Monday, November 16, 2009

I’m in Los Angeles for Microsoft PDC 2009

I am in the beauuuutiful City of Angels, Los Angeles, California for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, or PDC2009.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Browser OEMs complain louder to the EU

I simply cannot grokk these browser yobs. Really cannot.

First off, Opera whines to the desmids at the EU Directorate for Quashing American Inventiveness about Windows 7 shipping with an included browser.

As usual, they are granted an audience by those numbskulls who immediately try to harm Microsoft.

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  • Common sense.

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The SmallBizWindows Verbatim InSight Portable Hard Drive Review

In the past year, Verbatim has gone on a tear, solidifying their hold on several market segments, and moving boldly into new ones.

A market segment that Verbatim obviously views as important is the portable hard drive space.

The Verbatim InSight 500 GB portable hard drive is one innovation the company has brought to market recently.

This is a nicely styled, fast, and extremely quiet portable hard drive. It came in a well-padded retail box, with a USB-to-mini-USB cable – the drive has a mini-USB interface, and a quick start guide. Nero BackItUp soft was pre-installed on the hard drive.

Apart from the very sleek styling, the InSight has an always-on LCD display that gives you notification of the drive name and remaining free space on the drive – whether the drive is powered or not.

Backups, backups, Backups!

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Resources used

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • HP z400 Personal Workstation
  • HP z800 Personal Workstation
  • HP IQ518 TouchSmart PC
  • HP ProLiant M110 G5

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The SmallBizWindows Epson WorkForce 610 Review

About a year ago, we reviewed the Epson WorkForce 600 MFC printer and deemed it business ready.

A few months ago, we were given the opportunity to review the latest iteration of that printer, and accepted.

The new Epson WorkForce 610 printer is virtually the same as the old 600, but for better and faster connections to networks.

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Resources used

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • HP tx2 TouchSmart Tablet PC
  • HP z800 Personal Workstation
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5
  • Toshiba Tecra M7

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

HP delivers key pieces of Converged Infrastructure vision

Over the past year, we have heard of HP’s Converged Infrastructure vision.

Today, HP has opened the kimono just a little bit wider, and laid some cards on the table for all to see.

What is HP Converged Infrastructure?
HP Converged Infrastructure calls for the end-to-end virtualization of resources in the data center and unification under common management. With HP Virtual Resource Pools, modular standards-based technology assets can be quickly assigned or repurposed to support any workload or application need from enterprise, to cloud and high performance computing applications.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

iPhone bug keeps Safari humming, and your costs running up…

…well, only if you’re not on the AT&T not-always-3G network in the US!

AppleSpot, of Estonia, has discovered a bug in the iPhone Safari that could keep Safari running in the background if you open a motion-jpeg file, and then close iPhone Safari…read more

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OSX.Loosemaque: malware just for OS X

Say what you may about the open source types, but they generally come across as intelligent types. Misguided, yes; but intelligent, nonetheless.

Contrast that with the herd that is known somewhat affectionately as Macaholics.

With their incredibly insular view of the world at large, they seem to live as much as possible to the ideals espoused by those I’m a PC, You’re a Mac ads…(read more) 

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Monday, November 02, 2009

China has a lunar mission planned for 2020?

And where are we?

The fact that they have a lunar mission on the books is galling enough.

The fact that we do not, is beyond the pale.

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MySQL founder’s seller’s remorse

What is it with these smart people selling out for a lot of moola, pulling the ripcord and ejecting when the new owners of their respective ‘babies’ start ignoring them, then whining about how they would like to buy their ‘baby’ back? The Skype babies come to mind….

Also check out MySQL.

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Shiny new thing: HP StorageWorks Data Vault x510

At The Orbiting O’Odua today, I received a new HP StorageWorks Data Vault x510 for review.

Running the Windows Home Server Operating system, but optimized for business, the Data Vault x510 represents the second WHS-based device being reviewed here at the O’Odua. The other device is an Acer Aspire A340 Windows Home Server. The Aspire A340 is a home device.

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The SmallBizWindows HP Mini 1000 MIe Windows 7 Review

Netbooks are all the rage nowadays. They are cheap, accessible, and seemingly everywhere

However, until the release of Windows 7, most of these devices have come with Windows XP based on the heavy resource requirements if Windows Vista™.

Well, now there is Windows 7.

In January 2009, I received an HP Mini 1000 Mie Edition for review as part of a social media program run by Ivy Worldwide (formerly known as BuzzCorps).

This was the least-powered version of the  Mini 1000 series. It was equipped with a 1 GHz  Intel Atom processor, integrated graphics, 1 GB of RAM, and a 16 GB SSD (solid state disk). The unit came with a customized Ubuntu Linux.

To be fair, I decided to give Linux a go. I used Ubuntu for a few weeks until driver issues forced me to return to the Light. Of Windows, that is…(read more)

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The SmallBizWindows MotionDSP vReveal Review

One of the guilty pleasures most of us enjoy nowadays is that of being armature photographers, armed  with our cellphone cameras, looking for the next doofus who would make our production the next viral hit on the Internet.

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Torrents contain malware? Who knew?

Psst! Would you like some malware with that illegal torrent download?

Microsoft researchers, in analyzing data, have found out that illegal downloads from torrents have become a particularly effective malware distribution channel

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Office 2010 public beta due this month

The Microsoft Office Team has sent out notifications about the close of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, and its transition into a public beta.

From the notice:

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Microsoft Office Accounting bites the dust

Who didn’t see this coming?

If you’ve ever tried to use Office Accounting, you would have seen the end nearing fast.

Why did it fail?

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Microsoft Security Essentials voted best (free) antivirus software

AV-Comparatives has looked into the current crop of free antivirus programs, and crowned Microsoft’s new Security Essentials the best of the lot.

That is pretty remarkable for a product that is new, and from a company generally regarded by stalwarts in that sector as a abecedarian.

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