Seagate Drive Crisis FAQ

In case you are unaware of the news, below is a brief, followed by my FAQ’s http://www.betanews.com/article/Seagate_confronts_an_overflow_of_bricked_hard_drives/1232564973 The scope of the problem is so massive, with so many users complaining in so many places online and attributing any drive failure to this problem, that it’s difficult to determine what exactly happened. But it appears that the majority of those posting originally had a 1 TB drive using SD15, which with no warning became not detectable…

Managing Mac’s in Your Windows Network

There are two EXCELLENT articles from Microsoft’s December 2008 Technet Magazine on how to manage Macs. These articles are excellent because they are relatively brief, include useful screen shots and seem to encaptulate about 80% of what has taken me 3 years to learn! Managing Macs in Your Windows Environment http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd228984.aspx Interacting with Windows from a Mac Environment http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd228988.aspx

Auto Industry Bailouts Have Bad Track Record

I grew up in Ontario just a short distance from GM, Ford and Chrysler factories so I have an irrational love of the auto industry. I drive a Pontiac and am just dieing to by a Chevy Volt. Suffice it to say, I am NOT an anti-domestic car guy. However, I also have a Commerce degree and understand the free market. Neither the US or Canadian government should give the auto industry ANY money. These…

Non-IT – But Sooo Funny – Bush $200 Bill

http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?p=25127 Checkout the serial #: DUBYUA4U HALIFAX COUNTY: North Carolina cops are searching for a guy who successfully passed a $200 bill bearing George W. Bush’s portrait and a drawing of the White House complete with lawn signs reading “We like ice cream” and “USA deserves a tax cut.” The phony Bush bill was presented to a cashier at a Food Lion in Roanoke Rapids on September 6 by an unidentified male who was seeking…

Chevy Volt Production Photos Leaked

http://gm-volt.com/2008/09/08/breaking-new-full-production-volt-pictures-leaked/ A whole set of Production Chevy Volt pictures have been leaked each with one member of the GM executive team standing before it. See the car in its native silver in all its glory! These are official studio photos although it doesnt seem like GM meant for them to break yet. That’s vehicle line engineer Tony Posawatz above. And in order below, Andrew Farah (chief engineer), Tony P again, Frank Weber (vehicle line director),…

Internet Explorer 8 Video Explains New Features

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/launch-videos.aspx Internet Explorer 8 for Consumers Join Shola Aluko as he explains why Internet Explorer 8 is the best browser for what you do on the web every day. You’ll see what makes the new browser faster, safer, and more reliable than ever. Internet Explorer 8 for the Enterprise See why Internet Explorer 8 is the best browser choice for your business as James Pratt showcases new features to help IT Pros with deployment, security…

iPhone 3G 2.0: Prepared for a letdown

http://www.popsci.com/gear-gadgets/gallery/2008-05/iphone-20-song-remains-same Web access and email are dead slow unless I’m using Wi-Fi. And that kills the already feeble battery. It’s worth noting however that it’ll still be slower than Sprint or Verizon’s services Unlike 99 percent of all phones out there, the iPhone just won’t get in line and play nicely. The reason? It forces most people to either pony up for an insanely high-priced $86 battery-replacement fee/penalty I work in an office opposite a…

Windows Server 2008 SKUs, Part Numbers, and Prices

Microsoft has been VERY slow to get part numbers, sku’s and pricing to market on Server 08. I have collected the following list from many retail and wholesale sources. WINDOWS SERVER 2008 STANDARD EDITION RETAIL w/10CAL = P73-03882 $1125 RETAIL w/5CAL = P73-03883 $950 OEM w/5CAL P73-04001 $750 Open License w/0 CAL’s P73-00499 $1400 Academic w/5 CAL’s P73-03881 = $500 WebServer -Unlimited CALS – LWA-00078 = $400 CLIENT ACCESS LICENCES (CALS) OEM – 5 User…

Vista SP1 – What are the Notable Changes

Hardware Ecosystem Support and Enhancements · Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware. · Adds support for x64 EFI network boot. · Adds support for the 64-bit version of MSDASQL, which acts as a “bridge” from OLEDB to a variety…

Amazing Microsoft Surface

This product has been released to a small number of commercial testers, including Harrah’s in Vegas From MARCH 2007 (i.e. PRE-Apple iPhone): From CES, January 2008 Interesting “Surface” Experiments in 2006