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Mar 2 07

Another satisfied TiVo customer…

by Jason

Kevin, like many other TiVO customers isn’t really happy with the device…

Good job Kevin. Maybe someone at TiVo is watching.

Mar 1 07

ThinkPad Batteries, part duex!

by Jason

Lenovo and IBM are recalling extended batteries shipped with their latest models.

Reason: If dropped they could catch fire or explode. Four injuries have already been reported.

If you haven’t seen a ThinkPad with an extended battery, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, I’ve got one sitting on my lap right now and let me tell you – these 9 cell batteries are huge. They add another 1.5 inches to the length of the laptop. And since the battery is the most concentration of mass in a laptop, it’s probably going to land first during a fall.

For more information, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s site.

Oh, and if you have one of these batteries – act fast or you’ll be stuck on a backorder list for the next few months. Call Lenovo tonight!

Feb 28 07

Google meet OS X

by Jason

Homage to OS X dock, but not as shiny as I expected. That must be the Google part of it showing through.

Feb 27 07

VMWare lays the smack down

by Jason

The Register reports that VMWare is ramping up the bad P.R. against Microsoft’s competing product – VirtualPC. This kind of marketing is probably good at this time of the year – it gets me prepared for the next onslaught of advertising from our presidential candidates.

Microsoft realized it was getting left in VMWare’s dust so they decided to release VirtualPC 2007 for free. A free download isn’t something Microsoft came up with – VMWare was using that trick to get their product in the public’s eye long before. With my experience in both Virtual PC and VMWare’s competing product Workstation, I don’t see any reason to switch.

And when you actually want to run these virtual machines in a production environment on production hardware – I have one reason to recommend VMWare over Virtual PC – VMotion.

Feb 24 07

Google Apps, open for Bid’ness

by Jason

Google has had their cross hairs on Microsoft for a long time. They claim to not be interested in what Redmonds’ up to, but they’ve been successfully picking off their weaker products like strangling tourists in a jungle of lions. This week, though – they took a shot at the leader of Microsoft’s pack, Exchange and Office.

I’ve been beta testing this service for a while, and have grown very fond of Gmail’s spam filtering abilities – bar none the best out there, managed or unmanaged. Their docs and spreadsheets gives you about 90% of what Microsoft Office will give you out of the box – and wrap it all up in a nice web based system that whisks away the problems of backups, server maintenance, and OS patching.

Microsoft claims to have shared documents in Office ’07 out of the box, but you have to sign up for a free .net account or setup yet another server to handle that task. Google offers shared docs out of the box.

For those deeply embedded in Microsoft software – this offering may not even be on the radar. Lets face it, Exchange and Outlook is a damn fine groupware package. But for those companies who aren’t so far invested in Redmond’s offers, this could potentially be a viable alternative to forklifting in an Exchange environment that isn’t DST ’07 ready out of the box.

And at $50 per user annually, 10GB of storage, and no advertisements, your email domain stays exactly the same, and your email is accessible from anywhere in the world – this is a pretty good rate.

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