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* Posts by msage

20 posts • joined 15 Nov 2012

Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

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teradici

Dells answer to the local client was the FX100 . Using PCoIP rather than RDP / ICA. Was very good for the modelling data we used it for :) You do have to put a PCoIP card in the rackmount workstation too thou!

M

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Moto G

I am surprised you wrote off motorola so quickly. The moto g is a very capable android business device. Can be managed by google apps (if that is the MDM of choice) or exchange. It's very cheap in the UK and has a brilliant battery life for a smart phone.

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Entanet calls on equity firm Mobeus to back £14m MBO

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So bad you mention the downtime twice...wtf.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: DF118

ReadyNAS Pro 4 user here. A great device.

Good for running VM's (VMWare over NFS or iSCSI (it's a certified device) or Hyper-v over iSCSI). Supports CIFS out the box too. Has a reasonable range of plugins... but... Netgear have abandoned the old ReadyNAS range and users and managed to kill of the community. Yes it works and works well now, will my next NAS be a ReadyNAS... dunno!

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: Slate 21 Owner

Thanks for the link, I already have a 'tooth keyboard that works brilliantly, I was thinking more along the lines of a game pad type controller. The one mentioned in the article appears not to be available in the UK at the moment and some others seem excessively expensive!

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Slate 21 Owner

I read this review with interest! Every other review I have read just didn't get the device at all... which is a shame.

I bought one of these when they were first released, I have wanted a tablet for my kitchen for a long time.

I use this system in my kitchen and the only limitations I have found are with the software in the play store, for example, some do not pick up the Ethernet connection as a network connection. I hope HP release Kitkat to this device as I feel it will really help the 1Gb of RAM they chose to put in it! I would love to see a "hacker" community built round this device. I use an elgato EyeTv with my slate 21 and this makes it an excellent digital TV, with the recipes and web browsing and a few quality games this is the tablet to own!

Worms the 1990s hit is amazing on this device and thoroughly good family fun.

I am toying with getting a "controller" for this device, any recommendations?

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Icahn sues Dell's board over Big Mike's buyout bid

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I think they are both in danger of destroying the company if they don't sort something out soon.

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Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

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Re: Ummm.....

Not in a shared nothing cluster they don't!

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Oh... I guess it's time to brush up the other OS skills. I can see Mac Minis and Linux making an appearance at an SME near you. I did an install a couple of weekends ago to replace SBS 2003, replaced it with Ubuntu and Zimbra... ironically they talk to each other using Samba AD!!!

The end user has noticed no difference. I am not sure what will happen to the desktop market, but I suspect this could erode the SME server market share.

c'est la vie.

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SURPRISE! BT bags more gov broadband cash - this time in Bucks & Herts

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WTF?

Norfolk...

Just to reply to that I was rural (Freethorpe) and we got 16Mbps, moved to a new estate in Norwich (Queen's Hills) 1,000 new houses and guess what... no VM and BT ADSL a whopping 1.5Mbps if we are lucky. The BBfN project should have this sorted out, although BT are picking and choosing the easy cabinets at the moment! 2 out of 3 cabinets are getting FTTC, the final one is too complex so won't be getting it....

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Reliant on Dell for PCs? Start looking around, says Gartner ball-gazer

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Errrrr....

If that's the case why did they buy wyse?!

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

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Re: Useful Service Pack

Oh and the patching for Linux is so much better how? Surely you run yum and update all your packages after your mint install... oh you don't....

Just out of interest how do you update more than one Linux machine from a central repo without going to the internet each time?

Although you need a server license WSUS is free and updates all Microsoft products, hence you would only pull the SP down once ever in a business.

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VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus: An El Reg deep dive

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An interesting article, but you do get DRS in Enterprise, not just Enterprise Plus. You do only get storage DRS in Enterprise Plus.

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Who'll do a Red Hat on open-source storage?

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Gluster

Surely this is why RH bought Gluster? I agree with the article and I think it may well be RH again. I used gluster in the past to setup a multi TB cloud archive for modelling data and it worked great, although RH support was certainly lacking then, I am sure it will / has improved.

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Nexus 4...

How come MS get slated, while the limited number of Nexus 4 is seen as a demand issue? I don't understand, there have been numerous articles about the supply issues of the Nexus 4, which launched with very few models in the supply chain....

Then rather than stocking its own store, Google sold the stock to mobile providers who then went on to charge 3 or 4 times the amount as Google.

MS bashing is boring. Move on. We all have to work with MS software whether we want to or not, that is the industry we work in at the moment.

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Build a BONKERS test lab: Everything you need before you deploy

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Re: NAS

Guess it depends on how many VMs you are running! :) I have run 10-20 webservers on one in a DMZ and for the 4 or 5 machines I need in a test lab they work fine.... Guess the spectrum is as broad as it is wide! :)

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NAS

I read your post with interest, for an admittedly smaller home lab, I have found the HP microservers to be ace and very, very cheap, although they only support upto 8Gb of RAM, they run ESXi / Hyper-v very well. As for storage did you know that the Netgear ReadyNAS series are on the HAL and support iSCSI, NFS and CFS, I currently have an ISO share shared out on NFS and CFS so both Windows and ESX can write to it. The ReadyNAS series are also a *lot* cheaper than the units you have discussed, just food for thought! :)

As for network cards these tend to push the cost of a home lab up, I recently managed to get hold of some quad port HP cards from ebay for about £50.... I think when building a home/test lab, there is nothing wrong with spending a bit of money on quaility secondhand kit.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Joke

Sure the Asus EEE PC girl should have made an appearance on this article... I am disgusted!

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Happy

ReadyNAS

Another advantage of the ReadyNAS (certainly the Pro and Ultra versions) that doesn't appear to be mentioned is they are on the VMWare HAL, therefore, if you have a home ESX lab you can use it as an iSCSI or NFS datastore, that I believe is not something you would get from building your own NAS (although I have used FreeNAS as a ISO datastore on ESX).

Michael

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Paying for Windows Server 2012: Worse than using it?

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Mushroom

SQL Server

Have you seen the processor pricing of SQL 2012!!!! Scary, scary times.

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