Showing posts from March, 2009

More from HP

HP continues to pound away at the recession with amazing offers: The laptop is especially interesting.  1gb of ram expandable to 8gb.  DVD writeable optical drive. It's a nice machine to just browse around the net with, perfect for home use.  I would upgrade the OS to Vista Business, Enterprise or Ultimate, but for the price would find no fault with the OS it comes with.   This offer is only good for a few days so call me quick, 800-555-6255 x8345, direct 514-373-8345.  Ask for Garfield. 

Unified Communications

Someone passed this on to me earlier today.  It was interesting, thought I would post it. "What to ask before you buy. Checklist: Enterprise Unified Communications Done right, UC (Unified Communications) can boost employees’ productivity, help executives better manage a distributed work force and improve the company’s response time to customers. Forrester Research Inc. is seeing growing momentum behind UC in the enterprise; the technology research firm expects a significant increase in deployments by the end of 2009."  Download it here uc-checklist.pdf or view it online source:

Wacom - Intuos4 Tablet

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Wacom Introduces new Intuos4 Tablet

These things are fun!  I think.  I never used one, but I assume they would be useful.  Perfect for taking notes or even freehand design. Professional photographers, designers and artists agree: Intuos4 pen tablets speed production time for photo editing, design and art creation. When working with digital assets, there isn’t a more natural tool than a pen for increased comfort and control. Powerful, yet sensitive - Featuring the new Wacom Tip Sensor, you will now realize precision and control with only a single gram of pen pressure. With every stroke, Intuos4 captures even the most subtle nuances of pressure, giving you the creative power to dynamically adjust exposure, brush size, line weight, opacity and more by pressing harder or softer with the new Grip Pen. Pixel precision - By integrating Wacom?s highest level of pen pressure sensitivity at 2048 levels, you will realize accuracy and detail at the pixel level like never before. The new Grip Pen precision mode also allows for fin

Check out these Apple Mac deals

Apple 20" iMac - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M   20", Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz, 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB SATA, 8X SuperDrive, 10/100/1000, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, AirPort Extreme 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0, iSight, OS X 10.5 Leopard  PC Mall Part #7758229    Mfr. Part #MB417LL/A Apple 13.3" MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz, 2GB, 160GB, SuperDrive - Aluminum unibody   Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz, 2GB DDR3, 160GB SATA/100, 256MB DDR3 Nvidia GeForce 9400M, 13" Display 1280x800, Super Drive(DVD+-R/CD-RW), Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WLAN, Bluetooth, OS X 10.5 Leopard  PC Mall Part #7684018    Mfr. Part #MB466LL/A Apple 13.3" MacBook Air 1.6GHz 2GB RAM 120GB HD 9400M - Aluminum   Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB SATA HD, 13.3" TFT WXGA, NVIDIA 9400M Graphics card, 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard  PC Mall Part #7684027    Mfr. Part #MB543LL/A Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro - Intel Core 2 D

Lenovo Offers

Lenovo ThinkPad T400 - Intel Centrino 2 Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz Notebook   Intel Centrino 2 Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, DVDRW, 14.1" WXGA TFT, Intel 802.11agn, 1GB Ethernet, Modem, Ultranav, Secure chip, Fingerprint reader, Windows XP Professional  PC Mall Part #7531721    Mfr. Part #7417TPU Lenovo ThinkPad T500 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz Notebook   Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB SATA HDD, CDRW/DVDRW Drive, 15.4" WXGA TFT LCD, Fingerprint Reader, Modem, 1GB Ethernet, WLAN 802.11a/g/n, Windows XP Pro  PC Mall Part #7531844    Mfr. Part #224233U Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 - Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 2.0GHz Notebook   Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB SATA HDD, DVD Recordable, 14.1" WXGA TFT LCD, Fingerprint Reader, Camera, Modem, 1GB NIC, WLAN 802.11agn, Bluetooth, Windows XP Pro  PC Mall Part #7676309    Mfr. Part #27436AU These offers are only valid until March 31st, 2009 or while supplies last. Call 800-555-6255 x8345

VMWare Technical Resources A great VMWare virtualization resource depot and guide.

