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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. September 2007 Entries
Range of Thin Client Laptops from HP
So news in from Engadget regarding HP to offer Solid State Drives in their Laptops - is this a lead in to having Thin Client like Laptops? - I'm hoping to be able to post more about this shortly. HP to add SSD options to business-minded laptops By Joshua Topolsky on ssd Filed under: Laptops, Storage We know that when it comes to a company like HP, you cats hang on its every word, waiting for a juicy tidbit of information, quietly hoping to be privy to another life-altering, ingenious decision. Well ......

Posted On Saturday, September 29, 2007 3:42 PM

Tiny Mobile Handheld Projector
So, don't fancy lugging the projector with you to that next meeting with the customer? Want to do some impromptu PowerPointing for more than one person while having an informal meeting at Starbucks? No problem, just use your mobile SmartPhone as your projector! Hands-on with Texas Instruments' cellphone projector Now that we have email, internet, TV, GPS, cameras, and satellite radio on our cellphones, our next wish is for bigger, higher resolution screens -- which seems paradoxical, because larger ......

Posted On Saturday, September 29, 2007 3:29 PM

A lengthy plea to Apple, Microsoft and Nokia on how to improve their SmartPhones and PDA's from Stephen Fry?
I have long been a fan of Stephen Fry's work even before our stint living in London and his ability to set forth on a diatribe on any number of topics is almost unsurpassed. Here in what I gather is only his second blog post he describes what he considers the faults of all manner of SmartPhones, and I do mean ALL as he is a self-confessed addict for PDA's and SmartPhones Stephen Fry Blessays, blogs and blisquisitions Let Fame » Device and Desires All the big guns want an iPhone killer. Even I, mad ......

Posted On Saturday, September 29, 2007 11:17 AM

Microsoft's Silent Upgrade backfires spectacularly? Here's the fix
Looks like MS have not had a good month on this subject? Still, looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel? :-) Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair By Scott Dunn A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully. Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update, users of XP's repair function have been unable to install the latest 80 patches from Microsoft. ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 5:35 PM

Next Generation Connection Broker from Provision Networks, now up to ver. 5.9
So it would seem that Provision and Leostream are almost going head to head with getting their message out there regarding Desktop Brokers? I wonder how long VMware is going to keep Dunes version of DS-O under wraps after the recent acquisition? Seems to me they'd better not leave it too long? :-) ---------------------------... Provision Networks, provider of enterprise presentation and desktop virtualization solutions, announced ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:48 PM

8 vCPU's for Server 2003 in Virtual Machine under Viridian?
Alessandro is at it again, keep checking his site for all news Virtual? Microsoft opens Viridian technical preview to general public By Alessandro Perilli Just a couple of weeks after releasing Windows Server 2008 RC0 to TAP customers, Microsoft is ready to open the new build to general public. Since it includes a technical preview of upcoming Windows Server Virtualization (codename Viridian), this is the first time the new Microsoft hypervisor reaches such a wide audience. Viridian adopts is a true ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:34 PM

Leostream Announces Version 5.x of Connection Broker
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 09/10/07 -- VM World Conference -- At the VM World Conference running this week, Leostream Corp., a leading provider of Virtual Hosted Desktop software and physical-to-virtual conversion tools, today announced version 5 of its Connection Broker for the management of access to hosted desktops running in virtual machines. The Leostream Connection Broker dynamically assigns users to Hosted Desktops whether running on physical or virtual machines. "Leostream has been building Connection ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:24 PM

How much of your Investment Portfolio should be focused on Low-Risk or High-Risk investments? How can you make a valid judgement?
I freely admit that sometimes (my wife would say a lot of the time) I am easily distracted - and this must surely double when I'm on the web ;-) but there are times when you just stumble on a little nugget of gold? I have picked up on TED from a post my mate Dave Oliver regarding new developments on graphics and a truly mind blowing video and as a consequence I signed up for updates via email, and so today I was simply skimming through the headlines and ready to move on, and on a whim really, clicked ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 9:21 AM

Any chance of an independent ROI Calculator for VDI and Virtual Desktops?
Now this is quite interesting because up until now most of the news and information (dare I say Hype?) has been based around the benefits of flexibility and high availability (like VMotion, etc.) but we are now starting to see enough real world examples of Server and Desktop Virtualization that we can have broad benchmarks or rule-of-thumb guidelines that are indicative of the savings that can be gained even at the design stage when details of the intended environment are almost non-existent? Although ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 8:47 AM

