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

May 31, 2010  11:36 AM

Quit Facebook Day?

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Apparently today is “Quit Facebook Day” Why you ask? They say it’s due to privacy concerns.

Facebook has upset users in recent months by not giving them enough control over their personal data. For example, Facebook’s changes in privacy settings in December allowed users to control who sees each individual piece of content they upload, whereas the previous policy had allowed users to create block settings, which proved easier to manage.

So far 26000 people have quit Facebook to never return, i personally think that allot of them will return, and out of 700 people, only 11% were aware of this day… and only 2% were going to quit.

Its all about paying attention to your settings, what did you think was going to happen when you posted all your pictures to the Web?! Ill probably end up reviewing my settings later this evening, but I’m pretty sure my stuff is okay for the time being…


May 28, 2010  11:08 AM

HP on Top!

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Working at EPIC has shown me that the best servers out there right now are HP Servers, ” HP took the top spot from IBM in global server revenue in the first quarter, as shipments from all manufacturers rose 23 percent over the previous year, according to Gartner”, yes I am biased and thats OK. EPIC is the #1 HP reseller in Western Canada right now, any that is because we back HP and their hardware. The servers are rock solid and are only going to become better with the soon to be released G7 revision.

HP has advanced its server management capability through HP Insight Control with Integrated Lights-Out 3 (iLO 3). The technology significantly improves system operations, remote management performance and efficiencies for customers throughout the server life cycle. HP also announced two new HP ProLiant G7 servers that considerably increase operational efficiency and reduce operating costs to deliver a full return on investment in two months.

So if you havent been in the know, its time to start reading up on HP Proliant Servers… check them out here.

May 26, 2010  12:31 PM

VMware Workstation 7.1 Just released

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As of yesterday the industry standard in desktop virtualization has just been upgraded to version 7.1.

Along with the new release comes the ability to create virtual machines with up to 8 vcpus and 32GB of memory, driverless printing with no configuration for both Windows and Linux guest operating systems.

3D support just got better VMware Workstation 7 is now the first to support Windows Aero in Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines. Run even more 3D applications with support for DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.13D graphics in Windows virtual machines.

Here is a quick insert from VMware themselves.

What’s New in VMware Workstation 7.1

•Support for 8 virtual processors (or 8 virtual cores) and 2 TB virtual disks.
•Support for OpenGL 2.1 for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests.
•Greatly improved DirectX 9.0 graphics performance for Windows Vista and Windows 7 guests. Up to 2x faster than Workstation 7.
•Launch virtualized applications directly from the Windows 7 taskbar to create a seamless experience between applications in your virtual machines and the desktop.
•Optimized performance for Intel’s Core i3, i5, i7 processor family for faster virtual machine encryption and decryption.
•Support for more Host and Guest Operating Systems, including: Hosts: Windows 2008 R2, Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.4, and more Guests: Fedora 12, Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.4, SEL 11 SP1, and more.
•Now includes built in Automatic Updates feature to check, download, and install VMware Workstation updates.
•Ability to import and export Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) packaged virtual machines and upload directly to VMware vSphere, the industry’s best platform for building cloud infrastructures.

Well what are you waiting for? Go here to download and install/upgrade now!


May 24, 2010  5:53 AM

Opera Mini 5

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Well they’ve done it, release a browser that actually works well with my blackberry… for the past 6 months I have been using Opera Mini 5 Beta 2, i was very impressed. I was so impressed that I raved about it in previous blogs and made sure all my friends downloaded it. I just happened to wonder if they had released the full version and to my surprise they had done just that. Meet Opera Mini 5 the best damn blackberry browser out there, well i think so anyways… For you viewing pleasure I am embedding a video for you to watch. With its tabbed browsing, the ability to download any size of webpage, and to be able to stream youtube videos, how can you say no to Opera Mini 5? Download it here! Enjoy the Video.[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

May 18, 2010  1:59 AM

All you wanted to know about Bluetooth

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You know what it is, you use it to tether you laptop for Internet, you use it with a bluetooth headset and you also may use it to talk through a car stereo deck… but there are a few things you may not know, see the insert below…

Bluetooth sharpened its competitive edge in two new versions. Bluetooth 3 introduced 802.11 and Bluetooth 4 introduced a low-energy (LE) mode.

