Dell XPS 420 First Impressions

My first impressions of the Dell XPS 420 can be summed up in one word, “Solid !”  I’ve only completed a couple of phases in my new machines metamorphosis, but so far I’m pretty impressed with the machine and it’s future.  So let’s dive into what it was like when I received it, and the…

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Lenovo ThinkPad W520 – mini review

High end portable workstations are a special class of computer.  The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 belongs to that class and in many ways sets the bar.  As a daily user of a ThinkPad W510, I was certainly interested in seeing and testing the new W520 to see what improvements were made. Keep in mind I don’t…

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Lenovo ThinkPad W510 – first impressions

Friday afternoon I received two Lenovo ThinkPad W510’s. The one I decided to look at first is the model with the 1920×1080 Multi Touch screen.  Let me first say I am not a big fan of this high a resolution on a screen that is 15.6”.  I have two other laptops with 15.4” screens that…

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TechNet 2.0 – Episode 6 – Wiki

Each of you has likely used one of the world’s most popular Wiki’s known as http://wikipedia.org. The English section of that site has 3.2 million articles and there are many more supported languages. An excerpt from the mission of the site is “to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational…

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Archos 605 WiFi added to my PMP collection

Monday and Friday of last week was like Christmas.  On Monday I received a HD video camera.  On Friday I received the Archos 605 WiFi portable media player.  I bought it for a couple of reasons.  First, my wife was feeling like a second class citizen because she doesn’t have one.  And second, because I…

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VMRCPlus goes public – download now

For those of you running Microsoft Virtual Server, we have a new treat in store for you.  Originally developed by Paul Despe then enhanced by Matthijs ten Seldam, VMRCPlus is a new VM client display and management tool.  This tool will be available shortly on the Microsoft download center, TechNet online download centers, and in…

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I got your back – Windows Vista SP1 coming sooner than you think

It goes without saying that there has been a considerable amount of feedback around our release schedule for Windows Vista SP1.  Don’t think for a second that because I’m silent about such issues on my blog, that I am not working our internal communication channels to be your advocate. Being an advocate means I get…

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Windows Server 2008 screencast – Virtualization 10 Minute Tour

Windows Server 2008 is going to ship its next public release candidate very soon.  Inside that release will be a CTP of Windows Server virtualization (WSv).  WSv will be setting the stage for a whole new wave of technologies so with that in mind, I thought I’d give you a quick peek at the product…

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My Lenovo ThinkPad T61p now has 8GB of RAM

Kingston Technology was kind enough to sent some evaluation 4GB SoDIMMs to me for installation and testing.  They arrived a little later than expected this week but were sitting on the front porch when I got home tonight.  They are now installed and I thought a quick screenshot might be in order.  As you can…

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Dual Boot from VHD Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Executive Summary Boot from VHD is a new technique for installing and maintaining operating system environments.  Unlike virtual machines, the operating system that is running from a “boot from VHD” environment is using the actual hardware instead of emulated hardware.  This means a developer could easily use WPF and the full GPU processing power of…

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