Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Many thanks and Praises to the good Lord God for His Grace and goodwill to us all here on earth and everywhere where mankind resides in this and all other galaxies.

I would like to thank the following people, companies, and technologies that made 2007 exciting and aim to make 2008 even better.

My family, including my wife, Kehinde who has to put up with me on a daily basis, and my kids, John and Trevor.

My parents, siblings – Chris & Janet, Grace & Senu, Mary, Greg & Laide, Lucille, and their families.

Read on >>>

Happy 81st Birthday, Dad!

Best wishes, now and forever to the best dad ever.

I love you always

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OJ does it AGAIN!

Does OJ have no shame?

For goodness sakes, this moron stayed out of trouble just enough to cause fatal trouble for another entity!

Just now heard that Court TV kicked it.

After over twelve years of circling the drain, and rehashing old crap.

If only his latest escapade could been timeshifted back a couple of years, it would have helped Court TV stay alive another meaningless decade or so.

Damn you, Orenthal!

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sony gets it....NOT!

This post by Robert McLaws on ineptitude of some Sony staffers just lays bare the core problems of the company: serious myopia from the heydays of the Walkman, the Compact Disc, and the original Playstation...

....resulting in the need for either the CEO there or his board to perform emergency recto-cranial extraction surgery on the current DNA of the entire company in order to remake the company.

I broke my leg

It took nearly 44 years, but I finally did it!

Yep, broke a bone!

I slipped on some ice, and broke a bone in my ankle this past Wednesday in Northern Colorado!

Just like that!

I thought it was just a bad (translated as ‘painful’) sprain, until, pain unbearable, I checked into the ER at Colorado Plains Medical Center, in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

The ER Nurse on duty, Leigh, took one look at me limping into the facility, asked me to stop right there, and fetched a wheelchair she deposited me into, and off for examination we went.

Taking off my boot – yes, I purchased two (2) new boots for the 30-hour trip, she said ‘ouch’ at the swollen ankle. Don, the MRI technician was tending the el-rayo-x devices, and took a few x-rays of my ankle irradiated me.

Dr. Ken Osgood was the ER hospitalist on duty. He took a look at the ankle, and informed me that I might have broken a bone, a view validated a few moments later when the x-rays were read.

“O crap”, said the normally cool John.

I cancelled the meetings scheduled for the rest of the day, in my head, and proceeded to hope for the best.

Final?

I will be in a hard boot for the next 6-7 weeks. (CES will be a severe pleasure this January!)

One thing you notice is that the attitude of a company’s CEO permeates his/her entire enterprise. If the CEO is a consummate professional, and focused on customer service, it shows, as everyone in the company will strive to deliver a level of satisfaction that would satisfy the CEO. Remember Home Depot during the Nardelli years? ‘Nuff said.

If the CEO is a narcissistic jerk, a two second interaction with his/her minions would reveal that right quick. The absurdly named ‘geniuses’ at Apple stores immediately come to mind.

Professionalism and an excellent level of patient care was what I received at Colorado Plains Medical Center.

Michael Anaya is the CEO of Colorado Plains Medical Center, and I would like to thank him and, by proxy, his entire staff; and also acknowledge and applaud them for the work they do in general, and the work they did on me in particular, when I was their patient.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Chuck

My new fav show, with me fallin' for both Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) deadliness and Ellie's (Sarah Lancaster) sweetness.

Adam Baldwin is a loon, and Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome) is killing the role of a surfer dude!

Best new show of 2007, IMO!

Game Changer: MIT OpenCourseWare

Brilliant!

Incredible!

Expanding the market, and helping the world at the same time!

Goes to show that the most important contribution an institution of higher learning can make is not constantly begging for more endowments, but, ahem, actually teaching!

Props, MIT!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Pinnacle Systems - a truly sorry company

December 2, 2007.

On the Pinnacle Systems website, you see that the estimated ship date for the Windows Vista version of the Pinnacle Instant DVD device/software bundle is May 2007.

Well, it is six months later.

No updates on the website, no information, nada!

Now tell me, what are the chances that I will,

  1. ever purchase anything from these clowns again, or
  2. recommend any of the wares they peddle to even my worst enemy?

A$$wipes!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

VZW (finally) grows up...

…I hope!