HP jump start the economy deal

I love this Hewlett-Packard (HP) deal that we have this week. So check it, for $399.99 (after mail in rebates) you can get: HP DX7500 with 3gb and a 22" monitor for $399.99 after mail in rebates...why not? Limit of 5 per customer! Valid until Friday the 27th or while supplies last. Plus you can get the mouse, the security lock, the connectivity kit...FREE?  I mean come on!!! HP Smart Buy Business PC Security Lock Kit   This handy device ensures desktop PC remains exactly where it is by locking the chassis cover and securing it to an anchor point.  PC Mall Part #7702727    Mfr. Part #PV606AT HP Smart Buy USB 2-Button Laser Mouse   The HP USB Laser Mouse provides the speed and accuracy of laser tracking in a simple, elegant design.  PC Mall Part #7763737    Mfr. Part #GW405AT HP Smart Buy Connectivity Starter Kit   Get connected with everything you need in one kit - surge protector, local area network (LAN) cable and USB printer cable.  PC Mall Part #7197390    Mfr. Part #RT1

Installing a new hard drive

Tech Tips

A Practical Roadmap for Balancing IT Cost Pressures and Top Line Value

A Practical Roadmap for Balancing IT Cost Pressures and Top Line Value Live Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Time:  8:00 AM PT/11:00 AM ET Speakers: Andre P. Hughes, Global Managing Director, Accenture & Cisco Business Group Rebecca Jacoby, SVP and Chief Information Officer, Cisco Frank B. Modruson, Chief Information Officer, Accenture Moderated by: Bob Melk, Publisher, CIO Magazine Accenture and Cisco joins CIO magazine to discuss how IT can be an asset that drives value for your business by deploying technologies that can fundamentally change the way your organization collaborates with its customers, employees, partners and suppliers.  Register Today

Why You Should Virtualize

Why Your Company Should Virtualize Virtualizing your IT infrastructure lets you reduce IT costs while increasing the efficiency, utilization, and flexibility of your existing assets. Around the world, companies of every size benefit from VMware virtualization. Thousands of organizations—including all of the Fortune 100—use VMware virtualization solutions. See how building a virtual datacenter will benefit your organization. Top 5 Reasons to Adopt Virtualization Software 1.      Get more out of your existing resources : Pool common infrastructure resources and break the legacy “one application to one server” model with server consolidation . 2.      Reduce datacenter costs by reducing your physical infrastructure and improving your server to admin ratio : Fewer servers and related IT hardware means reduced real estate and reduced power and cooling requirements . Better management tools let you improve your server to admin ratio so personnel requirements are reduce

Network Security

What if I were to ask you just how safe your network is?  You'd probably tell me you have firewalls, HIPS, all kinds of AV, spamblockers'd probably tell me it's pretty safe.   Now what if I told you that I could arrange for a company to try to hack into your system for free in order to expose any weakness in your security profile?  I made that offer to a few people today and they turned it down, they felt that they had done all that needed to be done to be safe.    They felt that because they are monitoring from the inside that the system is ironclad and foolproof.  While that may be true, why not have a company test it from the outside.  You never truly know how safe your home is until a criminal wants to break in and tries to break in.   If your company has 150 or more computer users, let's get the test arranged.  Right now I can get it set up for free but that promotion may not last forever. not an option you can ignore.

Whenever I speak to a customer that is not considering virtualizing I always think about what it must have been like trying to convince people in the early days of the PC that this was a necessary revolution that they must embrace.  I can imagine those who just would not let go of their electric typewriters. Let's face it, if you do not begin to virtualize your environment while your competitors do you will be paying more money for hardware, power, staffing, and physical space.  You will be paying costs that your competitors who have virtualized are not paying thereby reducing your effectiveness in the market place- you will not be able to compete. You have choices but the market leader is VMWare and the company that at this moment I would recommend.  The best part is that you can virtualize right now, today for free!  It used to be that you would have to pay $500 for each license of ESX or ESXi but you can now go to VMWare and download it for free.  The management tools on the o


