Over the weekend I was helping a student find the best price for some software, taking advantage of any educational discounts on offer. We tried Google and soon came up with a company offering excellent prices.
Unfortunately all the software on offer is pirated. If you make a purchase, you are doubly caught:
…continue reading How many people buy software from sites like this?
I have a couple of Microsoft Hyper-V servers which I’ve been working with, one of which has 20GB RAM. It had two virtual machine guests, one with 12GB allocated and another with 2GB allocated. I created a third VM with 2GB and started it up. It worked initially, but on rebooting the VM I got
…continue reading Hyper-V VMs can fail to start if the host is copying a large file
Windows Server Core is a stripped-down build of Windows Server 2008 which lacks most of the GUI. It’s a great idea: more lightweight, less to go wrong, and as the Unix folk have always said, who needs a GUI on a server anyway?
That said, the Windows culture has always assumed the presence of the
…continue reading Wrestling with Windows Server Core
When I saw that trying out Intel’s Moblin Linux 2.1 was as easy as downloading an image and writing it to a USB pen drive, I could not resist giving it a try.
Moblin (it rhymes with Goblin) is aimed at netbooks running Intel’s Atom processor, though it also runs on other Intel processors
…continue reading Hands on with Intel Moblin
I spent some time with Chrome OS over the weekend and yesterday, first doing my own build of the open source Chromium OS, and then running it and writing a review.
The build process was interesting: you actually compile Chromium OS from a chroot virtual environment. My first efforts were unsuccessful, for two reasons. First,
…continue reading Chrome OS: will Google keep its vision?
I’m watching Google’s press briefing on the forthcoming Chrome OS. It is amazing. What Google is developing is a computer that answers several of the problems that have troubled users since the advent of the personal computer.
Exaggeration? Here’s a quick summary of what Chrome OS is. It’s a device that you will purchase
…continue reading Google Chrome OS – astonishing
There were two big themes at PDC in Los Angeles today. One was the Silverlight 4 beta, the subject of the most impressive section at the keynote. The other was the announcement of free laptops for every attendee – aside from press and government. It is remarkable how a generous gift can change the atmosphere.
…continue reading PDC day two: Silverlight 4 and a free laptop
Microsoft has announced Silverlight 4 here at PDC in Los Angeles. The gist of it I was expecting – device support, an option for fuller system access out of the browser – but the extent of the new features is remarkable. Here’s a few highlights:
Improved Just-in-time compilation gives 30% faster start-up, up to 100%
…continue reading Silverlight 4 ticks all the boxes, questions remain
Today was cloud day at PDC. Microsoft announced that Windows Azure will become a production platform on January 1st, with billing starting from February 1st. It also announced the beta of Windows Server AppFabric role, for on-premise apps that can either stay on-premise or be deployed to Azure later; and some new developments like the
…continue reading PDC day one: Windows in the cloud