The musings of an IT Consultant

July 31, 2011  10:49 PM

OS X Lion

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as soon as OS X Lion came out I had to grab it! Considering it costs next to nothing, why not?

So I upgraded through the App Store on my Mac and the upgrade was seamless. In true Apple fashion everything went off without a hitch. Once my laptop was done upgrading I had all my previous programs ready and waiting for me.

I have to say Lion just rocks! My favourite part? All the new gestures, and full screen mode. I feel so much more productive with these new features and wish Apple had included them ages ago. Also I’m still using VMware Fusion for Windows 7 compatibility and it works great under Lion with no problems.

Thanks again Apple for a great OS upgrade!


July 31, 2011  10:46 PM

Issues with Windows XP

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for quite some time now Windows 7 has been available. It’s been a great operating system, and it’s one of those OS’s that I wish had come sooner.

My problem? Some people are still using Windows XP. You know in my line of work I am still running into a lot of Windows 7 installs. I wish people were quicker on the uptake to the latest operating system. Microsoft is already talking about Windows 8 and people need to realize that gone are the days of staying with an operating system for an extended period of time.

If you want to keep up with technology you need to upgrade. Try out Windows 7 if you haven’t yet, you won’t regret it!


July 31, 2011  10:43 PM

Google Chrome becomes more popular!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So when you use a web browser which one do you use? I for one prefer to use FireFox first and then either Chrome or Safari. I resort to IE if I have no other choice due to compatibility issues.

Well Chrome just took a huge step forward. It just became the 2nd most popular browser in the United Kingdom! So why is this happening? Well I for one can think of something. Because the browser is quick and easy to use that’s why. I’ve always found IE to be bloated and it tries to copy the great features that came with other browsers first. It’s nice to see other browsers start to become more popular.

Personally I love the features and ease of use of FireFox and will continue to use it. Here’s hoping these other browsers continue to flourish and challenge IE’s dominance.


July 31, 2011  10:30 PM

The user experience – RIM’s problem

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So I was thinking long and hard about what the issue was with RIM. What can they do to innovate? What is it that sets the competitors apart from RIM?

In my mind it’s the user experience. It’s actually quite funny, I have friends with mobile devices from all the major players and the other day the funniest thing happened. My friend with the BlackBerry wanted to look something up on the web. He asked if he could borrow my iPhone. I started laughing and asked him why he just doesn’t use his own BlackBerry. He said it’s because he could do it quicker and easier on my iPhone.

Now I think I just hit the nail on the head there. It comes down to the user experience. Unless we’re talking about email on a BlackBerry, every other thing you do on a smartphone is vastly superior on the iPhone and Android platforms.

RIM needs to do something about this and quickly.


July 31, 2011  10:26 PM

RIM Layoffs

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you may have heard by now, RIM has laid off 2000 people. This is just nuts.

This never had to happen! RIM just needed to pull it’s head out of it’s own you know what and start to innovate. Instead they were full of themselves and kept going down the same old path.

What they need to ask themselves is why Apple and Android are winning. Then they need to learn from that and innovate to show something different to the world. Because the same old stuff just ain’t working anymore. Now 2000 employees are unfortunately paying the price.

RIM might have lots of money, but if they keep doing things with blinders on I guarantee there will be more bad news ahead.


July 31, 2011  10:21 PM

BlackBerry 7

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So RIM is trying to come back with an announcement of BlackBerry 7. Seriously?

Talk about a lame attempt at a comeback. RIM, listen up, you need to do more than what you are doing now! You’re just doing the same things that got you into this mess in the first place. Your archaic operating system isn’t going to save you. It’s time to try something different!

They can start by punting the two head honchos who are obviously seriously out of touch with the rest of the world.


July 5, 2011  2:50 PM

VMware Fusion Unity Mode

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So I wanted to talk about a cool feature in VMware Fusion for you Mac users out there!

This feature has been around for a while but many people might not be aware of it. If you own VMware Fusion, you can use a feature called Unity mode. Basically what this does is trick’s you into thinking a Windows application is running on your Mac desktop. It isn’t actually doing that, it’s just running in your Windows virtual machine, but as far as the user experience goes it looks like it’s running natively on your Mac!

This is a great feature for those of you that have those apps you need to use that only are available on Windows and you don’t want the hassle of using a Windows VM in the traditional sense. Instead change your view to Unity and then you can use the apps seamlessly!

Check out this video here.


July 2, 2011  10:23 PM

More letters for RIM

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So fresh on the heels of the anonymous letter for RIM, more employees have come forward and have submitted letters to BGR.

BGR has posted two more letters here that you can read. It’s basically more of the same. Employees pointing out what is wrong with the company. The question is, why isn’t RIM management listening? Or is this just the rantings of a scant few employees?

Only time will tell and the next 12 months will be crucial to the survival of RIM. The world will be watching closely to see how RIM responds. I hope RIM survives and learns from this and becomes a better company for it. But as history shows, that is not always how these stories unfold.


July 2, 2011  10:19 PM

RIM’s Response

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So RIM has responded to the anonymous employee that wrote the letter that is all over the web now.

You can read RIM’s response here. I read the letter and I have to say it didn’t really impress me. It just comes across as the usual corporate gibberish that companies spew when they know they are caught red-handed.

RIM needs to take this letter seriously and figure out what to do about it. And I don’t mean they should try and hunt down who wrote this. They should instead focus on fixing their ailing company.


June 30, 2011  8:54 PM

Tech industry will recover from Japan disaster

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So in light of the Japan disaster, as you know many tech companies suffered.

There were a lot of companies that relied on Japan and in the wake of the disaster we were hit hard over here in North America. Well now predictions are that tech companies will begin to recover by the fall.

This bodes well for not just us, but for Japan who sorely needs to rebound from this crisis. I wish them all the best and hope everything goes well for them during this hard time.

You can read more about the recovery process here.


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