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August 30, 2008

Tommy And The Pussycats

 Roll Tide Roll!

Just when I thought today couldn’t get any more perfect…

Alabama goes out tonight and puts a Technicolor asskicking on the formerly ranked #9 Clemson Pussycats, the so-called “best” of the weakass ACC, live on ABC at the Georgia Dome.

I’m talking total domination folks, on both sides of the ball. Clemson’s supposedly fearsome pair of running backs “Windbag” and “Blowhard” were held to 0 rushing yards.

All of which means it’s way past time to “turn it up” here for all the Crimson in the house…

 

Put them A’s up!

Yea-uh.

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August 29, 2008

Why Does Hyper-V Take A Kabillion Years To Delete A Virtual Machine?

The Tortoise and the Hyper-V...a modern fable.

Make no mistake about it.

I personally think Hyper-V is a seriously kickass slice of awesome from Microsoft. And if you aren’t at least checking it out, you’re really, truly and seriously missing out.

But it is abso-freaking-lutely INSANE how long it takes Hyper-V to fully delete a virtual machine if it has more than say…2 snapshots in it.

While doing some wickedly massive content dev recently, I was having to export some fairly large and semi-complex virtual machines, then fully wipe out them out before importing other fairly large and semi-complex virtual machines back in.

The export and import phases were awesome. Easily Hyper-V’s second best feature, only slightly behind the new snapshot feature.

But I literally would be waiting HOURS for the more involved virtual machines to finish detroying/merging/whatever.

Call me crazy…

But if I tell Hyper-V to “Delete” a given virtual machine, how freaking hard can it be to simply…oh I don’t know…dump the freaking contents of the virtual machine directory, and then clean its references out of Hyper-V?

|| posted by chris under clueless, kma, thumbs down, virtualization || comments (0) || ||

August 24, 2008

Windows Essential Server Family Training Webcasts

Can't find nothin' on the radio. Yo...turn up that station...

Starting September 4, Microsoft will be offering an 8–part series of 1 hour webcasts covering Essential Business Server 2008, their new offering for mid-sized businesses.

If you’d like to attend live, here’s a list of registration links for each webcast…

WES10PAL: 5W/50 Series – Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 1 of 8: Introduction September 04, 2008 from 10-11AM (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES11PAL: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 2 of 8: Planning, Design & Install September 04, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES12PAL: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 3 of 8: Migration September 05, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES13PAL: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 4 of 8: EBS Mgmt, Health & Mgmt September 05, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES14PAL: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 5 of 8: Security, Group Policy, & Backup Sept 08, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES15PAL: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 6 of 8: Messaging & Remote Access September 08, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES16PAL: Windows Essential Bus Svr 2008, Part 7 of 8: LOB Suppt, Extensibility & Troubleshootg Sept 10, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES17PAL: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Part 8 of 8: Virtualization September 10, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

The EBS series will be similar to the current webcast series for Small Business Server 2008 that started last week. Here are those links if you want to jump on the SBS train as well. The first half of the SBS series was already delivered this past Thursday and Friday. Those four webcasts were recorded and are now (or will be very soon) available on-demand at the following links…

WES02PAL: Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 1 of 8: Introduction

WES03PAL: Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 2 of 8: Planning & Installation

WES04PAL: Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 3 of 8: Migration August 22, 2008 from 10-11am (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

WES05PAL: Academy Live – Windows SBS 2008 Core Tech Training, Part 4 of 8: Mgmt, Health, & Security August 22, 2008 from 12-1pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

The second half of the SBS series picks back up live on Monday, before finally wrapping up on September 10. You can register to attend using the following links…

WES06PAL: Academy Live – Windows SBS 2008 Core Tech Trng, Part 5 of 8: Messaging & Collab Mgt August 25, 2008 from 10-11am Pacific Time (GMT-07:00)

WES07PAL: Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 6 of 8: Remote Access & Computer Mgmt August 25, 2008 from 12-1pm Pacific Time (GMT-07:00)

WES08PAL: Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 7 of 8: LOB Support & Troubleshooting August 26, 2008 from 10-11am Pacific Time (GMT-07:00)

WES09PAL: Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 8 of 8: Virtualization September 10, 2008 from 2-3pm (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

|| posted by chris under business, freebie, it pro, mid-market it, webcast || comments (0) || ||

August 19, 2008

The Black Screen Of Death

I got a letter this mornin what do you reckon it read?

 Presenting the Mini-O-Death. Now with 2x the Death as before!

The totally wicked awesome HP Mini-Note with which I’ve been carrying on a complete hardware love affair suddenly gave up the ghost in the wee hours of the morning yesterday.

Very little warning. 2.5 days with some spontaneous reboots. Which, honestly…isn’t usually the first indicator of hardware death. Although they were Black Screens of Death. I guess Black is the new Blue.

Now, this unit was purchased in May, 2008.

That’s right… I said May. Gotta be some kind of record for premature hardware death.

Found a few other folks seeing this same issue over at the smokingly cool HP 2133 Guide.com forums. Which still doesn’t change the fact that I’m looking at a 2–5 day turnaround on the repair.

Bummer.

Here’s some White Stripes to make us all feel better.

Performing…what else? Son House’s masterpiece ‘Death Letter.’

It said the Mini you love is dead

|| posted by chris under hardware, rx, thumbs down, timekiller || comments (37) || ||

August 19, 2008

A Long Tea Time Ago…

In a drawring room far far away.

Working Class British Brothers: Star Wars Edition

To all my British homies. Word.

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