Controller dies and cannot be revived? Just deleting it from Active Directory won’t do it.

There is only one thing you can do, remove it forcibly.

Petri has an article that can help you do this.

When you try to remove a domain controller from your Active Directory domain by using Dcpromo.exe and fail, or when you began to promote a member server to be a Domain Controller and failed (the reasons for your failure are not important for the scope of this article), you will be left with remains of the DCs object in the Active Directory. As part of a successful demotion process, the Dcpromo wizard removes the configuration data for the domain controller from Active Directory, but as noted above, a failed Dcpromo attempt might leave these objects in place.

Good Luck!

November 18, 2010  10:16 PM

How late do you stay up?

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I tend to go to be much later then normal people, sometimes as late as 2am, although my old body doesn’t like me that much when I do so, but apparently the later you stay up seems to have some correlation to how intelligent you are. Those with higher IQ’s tend to be nocturnal. I know this isn’t exactly techie, but we are a bunch of geeks, and to be a geek you have to be smart!

People with higher IQs are more apt to be nocturnal night-owls. Those with lower IQs tend to restrict their activities primarily to daytime.

People who prefer to go to bed early, and who are early-risers, demonstrate “morningness,” whereas those whose sleep patterns are shifted later demonstrate “eveningness.” Researchers say eveningness tends to be a characteristic of those with higher IQs.

Check out the full story here.

November 15, 2010  8:14 PM

Facebook E-Mail? or Instant Chat? or Both?

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Mark Zuckerberg has been working on a modern messaging system that will give people the choice of where and when they want any of their emails, sms, Facebook messages, or from what it seems any messaging source. I gather this would be huge if he pulls it off, as the 500 million people who are already Facebook users, will be using the site for all other forms of communication. AOL and Google have been scrambling to catch up to what Facebook has planned, but they will most likely fall short.

Read the full story here.

November 5, 2010  12:17 PM

Windows Azure

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Have you heard of it? Well I have more than a few times from an MVP at EPIC. Essentially Windows Azure is a new platform for running applications on a scalable, reliable hosting framework.

Over at the Microsoft Download Center, they have an Introduction to Windows Azure. The topics walk you through a high level overview of what Windows Azure is, they also have a hands on lab that will walk you through the process of creating a Windows Azure application in the environment.

Check it out! Over at Systinternals they have a webcast by Mark that introduces Windows Azure.

November 5, 2010  12:07 PM

Windows Memory Management and Process Explorer

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You think you know Task Manager, but do you really understand what is going on with all those numbers and columns? Over at Sysinternals Live you can watch Mark in an on-demand 2010 Professional Developer’s Conference.

Check it out Part 1 and Part 2.

Also if you have never checked out Process Explorer, it is considered a replacement for Task Manager the world over. Go here to see what it is all about.

November 2, 2010  12:56 PM

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

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Now here is something that i might actually get and use… aside from a BlackBerry Playbook 🙂

Samsung’s foray into the tablet market will definitely be a profitable one, based on the specs below and what I’ve read about it, I cannot wait to  get my paws on it. Here are the specs.

  • Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0
  • 7-inch TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution (WSVGA)
  • Weighs 380 grams
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion for up to 32GB additional storage
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • 3G data / voice (there’s a speakerphone and Bluetooth for phone calls, but no earpiece)
  • 5GHz dual-band 802.11n WiFi
  • Standard back color is white, carriers might offer different colors
  • Full HD video playback
  • There’s a 30-pin dock connector on the bottom that allows for HDMI, USB, and docking accessories (a car dock at least is planned)

We will have to wait and see what the Android developers come up with, if they can push out some great apps for the Android, it just might steer some people away from the iPad or PlayBook.


October 31, 2010  3:45 PM

vReference 4.1 card released

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This was released last month, but i am pretty sure that most of my readers are not aware of this little gem. Here are some updates from the last revision for those who do keep up to date with

  • Maximums to 4.1 levels
  • Storage IO Control
  • VM-Host affinity rules
  • Network IO Control
  • Load based teaming
  • ESXi TSM
  • ESXi Lockdown mode
  • Other small updates to device support

He also has a great poster that you can print out and put up on your wall chalked full of VMware goodness!

Check out the new vReference card here and he poster can be downloaded here.

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