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Microsoft take down Windows beta download, adding servers

I just checked in again for the first time since about 6:00 on the Windows 7 Beta download – got this message from Microsoft: Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal — we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the […]

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Windows 7 Beta downloads crashes Microsoft servers

In a sure sign that the world wants something better than Windows Vista, downloads for the new Windows 7 beta has brought Microsoft’s web servers to a screaching halt.  In trying to download the beta since its release about 45 minutes ago, I have encountered only “Server Too Busy” messages when trying to login to […]

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iLife previewed, order placed

You can usually count on Macworld Expo to see the latest updates for iLife on a yearly basis.  I’m not sure exactly what we’ll do next year, given this was the last year Apple will participate in the Expo, but this year didn’t disappoint.  iLife ’09 was introduced and demoed during the keynote and the […]

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Macworld Keynote highlights Myrtle beach, sort-of

Ok, file this under the means-nothing-to-anyone-but-me department, but the cool thing from the Macworld Keynote yesterday for me came during the iPhoto ’09 preview.  While demoing the Geotagging features of iPhoto, Phil Schiller showed the “Places” interface and showed off how it works.  It is basically a framed in version of Google Maps which has […]

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VMware Patches versus Microsoft Patches

I had a conversation with one of the senior systems admins in my group today.  The conversation was basically why is it easier to get to VMware patches and to know what has been released to you than it is with Microsoft’s patches?  Beyond the basic “well Microsoft has way more software to support” answer, […]

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Peer to Peer Backup solutions appearing

To the Napster (real, not pay-for) generation, such as my self, the peer-to-peer thing has always been enticing.  That’s why I was so impressed when I stumbled upon CrashPlan last week.  It immediately struck me as a great idea for backup.  Peer to Peer backup really puts you in control of your data backup and […]

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Microsoft leaks Windows 7 to BitTorrent dilberately?

Caught this on headline on Slashdot: Windows 7 Leaked To Pirates By Microsoft? I immediately think, this might be the smartest thing Microsoft has done in a while, if its true. This has created a lot of free publicity that the company might not have otherwise experienced from the product and its creating a lot […]

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Twas the Night Before New Years, sysadmin style

Twas the night of new years, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  The little one had passed out, and we’d put her to bed.  We had all celebrated with Carson, Dick Clark and the rest. Mom in her kerchief and I in my cap, had just settled […]

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HP MediaSmart server now with iTunes, Time Machine support

HP is introduced a refresh to its MediaSmart home servers line.  The software refresh included features such as iTunes streaming support and the ability to use the MediaSmart as a Time Machine backup destination.  The two new models, the MediaSmart ext485 and the ext487, are both based on Microsoft Windows Home Server, but the ability for […]

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Apple working on Home Media server?

9to5mac has a post that speculates that Apple is working on a Home Media server.  I certainly hope so.  This is the biggest issue to the multi-Mac household, like mine.  We have three Macs in my house and the biggest issue we have is sharing our music  and moreso video between our computers.  We purchase all […]

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