Windows 7 and Me 
Wednesday, 8 April, 2009, 20:09
Posted by Administrator
I like Windows 7, don't get me wrong. There are quite a few features of Windows 7 that I've gotten used to in the month or two I've used it -- I love the ability to drag maximized windows between my two monitors without having to resize them first, and the way the taskbar works is so much nicer than previous versions. However, the fact remains that Windows 7 is still a beta, and it will eventually expire ... that, and like all other Windows desktop operating systems, virtualization support still requires additional software. As we only have one server that can handle any sort of virtualization, and that server is quite heavily utilized at the moment, I figured I'd need to take matters into my own hands, so I loaded Windows Server 2008 Standard on my desktop machine. After a few tweaks here and there, it looks exactly like Windows Vista, but it allows me to use Hyper-V instead of Virtual PC 2007 or the free version of VMWare. Good stuff.
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The New Office 
Wednesday, 8 April, 2009, 20:02
Posted by Administrator
Gene told us that, when Fountainhead moved from their Bensenville location to the Wall Street building, it was a step up. Moving from the Wall Street building to this new one in Schaumburg, then, is a gigantic leap. Gone are the wild temperature fluctuations and inevitable server thermal alarms that went with them. We are no longer scared to enter the elevators -- the freight elevator in this building is nicer than the general-use elevators in the old.

The new office is only one mile closer to our house, but my drive is 12 to 15 minutes shorter thanks to the new office's proximity to 53/290/355 or whatever it's called here.

Things are still settling down from an IT perspective. I've got a 1000-foot spool of CAT6, hundreds of ends, a couple of wall jacks, crimping tools, and cable testers ready to go. I've found that it's a bit of a pain to crimp CAT6, but I've got some CAT5e ready to go for machines that don't need the 6.

All in all, good times.
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The Impending Move 
Thursday, 19 March, 2009, 22:06
Posted by Administrator
No, Julie and I didn't sell our house. We're staying put. The company is moving, though. Lots of stuff to clean up and put away in preparation, that's for sure ... planning, testing, all that good stuff. Lucas is going on-site Monday to test out the phone system, and I wanted to head over there to test out the DS3 as well, but that's not set up yet. I wish Verizon Business would have told us our IP justification form was unacceptable before today ... bloody ridiculous.

Luckily the move is next Thursday, so there's still a little time left. We need to get the equipment, hook it up, and test ... otherwise there will be no Internet connectivity at the new office, and that would make the entire move useless.

So ... no stress.
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Happy Birthday Bob! 
Friday, 27 February, 2009, 12:23
Posted by Administrator
Happy Birthday Bob! See you at the Yard House!
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Do you have a MacBook Pro and an hour to waste? 
Friday, 27 February, 2009, 01:05
Posted by Administrator
If you have a MacBook Pro and an hour to waste, and a 2.5" SATA hard disk that's up to 9mm thick, you can upgrade the MacBook Pro's hard drive.

The first time I took a laptop apart I was shocked to see how many screws it took to hold the thing together. It wasn't just the number of screws that shocked me; the number of different types of screws was also amazing. I don't even remember the model number of that first laptop but I do remember that, when I put it back together, I had some screws left over.

Last night I decided I was going to upgrade my MacBook Pro's stock 100GB hard drive to a much nicer 500GB drive. I use that laptop pretty heavily and could definitely use the extra storage capacity. This was my first time disassembling an Apple laptop; I had taken my Mac Mini apart once to upgrade its RAM, and that was pretty easy as it only required a putty knife -- the whole thing snaps together. The MacBook Pro was filled with tiny screws and getting the top part (the one your hands come into contact with when you're using the thing) off was a pretty painful experience. The ribbon cables inside the laptop felt much more fragile than that first laptop's, and they were placed in quite strange positions all throughout the inside.

However, after wrestling with it for an hour (and then having to disassemble and reassemble it again due to a minor screw-up), my MacBook Pro now has a 500GB hard disk and a freshly-reloaded and fully-patched copy of OS X 10.5.

With all of this newfound storage capacity I'm considering throwing Windows 7 Beta onto it as well, just to see how it performs on a computer with a respectable video card. The one in my office workstation, an ATI Radeon HD 2400, sometimes chokes during everyday use; I'm sure the laptop's Radeon X1600 would outrun it.
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