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

March 16, 2010  2:05 AM

Silverlight 4

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Silverlight 4 gets released next month, but if your a developer and want to get started right away, then check out this link. I have included an insert below for quick review.

This latest version of Silverlight delivers hundreds of features and controls that, when combined with the continued innovation in Microsoft’s world-class tools for designers and developers — Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression Blend – present the leading edge in rapid, powerful application development. With printing support, rich reporting and charting, and integration with back-end systems and server products including Microsoft SharePoint, Silverlight is ready for business.

Remember that this is a developer only release, there is no “go-live” licensing available as the end-user runtime version is not available till next month.


March 11, 2010  3:04 AM

Alienware M11x

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Ever wanted a netbook that could truly do it all? Well now you can own such a beast, or should I say Alien…

Meet the Alienware M11x. Now you wont have to lug a bulky computer around to LAN parties, this little guy will fit into your backpack. With the ability to play Crysis and Call of Duty “World at War” on its 720p screen for 2 straight hours(on battery), or using it as a productivity tool for 6.5hours(on battery) (nvidia gpu disabled), what more could you want? See the full specs below, and if you want to purchase one for yourself, head on over to Dell’s Alienware Site.


    * Type: Ultraportable
    * Bundled OS: Windows (7)


    * Screen size: 11.6 inches
    * Screen resolution: (1366 x 768)
    * Aspect ratio: 16:9
    * Screen type: LCD (Color, Backlit)
    * Screen surface: Glossy


    * Processor make: Intel
    * CPU family: Core2 Duo (mobile)
    * CPU model: SU7300
    * Processor speed: 1.3 GHz
    * Number of cores: Dual-core
    * Cache size: 3 MB L2 cache


    * WiFi: 802.11 a, b, g, n
    * Mobile broadband (3G): Yes


    * Graphics adapter: Discrete + integrated
    * Graphics (discrete): NVIDIA (GeForce)
    * GPU model: GT335M
    * Video RAM: 1 GB
    * Graphics (integrated): Intel (GMA)
    * Memory type: Shared
    * Video outputs: DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA

Memory details

    * RAM bus / speed:  DDR3 (1066)
    * RAM slots: 2 slots (total)  2 slots (occupied)
    * Maximum RAM: 8 GB (system) 4 GB (per module)

Storage details

    * Storage interface: SATA
    * Drive bays: 2.5 inches 1 bays (total)  1 bays (occupied)


    * Chipset: Intel
    * Chipset model: SU7300
    * System bus speed: 800 MHz


    * System cooling: Fan-cooled

Other features

    * Integrated webcam: Yes
    * Security lock slot: Yes
    * Case lighting: External

Memory and storage (basic)

    * System RAM: 2 GB
    * Hard drive(s): 160 GB (total)


    * Maximum battery life: Up to 6.5 hours
    * Battery type: Li-polymer
    * Battery access: Built-in


    * Keyboard: Backlit
    * Pointing device: Trackpad


    * USB: 2.0 (3 ports)
    * FireWire / 1394: Yes

Size and weight

    * Dimensions: 1.29 inches (h) 11.25 inches (w) 9.19 inches (d)
    * Weight:  4.39 pounds


    * Audio inputs: 3.5mm
    * Audio outputs: 3.5mm
    * Built-in microphone:  Yes
    * Speakers: Stereo

Memory card reader

    * Memory card reader: Yes
    * Memory card support: SD (SDHC)

Product info

    * Available colors (each model): Black and Silver


March 11, 2010  12:06 AM

New Portable App – Team Viewer

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I have yet to use this app, but apparently it works well, from what I heard.

TeamViewer Portable 5.0.7904 has been released. TeamViewer is a remote PC support/control and screen-sharing tool. You can remote control a partner’s desktop to give online assistance, or you can show your screen to a customer without worrying about firewalls, IP addresses and NAT. This release updates TeamViewer to the latest version and adds multilingual support. It’s packaged as a portable app so you can work on the go and it’s in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. It’s released as freeware for personal, education and non-profit use (business use requires a license).

