Virtual Desktop Savings is not in the Hardware

Here’s a great article that I recently was referred to: Citrix: Virtual desktops about to become cheaper than physical ones In it Citrix is helping to develop yet another lower cost zero-client device.  These are literally just a small box about the size of a deck of cards that have ports for a monitor, Ethernet and USB.  No moving parts, very slim, reliable and inexpensive. However, I still maintain that the savings of Virtual Desktop (VDI) are not in the hardware. I think the real savings are in staffing and time.  Unfortunately these are much harder to measure but wellRead More

IIS7 Won’t Respond Over SSL if No Certificate is Selected

Ugh, while the title of this post doesn’t sound like that much of an issue chalk this one up to an experience I hope someone else doesn’t have to deal with. We had an issue with our A/C unit in our data center last night and several of our servers were shut down due to excessive temperatures.  We are slowly brining them up as we are managing the cooling and they are all fairly coming up as normal. Some of the older servers reported errors with batteries or failed drives but these are fairly routine. However, we had one ofRead More

Microsoft Surface 2 with PixelSense

This is just amazing stuff.  When Microsoft Surface first came out you knew this was opening the door to the future.  All the flashy futuristic movies where video screens are interactive and everywhere, tables, walls, etc are now coming to reality. With Surface 2 they have really taken a huge leap forward.  Now they are using LCD screens with what they call PixelSense technology.  Along with R, G and B pixels there is now a fourth pixel that can detect in the infrared range.  The LCD screen actually can detect the objects on the table. What this does is changeRead More

The Real Debate About Gaming in the Cloud and the Future of Technology

Toms Hardware has a lot of great tech news every day.  This one caught my eye from a gaming cloud vendor talking about where gaming was going.  Here’s a hint, he thinks it’s going to the cloud. I’m really surprised at a lot of the comments about the article. In fact, I was hard pressed to find a single optimistic one. A good percentage of the arguments seem to be that "games" should be physical media that you can buy in a store and touch. That’s the same argument music providers and purchasers were pushing 10 years ago. Now ifRead More

Windows 7 Phone, on it’s way!

We had a great time at the Inland Empire launch of the new Windows 7 Phone.  I got to present on developing for the phone along with Dustin Davis and Oscar Azmitia.  James Johnson and the Inland Empire .Net Users Group hosted the event at DeVry University.  Fun was had by all. I recorded the sessions so I will have them up soon for all to see how we did. Take care and happy developing!

We’re all still kids, just with bigger toys

I just saw this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/SFF-RAID-HDD,10319.html It’s an amazing feat by Will Urbina.  He has an amazing tool shop and knowledge on how to use them.  He custom built his own Small Form Factor case that holds 8 2TB drives for a total of 14 TB raided.  Pretty amazing. I would count this as a great version 1.0 product.  The two changes I would make for v2.0 would be: 1) Accessibility: I would mount each drive into a removable tray. Changing the drives out is going to be a bear. Having removable trays would not only make this a snapRead More

Microsoft Intune – The Beginning of Small Business IT Management in the Cloud

Microsoft just released information regarding their new cloud management service for small organizations, Microsoft Intune.  you can read about it on their blog post here. It’s geared towards smaller companies that have between 25 and 2,500 PCs that may not be able to afford a standard IT infrastructure and server deployment.  Honestly, with some of my clients using SBS 2003 with a decent IT consultant (me :)) companies with as little as 15 machines can easily make use of the standard Microsoft infrastructure.  If you’re beyond 100 PCs I don’t know how you would ever manage this effectively without havingRead More

What’s the deal with widescreen monitors?

I understand that everything is going widescreen these days for media.  That’s great when I want to watch HD movies or the super bowl in HD.  However, I still have no idea why this is the current trend for computer monitors. Maybe if I was a college kid living in a dorm room and my laptop/desktop was my main display for watching tv/movies, but it’s not.  It’s my main display for actually doing office work and development.  I have two 20” Dell monitors (non-widescreen) that have a maximum resolution of 1200×1600.  I love working on them. I can display fullRead More

My Planned VHD Organization

In my last post I talked about wanting to move my entire computing environment over to VHDs.  Not just a development environment or test environments but everything.  This would include a general work VHD for my wife and I, a video production VHD for all my video stuff, a production development VHD, various server VHDs (mostly for use during development using Virtual PC) and whatever test VHDs I want.  I would no longer be booting into a standard operating system installation as we have been since the beginning of personal computers. Some of you might be thinking,”Why in the worldRead More

Converting my entire production environment to VHDs

Ever since virtual PC type systems have been out, long has been the dream to run any type of operating system you want, multiple operating systems at the same time, all working independently of each other. However, only in the last year or two has this really become a reality with the latest hardware supporting virtual environments natively.  Now Windows 7 lets you boot off of a VHD as if it was a standard hard drive making full use of your actual hardware devices. After attending Stephen Rose’s presentation on Virtualization 101 for Developers my eyes were suddenly open toRead More