In an announcement, Verizon Wireless is opening up its wireless network to all comers and devices if they meet minimum specifications.

Read on

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Off to Da’ Bassment

For the next week on my annual romp through the Midwest.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving to all!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Funny comment on ZDNet

"Linux is actually MORE compatible than Vista when talking Win98 apps!!"

In an article titled, If the truth about Linux hurts.....shoot the messenger, that was part of talkback comment #12.

And it nutshells why Linux is getting no traction outside gearheads.

Dude, shake yourself!

It is 2007!

In fact, almost 2008!

There have been like a zillion releases of Windows since Windows 98!

Come out of the temporal stasis field and breathe the air of this century!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Solaris on Dell?

Now I know why Jon Schwartz was made CEO of Sun, Inc.!

In my post here, I alluded to Sr. Schwartz's admirable intelligence and relative youth as being advantageous to Sun, while warning him to avoid the pitfalls of his boorish predecessor.

Since then, J Schwartz had delivered.

Read on...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

DeskScapes for All

Stardock is releasing DeskScapes for free! (Standard Edition only)

This is a big bone thrown to the users of less-than-Ultimate Windows Vista™.

Read on

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Is David Stern nuts?

Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss is arrested for a DUI and gets a 2-game suspension with a $25,000 fine from that clown.

All 58 NBA referees are found to be gamblers, and the same tosser does not see anything wrong with that?

Read on at AbsoluteVista.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Windows Consumer Experience Space I: Hardware

Last week I was at the Microsoft Windows Consumer Experience space in New York City.

At this event, primarily targeted at the consumer, as the name proclaims, I saw the directions being embarked upon by manufacturers in the notebook space and also in the gaming and all-in-one systems space.

My takeaway: watch out!

These systems represent the vanguard of a new thought process in delivering products in the PC space, with great design being in lockstep with engineering.

I demo-ed the following systems:

  • HP dv2500
  • HP dv9500
  • Gateway One
  • Dell Inspiron 1520/1521
  • Dell XPS 720
  • Dell XPS M1330
  • Sony Vaio CR
  • Sony Vaio SZ
  • Sony Vaio VGS-LS
  • Toshiba Satellite x205

Read on at SmallBizVista.com

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Phishers lose $10 million gift.

The inhabitants of the accounts payable department at SuperValu stores gifted phishers about $10 million USD in response to emails purporting to be from some of their vendors asking them to change the deposit accounts to those conveniently supplied in...

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Nikko America's excellent customer service

For the past year, John III and I have enjoyed many an afternoon assembling multi-part toys, starting with Mega-Bloks, and now at Lego Technics and Erector Sets.

(Actually, I assemble them, he gets to enjoy them, a great division of labor.)

Last week...(read more)

Upgrade to OS X Leopard, receive BSOD as reward

In my post here , titled Apple innovates with Windows Vista RC1, I declared, sight unseen, that Apple's delayed OS upgrade codenamed 'Leopard', was a blatant ripoff of Microsoft Windows Vista, albeit build 5600, the Release Candidate 1, not...(read more)

Windows Experience Space

I have been at the Windows Experience Space event in New York City for the past few days, hence the dearth of posts on this blog.

Over this weekend, I shall be posting about the event and the epiphany I had about a much-maligned Microsoft property. Stay...(read more)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tafiti

Tafiti. Swahili for 'do research'.

Microsoft has just released Tafiti which is a site that “helps people use the Web for research that spans multiple queries and sessions by helping them visualize, store and share the result. “

Since Search is becoming increasingly specialized, across different user scenarios, vertical subject areas and entry points, Tafiti, which uses Silverlight for visualization, and the Windows Live Search engine, will blow you away in its functionality.

With Tafiti, after you enter a search query, you can do the following:

  • Drag interesting results to the shelf on the right. Each box on the shelf can be used to save a related set of results. Shelf contents can be saved and shared.
  • Use the carousel at the bottom left to do different types of searches (image, blog, etc.)
  • Visualize your results using the Tafiti Tree View.

In a short period before the public release of Tafiti that I have used the product, I am very impressed with several items:

  1. The User Interface. This is the best UI I have seen for search. Your search queries come alive! This is the (new) best use of Siverlight I have seen so far, and it does truly enrich your queries, and stimulates your massaging of the presented data to heretofore-unseen levels.
  2. Saved searches. Somebody bite me! This is a much better way of doing searches.
  3. Relevance of presented data. While preliminary, a comparative, albeit non-scientific search revealed that presented data was par with that other search engine.
  4. Speed. On steroids, for once a good thing.

