Archive for the ‘equipment’ Category

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Pano Logic’s Pano: virtual XP or Vista in a box

August 27, 2007

Check it CIOs, Pano Logic just announced their new Pano virtualization device which brings XP and Vista to your users without the need of a PC. According to the feisty startup, their new virtualization solution can cut your Total Cost of Ownership by 70% for a promised savings of $3,200 per desktop over three years. While you can ace the desktop PC, you’ll still have to make the initial investment of $20 per month per device (one per user) with perpetual licenses available. The Pano device has no CPU, memory, operating system or drivers — at least not in the way those items are typically perceived by your IT staff. A “Pano Logic chip” manages the virtualization. In other words: no client-side malware or hiccups for fewer deskside visits — everything is managed centrally from your VMWare Server installation. The device does pack the required jacks for a VGA display (up to 1600 x 1200 pixels supported), USB keyboard and Mouse (3x total USB), 10/100Mbps Ethernet, and a pair of mini-jacks for audio in/out. Of course, the system is entirely dependent upon lickity quick, uncongested pipes so if you’re sporting a latency above 5-ms, you can forget about Pano’s virtualization. Check out the business minded, ass-end of the Pano after the break.

[Via PCMag]

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Looking for a nice GPS unit under $500

August 25, 2007

My wife and I are looking to pick up a nice GPS unit, and one that could be easily mounted in both of our vehicles at any point in time. Does anyone have any ideas or any ones to check out or ones to stay away from?

I’m real excited to get a GPS. I’ve been wanting one for quite awhile now. In fact, it would have really helped us last night when we left my company party in Tyngsboro MA and was stuck on Interstate 495 in a complete parking lot of traffic. I had to call a friend from work and get directions on getting back to Route 2 from 495 after hitting exit 32.

Regardless, I’ve been doing some research and I am really interested in the TomTom offerings, especially the TomTom ONE XL. It is only around $350, has a 4.3″ touch screen, maps of the US and Canada, real-time traffic services, etc etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions? For right now, I’ll keep looking.

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Forward email to Blackberry’s with Exchange without BES

August 1, 2007

What? Yep, you heard it right. And I never really thought about it, but it makes total sense. I got this from SearchExchange… it’s so simple!

Here is a solution that is very easy to implement and does not require any knowledge or possession of a BlackBerry server. To do this, you only need to have an email-enabled BlackBerry device. (If your device is not yet email-enabled, you can probably arrange this at no extra charge through your handheld/wireless provider).

Once you’ve configured an address for your handheld device, such as JTest@myhandheldprovider.com, create a contact in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) that corresponds to that address.

After the Exchange Recipient Update Service (RUS) has run its magic and you can now “see” this contact in your address book, configure forwarding of messages from the user’s regular mailbox to the new BlackBerry contact. You will do this on the Exchange General tab of the user account. You can also set this so that messages are sent to both the BlackBerry and the mailbox, rather than just to the BlackBerry without leaving a copy in the mailbox.

Messages sent to the BlackBerry using this technique will appear as the original message, preserving all sender information. The messages will not appear as having been forwarded by another account.

As a final step, you may want to hide the BlackBerry contact from the address book, using the Exchange Advanced tab of the contact, so that regular users do not see it in the address book.

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iPhone Reviews

June 28, 2007

Haven’t heard about the iPhone yet? Or just haven’t had the time to keep up with all the hype? The iPhone will be released this Friday. Here’s some reviews to fill you in on what some people are thinking about this revolutionary device!

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An amazing wireless headset

June 9, 2007

I use this at work. I’m almost on it all day, except when I step out. It’s the Plantronics CS70N Professional Wireless Headset.

This headset kicks ass. It’s not Bluetooth (however, there is a Bluetooth model) but who needs Bluetooth. It’s the most comfortable wireless headset I have ever worn. It is geared towards small to medium sized business (just like I work for) but if you’re interested in picking up a very clear, comfortable headset… check this out!

It retails for about $400. It’s a bit pricey, yes… but if you’re on the phone all day and like to walk around the office when on the phone (like me), I’d really suggest you checking this out.

Plantronics specializes in headsets. They don’t make crap!

Product Features:
  • Top-performing Noise-Canceling microphone
  • Discreet, stylized design
  • Lightweight and comfortable all day
  • Optimized for performance with IP desk phones
  • Recommended for all environments, even those with loud noise levels
  • Included lifter automatically lifts handset and returns it to the cradle
  • Enables remote or one touch call answer/end with your Plantronics headset
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Can notebooks get any thinner? Apparently… even Razr thin…

May 25, 2007

Wow. I saw this and my jaw almost hit the floor. It’s the world’s thinnest notebook right now. As thin as a Razr phone. The code-named Intel “Metro” notebook is a 2.25 lb and 0.7″ thin. Holy crap. Can you even imagine?

Check out this article from Business Week profiling the coolest (IMHO), thinnest notebook ever developed. I don’t have any technical specs of this notebook really, but I do know there is a screen that is protected from scratches on the outside (it kind of looks like a diary) and it also has a carrying strap. Pretty amazing if you ask me. This WILL be a big seller.

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Let’s hope this never happens to any of us…

May 15, 2007

Haha, I had to post this. I think we’ve all had these fears in our minds… and we’ve probably all had sleepless, nightmare-fillednights of something like this happening…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTBmKLco7C0