$199 Amazons ‘Kindle Fire’ Android Tablet Is Released But NOT To Canadians, Brits, Germans, French…

…But Canadians hoping to get their hands on Amazon’s hotly anticipated Android tablet will have to keep waiting. The device will launch November 15th in the United States — and the U.S. alone.  …International availability was not discussed… …The device looks strikingly similar to another 7-inch tablet, Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry PlayBook. And that may not be a coincidence, either. Former Engadget editor and gdgt founder Ryan Block claims the Kindle Fire was designed…

4 Android Tablets UNDER $350

This table provides an easy to compare grid of tablet features, like operating system, memory and price.  You can read the full review from the good people at PCWor;d / ITWorldCanada: “…The upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad A1 seems to offer the highest performance for the lowest price, closely followed by the Galaxy Tab, which at $280 is a no-brainer choice over the ViewPad. But if you can spare the extra $50, the Iconia Tab A100 is…

$199 Tablet: Lenovo Is the First Tier 1 Manufacturer to Produce a Sub $200 Tablet

“Lenovo announced a new US$199 (that’s about $194 in Canadian dollars) IdeaPad tablet with a 7-inch screen and Google’s Android OS in response to the surge in demand for inexpensive tablets, the company said on Thursday. The IdeaPad A1 tablet weighs around 400 grams (0.88 pounds) and is under 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters) thick, and will become available in specific starting around the end of September, said Nick Reynolds, executive director of global marketing at…

Can’t Boot Your Infected PC?

… Dr Web LiveCD is on hand to help you to get things back in order. As the name suggests, this is a live CD that can be used to boot an otherwise inaccessible computer with a view to retrieving files and fixing problems. Dr Web LiveCD downloads as a disc image that needs to be burned to CD and once this disc has been created it can be used to boot into a Linux environment that…

What is the Difference Between Cat6 and Cat6a?

CAT5e Lets start off with Cat5e… and scrap it. It is expected that 80% of new corporate installs will use Cat6 or Cat6a by the end of 2011; given this trend and massive speed boosts with Cat6 you would (in general) be crazy to instal Cat5 in the walls of a fresh install. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CAT6 & CAT6a Speed .                                     CAT6           CAT6a Transfer Rate             1GB             10GB Frequency                   250Mhz     500Mhz Price Price is a big deal.  I…

How To Disassemble and Acer Veriton N or Revo and Install Memory

This video shows how to take the side panel bezel off a an Acer Veriton N282G or Revo and install an additional 2GB of RAM, bringing the total to 4GB.  It also shows detailed closedups of the Veriton N motherboard, hard drive, fan, wireless card and more. It looks like the same process to take apart an Acer Aspire Revo 3610. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBJRifkzl8I  

SOLVED: How to Add A Gantt Chart to Sharepoint 2010 Foundation

I figured out How to Add A Gantt Chart to Sharepoint 2010 Foundation last year, but I forgot and it took me over an hour to figure it out again, so this time I am writing the process down.  There are two ready ways to create a Gantt chart via the GUI: Create a Gantt from New List: The nut of the problem is that Microsoft calls this webpart a PROJECT TASK. Click SITE ACTIONS…

10 Rules For Being a Great IT Contractor Or Employee

It doesn’t matter how you are paid; staff, contractor, agency… you customer will look to you for reliability and that means you need to be more than good, you need to be great. These are the rules I live by and judge others by.  It you want to be a quality IT IS ICT Computer contractor / staffer, you need to do these (in no particular order): Be BUSY: When you are working for your…

Facinating Video on Money and Motivation In the Workplace

In addition to the “motivator / hygiene“ theory stuff many of us learned about in University, this presenter explains two additional and fascinating concepts: Over pay actually reduces performance Letting people work on their own corporate projects works for knowledge workers (but not labourers) and especially so, if you require staff to show what they have done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

NAS vs iSCSI vs DAS vs Fiber Channel vs Internal Storage… A Simple Explaination

UPDATED: November 2016 If you are confused by SAN, NAS, DAS, iSCSI, FC… and want a simple explanation, then this is the post for you! INTERNAL STORAGE = Disks in the Box The classic.  A bunch of disks inside a standard (usually Windows) server, configured in whatever RAID you want. DAS = Direct Attached Storage This used to be good old SCSI connected disk arrays but now is primarily external SAS connections to a pile…

SOLVED: Project 2003/2007/2010 Does Not Calculate Work or Duration Correctly

MICROSOFT PROJECT DOES NOT CALCULATE DURATION PROPERLY If you have ever had the pleasure of working with Microsoft Project you will likely be quite happy with it until you start changing the RESOURCE UNITS percentages (in the TASK INFORMATION pane).  If you make changes you will find that it often miscalculates (or appears to miscalculate) the number of HOURS in WORK.  After reading many many blogs and help files, I was about to give up…

How to EASILY Create Videos From Still Pictures and Video Clips

I recently completed a Lunch & Learn on how to EASILY take any number of still photos / graphics and add it to video clips to make a single video using just FREE Microsoft software. The primary tool is Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 and this course covers: preparation adding and editing still pictures and video’s finding free music, adding it to the video and editing the background music pushing the resulting video to YouTube.com The…

Things to Consider When Selecting a Phone System in a Post Nortel World

NORTELS DEAD: What are you going to do now? It used to be so easy to choose a quality phone system that would last 15+ years with almost no maintenace, but then Nortel went Bankrupt. In 2006 Nortel (Bell Canada) had 82% of the North American corporate phone market, was huge in Chinese Goverments and popular everywhere else in the world.  By 2011 Nortel had 52% of the North American market for corporate phone systems.  Nortel (soooo…

SSD and RAID, What You NEED to Know

Originally, this post was titled:  “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1 (Mirror), don’t.” but after many more hours of calls to Intel and pages of reading I can safely say: “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1,5,6,10…, go right ahead!” THE PROBLEM WITH ‘TRIM’: SSD’s perform two writes for every one you ask them to do.  The first write, wipes…