Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This article pretty much sums it up, the 2.01 fix did not seem to help me any. I hope this can be fixed via a firmware update, I hope the chipset in the phone is not the root cause of the issues.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
As for the software update it seems to not be as glitchy but the devise does still slow down a bit between reboots. Switching between program is not quite as bad but sms is still slow to open and I still get the occational freeze here and there.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Well it's been a few years, almost 3 since Houston has had a scare. From the look of it probably no big deal, but it could strengthen info a hurricane. Maybe we'll get luck like Rita, I got the backup servers and bandwidth up today in preparation.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
WORK FROM HOME!
I know a lot of jobs require employees in the office, but there is a lot that can be done from home. I also think it will improve employee quality of life and save energy not just gas.
- You don't have to get up as early
- No wasting time and gas sitting in traffic
- No running out to lunch driving around
- Less distractions - family and kids can be a challenge for some
How many servers do you use?
Server virtulization is now mature and mainstream. Most servers under utilize their cpu or now cpu's with multiply cores. If your running perfmon on your windows server will see low cpu utilization unless the server is a heavy hitter like and SQL box. You can now buy one really nice server and run several servers on one box alowing you to decommission older equipment and saving on your electric bill. There are plenty of free server virtualzation products that will work fine for smaller businesses. You will also gain hardware Independence. You can move a server by just copying a few files.
I'm also hoping they work on Exchange email, it is a bit stripped down and the no cut and paste lack of function really sucks for a product like this. I know it's not perfect but there are some basic funtions that are very annoying. Like not being able to snooze taks or if there is a way please let me know what I'm missing. I also don't like the inability to propose a new meeting time.
I'm really wishing for microsoft compatible rdp client, please Mister Jobs and Gates give this ability to us. Yes you can use vnc but I do not want to load it on my servers.
Some of the things I really like-
- vpn but still wishing for rdp
- web apps like my monitoring server, helpdesk server and spam filters - nothing yet for firewalls, maybe watchguard can come up with an Iphone app
- I do like Google maps my son likes watching the dots and stop asking are we there yet
- Pick and choose is a great grocery shopping app
- Iremote is freaking awesome it uses wifi to control you itunes on your desktop
- I'm digging youtube, I use it for Elmo video's for my daughter at bedtime
- The camera works great you just have to keep still like any other cellphone camera
- I don't like the mute button and wish it were a switch to lock the phone - ok this one is a complaint
- There are so many cool things, I've not had the desire to waste my time and play games on the Iphone
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I think we need to do more with IT to help conserve. I don't understand why more companies are not putting worker in the home and start paying for productivity. The cost of vpn's is very low and even easier to deploy using ssl vpn's. Sip phones and voip arer now mature solutions, why are we not utilizing this now?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I purchased both the original iPhone and iPhone 3g right as they were launched. The first generation iPhone was a miss in my world - not even a near miss but a total miss.
My biggest complaints were that it was not a good phone (thanks AT&T) and on top of that, it was not a good computer. The only time it was tolerable for computing use was on wi-fi. Even then, the lack of applications and third party developers made the device little more than an ipod with a new interface and some networking capabilities. The lack of corporate email support was what finally pushed me to dump the device on eBay only a couple months after I purchased it.
Now enter iPhone 3G.
First, the miserably executed launch of the product.
AT&T is so greedy that they redesigned and destroyed one of the best features of the original iPhone - the fact that you could purchase it retail and then go home and activate at your convenience. AT&T changed the activation process in a meager attempt to keep the phones sold in the US on their network. That means you have to activate your phone at the point of purchase just like other cell phones. What a clusterfuck. All AT&T accomplished with this change is pissing a bunch of people off and upping the ante for cracking the phone and putting it on other networks. My guess is we will see fully unlocked iPhones within days of this post.
I will only causally mention the fact that getting the phone burned about six hours of my day (2 of them just trying to activate becuase my credit card had a PO box for a billing address which broke AT&T's activation system).
Well, the bottom line is it still sucks as a phone.
Battery life is pathetic. Steve Jobs claimed the new phone would have the "longest 3G talk time in the industry." I do not know what crack pipe Steve was smoking from that day, but my Blackberry Curve on Verizon 3G nearly doubles the talk time of my iPhone 3G. In addition, the lack of a user changeable battery in the iPhone limits it for serious business users. I use thousands of minutes of talk time monthly on my business phone. On a normal business day, I am hunting for my iPhone charger by noon (on the curve I carry an extra battery and go nearly 3 days without visiting a charger). If you want this device to work as your telephone, you'd best be no more than a 1000 minute a month user.
On top of all this, I continue to put up with very thin 3G coverage, dropped calls, and lackluster 3G performance when compared to other carrier's networks, or even AT&T's 3G network that the non-iPhones run on. AT&T needs a data only plan because the voice sucks and I do not want to pay for it. Actually, Apple needs to fire AT&T and put this phone on a real network.
But it is one fantastic handheld computer!!!
