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May 29, 2008

Where Has All The Memory Gone?

What is with the CACHING!?!?

Weird weird issue on the normally kickass server here at the Funcave, which just so happens to be named Charlene. As in…

The name of this server is CHARLENE, SIR!

Tried to copy a 45GB VHD file to our girl…

A file which came courtesy of someone who just so happens to have a pink blog

No matter how many different ways I tried to copy the file, Charlene eventually got into a totally frozen state. No matter if I tried to copy directly from USB HDD, via network client, or copying from another share, eventually Charlene would become totally unresponsive at the console, sever all network connects, etc.

Now Charlene’s a badass in her own right…

  • HP ML350 
  • 2Ghz single quad-core Xeon
  • 19 GB RAM
  • 80 GB OS volume
  • 250 GB Data volume

Charlene’s running…

  • Windows Server Standard 2008 x64
  • Hyper-V RC1

Seeing all kinds of weirdness trying to copy files to/from her.

All the mayhem starts when Free Physical Memory drops to sickeningly low levels.

Anyone with any serious knowledge of what’s going on wanna ping me? I’m talking Windows Server team, etc. Or anyone with the last name of Russinovich.

|| posted by chris under beta, clueless, hardware, kma, thumbs down, timekiller, virtualization || comments (4) || ||

May 28, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Survey

Simple survey...simple choices.

Thanks to everyone who was in New Orleans earlier this month, and who took the time to fill out the mobility survey. Some awesome info there.

Erick “Pimp Mastah” Simpson happened to uncover a weird little something today. Prolly having to do with the curious interaction of permissions that allows the SharePoint survey to work with totally anonymous logins.

Erick found that if he submitted the survey without filling something in the comment section, it dumped his responses with nary a squawk.

So if you filled it out the survey, but didn’t put something in each section…yours might have hit The Great Bit Bucket In The Sky.

Feel free to fill it out again, if you’d like:

Best way to know if it took your response? See if the response count increments by 1 after you submit yours.

And just so ya know…the only reason I ask for an e-mail address?

Well, there are really 2 reasons…

  • To say “Hey thanks!”
  • To get the mailing info for folks who requested discs.

But if you don’t want either, then feel free to put something bogus for your e-mail address. No one else will ever see it.

You can also sound off about the pirate ROM issue. Which is really an issue with the way official ROM updates are distributed now. Here’s the pirate ROM survey:

Let it all hang out. The responses to the pirate survey have been VERY interesting.

|| posted by chris under business, hardware, mobility, more cowbell, shoutout, thumbs up || comments (0) || ||

May 24, 2008

Applying ROM Updates To Windows Mobile Devices

NOTE: This is another information transplant from the now-deceased Funboard.

DISCLAIMER: This information is provided as-is, with no warranty or liability assumed from your use of it.

Here’s the sequence of steps used by the robot horde when upgrading any Windows Mobile device. There may be device-specific instructions from the particular device OEM/operator that overrule this sequence.

CAUTION: We only recommend loading officially released updates supplied by the device OEM/operator.

  • Document existing ROM version of device
  • Document existing ActiveSync/WMDC profile settings on device
  • Download existing ROM version installer from device OEM/operator to PC
  • Fully charge device
  • Sync all valid data from device to PC using ActiveSync/WMDC
  • Disconnect device from PC
  • Update ActiveSync/WMDC version on PC to compatible version (major release changes only)
  • Power off/on device
  • Create full backup on device using 3rd party backup utility, such as spbBackup (PPC) or IBE Backup (SM) 
  • Save backup file to memory card, if available
  • Delete synchronization profile on device (major release changes only)
  • Connect device
  • Copy backup file to PC using “Guest” connection
  • Disconnect device
  • Reboot PC
  • Power off device
  • Remove memory card, if available
  • Power on device
  • Disable radio & all other comm functions
  • Execute new ROM version installer
  • Connect device when prompted
  • Wait for completion
  • Power off/on if prompted by installer
  • Verify successful device boot
  • Check OS function by launching programs on device
  • Connect to PC
  • Reconfigure synchronization (major release changes only)

|| posted by chris under hardware, migration, mobility, rx || comments (0) || ||

May 24, 2008

Windows Mobile 6.1 Device Upgrades

i love it when a Photochop comes together! 

As the announced upgrades to Windows Mobile 6.1 roll in, this post will keep a running list of links to those upgrades.

No idea if the upgrades will be time-limited as many of the Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrades were, but it’s almost a given that you will have to sign-up or register your device to get access to a ROM update for it.



TyTn II = Europe (Registration required)

|| posted by chris under freebie, hardware, index, migration, mobility || comments (0) || ||

May 24, 2008

Windows Mobile 6.0 Device Upgrades

 Batten down your hatches!

NOTE: This is the first information transplant from the now-deceased Funboard.

Thanks in a large part to MS offering Windows Mobile 6 free to OEMs & mobile operators for the purpose of creating upgrades for existing WM5 devices, there have been a slew of new upgrade announcements lately.

This post will keep a running list of announced upgrades for current WM5 devices to WM6

FYI: Availability for most of these upgrades have been announced as May-July.

If you hear a rumor, post it up. We’ll deploy the robot horde to verify. Here’s hoping the list isn’t a short one…







  • Advantage = Available here (Signup for HTC e-Club and product registration required)
  • TyTN = Available here (Signup for HTC e-Club and product registration required)
  • S620 = Available here (Signup for HTC e-Club and product registration required)
  • P4350 = Available here (Signup for HTC e-Club and product registration required)
  • P3300 = Available here (Signup for HTC e-Club and product registration required)


  • JAQ3 = Available here (Signup for iMate e-Club and product registration required)





  • Blackjack = Available here
  • i600 = Available here (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Swiss, UK, Ukraine) 




|| posted by chris under freebie, hardware, index, migration, mobility || comments (1) || ||

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