How cool is that?

Tafiti is at www.tafiti.com

EDIT: Channel 10 has a first look video here. Pretty descriptive.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

AbsoluteVista moves to AbsoluteVista.com

AbsoluteVista is now hosted on Graffiti CMS and can be found at www.absolutevista.com.

We will continue to use the archives here.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Nudist site sues Microsoft

Right on the heels of losing an identical case to Google and Amazon.com, online pornography site (name deleted) has turned right around and sued Microsoft.

Shouldn't there be some soft of moratorium on idiots bringing actions?

I hope whatever jurist is assigned to the case throws the book at these lowlifes, and please, please, send one of the company's officers to actual jail.

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This is the iPhone?

I just played with my 14-year old god-daughter Karyn’s iPhone, and I must tell you, as a Windows Vista™ and Microsoft technologies evangelist, I came away pissed!

Extremely, as well!

Are you joking?

This is it?

This is that great UI?

When I think of the masses of favorable ink heaped upon this device by the cognoscenti, I cannot help but think that Microsoft has to try another flava of Kool-Aid since St. Paulie seems to be able to sell shit to people who cannot tell shit from peanut butter and Microsoft, with better products, cannot seem to prime the marketing pump.

Again I ask: is this that great UI?

Gimmie a freakin’ break!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Another Apple patchfest

While I was OTG, Apple had another OS X patch party.

This time, the update, dubbed 2007-007, was for 45 flaws in the OS.

45 flaws!

Isn't that like the entire total for all Windows Operating systems for this entire year or so?

Welcome to the real world, cattle!

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WindowsBlinds 6 beta

Stardock WindowsBlinds, and indeed the Object Desktop product has been for a while a most capable way of personalizing the Windows™ visual experience.

Not leaving well enough alone, Stardock has in beta the next release of Windows Blinds, version 6.

This new version is a gem, and my Dawg, Spencer Scott (Island Dog) has a preview video showing some of the cool features in WindowsBlinds 6 below.

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A billion dollars gone bye-bye

Actually, $1.52 billion.

Just like that!

No chance of protracted settlement talks. No chance of a win in a drawn-out appeals process. No chance of a 40-60% payout.

What are we talking about?

In Re: Alcatel-Lucent vs. Microsoft.

Since the judge threw out the verdict, what next for Alcatel-Lucent?

According to an ALU company mouthpiece, “This reversal of the judge’s own pretrial and post-trial rulings is shocking and disturbing, especially since — after a three-week trial and four days of careful deliberation — the jury unanimously agreed with us”, and that Alcatel-Lucent intends to appeal.

Nice, meaningless words, Mary Lou. They just don’t carry any water.

How happy are Patty and Sergei today?

Nothing in the City of Lights could brighten their demeanor at all!

I have an idea: why don’t you guys create, market, and sell some innovatively great products for a change?

About the $1.52 billion?

Foggetaboutit!!!

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Microsoft FAM roundup

While I was OTG most of the past week and this week as well (hiding from Wifey to blog), Microsoft held its latest Financial Analysts Meeting or FAM in Microsoft-speak.

Tiernan Ray, in Barrons, has a roundup of observations from a number of analysts here.

Massachusetts (rightfully) selects OOXML

There are just waay too many snarky comments I could make here. However, since we are all adults, I’ll pass.

However, it is nice to see the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, Governor, finally take charge of the impending morass they would have been subjected to if they had abided by the incredibly bizarre proclamation by Eric Kriss of the selection of ODF as the de facto standard for government documents.

Read on at John.Obeto on Microsoft on NetworkWorld.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Microsoft gets Massively Dugg

Microsoft today signed contracts to serve ads to two platforms.

In the first, Microsoft subsidiary, Massive, inked a deal to supply dynamic in-game ads to several titles owned by Electronic Arts.

In the other, Microsoft will be the ad platform for Digg, in an arrangement similar to last year’s pact with Facebook.

These are the kinds of deals I expect from Microsoft: platform deals.

When combined with Microsoft’s moves in vertical search, the aQuantive buy, and healthcare, there isn’t any doubt that a new search juggernaut is in the making.