I have listed some features below.

– Support, administration and screen-sharing in one package
– Remote administration of unattended servers
– File transfer
– Key exchange and AES (256 Bit) session encoding
– Remote support without installation
– Remote presentation of products, solutions and services
– Works behind firewalls

So if you want to help your parents out with an issue, this is the application to try.


March 10, 2010  11:59 PM

Windows Sysinternals

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Hey all, I haven’t posted about Sysinternals in a while. As you all know, newsid has been discontinued and i have yet to find a worthy application that did the same. I mean sure you can use sysprep, but this was easier 🙂 Anyone have any suggestions?

Anyways onto the updates. These were released March 3rd.

  • AdExplorer v1.30
    This update to AdExplorer, an Active Directory editor, has major node expansion performance improvements and a number of minor bug fixes.
  • VMMap v2.6
    VMMap, a powerful process virtual and physical memory analysis tool, now shows both graphical and numeric breakdowns of private virtual memory, as well as heap configuration flags.

The following were added January 11th.

  • ProcDump v1.7
    This update to ProcDump, a command-line utility that will generate memory dumps of processes based on various selectable criteria, now supports periodic timed dumps as well as dumps based on virtual memory thresholds.
  • AccessChk v4.24
    AccessChk, a utility that shows effective security permissions for files, registry keys, services, and more, now supports process tokens.

You can check out all the applications in the Sysinternals Utilities Index here, or you can just go ahead and download the whole suite here.


March 10, 2010  2:30 AM

Cisco’s next-generation Internet router

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Its called the CRS-3, it is mainly for the world’s largest Internet service providers, your not likely to install one in your home!

The new router, which starts at $90,000, will be sold to the world’s largest Internet service providers. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill ISPs selling 10 Mbps broadband service to consumers. These companies, such as AT&T, Verizon Communications, Level3, and Sprint, are the Internet service providers that aggregate and shuttle the bulk of the nation’s Internet traffic across what is known as “the Internet backbone.”

It offers 12 times the traffic bandwidth than its older brother, the CRS-1, from 2004. The CRS-3 can handle 322 terabits per second.

Check out the full story here.

February 27, 2010  4:46 PM

Palm Pre, just not enough.

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I had high hopes for the Palm Pre, even though I knew I wasn’t going to get one, I still liked the design, the interface, and the web os… but stock have fallen and the demand for the Palm Pre is just not there.

The Pre, boasting a new operating system called Web OS, was released to fanfare in 2009 and considered by many analysts a make-or-break product for a company that pioneered handheld computing. A plummeting market value and rising concerns that Palm can’t drum up demand for its most heavily marketed products may put the company in the crosshairs of an acquirer. “The possibility for merger at these levels is certainly more reasonable, given the valuation, than it was nine months ago,” says Scott Searle, an analyst at Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. in New York who rates the stock neutral. “The question is, can Palm achieve enough scale to be relevant? They need more products, more distribution and more applications.” Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox declined to comment.

Some analysts speak of aquisition, and some say that they have one shot left. Read the full story here.

Good Luck Palm.


February 27, 2010  4:36 PM

iPad Competition? Gigabyte might have the answer.

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Hey everyone! I was just browsing around the net earlier and came upon this news story… could this be Microsoft’s answer to the iPad, a Netvertible? Gigabyte will soon release the Gigabyte T1000, while it might not net as smooth an interface as the iPad, i think upgradingto 2GB+ of ram, would make the experience pleasurable. The specs below are from a cached version of Gigabyte’s website, not sure why they pulled it down, maybe it was posted too early. There is no pricing mentioned either…

