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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. July 2007 Entries
Beyonwiz DP-S1 Dual HD Tuner PVR / DVD Player / Media Streamer Launches in Australia - better than Sky+?
So news in from eHomeUpgrade - although to be fair it was also in this mornings Sunday Paper... ;-)) So is this the convergence that people like me have been looking for? Well I'd love to be able to tell you the answer but things are a bit busy at the moment and then I'll be cacthing up with my brother late next week for some time wandering around the Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef up north - but while we're taking it easy I might see if I can convince the minister for finance that this device ......

Posted On Sunday, July 22, 2007 10:21 AM

Flying in Iraq from Nevada? - U.S. deploying first robotic aerial drone squadron
It's amazing how good remote control is these days? I have read about this before with local controllers doing the actual take-offs and landings before control is handed back to "pilots" in Nevada. It makes you wonder how much latency might be an issue? ;-) U.S. deploying first robotic aerial drone squadron Posted Jul 18th 2007 1:02PM by Donald Melanson Filed under: Robots It looks like the unmanned aerial drones now on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be getting a lot more company, with the ......

Posted On Saturday, July 21, 2007 9:33 PM

Hands-on with Sony's VAIO TZ superultraportable notebook
I have always believed that the whole point of a Laptop is to be portable, not one of these silly 17" plus screen sizes, and in my honest opinion the best makers of the trully small and lightweight Laptops is Sony and their Vaio range. I wish!!!! Hands-on with Sony's VAIO TZ superultraportable notebook Posted Jul 17th 2007 9:12PM by Evan Blass Filed under: Features, Laptops, Wireless Obviously unaware that we're not exactly the classiest folks around (we were the only ones there wearing shorts and ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:43 AM

Vista SP1 pops up on TechEd Australia’s website.....???
Courtesy of bink.nu Vista SP1 pops up on TechEd Australia’s website By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Windows Vista It looks like Windows Vista’s first service pack is coming a lot sooner than expected. Mary Jo Foley’s reports that a Vista SP1 beta might be seeded to ‘elite’ testers and enthusiasts as early as this week and public release around November, or as vaguely described by Microsoft PR “sometime this year”. However, pundits down-under might even get their dirty “hands on” SP1 as early as August ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:17 AM

Vista too expensive? Don't fancy having to upgrade the Hardware? Try this - Add Premium/Enterprise features to XP or Vista
Is it just me, or do we all think that Microsoft is having a bit of a lend with the price of Vista? For the life of me I can't honestly see that we will be looking back at this in 5 years time and saying this was a defining moment for O/S's? Actually maybe we will, and all for the wrong reasons as far as Microsoft is concerned? I have been delving more and more into the various Linux Distros and Ubuntu is certainly looking quite slick, as well as Suse from Novell (BTW, drop them an email and they'll ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 4:08 AM

Virtualization listed in the Windows 2008 Component Posters
This is of particular interest to me as I'm keeping an eye out on the Server Core as it gets more airplay - I'm hoping to have some very neat ideas about how this can be used? Virtualization listed in the Windows 2008 Component Posters WSS, Virtualization July 18th, 2007 Microsoft just released the 2x two “Lonhorn Component Posters” from the July TechNet Magazine (thanks to Keith Combs for the heads up). Anyway, you can download both the Windows Server 2008 Component Posters from Microsoft Downloads, ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 3:59 AM

Intel quad-core CPU supports 67% more VMs than dual-core
So this does give a very simple calculation as to whether or not it is cost effective to pay the extra for the quad-core processors? Although it would be very useful to keep in mind the additional benefits of less servers, less rack space, etc... Intel quad-core CPU supports 67% more VMs than dual-core Thursday, July 19, 2007 | 0 Comments VMware is using its still-in-beta VMmark benchmark platform to compare CPUs capability to run virtual machines and scale up. A short but interesting post appeared ......

Posted On Friday, July 20, 2007 3:51 AM

Transformers phone sports lethal theft deterrent system - scenes from roboCop 7?
Now I know that with the latest Transformer movie coming out these various nod's to the originals is to be expected - but this one in particular blends a nice line between a mobile phone with built in security, a transformer and RoboCop Have a look at http://www.parkoz.com/temp/... Transformers phone sports lethal theft deterrent system By Darren Murph on video Filed under: Cellphones As a staff member here at Engadget can attest, you never know when someone may want your mobile a hair ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 1:41 PM

Deciding which Thin Client is the best for your organization? Is there a new paradigm starting to play out?
Deciding which Thin Client is good for you? So you are considering a Desktop Refresh in your organization? Are you aware of the impending "Tipping Point" where the difference between PC's and Thin Clients is about to become blurred? Traditional Thinking: Traditional thinking around Thin Clients focus's on the matrix between a choice of Hardware at a good, better and best level and the choice of O/S that is used which is typically WinXPe, WinCE or Linux - this then prompts the decision maker to ask ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 1:06 PM

So have you ever wondered how fast a large Grid Computer could rip through your homework?
So have you ever wondered how fast a large grid Computer could rip through your homework? Do you have an assignment for Uni regarding freak weather systems and are dying to get time on some serious hardware to see if your assumptions stack up? Or are you really just interested in Gaming with freakish frame rates? Well wonder no more, sign up here for some free time on Sun's Grid Utility? ;-)) ......

