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December 2, 2010

Windows anti-virus benchmarks

Tom’s hardware have another fascinating article covering the real world performance degrade of using various domestic anti-virus solutions on a typical home computer. The real world slow down seems to be very negligible, but in a business there are often file servers, and that exposes clients to new problems.

The typical situation in which real-time scanning is a considerable problem, is when you are accessing a file server over the network, and that file server is scanning all the files you are opening with it’s own anti-virus rules as well as your own client on your desktop. This usually causes significant degrade in performance, in particular with images, generating thumbnails, accounts packages or when previewing folder contents with details. I would suggest excluding the folders from being scanned by your anti-virus on the desktop computer, and keep it running on the file server. Any savvy admin should always look to keep everything protected, which sometimes that means protecting the users from themselves. Ensure permissions on the file server are as tight as required, so that if you do disable real time scanning on a folder, the inherent permissions that user has will stop any infections spreading at a file level from the users computer to the communal file server. 

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November 19, 2010

OnLive MicroConsole

A little behind the curve, but just did some reading on OnLive, a gaming system in which you don’t need a console, or PC, but get all the high end graphics rendered by them, and sent to you via your high speed internet connection. If gaming is possible via the cloud, does make you wonder how long before we do more video editing, or high end number crunching on our own computers, instead of outsourcing to the cloud and software makers. Blows my mind.

Check out more at http://www.onlive.com/#2

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November 17, 2010

SSD Hard Drives

Extract from fantastic article on THG:

“That SSDs can beat the pants off hard drives isn’t exactly news anymore. Tech enthusiasts and IT personnel also understand the value of 200+ MB/s performance, low power consumption, and physical robustness along with the potential pitfalls of older operating systems. Real tech addicts will go into the nitty gritty of I/O performance, power efficiency, and architectural details on caching, wear leveling, TRIM, and RAID support. These details can make a significant difference on the performance side of storage.”

The price of SSD is almost right for mainstream servers and medium sized businesses. Looking forward to seeing how they impact on a typical VMware server. 

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November 11, 2010

Google Instant Previews

More info here. Test the service here

Interesting, could this change how we design our landing webpage, to fit a preview or thumbnail.

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November 10, 2010

F8 Helpdesk software on mobile devices for FREE!

Compatible with Android, iPhone and Blackberry, more mobile operating systems coming.

Clients can use own credentials, visiting guests can use details below. This is a ideal tool for office managers or general managers who are on the move, but want to keep in touch with status of IT issues logged to F8 IT Solutions. Jobs can be viewed, edited, notes added, former issues re-visited for reminders, and much more. Font size is far more appealing than using a traditional browser. Best of all, it is completely free with all our support contracts.

URL: http://f8-it.webhop.biz:8080/
Username: companya
Password: password

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November 8, 2010

Microsoft Live Mesh

What is Windows Live Mesh?

In Windows Live Mesh 2011, you can:

  • Keep your documents, photos, and other files up to date on all your computers, whether PC or Mac.* When you sync a folder, your latest files are right at hand even if you’re working offline at the moment. You can also sync folders on SkyDrive synced storage, so you can go to the Windows Live Devices website to access them on the web from any computer. To get started, see How do I sync a folder?
  • Connect to your computers remotely. Leave your PC online and run its programs or get to all its files from another computer. This is handy for “emergencies” when you might be at work and need a file from home. For more information about remote connections, see What are remote connections?
  • Sync your program settings between computers. Keep your Internet Explorer favorites and Microsoft Office settings up to date on all your PCs. For more information and to get started, see How do I sync program settings between computers?

F8 Notes: When installing this package, Microsoft will steer you towards downloading a whole bunch of Microsoft Live packages, you can just install Mesh if you persist and save yourself a load of bloatware.

Source: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mesh-devices-sync-upgrade-ui

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November 2, 2010

UK Domestic Broadband: BT Infinity vs. VM Cable

First of all, I would recommend Virgin Media to anyone who can get it. BT has fantastic broadband coverage, however the old technology of copper wires means you get a watered down version of what your phone exchange can handle. This is of course if you live more than a stones throw away from the exchange. Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) with BT will help. With 40mb estimated being at least over 12mb when it actually arrives in the home/office, but it is still running the last mile or 2 via the copper line. Vigin Media (at great expense) run a fibre cable to the street, then coax cable to your house, so the line can handle as much as they can currently give us.

VM have just increased upload speed from 1.8mb to 5mb for free, with 50mb download soon to increase to 100mb for another £10 a month. Upload speed directly effects things like sending emails, uploading to websites, hosted solutions like our helpdesk, remote desktop and particularly useful when working with attachments on Outlook Web Access.

BT has fibre rolling out across east and south of Aylesbury, but Rabans Lane and most of the Industrial areas near Fairford Leys will suffer on with basic ADSL1 solutions as BT has had technical issues that side of town.  It is without question in BT’s best interest to focus their attentions at the home internet market, as they represent the same sort of monthly income, but unlike business clients, they can also cross sell them to phone and TV packages. How things have changed in 10 years!

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November 1, 2010

Google TV

Google TV looks like it is getting stone walled in the US, all the large networks are blocking the in built browser in the set top box to prohibit content being streamed via the internet. In the UK I had high hopes for Virgin Media getting on the band wagon, was certain that was why they sold channel rights to Sky a few months ago, but nope. They are in bed with TiVo and we will see great things from them in the near future.

I was so excited about Google TV, saw it as the ultimate media extender for the sitting room, streaming movies from PC, streaming content online, surfing the net from the comfort of a couch. Initial reviews form the US are not looking good for the kit either. TwiT saying it takes 45 minutes to install, and certain retailers offering installation services when selling it (which does not imply it is easy!)

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October 27, 2010

Virgin Media 100mb broadband has arrived

  • From 0.5Mb to an ultrafast 100Mb in just ten years
  • Over 12.7million homes to get new 100Mb service
  • Next-generation broadband nearly 20 times the average UK speed
  • Virgin Media rolls out UK’s fastest broadband with 100Mb
  • From 0.5Mb to an ultrafast 100Mb in just ten years
  • Over 12.7million homes to get new 100Mb service
  • Next-generation broadband nearly 20 times the average UK speed

http://pressoffice.virginmedia.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=205406&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1487663&highlight=

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