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A Microsoft ad that isn’t klunky, awkward, or outright embarrassing?

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Everyone knows MS ads… no, MS marketing in general… it just sucks donkey wang. Even the new Windows 7 ads that a lot of people are saying “don’t suck so bad” are crap… except for Kylie, but that’s all her not MS. Anyway, I have no idea if this is supposed to be a viral […]

How to run multiple, separate instances of Outlook!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Ok, ever since Outlook 2000 I’ve been looking for a way to access more than one Exchange server account using Outlook. I recently started using Outlook 2007 and I finally got fed up with not being able to access both my personal Exchange account and my work Exchange account on my home machine. I started […]

Absolutely horrible network performance for guest VMs on VMware Server?

Absolutely horrible network performance for guest VMs on VMware Server?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I got my new HP workstation with 9GB RAM and a fancy quad core CPU a while back and it’s been running real spiffy… but after loading VMware Server 2.0 on it, I found the guest machines running on this bruiser of a machine had truly abysmal network performance… I mean Kbps transfer rates on […]

Having trouble with USB devices in ESX guests?

Having trouble with USB devices in ESX guests?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I’ve been using a KeySpan USB server for years with my various workstations, but I figured it would be a good way to connect USB devices to virtual Win2k3 R2 servers running on VMware ESX hosts, since connecting directly to a USB port on the host is not an option. After an hour of fighting […]

I'll have to wait till 2020 to get my brain implant?!

I’ll have to wait till 2020 to get my brain implant?!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Researchers at Intel are confident we will be using brain implants to surf the web using only our thoughts. The first goal is to decode common human brain signals. Back in the 50s and 60s, both the US and the Russians were doing some pretty bizarre brain experiments… some of which were of the “open […]

Confusing software version reporting

Confusing software version reporting

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Updating a server’s RAID controller firmware the other day, I got an odd dialog window. The dialog window said that the installed version was “” and the update being installed was “”, which looks like a downgrade. However, after checking the management console it became clear that the installed version was actually “”… so my […]

Why Y2K was far from an embarrassment

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Farhad over at slate is doing a two-part piece on Y2K – ten years later, and I can’t help but comment. On January 2nd, 2000, while everyone was coming out of their bomb shelters giving a collective “Pffft”, I always thought the fact that nothing happened was a grand testament to how well the problem […]

Two interesting TED talks

Two interesting TED talks

Monday, November 9th, 2009

If you’ve not heard of TED, its friggin amazing. I won’t go into it, you can just check it out for yourself. Wired for War is a talk I came across recently that covers the state of today’s warfare robotics industry. It is quite a sobering look at how changes in the “how” and “who” […]

CDC tapping into electronic medical records

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The CDC has built a nearly real-time H1N1 tracking system called FluView. But how do they get this data? They get it directly from doctors, clinics, and hospitals of course! The CDC said it is now tracking data on 14 million patients from physician practices and hospitals that is stored on a relational database hosted […]

Hooo-llleeee crap. NewSID is pointless?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Mark Russinovich is like a legend… half of the dynamite due that used to be SysInternals. They put out tons of utils for Windows admins. With machine cloning technologies that came of age during the last administrative epoch, and virtualization cloning become commonplace, the NewSID util is probably the most used utility they ever put […]

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