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Slow news day at eWeek?

With a headline such as “OLPC OS may be your next OS” or some similar drivel, you just have to wonder if that was the best the writer, and his editors could do!

Dude, why don’t you do like that stupid blog did yesterday, and manufacture some news?

Sheeeez!

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MLB Today

Can the real power-that-be in Major League Baseball, Donald Fehr, order Bud ‘Sleeping Ugly’ Selig to attend the SF Giants games until Bonds breaks Hammerin’ Hank’s record?

For a while now, that intrepid ostrich, Bud ‘I saw no steroid use before the Feds stepped in’ Selig has been vacillating about attending the games.

Right, buddy! This is the time to finally grow a backbone, eh?

Come off it, you worm!

It is only the most important record in all sports. Leastways, the sports we care about here in America.

Donald Fehr, do your thing: order this wimp to go to the games!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The NBA Today

I guess Daffyd should not have been the Commandant of the Fashion Corps, assigning a zampolit to each team while he should have been watching his trusted and vigorously defended referees. While he was playing hall monitor, guess what? One of his 'trusted' was shaving points. Allegedly.

Actually, it was refreshing to see a properly chastened, non-smug, and non-arrogant Stern on the stage.

He spewed forth all the right platitudes, making all the required trite comments, all the while giving answers that were sufficiently vague in the information imparted.

This time though, everyone could see that this dude didn’t have answers, unlike when he deliberately goaded the fawning members of the mainstream sports press. You can still see the hero worship in all their articles today about Stern being on top of it* all.

However, something was…..amiss.

Despite the smugness being wiped off the face of Dave, he still exhibited his foppish stubbornness, proclaiming that he ‘felt’ betrayed by the act of the lone gunman criminal, and that he stands by his referees.

What?

Are you freakin’ kiddin’ me, David Stern?

Listen up, you idiot!

This happened on your watch, you sphincter!

Your vaunted referees, you gnome!

To crown it all, you said you did not know about this fiasco until June 20? For that incompetence alone, you deserve to be fired!

You took your peepholes off the ball, punk, and set them on the players, you dope!

For goodness sakes, you became a fashionista (or whatever the male term is) and started policing clothing, you moron!

WFT? You took the NBA security staff off what was important to start measuring hemlines, eh Davie?

Why didn’t you catch it? It took the FBI to do it?

I am doubly pissed that the FBI had to divert resources from protecting our country to do your job for you, you ingrate!

Can you imagine what the fallout would be if more refs were involved in this mess?

Can you, ‘D’?

Now you are sitting there all puckered wandering what those willing-to-be-dominated sybarites may be forced to do to you.

Shut the f*** up and go away. Silently, too, you Napoleon-complexed knave!

Still though, it was worth it to see that A-O without his smug visage for once.

*A couple of examples I read and heard were two idiotic writers, one at ESPN and another at FoxSports, both profess their faith in Stern, and are ready to give him a pass!

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Gamer kidnapped for his online password?

Every day, the worldview gets bleaker, as more signs that the end of the world is fast approaching are revealed.

Otherwise, how would you account for this 'gem' of a story?

In Brazil, a top gamer for GunBound is kidnapped and held for five (5) hours by his abductors who want to get his GunBound password in order to sell it for the equivalence of $8000 USD.

This moron, the world's #1 in GunBound resisted, yes, resisted, despite having his imbecilic kidnapper place a gun to the abductees's head for the entire time.

Just who is the bigger idiot?

The brain-addled, pistol-wielding nutjob, or his equally whacko prey, who wouldn't give up a password at gunpoint?

Loser, it is a freakin' game!

To paraphrase Meg Marco:

Apparently, the idiot victim is some sort of role-playing computer gamer. He seems well regarded among his own kind.

Go figure!

Monday, July 23, 2007

The World HAS gone mad!!!

The Apple stores will now start charging $5.00 USD to drones who want to gawk at their new redeemer?

Are you freakin' kiddin' me?

WTF is goin' on?

$5.00 to look at a freakin' phone?

I better stop before I freak!

Original link from Paul McNamara

Windows Rally Technologies

In my review here of the Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N router & Access Point, I briefly touched upon Windows Rally™, a series of technological advancements built into Windows Vista which are geared towards simplifying network connectivity and giving users, and managers, what is now known universally (and affectionately) as the Windows Vista Experience.

