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

June 25, 2010  2:33 AM

iPhone 4 Review

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Okay everyone, i have an iPhone 4 review for ya to check out… it is at, but I have included in insert for you to read before moving onto their website.

It’s not just the face of the phone that’s undergone a transformation — the iPhone 4 is all new inside as well. For starters, Apple has moved on from the Samsung-built ARM Cortex-A8-based CPU used in the 3GS to its custom A4 chip used in the iPad, which funnily enough… is an ARM Cortex-A8-based CPU. While the company hasn’t yet said what the clock speed of the processor is, we’re guessing it’s something below the 1GHz touted for its tablet cousin. The phone is definitely snappier than the 3GS, so we’re not about to volley complaints just yet — in particular, graphics seemed to render faster, and overall responsiveness was slightly higher, though admittedly, it wasn’t blowing the doors off the joint. It’s certainly faster, but the 3GS wasn’t hurting on speed to our eyes, so it’s not as wildly noticeable a leap as the 3G to the 3GS.

I am going to keep my eye out for this one, but right now I am going to see what the competitors come up with. I am leaning towards Android myself… either way, when I find something I like I will let you all know about it!

Check out the full story here.


June 25, 2010  2:29 AM

Bing isn’t that bad after all…

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I stumbled upon this blog while surfing the net and thought I would share this users story. He used Bing for one full week, but ended up using it for two weeks and didn’t really notice….

I switched the settings on my browser toolbars to make Bing the default and promised to spend one week running Bing. That was two weeks ago and, to be perfectly honest, I kind of forgot about it.

Check out the story here, if you not a huge fan of Google and want to try something new, he gives you some hints and tips on how to make your transition to Bing easier.

While I’m on a Microsoft parade, remember to check out the Internet Explorer 9 Tech Demo, its amazing what they can do with hardware accelerated graphics!


June 25, 2010  2:14 AM

VMware vCenter Server 4 Update 2

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Well since i like to follow VMware, I’d like to let everyone know that vCenter Server 4 Update 2 is out. With this release there has been guest operating system customization improvements, support for Server 2008 R2 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit (had issues in the past trying to install on these OS’), and many issues have been resolved. Check out the full release notes here.


June 25, 2010  2:07 AM

VMware ESX 4 Update 2

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Well its been out for about a month, and just wanted to remind my readers that ESX 4 Update 2 is now out… i have included an insert and a link to the download below.

Enablement of Fault Tolerance Functionality for Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors without Fault Tolerance. vSphere 4.0 Update 2 enables Fault Tolerance functionality for the Intel Xeon 56xx Series processors.

Enablement of Fault Tolerance Functionality for Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series and Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series and Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series processors without Fault Tolerance. vSphere 4.0 Update 2 enables Fault Tolerance functionality for the Intel i3/i5 Clarkdale Series and Intel Xeon 34xx Clarkdale Series processors.

Enablement of IOMMU Functionality for AMD Opteron 61xx and 41xx Series processors— vSphere 4.0 Update 1 supports the AMD Opteron 61xx and 41xx Series processors without input/output memory management unit (IOMMU). vSphere 4.0 Update 2 enables IOMMU functionality for the AMD Opteron 61xx and 41xx Series processors.

Enhancement of the esxtop/resxtop utility— vSphere 4.0 Update 2 includes an enhancement of the performance monitoring utilities, esxtop and resxtop. The esxtop/resxtop utilities now provide visibility into the performance of NFS datastores in that they display the following statistics for NFS datastores: Reads/s, writes/s, MBreads/s, MBwrtn/s, cmds/s, GAVG/s(guest latency).

Additional Guest Operating System Support— ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 2 adds support for Ubuntu 10.04. For a complete list of supported guest operating systems with this release, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

I haven’t deployed it myself yet, ESX 4 Update 1 is pretty damn rock solid as it is… im in no hurry, but i will start testing it in my sandbox environment. Go here to download it, if you have a valid support contract with VMWare, or just download the trial copy.

June 16, 2010  2:39 AM

The New Xbox 360

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Well, I didn’t see this coming, didn’t see any rumours at all… funny because I am a big Xbox fan, ah well, I’ve have been very busy with a new client, anyways… check out some of the new specs below.

Touch Sensitive Buttons –turn the Xbox 360 on or off and eject a disc with the swipe of a Finger
Whisper Quiet – Whether you’re playing a DVD disc or from the hard drive or navigating the dashboard, with the all-new and much quieter Xbox 360, the only noise you’ll hear is your own laughing, cheering and playing
Wi-Fi –Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast, easy connection to your friends and entertainment on Xbox LIVE.
Hard Drive – 250GB internal, swappable hard drive for even more storage. To access, remove the bottom panel by pushing the small tab toward the front of the console.
Kinect-ready –Custom Kinect port on the back of the console that directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor for controller-free fun.
USB Slots – Five USB ports, three in the back and two in the front.
Power Supply –Smaller and more efficient. Xbox 360 250GB and Xbox 360 Original power supplies are not interchangeable.
Wireless Controller –The award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller matches the console in all black with color-matched thumbsticks and directional pad with a touch of gloss and chrome to complete the look.
Backward Compatible –Your favorite accessories and games will work with Xbox 360 250GB. Xbox 360 external hard drives and Memory Units are not compatible.

