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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. March 2008 Entries
Decline Of US Newspapers Accelerating
Just the US? I'd say this was across the board globally, there is a general decline in Newspaper and Magazine advertising that is heading to on-line substitutes, and those that don't get their head around this will be left as dinosaurs? Decline Of US Newspapers Accelerating Duncan Riley 32 comments » Figures released by the Newspaper Association of America show that the decline of newspapers is more rapid than previously thought, with total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunging 9.4% to $42 billion ......

Posted On Sunday, March 30, 2008 10:03 PM

Mixed Novell and AD Authentication issues
Recently I have been looking in to some issues relating to mixed Novell and AD Authentication at customers sites and there does not seem to be too much information that is readily available so I thought it might be useful if I post some of the details and links here as a helper to others? ;-) One of the most interesting points is that it would appear that Novell really hasn't done much to the Novell Client in quite a while, and even with the advent of Vista it has not so much revisited the classic ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:55 AM

SoftGrid Visio Stencils
Justin Zarb has a blog linked below that comes up with some very useful bits of info relating to SoftGrid, these Visio Stencils just happen to represent the "eye candy" ;-) , there is loads more and this is an extremely usefully resource if you're quite involved in SoftGrid Sequencing? SoftGrid Visio Stencils It must have been at least 3/4 months ago I came across these stencils and I said than I would blog about them..... well as you can tell I never did! ubba cool stencils for visio when your designing ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:53 PM

Will Altiris ever be more than a subsidiary?
It is something of a shame that Symantec is not making the best of this acquisition, especially when you consider the amount of change and hype in the Virtualization space over the last 14 months since Symantec announced the purchase? I made the comment only a few weeks ago (Thinstall quick out of the blocks) that it was quite gratifying to see good technology not sitting by the sidelines waiting for the politics and marketing to settle before it can again back on with getting the work done - but ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:47 PM

Dell to give VMware ESX Server 3i for free?
Talk about the cat among the pigeons? I was certainly aware that MS's 2008 was to have Hyper-V included at a minimal cost of USD$28 but that is not due for another 5 months or so, and it was always expected that the pricepoint would come down to meet MS but this is quite early I would have thought? As Alessandro points out - this will cause some serious pain in the Sales Channel, this is where Citrix had a big jump on VMware and as far as I am aware VMware was getting very serious about trying to ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 2:32 PM

picotux - smallest Linux computer in the World
Now I have always been a fan of making the PC as small as possible, but this is verging on the ridiculous surely? I'm wondering how useful this device might actually be? picotux - the smallest Linux Computer in the World The picotux 100 is the world's smallest Linux computer, only slightly larger (35mm×19mm×19mm) than an RJ45 connector. More information can be found here. picotux - smallest Linux computer in the World ......

Posted On Friday, March 14, 2008 10:38 PM

So the Feds have staved of the "Running of the Bears"?
So the Feds have staved of the "Running of the Bulls Bears"? Well it would appear that they have for today at least. Until of course everyone wakes up tomorrow and recovers from the hangover and notices that they are only just back where they started? Today's *massive* rally has simply clawed back the gains from last Wed. and I can't help thinking that it's not a good idea to add more and easier access to money when we are seeing a worldwide credit squeeze? Surely this is like pouring petrol on an ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:29 PM

Thinstall quick out of the blocks?
It's good to see quality products don't always have to languish in no-man's land following an acquisition? Hopefully they haven't lost too much steam and can maintain their enthusiasm? It now just remains to see how VMware integrates this component in to the bigger picture? VMware Project North Star Beta (Thinstall) (for Windows Systems) Latest Version: Beta | 3/05/08 | Build 3.350 What's Coming Upcoming enhancements in the VMware Project North Star release: Expand the production services and product ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 3:04 PM

Supercomputing made easy with 123Terabytes of RAM - typo? No that's 123Tb of RAM, the storage is around 2Petabytes
With over 60,000 CPU's in this beast it certainly packs some punch? And if you have a task that needs some serious computing like this then you can actually submit a request to get your jobs processed - submit proposals here - how cool is that? At 500 Teraflops though this is quite a significant increase in global computing power and it makes you wonder just how much further this can increase? What if someone was able to create and prove a quantum computer? how much would that influence these sort ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 12:51 PM

RDP Connection to VDI fails, almost immediately, what is the cause?
I was helping build a Road Case for demos at MS 2008 Launches and other uses and while building a couple of VDI's as well as BladePC's for the Thin Client's to connect to we found that roughly half of the devices were not responding at all to a simple RDP connection. One point here is that although this was just a small Road Case for demo's we had decided to try and emulate a proper enterprise environment as possible in that the systems had been setup as Multi-Homed with dual NIC's so that there ......

Posted On Saturday, March 1, 2008 4:14 PM

Novell acquires PlateSpin
Well who would have thought it? is this Novell rising from the ashes? It will no doubt be an interesting year watching still further manoeuvrings in the Virtual space - although I wonder if the US does finally get in to a recession will this slow down the pace a bit? Certainly VMware has a lot more competitors to contend with now than it did when the IPO was released last year and I see there share price is now back under USD$60 after the dizzy heights of $120 late last year.... Novell acquires PlateSpin ......

Posted On Saturday, March 1, 2008 2:54 PM

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