From the review:

The Windows Rally™ program, formerly Windows Connect Now, is a new way for providing quick, more secure, and effortless connectivity for network connected devices.

This program gives hardware OEMs, developers, and service providers access to Microsoft technology, and technical guidance, and streamlines licensing of those same technologies, enabling the use of a common platform to deliver leading-edge connectivity products and services to their targeted customers, in the process lowering their cost of developing devices and software, and reducing the complexity presented to consumers. The use of Windows Rally™ technologies also allows software and hardware developers the benefit of creating products with a greater amount of differentiation and customization.

Read on at John.Obeto on Microsoft on NetworkWorld.com

Score another for Andreessen

With today’s purchase of Loudcloud Opsware by HP, Marc Andreessen has done it again.

Keep it up, dude!

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

AbsoluteVista.com week of July 15 recap

Date

Blog

Title

July 15

AbsouteVista.com

Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Router & Access Point Review. A review of Buffalo’s flagship Certified for Windows Vista™ router.

July 16

AbsoluteVista.com

July 13, 2007 AMD Consumer Showcase, Hollywood, CA


AbsoluteVista.com

I Played with a Phenom™, of my sorta hands-on with an AMD reference unit powered by the forthcoming thoroughbred, the Phenom FX.


AbsoluteVista.com

Nkem Owoh: 419 I Go Chop Your Dollar! An actor/singer celebrates describes how (Nigerian Penal Code 419) scammers deceive victims

July 17

John.Obeto on Microsoft

The IT Manager’s Toolbox: LogMeIn Reach


AbsoluteVista.com

Cross-engine Advertising era begins


AbsoluteVista.com

Bottom-feeding jackals in Oregon flee, on payday lenders leaving Oregon.

July 18

John.Obeto on Microsoft

Salesforce.com not worried? Is it bravado or ostrich-like behavior?


John.Obeto on Microsoft

The Official word on Windows Vista™ SP1

July 19

John.Obeto on Microsoft

FullArmor Workflow Studio


AbsoluteVista.com

Exit Herb Kelleher

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Exit Herb Kelleher

Another icon bows out.

The founder, former CEO, and current chairman of Southwest Airlines will retire from the company in May of 2008.

Mega props to the man.

As someone who avails himself of the services of the airline, the friendly, playful antics of the wisecrackin' crew always helps to alleviate the stress of flying we all face nowadays.

Not to mention that the airline has been profitable since 1973.

Yes, 1973!

He and company president, Colleen Barrett (who retires in July 2008) will be missed.

Hopefully, their legacy of fiscal prudence and customer service will endure.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Official word on Windows Vista SP1

“There will be a Windows Vista service pack and our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year.

Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle — they’re something we do for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, and providing early test builds is a standard practice that helps us incorporate customer feedback and improve the overall quality of the product.

Service packs are just one example of the work we do to constantly improve the Windows experience.
We also deliver improvements to Windows via Windows Update, which is an excellent channel for providing our customers with the most significant updates as they happen.
And, since Windows Vista launched, we have continued working with partners to improve overall device coverage and application compatibility.
There are now more than 2.1 million supported devices and more than 2,000 logoed applications for Windows Vista.
We think customers will have a great experience using Windows Vista today.”

There has been so much ink about Windows Vista™ SP1 that this official position statement on SP1 is welcome.

Thanks, Nick.

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Salesforce.com not worried?

By Microsoft’s hosted applications moves?

They should be!

If there is a software CEO not directly touched (before today) by Microsoft, it was Benioff.

What a loudmouth buffoon the tosser is!

If you look at the easily-surmountable head start he has in his spaces, hosted CRM and salesforce automation, you sorta realize why he constantly flapped his gums derisively towards Microsoft.

He was afraid!

Truly petrified!

Read on at the Microsoft Subnet on NetworkWorld.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bottom-feeding jackals in Oregon flee

With the passing of a bill limiting the maximum amount these hyenas payday lenders can charge to 36%, there has been the stampede of exits from the state by the same.

Good.

Good to see the elected looking out for the impoverished for a change.

Why, just why, would you need to charge a victim more than 36%?

Why?

The watering down of usury laws across the country over the past decades allowed these predators to feed on the most vulnerable. And they did so with gusto!