My mother mentioned that a friend of hers bought a machine that has both VHS and DVD capability.  Better still, she tells me that this machine is supposed to convert VHS to DVD.  I have never seen a piece of equipment built for that.  Looks like I will be Googling around trying to find this magical piece of equipment so I can convert all my old VHS tapes and then toss them.

iLugger and Vizioncore

THe two things I learned a little about today: 1) A lot of people are buying Imacs because the price point is lower than the Macbook or Macbook Pro.  They are then buying a case from someone like iLugger This way they can still have portability without adding the extra cost of a laptop.   2) VRanger Pro for backing up virtual machines is a great little add-on tool for VMWare that one of my customers loves  Vizioncore's vRanger Pro is the leading, industry-standard backup and recovery solution for virtualized environments on the market today. vRanger Pro provides image-level hot backups—of either the entire virtual machine or just the differential—quickly and easily. Supporting VMware ESX and ESXi servers, vRanger Pro offers full VMware Virtual Center integration, is VMotion aware, and integrates with VCB. A VSS driver supports transactionally consistent backups and VSS support is included for VCB backups as well. A P2V-DR plug in allows you to extend the benefit

USB to VGA kits

These things are cool.   You can get them from Cables to Go or Iogear.  Check out the quick Iogear video here: Iogear Wireless USB to VGA Adapter Kit The IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Adapter kit instantly allows you to add a high resolution display using Wireless USB Technology. PC Mall Part #7660305   Mfr. Part #GUW2015VKIT Cables To Go Wireless USB to VGA Kit Wireless USB To VGA Adapter Kit. The TruLink USB To VGA Kit includes everything you need to wirelessly display video content from your computer to a remote monitor, projector or television. PC Mall Part #7692273   Mfr. Part #29572

Acronis' Disk Director 10.0

Jaymie at Biz Communications  is an IT Professional whose opinion I value and trust.  Today he looked at this Disk Director from Acronis and raved about it.  Apparently I can download this thing, and then fix my partition issues.  I have a 160gb hard drive partifitoned and the C is at 90% and the D drive at 30%.  Apparently Disk Director can fix this issue by reallocating drive space from my D drive to my C drive...excellent!!!  Just the tool I was looking for.   Acronis was kind enough to send me a NFR copy so I am going to test drive this thing and let you know. BTW, if you are in the 724 area code, you're a small business and need IT help, call Jaymie  Phone: (724) 832-8313 Fax: (724) 836-5258 E-mail:

St. Bernard's iPrism

Think all Web Filters are alike? Think again.   iPrism delivers Value, Simplicity, and Performance… iPrism surpasses competitors with Anonymizer blocking, Antivirus at the gateway, robust on-box reporting and high throughput capacity.  Employees can easily by-pass other filters without being detected and let dangerous viruses into a network.  Why iPrism for Web Content Filtering when money is tight… ·          Increase employee productivity with iPrism for Web content filtering – Turn on the filters, turn up the productivity ! ·          Secure networks from internet based threats – Spyware, Phishing, and malware - that can cost thousands to repair & in downtime ·          Block streaming audio and video that takes up precious bandwidth, slows down the network, and distracts employees from work ·          Reduce corporate liability by blocking illegal downloads, inappropriate content, and executable files that can distract employees and install malware t

Bestlink Electronics

Bestlink Electronics has developed several new UMPC products in both 7" and 10.1", with Linux, Window CE, Window XP operating systems respectively. They have recently developed a 10.1 inches netbook using VIA C-7M ULP CPU I wonder what the price point will be on these? Here are the specs: 101V%20Netbook%20revA.xls


It came to my attention that the differences between unmanaged, web smart and managed switches is not always clear, even for IT professionals, so here it is: Managed Switches A managed switch allows you to control the individual ports of your switch. Features of course vary with manufacturers and models, but even the most basic will have the ability to turn the port on or off and control its link speed and duplex settings. That control is for security; it prevents someone just walking in and connecting to your lan through an unused port. Beyond that, you might be able to specify a particular MAC address that is allowed to connect. That prevents someone from replacing machines with their own. You might be able to set login authentication, also. You may be able to designate certain ports as "high priority"; for example the ports your servers are on. Setting bandwidth limits, monitoring port traffic and of course logging are also features. source: