Monthly Archive for June, 2006

Virtual PC for Training

As mentioned in a previous post we are using Virtual PCs for MS Exchange training. Here are some details.

The computer is a Dell Dimension 3000
2.8GHz with 2GB RAM
XP Pro SP2
The hard drive is swappable so each class can have its own drive.

The ones we used had 3 partitions
C:\ 5.28GB
D:\ 9.78GB
E:\ 59.4GB with the images amd their backups (1.4GB each)

We used Windows Virtual PC, but since it is provided by Microsoft that makes sense.

I have some pictures:

The control panel shows the different images available and includes a view of what is happening on the screen for that virtual computer.
vpc2.jpg

This shows some details about one of the computers.
vpc1.jpg

The icons at the bottom left under the start button tell you how the virtual system is connecting to the hardware. When both servers (Server 2003 with Exchange 2003 and one of them was the Domain Controller) and the client (XP Pro) running it was interesting to see all three of them light up as they communicated together.

Gliffy: Online

I have been taking a Microsoft class this week so you know that I have been looking at lots of very specific yet oddly generic digram based videos. Watching the little red data ball run down the dotted lined between servers is really exciting!

Then I see Gliffy. Gliffy is the Web 2.0 answer to Visio (or perhaps that should be “Visio?”).

As soon as I get back into the office I am going to have to try this out. We could sure use something better than white boards to hold our network topology. I think our old diagram has become a permanent part of its dry erase board, and now that it is out of date we will just have to pass it off as art.

ESV Used Mechanical Turk

When I first looked in on the Mechanical Turk it had about 500 hits available (all Amazon sponsored. I spent some time looking over it, but I couldn’t see anything worth bothering with even as it grew. I guess some people have considered it more worthwhile because it is still running and active.

In fact, the English Standard Version has started using it for building up their database. This is something I could probably get involved with.

I love how the people at the ESV are using modern technologies to not only promote their version but to develop it.

This is great.

First Class

Today I got to experience how much has changed with class time since I was in College.

We each had our own computer with 5 virtual PCs installed even though we ran only 3 today. They were Windows XP, Win Server 2003 with Exchange 2003, and NT 5.5 all on their private networks and running on an XP installation.

This also meant that we had web access so in downtimes while there were no lectures I was able to surf, read the news, and find a local restaurant.

On top of that, I took my mp3 player with me and set it to record. THe microphone is not made to handle a lecture, but he was close enough that I can hear him on the recording. I recorded about 4 hours of lecture timeusing a AAA battery (with enough charge for at least tomorrow as well. It took up about 60MB of the 1GB of space I have available.

This definitely beats the tape recorders that needed flipped during class and burned through batteries like a portable electrical device running on AAs.

School Days, School Days

I bought a pack of College Rule paper, some mechanical pencils, and a folder. I am charging my laptop and my voice recorder.

Tomorrow I start some schoolin’ on Exchange Server. It sure will be nice to know what we are actually doing on our machines now.

Firefox Cheat Sheet

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I find it amazing that after I struggled to get accustomed to Firefox in the beginnning I don’t feel like I could switch to another browser.

Greetings, Echelon

Echelon is the name of the sophisticated system whish pays attention to everything. It watches TV, listens to readio programs, surfs the net, and taps its fingers while listening to phone calls. For all the news that the NSA has been the target over during the last few months you would think that this was something new. In fact, it was created during the Clinton Administration (aka. Carnivore [that is the system not the administration]) as a logical response to the capabilities and needs of modern intelligence gathering.

The topic usually has 2 noisy sides:

  1. Bush bad, wiretapping bad, Og not expect government listening.
  2. We need to do this and to disagree is to be a terrorist.

When I noticed that the Berkley Grok Podcast was going to talk about it I almost didn’t listen. It is an odd podcast with 2 Ph.D. level scientists acting like sophomores by joking about the abbreviation for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doing questions and answers in barely intelligible impersonations of genericized celebrity voices (Agent. Smith, Yoda, Bruce Lee, Ahnold Schwar…, and others), and doing adolescent jokes about different people in the Grokatron 3000 (formerly known as Deep Blue). I figured it would be more of the same that I hear from everyone else.

However, it was a very factually based discussion devoid of the usual political smackdown that usually controls this topic.

You can get the audio here

UPDATE: Speaking of . . . There is a nifty Government Data Gathering news story template available if you are interested.

Now this really hurts

You thought the Macbooks were hot. You should check out this Dell.

The heat from a typical laptop on the lap of a man of the male gender will reduce fertility, I figured that the Macbook was a way to reduce the population mildly as Apple’s way of helping the environment. Apparently this Dell is going a step further and offering to remove any person of the male or female genders completely from the gene pool. OUCH!

Update: June 24 – Dell is investigating. There are so many options. Bad capacitors, bad battery, trying to boot OS X on unapproved hardware and setting into motion a self destruct sequence added at Jobs’ command.

But it only half-terahertz.

500GHz Processor in Ice Box

The 4GHz overclocked Pentium D for $800 is being linked to from all over, but it ain’t nothin’.

With a little cryogenic freezing down to just 9° above absolute zero, this little piece of sand is hitting 500GHz. For those who want to run it at room temperature it will go to 350GHz.

Who knew something like this would come out of Georgia. Yes, that is Georgia, USA.

The Georgia Institute of TEchnology has been making a lot of headlines recently, but “Half-Terahertz Performance: Georgia Tech/IBM Team Demonstrates First 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium Transistors” is my favorite tech headline of the day so far. Check out the pictures on the site. I am certain that there will be similar case-mods coming out. Hey, I would love to have a computer look like that. There are larger versions available if you want to change your desktop.

The New York Times article on this says that technology like this goes commercial within 12-24 months (may need a password). But if you think cell phone costs are burning holes in your pocket now, this most definitely will.

I can picture IBM using this to take another spot in the top supercomputer list. Who knows, Google may be using it soon as well. I really need to hit “Publish” on the Googleplex post I have sitting here (should come today).

Why I don’t drink Coffee

I believe this says enough: Happy Morning by Folgers.