Now, their entire industry has been chased from a state.

Hopefully, this is just a start…

Cross-engine Advertising era begins

In an industry first, Microsoft Office Live* is allowing customers the ability to conduct keyword advertising on Ask.com as well as they are currently able across Microsoft's Live services.

How cool is that?

One thing most small businesses do not have is a full time droid dedicated to optimizing ad campaigns, especially as it relates to search engine marketing.

Using adManager, a business can link to Ask Sponsored Listings** to purchase, manage, and optimize ad campaigns.

I think this is a harbinger of future interop scenarios between Office Live customers and the search community as a whole, with the customer winning out.

Props to the Live team and to Ask.com for taking the plunge.

*Office Live: Microsoft Office Live is a complete, affordable set of easy-to-use Internet-based software and services that helps small businesses attract new customers, keep in touch with existing customers and easily manage their business from virtually any location.

By combining the power of software plus services, Microsoft Office Live helps small businesses establish a professional Web presence, stay in touch with their customers, and easily access company information from one complete online location. More information is available at http://www.officelive.com.

**Ask Sponsored Listings: Ask Sponsored Listings (ASL), introduced in the Fall of 2005, is an automated open-auction system allowing marketers to purchase, manage and optimize campaigns on the ASL publisher network, including Ask.com.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nkem Owoh: 419! I Go Chop Your Dollar!

About as descriptive as it gets for 419ers.

I played with a Phenom!

or,

How I was exposed as that most superficial of gamers: The Console Collector.

At the AMD consumer briefing last Friday (July 13) in Hollywood, I got to play with an AMD Phenom-based system.

Loaded with 4 GB of RAM, dual AMD 2900 512MB video cards, the quad-core system represented the state of the art in gaming and performance.

Ian McNaughton of AMD was taking this amazing new (Midway) game, called Stranglehold through its paces. Directed by John Woo, and starring an on-screen visage of Chow Yun-Fat, this game allows, indeed, it requires that you blast everything in sight.

It was all good.....until he (Ian) asked me to take over game play.

Where I promptly froze!

Oh well, as my friend Manni always says: He who dies with the most toys, wins.

So there!

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July 13, 2007 AMD Consumer Event

Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, California.

On Friday, July 13, 2007, I attended a confidential consumer presentation given by AMD at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, CA.

At the event, laid out logically in a cottage on the hotel property, was very informative and dealt with the following areas:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Media management and discovery,
  • Entry-level graphics solutions
  • Desktops, including Phenom,
  • Mobile devices,
  • Company direction.

AMD was kind enough to make a number of VITO*’s available to brief us, and I got so much information that I will be making a series of posts on the number of new offerings from AMD and partners.

However, I cannot leave you without letting you know I played with a Phenom-based system!

Well, sorta.

*VITO: Very Important Top Officer of a company.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Router and Access Point

I have been testing the Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N broadband router, a Certified for Windows Vista™ device.

I received this review unit just before the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, or WinHEC back in early May. Seeing that there were quite a few sessions devoted to Windows I decided to hold off on a review of the unit until I had gotten an opportunity to learn more about Windows Rally™ technologies.

Windows Rally™ Technologies.

The Windows Rally™ program, formerly Windows Connect Now, is a new way for providing quick, more secure, and effortless connectivity for network connected devices.

This program gives hardware OEMs, developers, and service providers access to Microsoft technology, and technical guidance, and streamlines licensing of those same technologies, enabling the use of a common platform to deliver leading-edge connectivity products and services to their targeted customers, in the process lowering their cost of developing devices and software, and reducing the complexity presented to consumers.

The use of Windows Rally™ technologies also allows software and hardware developers the benefit of creating products with a greater amount of differentiation and customization.

Unboxing

The Nfiniti router came in a rather large box reminiscent of Cisco router boxes, and I wondered why until I saw how well padded it was. The box contained the router, a quick setup guide, an Ethernet cable, a setup CD, the power supply and the warranty boilerplate verbiage.

I rather liked the looks of the router, especially since I had wanted to upgrade the network at UniMatrix Zero-1 to the equally different-looking Linksys WRT350N router.

I discarded the included CAT-5 cable for CAT-6 cables, plugged the router into the mains, connected the Motorola SB5101 modem and the systems.

Configuration

Well, Ryan M., Jim B., Glen W., and the entire Windows Rally™ team do have a lot to be proud of.

After flushing the cache/memory on the Moto cable modem – thanks for the heads-up, Jim B. – I was effortlessly able to connect to the router.

The Windows Connect Now auto-configuration system worked me through the setting up of the router, including the insertion of a pre-defined passphrase, and, voilĂ , I was connected!

Never one to leave well enough alone, I opened up a browser window, connected to the router, and proceeded to change virtually all options available in managing the Nfiniti router, including, but not limited to passwords/passphrases, network numbers, addresses, etc.

Needless to say, I was pleased with the numerous options available.

Performance

In my test of the router, I was able to connect to the wireless-g network from the desktops, and to the a network using the UniMatrix notebooks.

Since I did not have a wireless-n card installed in any of the systems at the Orbiting Dacha, I made do with the installed adaptors.

The range superiority of the Nfiniti router versus the other routers at UniMatrix Zero-1 was never doubted. In fact, during network discovery, I located several more networks than I have ever seen listed in the Windows Vista™ wireless networks list. I was able to get connected using various several in various locations over the physical plant at UniMatrix Zero-1.

Wireless throughput was also perceptibly faster, making me move the acquisition of a similar unit to the top of my list for short-term improvements to my network.

Dislikes

  1. Cat 5 cable shipping in box, instead of CAT-6
  2. Cannot change router login username

Conclusion

I like this router, one for the use of Windows Rally technologies for easy setup, and secondly for the performance.

Admittedly, this system has not been tested with a wireless-n card, however, if my perceptible feelings of faster speed are any indication, there is no doubt that it would perform as expected.

As a result, I am giving it a SmallBizVista.com Preferred Award, especially for ease of use, configuration, and value in the consumer/SOHO space.

John Obeto II
Editor-in-Chief, SmallBizVista.com
Publisher, The Interlocutor
July 15, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Logitech MX Air Mouse

Logitech has a revolutionary new mouse on the market called the MX Air Mouse.

Utilizing similar technology to the Nintendo Wii, it promises a level of cursor control heretofore unseen.

Michael Reyes, CEO of The Hardware Geeks, has a review here.

I will attempt to secure Mike's unit for a review here at the Orbiting Dacha.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

February 27, 2008

Mark it on your calendars or calendaring software.

That is the date that Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 will be released!

In Los Angeles*, no less!

*The Launch Party.

Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 released

WVHA v2.0 was released earlier today.

Baldwin Ng, a Supremo (PM) on the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment team has details about this version here.

In my post here, I touched on the availability of Windows Vista Hardware Assessment, a free tool from Microsoft that allows IT managers an incredibly detailed inventory of corporate (Windows) client computing assets, both hardware, and installed software.

Prior to the release of Windows Vista™, we at Logikworx had come up with a hardware baseline for delivering the Windows Vista AeroGlass’ experience to client desktops. After validating that baseline, we then proceeded to inventory all (yes, all!) our clients’ companies’ computers, no small task, as it was spread over several hundred clients.

Well, you don’t have to do the same.

WVHA eliminates the manual labor associated with having to physically visit each computer, since hardware configuration might have changed from the date of delivery and/or initial install.

I have been testing the release (GOLD) version of Windows Vista Hardware Assessment for the past few days.

Read on at SmallBizVista.com

Monday, July 09, 2007

Network Monitor v3.1

One of the many free tools available to IT managers from Microsoft is Network Monitor.

Last week, Microsoft released Network Monitor v3.1.

This new version, for the first time, allows for wireless sniffing! How cool is that? It also includes Right-Click Add to Filter, a much easier way of creating filters, and is Microsoft Update enabled. A list of all the new or improved features in NetMon v3.1 is below:

Read on at my blog on The Microsoft Subnet on NetworkWorld.com

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Silverlight & XPS

I just hate transitional periods with a passion!

When I use a pristine system to connect online, I am doubly upset when I try to connect to Microsoft sites, and either the document I want is in PDF format only, or a specific Microsoft site requires Flash.

When I have both IE7 for reading XPS documents, and Silverlight installed on the system!

How upsetting is that?

Come on, guys!

I am calling on The Collective to hasten the transition, or at least, create automatic background converters for these products.

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