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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. November 2007 Entries
Cold Shower for VMware? or just a dose of reality instead of virtual ;-)
So it looks like the gloss is coming off the VMware IPO? now that we are back down to the $70 mark I wonder how many people will stop and remember that this was an IPO of only $29? Let's be honest here, regardless of the hype surrounding the stock and the IPO, most companies and advisors do not normally release a stock for IPO and price it at 30% or 50% of value? It was priced at $29 for a reason and now we are starting to come back to that. If anything I feel sorry for those that are not intimately ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:29 AM

Significant speed improvements coming in Windows Server 2008??
Well, hang on a minute and let's not get too carried away? It doesn't "run" 45 times faster - what is explained here is a simple file copy, a large file copy sure, but essentially the basic File and Print server stuff that Novell used to own some 10 or 15 years back? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that someone at Redmond has finally found the Turbo button, and what I would be curious about is "exactly how" that copy instruction was carried out, and how they took their measurements - they haven't indicated ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:25 AM

WordPress or MovableType? Which is best for you? and where do you host it?
I have now been blogging since June 2005 and back around the middle of the year I started realising that my original blog at geekswithblogs.net/wallabyfan had got to the point where it was attracting 8,000 - 10,000 hits a month, I also started reading reports that advertising via web was really taking off and that it was possible to earn something of an income from either a Blog or a Web Site, and so from that I started looking at possibilities. Don't get me wrong, geekswithblogs.net is a really ......

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 1:20 PM

US Credit Bubble may take years to unwind? What chance is there of a US lead recession?
So how bad can it get? I'd suggest you hold on to your seats and buckle up, things could get bumpy from here in? Do check out Jim Rogers comments at the bottom of the post. “This is worse than the S&L crisis. This is the first time – this is the worst credit bubble we’ve ever had in American history. No – never in American history have people been able to buy a house with no money down…never. That’s never happened anytime in the world. So, we have the worst credit bubble. It’s going to take a ......

Posted On Friday, November 23, 2007 9:21 AM

OPEC to consider pricing based on "Basket of Currencies", and drop the US Dollar?
Well for those of us that are interested and have been following the US Dollars performance this is hardly a surprise? Is this the beginning of the end for the US Dollar? is it past it's use by date? Weak US Dollar May Lead OPEC to Price Oil in Basket of Currencies Posted by Dan Denning on Nov 19th, 2007 Well it finally happened. Behind closed doors, at a meeting closed to the public, OPEC’s ministers discussed whether to price oil in a basket of currencies instead of the late, great US dollar. The ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 3:28 PM

Asus on a roll with small form factor devices?
So not only has Asus finally managed to roll out the Eee PC, but it seems like there will be a slightly larger model, and they are releasing news about an up and coming UMPC that does look like it might have legs? Engadget: Asus confirms the 8GB 10-inch Eee PC Posted Nov 14th 2007 11:06AM by Nilay Patel Filed under: Laptops Asus has been coyly hinting at a spec-bumped Eee PC for a while now, but it looks like the wink-and-nudge days are over -- German Asus spokesman Holger Schmidt said that an 8GB ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 1:53 PM

Considering migrating or upgrading to Server 2008? here's some points to help get you started in the right direction...
Judging by my limited experiences with Vista the "security" sounds like it might be a case of how much security you need to turn off until your Server actually communicates with the other devices and runs the Applications correctly? Other than that I'm looking forward to seeing just how much can be accomplished with Power Shell, it's certainly got my Brother excited ;-) 10 things to consider when making a Windows Server 2008 upgrade decision Windows Server 2008 is expected to officially launch in ......

Posted On Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:10 PM

If all resources and commodities are priced or measured in US Dollars then what happens to these prices if the US Dollar falls?
Question: As the US Dollar starts to unwind and loose intrinsic value compared to all other currencies is it still reasonable to claim shock at "Record" high values of Gold and Oil if these prices are in US Dollars? Even if the value of Gold or Oil didn't change over the last 12 months it would have appeared to have risen being based on US Dollar price? right? Why the Euro is Garbage and Only Gold is Absolute Posted by Dan Denning on Nov 16th, 2007 How about the gold market? Nature’s currency, gold, ......

Posted On Saturday, November 17, 2007 1:22 PM

Super small windows coming after the Vista mega monster? Let's hope it's the end of Bloatware?
With all the computing power available it's so disappointing to see it being sucked up by ever bigger bloatware, so it's refreshing to see Microsoft focusing on getting things thin and efficient. And from this I picked up the interesting news regarding Microsoft's research into the concept of a Singularity based O/S Singularity Overview Singularity is a research project focused on the construction of dependable systems through innovation in the areas of systems, languages, and tools. We are building ......

Posted On Saturday, November 17, 2007 1:19 PM

Developing Applications for Server 2008? How to make sure they are compatible with Terminal Server and the other new features:-
Back when I was focused on Citrix Servers and helping people get the best out of existing Terminal Server and Citrix Server installations it was somewhat surprising how many Applications AND Developers all do their own thing in whatever way they like with no regards to Standards like these. There was similar material from Microsoft regarding Server 2003 and I always kept the details in template email ready for when asked. Anyway, these links below should start you off in the right place? Windows ......