Although all accessories and games will work with the new Xbox, the existing HDD will not… so how will i get all my stuff over to the new Xbox after I buy it? Good question and I do not know the answer at this moment. Check out this site for some pics.

June 11, 2010  5:27 AM

Unlocked Intel CPU – Core i7 875k

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Hey everyone, well its been quite some time since I upgraded my home system, I’m currently running an Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 clocked at 2.75Ghz, stock 2.2Ghz. Now its fine for everything I do, but sometimes I just want more… I think this might be the processor for me…

Intel Core i7-875K processor will have the same specifications as the model 870: it will operate at 2.93GHz, will feature four cores with Hyper-Threading technology, sport 8MB of L3 cache and will be made using 45nm process technology. The only difference between the two central processing units (CPUs) will be unlocked multiplier on the 875K chip, which will allow overclockers and enthusiasts to easily boost clock-speed of the product without necessity to overclock other parts of their systems.

If you head on over to Tom’s Hardware you will see that they have gotten this chip to and in excess of 4Ghz! That’s insane…. so you have a Quad Core 4Ghz processor…with air cooling none the less… Say hello to 80+ fps in games like Crysis.


June 10, 2010  3:42 AM


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Here is a neat utility that i stumbled upon, when i was having routing issues on a user PC… yeah I know why would the route table be modified on a client PC, well it was for testing purposes…

NetRouteView is a GUI alternative to the standard route utility (Route.exe) of Windows operating system. It displays the list of all routes on your current network, including the destination, mask, gateway, interface IP address, metric value, type, protocol, age (in seconds), interface name, and the MAC address.
NetRouteView also allows you to easily add new routes, as well as to remove or modify existing static routes.

Download NetRouteView here.


June 8, 2010  4:18 AM

iPhone 4

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Yep its almost here, for you US people, but not for us Canadians. I like how Apple always takes the next step… among some pretty cool features is its “Retina” Display, cramming 960×640 pixels into a 3.5 inch screen, video calling, it kind of multitasks :), and front and back cameras. With all these new goodies, let’s hope they fixed the battery issues!

Check it out here… you can also preorder for in-store pickup.

Oh and you 3G and 3GS owners, go here to update to iOS4, which brings over 100 new features to your iPhone.


June 3, 2010  3:39 AM

Windows 7 P2V for ESX/VMware Workstation

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Why is it so hard to find out how to properly P2V(physical to virtual) Windows 7 32 or 64 bit? I looked all over the net, googled until i couldn’t google anymore and could not find the answer. Everything I did would end up in a BSOD or Bootloader errors, so i gave up. Then one night I was speaking to a colleague of mine over beverages and he told me it was a simple task. I became immediately interested.

So here is how it goes. To start, you need to download disk2vhd from Sysinternals, run it on the machine you want to configure, this will make a VHD(Microsoft’s Virtual Hard disk format). Once the P2V is done, you will need to convert that VHD to VMDK. What was suggested to me was Starwind V2V Converter, link to follow, download and install this app, run it and select the VHD and then select your source, either VMDK for VMware Workstation or VMDK for ESX Server, start the conversion. Once the conversion to VMDK is done, move it to an appropriate directory, where the VM will be housed, if your using workstation, then start up VMware workstation and create the Windows 7 VM, when creating the HDD, point to the VMDK file. With the VM created and the disk pointed to the converted VMDK, boot up the VM. Voila, converted Windows 7 machine… if you want to convert this machine to VMware vSphere, shut the VM off, and run VMware Converter Standalone, convert it into the ESX Host of choice.

So there you have it, since i couldn’t find a post on how to do it any other way, I will now refer back to this post if ever needed(i really hope my memory isn’t that bad!) Thanks to my colleague Misha over at i can sleep soundly!

Here are the links i referenced in my article.

disk2VHD – Sysinternals P2V tool – downloadlink

StarWind V2V Converter – download link

Happy Converting!


May 31, 2010  11:53 AM

AsusTek shows off tablet computer.

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Okay, you’ve got to check this out…

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan’s AsusTek Computer Inc. unveiled Monday a portable tablet computer that runs on Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, joining a slew of manufacturers trying to tap demand for the sleek devices following Apple’s launch of the iPad.

In addition to full Windows support, Company Chairman Jonney Shih said Eee Pad is equipped with a Web camera and runs Flash by Adobe Systems which will allow users to view YouTube and other video programs on the Internet.

They have some really cool pictures over at DailyTech, check them out here.

One good thing that is known is that it will have usb ports for expandability, mouse, keyboard perhaps? I think the more the better, i just don’t like how iPads cannot be expanded upon in any way… just my 2 cents. The new slate pc will also be thinner and lighter that the iPad, at 12.2mm thick and weighing just shy of 1.5lbs, impressed? I am. I will definitely keep you all posted.


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