Intel® Atom™ Processor N450(1.66GHz)/ N470(1.83GHz) 
Windows® 7 Compliant 
Intel® NM10 Express chipset
Memory 1GB DDRII 
Intel® GMA3150
LCD 10.1″ LCD, 1366×768 Resolution
HDD 250GB 2.5″ SATA HDD 
I/O Port USB(2.0)*2, eSATA/USB Combo, Mic-in, Earphone-out, D-Sub, RJ45, 4-in-1 card reader(SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro), Express card, DC-in 
Audio 1.5 Watt Speakers*2, Internal Mic-in
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 
Webcam 1.3 Mega Pixel Webcam 
LAN Ethernet 10/100 Base-T 
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n
Battery Li-ion 4 cell, 4500mAh (T1000X)
Li-ion 6 cell, 7650mAh (T1000P)
Dimension  265(W) x 195(D) x 38.5(H) mm 265(W) x 214(D) x 41.4(H) mm 
Weight ~1.3kg (with 4-cell battery) (T1000X)
~1.48kg (with 6-cell battery) (T1000P)

I myself have an aging netbook, but you know what? It still does the job, next on my list will definitely be a “Netvertible” or “Tablet Netbook”.


February 26, 2010  3:18 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Well Microsoft finally released a free Antivirus and Malware application, and I must say, its clean, not overly processor intensive, and gets the job done. I personally endorse it, as I have been using it for some time and am very pleased.

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

If you want to get started right away, go to the Security Essentials Site, then click on the big blue “Download Now” button.

For the not so tech-savy people go here to learn how install, scan for viruses and malware, or fix an problem.


February 25, 2010  1:33 AM

BlackBerry Bold 9700 (Bold 2)

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Okay all you business people out there… I have been using my BlackBerry Curve 8900 for quite some time, I am very happy with it, everything about it is great minus a few aesthetics here and there. But what more could a young tech savvy guy like me want? You got it MORE POWER! 🙂 With that I would like to introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9700… yes I know the original Bold was a massive beast, but the Bold 2 is much smaller, lighter, yet BlackBerry was kind enough to increase the processing power(624Mhz) and replace that annoying trackball with a track-pad. I don’t have one yet, but apparently we might be getting some new phones at work, and I can pass mine down to a junior employee! Anyways enough of my ramblings, here are the full specs.

Available Features
Trackpad navigation
Bright, hi-resolution screen
Full QWERTY keyboard
3G technology
Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® enabled
256MB flash Memory
3.2 MP digital Camera with
Video Camera
Multimedia Player
Wireless Email
MicroSD card Reader

High resolution 480×360 pixel
colour display
Transmissitive TFT LCD
Supports over 65,000 colours
2.44″ (diagonally measured)

Media Player
256 MB Built-in memory
Video format support: XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3, MPEG4, Sorenson Spark & On2 VP6 (Flash support)
Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro / WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Size and Weight
Height: 4.29 inches (109 mm)
Width: 2.36 inches (60 mm)
Depth: .56 inches (14.1 mm)
Weight: 4.30 ounces / 122 grams (including battery)
3.17 ounces / 90 grams (without battery)

802.11b/g enabled
Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, WMM, WMM Power Save, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
Cisco CCX certification
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry® Internet Server
Direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi
Support for UMA

Battery & Battery Life
Battery: 1500 mAHr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Talk Time: Up to 6 hours (GSM and UMTS)
Standby Time: Up to 21 days/504 hours (GSM), Up to 17 days/408 hours (UMTS)
Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours

Check out this review of the phone, very good read.


February 25, 2010  12:53 AM

Kindle now on BlackBerry devices.

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Wanna catch up on that book your reading at home? Sitting at the mechanics waiting for you car, and the magazines there remind your of National Geographics of old? Well now there is a solution… with Amazon’s Kindle app, still in beta, you can browse 420,000+ books from the online database!

Wireless subscribers who download Amazon’s free beta app to their BlackBerry handsets will have access to more than 420,000 Kindle books, including New York Times bestsellers as well as the latest releases. Users also will have direct access to free content and previews as well as their previously purchased titles, which are stored on Amazon’s servers.

I myself would find this very useful from time to time, as I always find myself in a situation where I could read a good book, and this would make it easy to do so! To get it on your phone just type this into your browser, you can also check out a couple simulated screens. (1 and 2)

Read the full story here, Enjoy!


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