Posted On Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:36 AM

Hands on with the iPhone.... is it all that it's cracked up to be?

I had a chance to pop in to one of the Apple stores this weekend and have a play, for my 2cents worth.....

  • Verrry nice screen and User Interface
  • Virtual keyboard will be fiddly for anyone who doesn't have dainty fingers
  • The fact that all the demo models are using the Apple Store's WiFi does tend to mask the 2.5G  ;-))

Posted On Monday, July 9, 2007 2:01 PM

Windows Hactivation? MS Needs Your Credit Card Details? nice little phising expedition this to catch the unwary?
I was just reading this in PC Mag here in the US - It should never be overstated - ALWAYS question whether or not you really do need to enter something like your credit card details - OR - any other personal details for that matter, it's a Jungle out there.....!! MS Needs Your Credit Card Details? Recently we came across an interesting Trojan sample, detected by Symantec as Trojan.Kardphisher. The Trojan is not very technical - it's really just another classic social-engineering attack. What makes ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:45 PM

Man sticks jet engine in kayak, somehow survives - from Top Gear via Engadget
Top Gear up to tricks again? Man sticks jet engine in kayak, somehow survives Posted Jul 5th 2007 2:35PM by Donald Melanson Filed under: Transportation While it's not quite as high on the insanity meter as a jet-powered shopping cart, wheelchair, or port-a-potty, we still wouldn't want to go anywhere near Shaun Baker's self-made jet kayak, which he apparently decided to build after deeming the sport not dangerous enough. Costing about $10,000, the kayak packs a 45-horsepower engine and is steered ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:33 PM

iPhone Coming To The UK, Exclusive To O2
From TechCrunch comes new of how the iPhone might be arriving in the UK shortly? - I did also see a note mentioning that it is also already listed in Amazon.co.uk In Sydney yesterday the Taxi driver taking me to the airport was dead keen on getting one the moment they hit the shelves in Australia... iPhone Coming To The UK, Exclusive To O2 Duncan Riley 28 comments » UK phone operator O2 is said to be close to securing the rights to sell the iPhone in the United Kingdom. A BBC report states that O2 ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:54 PM

iPhone hacked for shell access - what's next? ;-)
Well - that certainly didn't take too long did it? ;-)) iPhone hacked for shell access By Nilay Patel on IphoneHacks Filed under: Cellphones Well, that didn't take long -- the hacker crew of IRC channel #iPhone has managed to enable shell access to the iPhone just a week after its release. There's not a lot to the hack -- the iPhone's 30-pin dock connector features the same pinouts as the iPod, so creating a serial connection simply involved connecting up a resistor, ground, and RS-232 level converter ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:33 PM

Server Virtualization - End score (consolidation, power etc.) - why it does make sense...
So why is Server Virtualization sweeping IT as the next best thing? Here are some real world examples of what I would term a medium sized deployment showing what sort of cost savings are available (Capital and Monthly) just based on Real Estate/Data Centre and Power costs. The other crucial point to this is that so many business's are now asking IT to be able to provide services and applications *quickly* - in line with business requirements - and by providing the ability to deploy or provision Servers ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:24 PM

iPhone hack bypasses AT&T - TheRegister
And this just in from the Register... ;-)) iPhone hack bypasses AT&T DVD Jon strikes again By John Leyden → More by this author Published Wednesday 4th July 2007 12:43 GMT Famed reverse engineer Jon Lech Johansen claims to have discovered a way to "activate" an iPhone without signing up for a contract with AT&T. The hack allows users to use the iPod and Wi-Fi capabilities of the devices, but doesn't allow use of its phone features. DVD Jon - who's been something of a thorn in Apple's side ......

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:08 AM

Files in iPhone reveal overseas plans for T-Mobile, Vodafone -and- iPhone coverage roundup - courtesy of Engadget
So for those of you who have one, or are interested in how this is progressing it might be worth while checking out http://hackint0sh.org/forum but it's quite clear that Apple's blaze of Hype and Publicity could be bringing with some rather unwanted attention? ;-)) Files in iPhone reveal overseas plans for T-Mobile, Vodafone Posted Jul 4th 2007 3:09PM by Ryan Block Filed under: Cellphones That iPhone firmware leaked this week? Well, as found on the iPhone Dev Wiki it's been cracked open, its files ......

