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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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I wanted to wish any readers a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  It was a fantastic Christmas in my household and I can’t actually believe that its behind us now.  I also can’t believe that we are leaving 2008 and heading into 2009 in less than 60 hours.  Where has this year […]

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Quicken Financial Life Beta opens to wider audience

About 1:59pm today, I finally received my invitation to the Quicken Finanical Life beta program.  The software is currently downloading in the background and I anticipate installing it and giving it a test drive here shortly. Update: There is a confidentiality agreement for testers, so I won’t be providing any details, but I will be […]

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Is anyone really in the Quicken Financial Life for Mac Beta program?

Ok, its been months… I’m kind of bummed.  I signed up for the Quicken Financial Life for Mac beta program back in February of 2008, shortly after AppleInsider’s first coverage of the product.  While I’ve waited patiently and while I’ve signed up on the their beta signup for several time over the months that followed, […]

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VMware’s new product names

There is a nice article out in one of the VMTN blogs which covers all the rebranding that VMware is attempting with their next generation products.  I’m not a big fan of rebranding (think Citrix’s Xen-everything confusion) as I think it muddies the water and causes brand confusion, but for some reason or another companies […]

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VMware View 3 (formerly VDI) released

Early this morning, VMware released the VMware View product.  As you may recall, VMware View was one of the announcements from VMworld 2008.  It is essentially a renaming and new version of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure product.  VMware rebranded the product line VMware View and demoed quite a few new features and capabilities during the […]

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VMware’s Experiemental Features

One of the first things you notice in VMware releases are the experiemental features.  They’re usually cool and cutting edge, but just what does experiemental mean?  Well, a couple weeks back, I attended a customer focused seminar at HP in Colorado Springs.  One of the folks responsible for cultivating the relationship with HP from VMware […]

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VMware Fusion 2 versus Parallels Desktop 4

Well, for as much as Parallels touted their Desktop 4 product is 50% faster, I have to admit that I’m initially impressed with Fusion’s speed.  Its running extremely well on the same virutal machine that I imported from Parallels.  The only nagging problem is the stuipid Norton Antivirus which apparently thinks I have changed systems […]

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