Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chrome Day 5

So I've been using Chrome for a few days now.  On day 2 I jumped deep into extensions and themes and quickly found that they just made Chrome busy and messy.  For example, I found a 49er theme.  Problem is, it installed a toolbar that I had no interest in.  I hate tool bars.  I like keeping screen space available for actual work.  I also tried Tweetdeck.  I like Tweetdeck, but once again... too busy.  I prefer using the Twitter app for MacOS.

I lasted about a day before almost all of the extensions I installed.

On a good note, I don't find myself missing Firefox.  Chrome has been fast.  My biggest complaint is that there is no drop down on address bar.  I find that I use that quite often in Firefox and not having it in Chrome sucks.  Anyone know of an extension to fix this?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Chrome Day 1

Started my day with my Internet service being down.  Go me! Obviously it's been restored now, so I'm off to the races.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Firefox vs Chrome

I'm not your typical user.  I've not used MS Windows as my primary desktop for years.  These last 2 years my primary laptop is a MAC.  For the decade before that, it was Linux (RedHat, Fedora, or Ubuntu).  That doesn't mean I don't use Windows, it's just in a VM.  Sadly, there are some things I can't do without Windows.  For example, Outlook 2010 on Exchange is a much on Win 7 than Mac. Visio is another example. 

That being said, I'm not 100% opposed to Microsoft products.  I've just found them to not work as nice as non-MS products.  An example of this is Internet Explorer.  I've been on the web since I found the computer lab at college in the early 90's.  Back then I used Netscape Navigator... then when it morphed into Netscape Communicator... finally it went open source and Firefox was born.  I've never used IE as my primary browser, and dislike when a website forces me to use it.  Don't get me wrong, I've used IE and check it out from time to time.  I just always find myself going back to Firefox.

With Google's release of Chrome I've played with it from time to time.  I've even downloaded and tried to play with the Chromium OS (but that's another post).  It seems nice, but there's never been a reason to move.  Especially since Linux and Mac versions were always behind the Windows version.  Now it seems like it's time to give it another look.  With all of the cool extensions being released it looks like I might be missing out on something good.

Therefore, it's time.  Time to download, install, and test Chrome.  Tomorrow, I will start a 7 day Chrome-exclusive test.  The only time I will use IE or Firefox is to find a bookmark, saved password, or the annoying IE only sites I come across from time to time.

Let me know what your favorite features and extensions are.  I'm gonna need them!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Google+ Privacy Options

I've often wondered what my Facebook profile looks like to others, especially those who aren't my "friend".  G+ has a great privacy tool that allows you to view your profile as someone else would see it.  Just type a name into the box and hit preview.  Way cool!

Friday, May 28, 2010

New Gartner Magic Quadrant for Virtualization


Gartner recently released a new Magic Quadrant for Virtualization.  

As expected VMware is the clear leader with vSphere, both in terms of "Completness of vision" and "ability to execute".  Even more interesting is the placement of Microsoft and Citrix.  

Microsoft is the only company listed in the "challengers" quadrant.  Gartner doesn't place them very high in terms of "completeness of vision".  In my humble opinion, Microsoft does a great job of "just getting a product into the marketplace" and worries less about stability, features, etc..  However, they are Microsoft.  With the exception of Vista (which was just to horrible for anyone to use) they have the ability to push technology like no one else.  This allows them to rank high in terms of "ability to execute", and places them in the challengers quadrant and not Citrix.  

Citrix gets ranked in the "Visionary " quadrant, simply because XenServer is a much better solution than HyperV.  That being said, being a visionary isn't going to make you a leader. Nor will it necessarily make you money.

As for Oracle, RedHat, Novell, Solaris, and Parallels, they all get to share the "niche players" quadrant.  I rarely see these in my travels, but when I do it's because the fill a "niche".

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Thanks to virtualization.info:
http://virtualization.info/en/news/2010/05/gartner-publishes-a-new-magic-quadrant-for-virtualization.html

VMware Workstation 7.01 Support for Linux Hosts

I just upgraded My copy of VMware Workstation to 7.01 and noticed a performance degradation over the previous version.  It's not enough to declare the VM unusable, or to impede my ability to get work done.  That being said, the performance hit is noticeable.

I am currently running Ubuntu 10.04 as my host OS and Windows 7 as a guest.  Ubuntu 10.04 is not listed as a supported host OS.  Last time I had an issue like this VMware Tools was having a problem access the hard drive causing excessive I/O.  That doesn't appear to be the problem here.  When I run "iotop" I don't see anything odd. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Palm WebOS 1.2.10

Upgraded yesterday afternoon and so far, so good.  I haven't tested any of the new features, but I also haven't had any problems which is a good thing.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Palm Pre Update

Palm just release Update 1.2.0 for the Pre. I'm excited about this release for a few reasons. One of my biggest complaints about the Pre is the inability to tap on a phone # listed in a calendar event and automatically dial it. I always have to write the # down and manually dial it. This update fixes this issue.

This list of features in webOS Update 1.2.0 copied from:
http://www.wirelessandmobilenews.com/
  • You can buy from Amazon MP3 over a phone network connection you don't have to do over Wi-Fi any more.
  • Credit card number storage in profile and sharing options.
  • If you buy an app you can download it again for fee.
  • Web browser bookmarks are now backed up to your Palm profile.
  • Copy and paste of web pages.
  • Car kit changes and you can make a Bluetooth connection to a computer even if the computer's Bluetooth device name field is blank.
  • More calendar view options, glitch fixes and features.
  • IIf a calendar note contains a phone number, you can tap the number to dial it
  • More send, detail, copy and direct dial features in contacts.
  • Automated LinkdedIn syncing.
  • Better email search, as well as cut/copy paste functions.
  • If playback of an audio file is paused or interrupted, when you resume playback, playback resumes at the point where it was paused. This applies to audio files for which the Genre field is defined as podcast, speech, spoken word, netcast, or audiobook only.
  • You can use music playback controls on the dashboard even if the screen is locked.
  • If the ringer switch is turned off, music playback is not interrupted by an incoming call.
  • You can now turn carrier data services on or off .
  • The Photos app can now display photos in JPG, BMP, and PNG format.
  • Sprint Navigation now pulls Google contacts from the phone, as well as Exchange and Palm profile contacts
  • The browser now supports downloading files from a web page.