Posted On Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:06 AM

virtualization.info's Rent-A-Lab is a fully-redundant enterprise infrastructure available on demand - PoC here we come!!
Something else that I hadn't noticed before was Alessandro's Rent-a-lab available from his web site If you need to complete a Proof of Concept and lack of cold hard cash for hardware is holding you back then this is quite possibly a way forward - still with only 14 days max you'll need to be up and ready to roll before you get the gear? Nice innovative way of being able to prove the concept though ;-)) Rent-A-Lab virtualization.info Rent-A-Lab is a fully-redundant enterprise infrastructure available ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 4, 2007 10:16 PM

Gartner predicts a hypervisor for Vista by mid-2009, accuses Microsoft to slow down virtualization adoption ->> Really?
Well it's hardly a suprise, but it is nice to see some one serious like Gartner actually stating the obvious regarding MS's tardiness in the Virtualization space - coutesy of Alessandro. Gartner predicts a hypervisor for Vista by mid-2009, accuses Microsoft to slow down virtualization adoption Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | 0 Comments Quoting from ComputerWeekly: Gartner fellow, Brian Gammage, said, "Microsoft's licensing terms for Windows Vista running in VMs are unjustified; in addition, these terms ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 4, 2007 10:09 PM

iPhone hackers disclose vulns and hunt for clues - from TheRegister
So not quite in the same vein as the Hacking that I'm thinking about ;-)) but interesting enough all the same? iPhone hackers disclose vulns and hunt for clues - Closing in on their Holy Grail By Dan Goodin in San Francisco → More by this author Published Tuesday 3rd July 2007 01:37 GMT The game is on for hackers trying to spot security vulnerabilities in Apple's iPhone and already they're scoring points. Less than 72 hours after the iPhone's introduction, researchers have reported at least one flaw ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 3, 2007 10:25 PM

iPhone firmware hits the internets -- let the hacking begin! and why would you want to? >> iPhone processor found: 620MHz ARM CPU
So in Engadget I've just spotted the following two stories - just shows that with the Hype you also get unexpected concequences? With a small handheld PDA, powerful processor, touch sensitive screen, etc. I'm sure there are going to be all sorts of imaginative uses that this device can be put to other than it's originally intended use as a Phone/iPod? iPhone firmware hits the internets -- let the hacking begin! Posted Jul 1st 2007 1:51PM by Ryan Block Filed under: Cellphones No use on non AT&T ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 4:48 PM

If VECD is an expensive option for a VDI then perhaps you might want to consider a Linux variant that looks like Windows XP?
So how are things progressing with regard to any serious Virtual Desktop scenarios? Do you know of any? VMware still touts the effort by Prudential in the UK as a success story, but that was done nearly two years ago, well before MS came to appreciate the level of interest in Virtualizing the Desktop. From what I've seen and heard down here in Australia the major roadblock to any movement on this is the lack of clarity from MS Licensing regarding releasing of any Pricing for the VECD unless of course ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 11:31 AM

New Site Stats counter from whos.among.us
So I noticed this morning that ClusterMaps has my blog as having had nearly 150,000 visits: Running total of visits to the above URL since 15 Dec 2005: 147,567 I was also looking at TechCrunch over the weekend after reading an Article in Wired and noticed that they are using something different that I had not seen before for tracking Site Stats called whos.among.us, this provides a very tidy small "widget" (code) that provide info in to graphs.among.us and it displays this quite flash graph below, ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 10:59 AM

TiVo coming to Australia in 2008 - but will network squabbling kill it? or do you want an open-source Tivo?
After coming back to Australia from UK we were a bit disappointed finding that the FoxIQ was not all it's cracked up to be - at the moment it looks like the best bet is quite possible the Topfield 7000, with Dual HD Tuners and HDMI, it sounds like a good chance? TiVo coming to Australia in 2008 - but will network squabbling kill it? By Adam Turner Wednesday, 30 May 2007 Forget Topfield. Forget Beyonwiz. Forget everything. TiVo could finally drag Australian television into the 21st century and change ......

Posted On Sunday, July 1, 2007 3:16 PM

Will Unusable Keyboard Fuel Apple iPhone Backlash?
Is this why Apple has been keen to keep the device out of reviewers hands until lthe Hype Cycle has completed the selling frenzy? Will Unusable Keyboard Fuel Apple iPhone Backlash? June 30, 2007 [General] | By Tadd Rosenfeld. Yes. The inner technology junkie in me was in prime form yesterday when at 6:00PM eastern standard time, when the normal Tadd would have been enjoying a Friday evening off, I found myself instead tapping my arm for a vein at the local Apple store. I was joined there by perhaps ......

Posted On Sunday, July 1, 2007 2:57 PM

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