The real excitement about the new iPhone is not the phone at all - it's the software (which also runs on the old iPhone). The App Store is fantastic. In addition, people have already started cracking the phone and writing 3rd party apps around the App Store. As of this writing, you can use WinPwn (or the mac version) to unlock your iPhone and load apps on it. You then have direct command line access to the phone. You can telnet and ssh to other hosts. You can ssh from your desktop computer to the iPhone on your wi-fi network. It is getting more and more like a real computer every day! Give me an RDP client or even better, a VDI client and I will be hooked. The corporate email support is one of the easiest, most elegant implementations of Activesync that I have seen. The built in Cisco VPN client shows promise althought I have not actually gotten it to work (yet). As always, the iPhone browser is hands down the best phone web browser made.
At this time, the most compelling reason to have iPhone is to use as a handheld computer. I can see this device eliminating my need to carry a notebook computer all the time. Give the legitimate applications (and the underground applications) a minute to get written for/ported to the new OS, and I think this device will be one hell of a handheld computer!!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Geolocate this post
Friday, July 25, 2008
I'm also digging Ewallet, it is a paid app and word well, but I wish they had a windows desktop client. It's a big pain to enter info in on the iphone on that scale. My favorite feature is the password part, being a tech and managing several system and clients this app is a great app to have on the phone.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Turn off the 3G unless you really need it, this will greatly extend the battery life. Also keep bluetooth off if not in use.
There are some 3rd party quick chargers starting @ $40 or just keep a buch of chargers around. I have 2 floating in the house plus usb's on computers and car chargers.
Can Apple and Microsoft Please give us a Remote desktop client that works with what is already built into windows?
What you will have to do is the sync cable included in the bluetooth box plugs into the phone and the bluetooth head set. All you have to do to pair the phone with the headset is plug the cable into a computer, plug the adapter into the bottom of the phone and the bluetooth into the adapter on the other side and they will pair no security code needed. From what I can tell they will not discover each other.
Friday, July 04, 2008
I sent this link to some friends and clients. One of my former clients and friends Ken Botyos makes some great points and I feel like big oil does take advantage of the consumer.
It is scary, but a couple of things just p*ss me off about the crisis.
1. Call me stupid, but from what I recall, hurricanes have been around for a little while and some have been quite large and powerful. You're lived in Florida, so I am sure you may have heard of them. Prior to Katrina and Rita, I do not recall hurricanes (even those in the Gulf of Mexico) having a significant impact on the price of gasoline. Now, just the mention of a tropical storm or POSSIBLE hurricane (it could be off the coast of Africa) seems to increase the price of gas by 25 cents per gallon. This is especially troubling considering the fact that the gas that the station paid $3.50 per gallon for last week cost the consumer $3.89 per gallon yesterday, but since a storm developed overnight it costs the consumer $4.09 per gallon today, even though it is the same friggin' gas that the station paid $3.50 per gallon for last week!
2. Big Oil continues to have record profits, even though their industry is in a crisis and they claim their profits are justified. Horsesh*t! Outside of price gouging, there is absolutely no reason for so many of the largest companies in an industry in a crisis to continue to make such lucrative profits. Industries are going to fluctuate as should the general profitability of the companies within the industries. I could understand one or two of the industry leading companies putting a little distance between themselves and other companies in terms of profitability, if said companies had come up with some unique, innovative way to do business that the other companies had yet to discover. But in the case, all the industry leaders seem to be continually reporting lucrative profits. They claim their profits are justifiable because they are in line with profits of other companies in OTHER industries. Those OTHER industries are not in the middle of a friggin' crisis! Look at it from an IT perspective. Companies shelled out millions, even billions, of dollars in the late '90s preparing for Y2K. Vendors in the IT industry made very lucrative profits. In the early 2000's IT spending declined sharply because of the excessive spending in the late '90s, profits declined, some companies lost money for a period of time, and many companies did not survive. In the past few years, after a period in which IT spending was down and now with the arrival of disaster recovery, business continuity, virtualization, etc., IT spending has begun to increase again and vendors in that industry are becoming more profitable. It goes in cycles, as it should in the oil industry. When the industry declines, profits in general should as well.
Ken you are right on point, several in the industry have been sound alarm bells for years
Monday, February 25, 2008
The newer Dell server running vmware smoke. You can even tell it's a virutal infrasture it's running on. I'm amazed at the performance of the SAN using SATA drives. It performs just as well as direct attaced SAS drives.
The SAN has so many cool features, I'm just so happy total cost of ownership has dropped so much. Any business with a terabyte of data should seriously consider using a SAN to protect it and keep your day to day operations running smoothly. The SANS use RAID 50 which will chew up space but give you the best redundancy. With 2 hot spares on-line you would have to lose 5 drives before you lose data. My favorate features are snapshots and replication. I take a snap shot of my exchange database every 20 minutes in case of corrupution or a virus I'll only lose 20 minutes of work and I can just reque email if needed. I have the SANS replicating between each other our most critical data. For systems admin this will make your life so much easier. You will be able to retore in minutes and not have to deal with tape backups. It will help you het the most even out of older servers. Drives can be provisioned quickly and on the fly. As the price keeps getting lower more businesses will have access to this technology.