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

October 1, 2010  7:27 PM

USB Storage & Windows 7 ReadyBoost

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Windows 7 has a performance feature called ReadyBoost. This feature enables the use of a USB storage device instead of the slow paging file on your hard disk when you’re low on physical memory (RAM). The logic is simple – the USB storage device is faster than your hard disk drive.

In order for ReadyBoost to work in Windows Vista, your USB storage device must meet the following requirements:

– the device with at least 2GB space is recommended.
– the device must be USB 2.0 compliant.
– the device must have a minimum read speed of 3.5 MB/s.
– the device must have a minimum write speed of 2.5 MB/s.

Follow these steps to enable ReadyBoost:
1. Plug in USB storage device.
2. Go to Computer, right-click on the removable storage device and select Properties.
3. Click on the ReadyBoost tab.
4. Select Use This Device and set the amount of space to use for the system file.
5. Click OK.


September 28, 2010  10:15 PM

TeraCopy – a Simple Copy/Move Utility

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I have used TeraCopy in the past, since I enjoy using it I checked to see if there was an update. Sure enough there was. They are at version 2.12. You have to try this program out.

TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user with a lot of features:

  • Copy files faster.TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
  • Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
  • Error recovery.In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
  • Interactive file list.TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
  • Shell integration.TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
  • Full Unicode support.
  • Windows 7 x64 support.

Download TeraCopy here.

September 27, 2010  11:31 PM

Meet the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Okay, so here comes something that may actually stand up to the iPad, and hopefully it does. Based on some of the specs below, how can it go wrong? I especially love the fact that it comes with HDMI out, Micro-USB, and streaming capabilities, I’m a big multimedia fan, and those things are a must on long plane rides!

  • Ideal for games, media, apps and everything the real Internet offers
  • Full Adobe® Flash® 10.1 enabled
  • Built-in support for HTML 5
  • No-compromise, beautiful rendering of text, graphics and video
  • 7″ LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″ (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 0.9 lbs (400g)
  • Built-in microUSB connector
  • Multi-touch capacitive screen
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Powerful, user-friendly QNX technology – it’s what the World Wide Web runs on
  • On-screen keyboard
  • True multi-tasking
  • Crystal clear HD display
  • Rich stereo sound
  • 3 MP high definition forward-facing camera
  • 5 MP high definition rear-facing camera
  • Codec support for superior media playback, creation and video calling
  • 1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI, and DLNA media streaming

You have to check out this video![kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

September 23, 2010  7:01 PM

Veeam File Level Restore

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What is it? It allows you to restore guest OS files from multiple operating systems, for instance Linux. How do you enable it? download and install VMware Player, after that “Veeam File Level Restore” takes over. There is a couple settings that you can set in Preferences that will save you some troubleshooting steps. The default setting when shutting VMware Player down is that it will suspend the machine, this may cause issues with Linux OS’. Click on File, then Player Preferences and check “Confirm before closing a virtual machine” and “Power off the virtual machine”. With these settings you won’t  have any issues when closing the file browser of Veeam’s File level restore.


September 23, 2010  3:03 PM

Task Scheduler “Enable All Tasks History”

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When you check the properties of a recently created task, you notice that “History” is disabled, enabling this can be a little conveluted, but easy when you know how. Close the tasks properties, then highlight “Task Scheduler” and then click on “Action” above, you will then see “Enable All Tasks History”. Once this option has been clicked, you will then be able to see history of any and all tasks created.


