The “Groveling Edition” of the Dr. Bill Podcast #105

Dr. Bill Podcast – 105 – (09/29/07)
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Dr. Bill tries (desparately) to entertain you! A new Gamemaster Segment, and Ben’s got nut’in (again!) The Tech news of the week… very cool Geek Software of the Week for you VMware admins, and other cool and geeky things!

Geek Software of the Week: Veeam FastSCP!

VeeamThis week’s GSotW may have a limited audience… but if you are a VMware System Administrator (like I am) you will find this is a powerful FREE tool in your “tool belt!”

Veeam FastSCP 2.0 for VMware ESX Server

“Veeam FastSCP (Fast & Secure Copy) facilitates the deployment and simplifies backup of virtual machines(VMs) on VMware ESX server. Veeam FastSCP is a fast, secure and easy-to-use tool to perform file management in ESX environment. FastSCP allows a user to copy files from ESX to Windows, Windows to ESX or ESX to ESX. This is the most natural way to deliver an ISO file to ESX Server, make a backup copy of an existing virtual machine (VM) or copy VMs and templates between ESX servers. FastSCP ensures security by using a one-time password feature and works over 6 times faster than SCP.

Features and Benefits:

Multi-ESX management
The user can work with multiple ESX servers at the same time within a single interface. Switching between servers doesn’t require re-entering login/password or specifying the server’s IP.

ESX to ESX direct copy
FastSCP allows a user to copy files directly between ESX servers and within one ESX Server. Copying is fast and secure and doesn’t require any configuration or setup.

Complete file management and Windows integration
FastSCP allows you to work with ESX servers just like you work with files and folders in Windows. Now it doesn’t make any difference to a user whether to copy files to ESX or to a desktop. FastSCP supports both Drag n’ Drop and Copy & Paste.”

Yahoo Discontinues it’s Podcast Directory

Yep… Yahoo is phasing out it’s podcast directory. Not that it has been very good.

Yahoo to Stop Podcasts, Unlimited Music’s Future in Doubt

“In a banner along the top of its Web page, Yahoo notified users of its podcast service today that it will be shutting down that service on October 31. This as TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington discovered the company has scheduled a priority meeting of its senior executives, including CEO Jerry Yang and President Susan Decker, for tomorrow morning. This afternoon, Yahoo felt the need to prepare customers – and perhaps investors – for tomorrow’s news, by giving it the best spin possible early on. ‘Today we’re planning some changes that also have our user and customer experiences in mind,’ reads a message on Yahoo’s corporate blog from entertainment and video head Vince Broady, entitled, ‘Finding Focus in Hollywood.’ ‘We are streamlining the structure of one portion of our Santa Monica presence – our entertainment division – with a vision of offering a more integrated entertainment experience. That means we’ll be creating more synergies between our music, games, movies, TV, and omg! properties, making them more personal and engaging for entertainment hounds.'”

Windows XP Availability Extended

Is Vista catching on? Apparently not! Microsoft has been pressured into continuing to sell Windows XP!

Five More Months Tacked Onto XP Availability Roadmap

“Apparently bending to pressure from partner OEMs who continue to report customers continuing to demand Windows XP, Microsoft decided this morning to extend the availability of the older operating system series to the retail channel and to partners from January to June 2008, as it maintains availability to system builders clear through to January 2009. The move comes several months after Dell reported it would continue offering Windows XP as an option for its systems as long as it could. However, another possible contributing factor could be the company’s plan for XP Service Pack 3. A check of the company’s service pack roadmap today shows the company has only tentative faith in its ability to produce SP3 by as late as next June.”

:-) Smiley Face is 25 Years Old!

The smiley face “emoticon” is twenty five years old. Wow! Does everything have a “birthday” these days?

The Smiley Turns 25

“Another milestone of online communications has been reached. The smiley turns 25, according to Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman who says he was the first to use three keystrokes. ‘Language experts say the smiley face and other emotional icons, known as emoticons, have given people a concise way in e-mail and other electronic messages of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect. Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.'”

Freespire 2.0.3 Has Been Released!

As you know, Freespire is my favorite Linux DESKTOP distro (followed closely by Kubutu.) My favorite SERVER distro is CentOS Linux. Anyway, a new version of Freespire is out! Check it out!

Freespire Linux Web Site

Changes:

Config files updated:
sources.list (commented out ubuntu repository sources resolving apt-get upgrade issues)

Packages upgraded:
cnr-client (new and improved CNR plugin version 0.1.2600)
flash9-plugin (updated to 9.0 r60 – version 9.0.60)
knetworkconf
knetworkmanager
kplayer (updated from version 0.5.3 to 0.6.3)
kuser
sun-java6-bin
sun-java6-jre
sun-java6-plugin

Packages removed:
nvu

It is interesting that they removed Nvu… maybe Komposer is taking over it’s “market share!”

The “My Computer Sucks” Edition of the Dr. Bill Podcast #104

Dr. Bill Podcast – 104 – (09/22/07)
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Geek Culture: “My Computer Sucks,” Dr. Bill reminds us of the current contest, Geek Software of the Week: “Disk Defrag,” the Gamemaster Segment, Tech News, and much assorted weirdness as usual!

Geek Software of the Week: Auslogics Disk Defrag!

Disk DefragThis is WAY better than built-in defrag… check it out! You will like it!

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Disk fragmentation leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startup and shutdown and sometimes to system failures. Auslogics Disk Defrag is designed for fast optimization of today’s modern hard disks. Get the maximum performance out of your expensive hardware investments. And it’s absolutely FREE.

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