The news VMware would have liked to release at VMworld? Plans of a 10,000 Server migration to virtual.
As Stephen Hilton from Credit Suisse puts it "You can't be a box-hugger any more", although it's interesting to note that they expect to be only just past the half way point by the end of 2009? Perhaps they should consider looking at Power Recon? I'm sure that they have, and it will certainly make very interesting reading when the Whitepapers start emerging as a consequence of this project... What has always been a challenge in any large IT Department (and they don't come much bigger than with the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 26, 2007 7:37 PM

Analyst's love the Touch Phone concept
Since around late 2003 I was getting fed up with Vodafone's service at the time in London and was looking to switch, I was also getting somewhat fed up with Nokia's offerings with it's monochrome screens while everyone else was offering colour screens. So I switched to Orange and the MPX 200 from Motorola, not only for it's colour screen, but also the fact that it was a Microsoft device that seamlessly (well sort of....) synched Outlook contacts etc.... Anyway, the point is that since switching to ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:44 PM

Confirmation of Viridian now available via 2008 CTP
Microsoft opens Viridian technical preview to general public By Alessandro Perilli After revealing that codename Viridian beta 1 will be included in Windows Server 2008 RTM, set for February 28, Microsoft published a 10-minutes demo of the technical preview included in Window Server 2008 RC0. It's the first time Microsoft shows Viridian to a broad audience since first demo presented at WinHEC 2006. The video shows Viridian integration in a full version of Windows, a scenario which Microsoft didn't ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:03 PM

Download Server 2008 and get your first look at Viridian?
After a wet and wild weekend camping Dugie pulls out all the stops again... Thanks Dugie, I wasn't aware I needed to install the 64bit version to make it work? URLs for Windows 2008 RC0 and WSv WSS, Virtualization September 25th, 2007 If you want to download Windows 2008 RC0 with the Windows Server virtualization preview, the URLs are below: Windows Server 2008 RC0 Enterprise - 2.6 Gb Windows Server 2008 RC0 Datacenter - 2.6 Gb Remember to grab the 64 bit version (6001.16659.070916-1443_amd... ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:14 PM

List of “White Label” (Applications you can Rebrand) Social Networking Platforms
I have been looking a bit deeper at the blogging side of things and investigating if it's worth getting a bit more serious, as well as having some great ideas about creating a Social Network, so based on this I have run up quite a few virtual Servers and installed DNN (DotNetNuke), Community Server, Movabletype and Wordpress, amongst others, both in Windows and Linux flavours and I have to state that from my pitiful level of Linux knowledge creating a LAMP server is not that easy. LAMP for the uninitiated ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 5:27 PM

MSN Cartoon (Beta)

So this site is a little hard to navigate considering it's in Chinese ;-) but it is worth a go, and you can always refer back to Google's translation if you need some pointers? Still if you persevere you can generate a neat Cartoon based on a photograph of your self for IM etc.

MSN Cartoon (Beta)

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 5:03 PM

VDM 2.0 Beta now live
So VMware's new VDM 2.0 is ready for a Beta download - get it while it's hot? VDM2.0 Beta now live From Warren Ponder: Virtual Desktop Blog: VMware VDI - VDM 2.0 Beta now live. VDM 2.0 is a new product. Over the last few months the team has been hard at work so we can deliver on the design goals we set for this release of the broker. At this stage we are really focused on simplicity and scalability. One of the biggest changes for the initial release from the original Propero technology is we have ......

Posted On Sunday, September 23, 2007 11:30 PM

Microsoft's Viridian at 1Mb to be significantly smaller than VMware's ESX 3i hypervisor at 32Mb?
I was checking some other news over at ChannelRegister and found this interesting little snippet. I'm sure the Microsoft marketing will make a lot more of this than it's worth? ;-) Microsoft counters VMware insanity with optimistic frown I'm pretty sure that this is part of the reason VMware has pushed so hard with ESX Server 3i - a 32MB version of its flagship product that can and will be embedded into the flash memory of servers. Dell, IBM, HP, Fujitsu and others have lined up to include ESX 3i ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 11:17 AM

ClearType Bandwidth can increase bandwidth requirments for RDP sessions by up to 600%?
In a post by Helge Klein at IT from inside he has done sometesting regarding the impact of utilising ClearType across RDP connections and the upshot of it is that this has the potential to increase your bandwidth usage by 300% or if using 32bit colour this can be as high as 600%. Your mileage may vary- best to test extensively before you turn this on? This is based on server 2008 CTP, June 2007 so this may improve before the official release? colour - for my US readers this is how it is spelt in ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 9:50 AM