“Today, Bluetooth is shipping over one billion chips every year,” Nick Hunn, Bluetooth expert and wireless evangelist for CSR, told TechNewsWorld. “Looking forward, the industry can see that growing by an order of magnitude.”

Bluetooth is set to become even more dominant as a short-range wireless technology with the release of the latest Bluetooth low energy specification, Hunn said.

Now check out the full story here at Tech News World…


May 18, 2010  1:51 AM

Microsoft = $200M for VirnetX

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VirnetX says that Microsoft infringed on 2 patents, the 2 technologies were used in Windows XP and Vista.

A Texas jury ruled March 16 that Microsoft willfully infringed on two VirnetX patents pertaining to the use of secure  communication links between computing  devices. The jury recommended to the U.S. District Court that VirnetX be awarded $105.75 million in damages.

Days later VirnetX filed another lawsuit saying that Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 also infringed on the same patents… this led to the 200 million dollar settlement to basically buy the patents. Oh Microsoft when will you learn to say please? 🙂


May 18, 2010  1:37 AM

XenClient Express

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Citrix delivered on the IT Kit for pro’s but the official release of its Hypervisor for desktops and laptops won’t ship until later this year.

The XenClient Express kit, which is available free for public download today, includes the bare metal hypervisor, the Citrix Receiver for XenClient and the Synchronizer for XenClient.

Using XenClient, users can run multiple virtual machines on a single laptop that are secure and mobile at the same time, Templeton said. Virtual machines can be run online and offline and synchronized in a fully flexible fashion, he claimed.

It would be nice to have desktop and laptop operating systems published to hardware, using offline mode with synchronization is very cool… I will definitely have to give this a try.


May 13, 2010  2:26 PM

Disable Terminal Services Beep

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You can disable the system beep function in client rdp sessions by creating the following registry key on the Terminal Server:

   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\

   add a DWORD “DisableBeep” with a value of “1”

You will have to restart the Terminal Services service for the change to take effect.

The above applies to Windows 2003 SP2 and Windows 2008. If you are running Windows 2003 SP1, you will need a hotfix first: 901115 – A Terminal Services client computer may make beep sounds after you connect to a Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1-based computer

May 11, 2010  3:14 AM

Google Android surpasses iPhone in the US Q1

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Well i figured it was coming, Google Android is quickly climbing to be the number 1 selling smart phone in the US, in less than 6 months it has exceeded iPhone sales, and is moving fast to compete with RIM. They need an app that can emulate and interact with BlackBerry Messenger, then I would even get one!

According to NPD, devices running Android accounted for 28 percent of the units sold to U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2010. BlackBerry devices made by Research In Motion, which use RIM’s homegrown operating system, took the top spot with 36 percent of the U.S. market. Apple’s iPhone, which had been in the No. 2 spot previously, fell to third place with 21 percent of the market.

Just remember that Google Android’s success can mainly be because it runs on many different pieces over different vendors. Also iPhone hasn’t changed their front end since it was first released! Google Android also handles multitasking, one of the many things that iPhone just got multitasking in its latest OS(and they still haven’t changed the front-end!).


May 6, 2010  11:58 AM

Internet Explorer 9 Preview 2 Download

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Interested in test driving some new features of Internet Explorer 9? There are 3 categories to test, HTML5(GPU Powered), Speed Demos, and Graphics Demos

Go here and check it out, with your current browser, then download the client and try it again. You’ll be amazed at how much faster and smoother it is when the browser utilized your graphics card… trust me…

Enjoy 🙂


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