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Operating Systems & Software / SME Mail Server
« on: August 18, 2008, 10:26:04 PM »
I am running a very nice free Linux mail server from SME. Features include secure web access as well as POP3,SMTP and IMAP. Will also work as a web server, FTP Server, VPN and you can configure it as a router. I was getting disappointed with Microsoft's efforts in supporting Exchange 2007 as well as I thought they should under Server 2008. If you are looking to host your own mail server give this software a try...its about a 15 min install/configuration setup and you will be serving your own mail.


General Hardware / My system is down!
« on: July 20, 2008, 05:15:20 PM »
So my computer was running last night but this morning it was in a reboot cycle...It will start up the fans and run for about 5 seconds before it will shut down then continue the cycle. I pulled out all the cards and unplugged the hard drives...still not working. I get and error beep of 3 short and then 9 short. I guess I will have to dig deeper into this system to get it back working again.

Operating Systems & Software / Spped up Vista Boot
« on: June 24, 2008, 09:47:14 AM »
By default Vista only uses 1 CPU core on bootup. You can make it use all your cores to get this dog to start faster. I have added a link for the instructions.

Speed up Vista's Boot

General Hardware / Custom built multi core computer
« on: May 30, 2008, 09:37:14 AM »
This is a very cool Linux project....

48 Core Computer

Some specs...

Some render tests result here:
The storming sea scene file 24 frames in resolution 4000x4000 pixels.

- On a MacPro 2 x DualCore Xenon 2.66 Ghz with 4 GB ram
took 552 minutes (9.2 h)

- Helmer did same 24 frames in 4k format in 64 min.

Some approximate numbers give Helmer a floating point capacity of 186 Gflops

Operating Systems & Software / Fav Firefox Extensions
« on: May 03, 2008, 09:16:30 PM »
The post of Firefox 3 got me thinking....what extensions are people using in Firefox 3 that they cann't live without?

I use -

Adblocker Plus - kills adds off websites
Customize Google - blocks all the google ads, stopped tracking and changes the connection to https
Google Browser Sync - Syncs your bookmarks over multiple computers.
Chroma Tabs - Colors the tabs when you have several tabs open (Yeah I know but I like the pretty colors)

Post your favorites

Operating Systems & Software / Server 2008 on MacPro
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:23:45 PM »
So I have done the Boot Camp setup on my dual 3.2 Ghz Quad Cores with 16 GB of Ram. Running Windows Server 2008 (64 bit version) with the workstation mods. System works outstanding but the Mac mouse and keyboard have to go. I ordered a new dual monitor KVM as my old one used PS2 connects and the MacPro is USB. Anybody have any benchmarks that I should run. Video will be less than top end as I am running a single 8800 GTS.

General Hardware / MagicJack
« on: April 26, 2008, 06:51:24 AM »
I picked up a MagicJack the other day. For those that have not heard of it....

-USB device about 2.5 times as wide as a normal USB thumb drive.
-Make phone calls with it to any land line/cell in North America for no charge.
-There is a $20 per year fee to keep your account open (basically make all the long distance calls you want for $20 per year)
-Call quality on my Shaw Cable is great
-You get a dedicated phone number which unfortunately is US based only (you pick what city you want)
-Free fwd to another number when you are not online.

This thing is very good for those that travel etc.


Operating Systems & Software / Windows Server 2008
« on: March 24, 2008, 08:24:07 PM »
I built a server over the weekend to use my free Windows Server 2008 software I got at the Microsoft Promo event a few weeks ago. I must say that I really like it. It has a lot of snap for a server OS and the wizards for installing/configuring the various services are actually helpful (big change from previous offerings from MS). I installed it with 2 NIC as I plan to have it act as my router (I want to dump this crappy D Link 704 router that has to be rebooted once a month). I like how it working that it has made me wish I used some better hardware for the server (I had an old PIV @ 3 Ghz and 3 GB or ram)!!

Operating Systems & Software / Windows Server 2008 as a workstation
« on: March 15, 2008, 07:14:34 AM »
Been doing some reading on running Windows Server 2008 (64 bit) as a Workstation....Currently I am running it virtually and I have done the mods as noted on this site

The look and feel take me back to the Win2K days. I am not sure if I will end up with this as my dekstop OS but it does offer several serious advantages most notable being HyperV . For those that have not looked into HyperV it is worth researching as it appears like it will dramatically change the performance of virtual OS.

Operating Systems & Software / Windows Server 2008 Release Event
« on: March 02, 2008, 01:40:20 PM »
I got myself invited to the Microsoft Server 2008 Release Event. 4 hours of MS telling us all about the new features etc plus everybody gets a free copy of Server 2008!! March 11th in Calgary if anybody else is interested but you have to prebook your ticket (free).

General Hardware / Think you have HD problems?
« on: February 27, 2008, 06:53:32 PM »
Check out this drive....Dead HD

General Hardware / V8 System
« on: February 21, 2008, 11:02:21 PM »
So I am thinking of building an Intel V8 system....Has anybody tried one out? I am thinking of using -
2 X Intel Quad-Core Xeon® Processor @ 3 Ghz
Intel Server Board S5000PSL (SASR)

My concern is that this is pricey gear and when I look at the new Mac Pro system I get basicly the same gear as noted above except I get the case,DVD,HD,Video,keyboard and mouse for almost the same price (Mac Pro starts with 2 GB ram) as I would have to pay for just the CPUs and MB. In looking at the Mac Pro it seems like the deal of the year.

What ever system I get will be running Windows only as I need the Windows apps. I am thinking of running the new Server 2008 with the desktop experience package on it just to let those CPU cores and Ram be fully used.

All About Folding. / Moved into 4th place
« on: January 09, 2008, 08:44:38 AM »
So I am now in 4th will be a very long climb to catch 3rd place  :P

All About Folding. / Top 5
« on: December 25, 2007, 03:22:17 PM »
I moved into the top 5!!

General Hardware / Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse
« on: December 07, 2007, 05:04:44 PM »
So my Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse starts to act funny.....I can make the cursor move from side to side but not up and down. Did all the usual things (reconnect the blue tooth, check for full battery charge, reposition the blue tooth hub etc) but no good. Finally I took a small piece of tissue paper and used a toothpick to clean the lens....Now it works perfectly again. I must have had something on the lens but when I looked I didn't see anything. Just a heads up in case somebody else runs into the same problem.

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