Reality Check for VMware's Stock price on P/E ratio of 231?
Welcome to the cold shower? Still, it will be very interesting how this space shapes up? Deeper look at VMWare's results spooks investors Posted by: Aaron Pressman on September 18 When software hotshot and EMC (Symbol: EMC) spin-off VMWare (VMW) went public last month at $29, demand from investors was feverish and the shares shot up 76% on their first day of trading. Since then, they’ve gained even more, peaking at $82.75 in intraday trading last week. VMWare’s final IPO filing with the Securities ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 6:29 AM

Has VMware now settled on the killer VDI Broker?
So from Allessandro's he has some other interesting news... But what is very interesting to note is his final comment It's interesting to note that another Dunes product, the one addressing VDI scenarios called VD-O, seems disappeared immediately after acquisition announcement. Because not only has VD-O disappeared from their website, if you use Dunes search tool you will only find reference to it in general apart from this entry: VD-O 1.0 Demonstration (Products/Theater) Right-click ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 6:09 AM

New Intel System-on-Chip to slash power consumption
Well it's nice to see that Neoware has got it right by heading towards the Intel CPU and chipset track with the new 2nd Generation Thin Client Laptop (M2000) that should be out by the end of the year, and if there is going to be an even sharper focus by Intel in reducing the power consumption on the newer CPU's this has got to be good for any Thin Client manufacturers who are aligned with Intel? Although from an Australian or European perspective I'm not too sure if WiMax is really that relevant ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 5:54 AM

Now here is a very professional looking mod for your iPhone? ;-)
continuing on the same theme from Engadget... anySIM is here: open source GUI iPhone unlock app By Ryan Block on unlock Filed under: Cellphones We've seen a couple of early versions of GUI iPhone SIM unlock apps from the open source community, but it looks like the iPhone Dev Team's got its proper release in order. Unfortunately, the app's source code won't be released for a couple days yet, so if you want to see how the Dev Team got from iUnlock (and iUnlock Reloaded) to their "final" anySIM solution, ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2007 1:36 PM

September has been a very busy month so far for Virtualization, and it's only half way through?
There has been so much going on in the Virtualization space that it's worth reviewing some of the announcements that has predominately been broken at Alessandro's Microsoft to distribute Viridian beta 1 with Windows Server 2008 RTM Microsoft and Citrix will leverage future products on VHD format Microsoft partners with Sun to improve hypervisors interoperability Virtualization leaders and OEMs start working on common virtual machines format VMware distributes VMware Tools as open ......

Posted On Monday, September 17, 2007 11:58 AM

Globally unlocked iPhone? what next?
It just shows that you can't keep the genie in the bottle? Once the device is out there the innovators start getting inventive and can't help themselves looking deeper and trying all sorts of tricks - and the funny thing is that the more successfully you are, the more devices in the public domain, and the more chance that inventive and ingenious folks have got hold of your hardware. One could almost see this as a self fulfilling prophecy? For my 2 cents worth though I think the unlocking is only ......

Posted On Friday, September 14, 2007 10:22 PM

HP BladeSystem c3000 for SMB's
Something very interesting came across the desk today that looks very neat for the SMB space HP challenges Dell in the SME market Colin Barker After Michael Dell on Monday launched his company's first storage system targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises, HP responded with a system of its own on Wednesday. Both systems are low-cost. The Dell system is priced at £5,497, while the HP BladeSystem c3000 (pictured, left) costs just under £5,000. But there was a difference between the ......

Posted On Friday, September 14, 2007 2:54 PM

Blogging Changes on the horizon? - new FeedBurner link
I'm possibly looking at changing things around shortly with regards to this blog so as a "Just in Case" you might want to start looking using the following FeedBurner link of ThinClients and that way you'll be able to find it regardless of where it is hosted? Use the Syndication XML Button at the top left of this page. And to all those folks that I have caught up with over the years it looks like I might have some news on my future employment by the end of the first ......

Posted On Thursday, September 13, 2007 5:17 PM

From the New York Times - For Networks, Thin Is In - an article highlighting Neoware's M100
From the New York Times..... an article highlighting Neoware's M100 BTW Neoware has already announced an upcoming release of the next generation release being an M2000 that will be using an Intel CPU and contain a DVD/CD drive ;-) By STEVE LOHR IN the world of information technology, the future often arrives as predicted but rarely on time. The big things that ignite new markets and change people’s behavior, like the personal computer and the Internet, are actually collections of related technologies ......