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2007 10:45 AM

Is that a Server in your pocket? - Qualcomm unveils 1 GHz mobile phone processors
Holy Smokes Batman, what wont you be able to do on the go? Considering that this quite likely eclipses the resources that you would have typically used for a Server a decade ago? What with Samsung now looking in to running a hypervisor on mobile devices and the ability to actually run a web server as well - it make me wonder what's next? The only thing that's still missing is a new and innovative way to communicate to the device, I'd love to be able to bypass the keyboard if we could just find a ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 1:04 PM

Google's Android Developer Challenge
So it's an interesting way of Google to release their mobile offering in an Emulator/SDK download to stimulate interest before the actual hardware - and it certainly won't hurt that they've put $10m up for grabs for potential developers? Android - An Open Handset Alliance Project Getting Started Learn about Android Download the SDK Join the community. Participate in our discussion group through email or the web. The Android Developer Challenge will award $10 million to developers who build great ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:13 AM

A Virtual Web Server from your Phone/PDA?
So based on two recent announcements it might actually be possible shortly to host your Virtual Web Server from your PDA? Seriously, it might not be possible today - but don't bet against it being real in the next year or so? Turn your phone into a file and web server When you want to connect to your Windows Mobile phone you've got a few options. You can either use ActiveSync via the supplied cable or you can remotely connect over the WiFi with applications like Pocket Controller. Now there's another ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 14, 2007 10:08 PM

Is Quest quietly building a comprehensive IT Infrastructure Management Suite?
So it's worth considering what this news might mean in it's wider context? As Alessandro quite rightly points out, Quest is almost in stealth mode with regards to it's Virtualization plays, it is much more widely known for it's AD Admin tools, etc. - not Virtualization? When you have a look through the Products and Solutions offered by Quest the main reoccurring theme would appear to be "Management" and the tools to assist Admin's in Management of the various IT Systems. Provision was effectively ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:37 PM

HTC Touch - now with GPS, that makes 3 different flavours so far...
I must confess that I noticed a colleague with a HTC Touch a few weeks back and was instantly drawn to "Touch" it, it wasn't the actual Touch interface that did it, it was the size and elegance of the design - very sweet, almost like a case of "if Apple did black mobile handsets, this is what it would/should look like" So I recently made a slight deviation on the way to a Clients just to call in a shop that has the Touch so that I could have another look and feel - and I have to say that my gadget ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:20 PM

A Hypervisor for the masses? $28 a pop on OEM? "You can't be serious!!"
from virtualization.info: Well this clearly looks like it is vindicating some of the comments from Brian Madden's site that Hypervisors will become a commodity, and what will clearly differentiate will be the Management Tools for Virtual Machines. Microsoft Hyper-V is the final name for codename Viridian Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments With an unexpected announce Microsoft opens TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcellona revealing that final name for codename Virdian will be Hyper-V. Tentative name ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 10:28 AM

From virtualization.info: Oracle announces its own (Xen-based) hypervisor??
So What is going on here? now everyone is getting on the Virtual Bandwagon? I also find it interesting to note that VMware's share price has recently gone off the boil and is now down from around $110 less than a week ago to as low as $76?? and this was after the news from Oracle was announced. Oracle announces its own (Xen-based) hypervisor, breaks VMware idyll Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments By surprise Oracle today announces its own hypervisor based on Xen: Oracle VM. The new product includes ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:45 AM

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (formerly Softgrid) is Open for Public Beta
So now Softgrid is to be known as "Application Virtualization", well at least it does follow the recent trend where some of the Vendors are attempting to call their products by a name that actually describes what it does? Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 is Open for Public Beta And away we go!!!!! Welcome to ITForum and Welcome to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Beta!!! The keynote has kicked off with an amazing display of technologies and one that jumped out straight at me was our ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:44 AM

Surf from your SmartPhone? why not host the web site instead? could this be the basis of a new Branch Server? ;-)
I'm not suggesting it's the smartest thing to do, how would anyone know the URL for instance? What is interesting though is the possibilities that this starts to open up? It has been mentioned before that the idea and concept of a hypervisor and multiple virtual machines running in a SmartPhone (or iPhone for that matter) is a real possibility, so when you start thinking that there is a way of also hosting a web server in there as well then it starts me thinking about all the other possibilities? ......

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 10:38 AM

Asus ships mini-laptop, confirms Windows version
Well this is going to be interesting - a windows version is around the corner? well to be honest I kind of like the Linux GUI anyway, but what will be crucial to this device is that it doesn't sacrifice speed or battery life for a fancy Vista like GUI. I have always been a fan of Laptops and Notebooks being mobile devices, as opposed to Desktop replacements, so my personal bias has always been for a maximum screen size of 12" - besides have you ever been sitting by someone in an aircraft when they ......

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 10:15 AM

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