September 21, 2010  2:05 PM

RV Tools for VMware

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RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX 3.5, ESX3i, ESX4i and vSphere 4 RVTools is able to list information about cpu, memory, disks, nics, cd-rom, floppy drives, snapshots, VMware tools, ESX hosts, nics, datastores, switches, ports and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to list the current version of the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine. and update them to the latest version.
Version information

Version 2.9.5 (September, 2010)

– On vInfo tab new field: Guest heartbeat status. The heartbeat status is classified as: gray – VMware Tools are not installed or not running, red – no heartbeat, guest operating system may have stopped responding. yellow -intermittent heartbeat, may be due to guest load. green – guest operating system is responding normally

– On vMemory tab new fields: Ballooned memory, consumed overhead memory, private memory, shared memory, swapped memory and static memory entitlement
On vDatastore tab new field: Full device address (controller, target, device)
On vInfo tab new fields: Commited storage, uncommited storage and unshared storage

– Bug fix! A semicolon in the annotations fields are no longer a problem for the export functions

– Bug fix! Health check “Zombie vmdk” problems solved

– Bug fix! Health check “inconsistent foldername” problems solved

– Bug fix! On vport tab the column “notify switch” value solved

– Bug fix! Sort problem on vNic tab on column “speed” solved

Download it from the RVTools homepage!

September 16, 2010  9:28 PM

Internet Explorer 9 Beta

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Want to test drive the new browser? Well now you can, it is officially in BETA, See the insert below and then the download link at the bottom of this blog. I am about to install it and run some of the demo’s. Back when I first piloted the IE9 demo, I was quite impressed. I wonder what Microsoft has in store for me this time.

The Platform Preview is an early look at the Internet Explorer 9 platform so some features are incomplete, some may change, and some may be added. This document lists features available in the latest Platform Preview and known issues with those features. To view the latest known issues, see our list on Microsoft Connect.

We ask that you refrain from providing feedback on features where noted that they are either partially implemented or not available. We are aware of their condition and will provide updates in future releases. Similarly, for known issues, we are aware of their existence and are actively working on them. Thank you for your interest in the Internet Explorer Platform Preview!

Download Internet Explorer here.

September 11, 2010  6:11 PM

Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle

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Who all out there has the new Xbox? I bought one on the day of release, it was a huge step for me as i had the original Xbox that “R.O.D’d” three times on me, no HDMI, 20GB Hdd that could fit one game, it was pretty bad. So for all you guys out there that have been waiting for the Kinect Bundle, its arrving soon! Here is a quick insert from

Technology giant Microsoft unveiled a bundled version of its Xbox 360 gaming console along with Kinect, the company’s motion sensitive sensor that allows users to play games and interact with the device controller free. The Special Edition Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect, which goes on sale Nov. 4, was announced at the Tokyo Game Show. The package includes the Xbox 360 250GB console, a Kinect sensor and the game “Kinect Adventures” for $399.99. Also In July, the company announced the Xbox 360 4GB console and the Kinect sensor and “Kinect Adventures” packaged together for $299.99. The bundle, which went on sale Aug. 3, also featured the game “Kinect Adventures”. The Xbox 360 4GB includes built-in WiFi N, 4GB of internal flash memory, touch-sensitive buttons and a black matte finish.

I’ve been watching videos of the Kinect technology and I am quite impressed, I will definitely be purchasing Kinect.


September 8, 2010  5:56 PM

BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Well i know some of you out there already have one, I am waiting to get my hands on my own soon. It will be available in Canada around Sept-Oct. The new OS 6 looks amazing, finally the blackberry has caught up to the iPhone in sheer enjoyment of just using the device… check the Torch out here. You can also go directly to the phones specs via this link.

Is anyone else looking forward to this phone? Who is going to upgrade their existing phones to OS 6?

September 7, 2010  9:40 PM

Free File Recovery

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Time and time again, people may delete files, its in our nature to be in a rush, so when you hit, SHIFT+DEL, you have just circumvented the Recycle Bin and lost your work.

Well here is a free recovery program that I have been using as of late to help people out when they have deleted files, either on purpose and want to retrieve or just being in a rush…

It is called Recuva. Here is a small list of features, if you want to read up more, then just head over to the homepage for full product details.

Undelete files on your computer
Deleted a file by mistake? Recuva brings lost files on your computer, USB drive, camera or iPod.

Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
Even if you’ve formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can still find your files on it.

Recover deleted emails
Emptied your email trash and need it back? Recuva’s got you covered with full support for Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail.

Just today it worked for a college who moved files to a network share and the files just disappeared. A deep-scan using Recuva retrieved the files for him!

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