Posted On Thursday, September 13, 2007 5:57 AM

New OPEN Format for Portable Virtual Machines? HP, Dell, Microsoft, VMware and XenSource all co-operating apparently
Thanks to Dugie for the heads up on this announcement, could this be right? everyone is going to co-operate? WOW DMTF Accepts New Format for Portable Virtual Machines from Virtualization Leaders New specification created by Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, XenSource aims to become an industry standard; will help ensure portability, integrity and automated installation/configuration of virtual machines PORTLAND, ORE. September 10, 2007 The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF®) today announced ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 10:25 PM

Even before VMworld kicks off Citrix is starting to look like it has a mountain to climb?
I'm starting to wonder what is left for VMware to announce at VMworld? RSA integration, Cheaper pricing for SMB's and now news that VMware has acquired Dunes as well.... Earlier I noticed Citrix and XenSources road to market just got steeper - VMware's price bubble coming under threat? where VMware was making the entry point for SMB's a whole lot cheaper: VMware to slash VI3 price for SMBs has learned VMware is about to drastically reduce VMware Infrastructure 3 (aka ESX Server ......

Posted On Sunday, September 9, 2007 5:01 PM

New Windows Mobile Phones from HP
Well, depending on how things progress over the next month or so I guess I might end up becoming a HP employee now that HP is in the process of acquiring Neoware, and it now looks like I won't be stuck for choice in the Mobile Phone department? ;-) By Sumeeth Evans on Windows Mobile HP announced no fewer than 56 products yesterday at a press event in NYC, most of them refreshing the flagging iPAQ line. Up front we find five devices: iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger – 3G phone with QWERTY keyboard ......

Posted On Sunday, September 9, 2007 1:34 AM

Viridian Hypervisor might be running late - but we could see it sooner rather than later?
So this is a very interesting bit of news almost on the eve of the VMworl Conference in SF? Microsoft releases Viridian hypervisor along with Windows Server 2008 RC0 Few hours ago WinBeta broke the news Microsoft just released Windows Server 2008 RC0 to TAP customers. Now has learned from trusted sources that this new version contains first preview version of new Microsoft hypervisor Windows Server Virtualization (WSV), codename Viridian. As expected the hypervisor comes as a ......

Posted On Sunday, September 9, 2007 1:21 AM

Review of VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) utilities
Daniel Petri has always been coming up with some very useful info, and in this post he covers Backup tools for your virtual environment 3 VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) utilities you should know In our previous article, "What you need to know about VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB)", we provided an overview of how VCB can help you. In this article, we will explore the command line utilities provided with VCB. There is no GUI interface for VCB so these tools are THE tools that you get with VCB. Because ......

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2007 3:53 PM

"Hi, I'm a VMware Server" video parody of the "Hi, I'm a Mac" adverts
Almost getting a little lame with the "I'm a Mac" spoofs, but very nicely done Hi, I'm a VMware Server OK, the "Hi, I'm a Mac" parodies are reaching their 'sell by' date, but this one is amusing. Not part of the video contest and I have no idea who did it ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 5, 2007 4:18 PM

Microwulf: A Personal, Portable(?) Beowulf Cluster - 26Gflops for under USD$1500
So for my 500th post... I noticed an article on Engadget, that pointed me to Slashdot, and then finally I got to the original article by Calvin CS professor Joel Adams and senior Tim Brom. So powered by AMD, running Ubuntu and hooked in to a Cluster Monkey cluster these chaps have really managed to raise (or lower? depending on which way you look at it?) the bar for price/performance. While claiming to break below the USD$100/Gflop price point they also point out that as of the 1st of August 2007 ......

Posted On Monday, September 3, 2007 9:30 AM

Such a cool EasterEgg - F16 Flight Simulator hidden in Google Earth
From TechCrunch.... Google Earth’s Hidden Surprise: A Flight Simulator Duncan Riley We’ve always known that Google has wanted to challenge Microsoft’s desktop dominance in a number of areas, but to date we didn’t know that extended to gaming. Hidden inside Google Earth is a secret Flight Simulator that takes full advantage of Google’s extensive satellite imagery. To access the hidden feature, open Google Earth and hit Command+Option+A (note it must be capital A) or Ctrl+Alt+A if you’re using a Windows ......

Posted On Saturday, September 1, 2007 9:26 PM

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