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I'm an IT Systems Engineer with two decades of experience planning, building and managing IT Infrastructures ranging from small single office environments with a handful of users all the way up to global environments with 100k+ users.

I currently spend about half of my time in data center virtualization projects and half of my time delivering training on VMware and a range of SAN technologies.

I've spent almost all of my career working with Microsoft products but I'm a command line junkie and a huge fan of scripting - if I have the choice I'll write a perl\powershell\cmd script to do something rather than poke around in a GUI.


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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Yearling
Jan
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comment When was Intel's GMA3100 released?
The Wiki Page (linked directly from the one in your post) for Intel's chipsets does have release dates in most cases and it lists May 2007 as the release date for the chipsets that supported the GMA X3100.
Dec
19
answered Video driver freaks out, but not in safe mode
Dec
19
comment USB flash drive autorun
I've voted to close and migrate to SuperUser as you may find some more info on this over there. From a SysAdmin perspective having it disabled permanently is a very good thing as per @devicenulls answer but as the recent Stuxnet outbreak proved there are still many business systems out there where Autorun on USB drives can be lethal.
Dec
7
answered Multiple wifi base stations to improve LAN speed of network traffic
Dec
4
comment Does a faster hard drive cause a laptop's battery to drain faster?
Hardly 100 times faster, possibly 50% faster on a good day but probably closer to 25% on average. Superuser.com is where this belongs BTW.
Sep
17
comment Address Linux VMWare Guest by Hostname
Can you post results of nslookup [VM Name] and ping -a [VM-Name] for a VM that works and the one that doesn't? And can you clarify if there are any differences in the VM Networking between the systems that work and those that don't (Host Only\NAT\Bridged..)
Sep
14
comment Is it possible to hide the SSID of the Windows 7 soft AP
Perhaps someone might perceive it as being more secure but if so they are wrong. And anything that you configure to connect to that soft AP will be demonstrably less secure. Some good points here : blogs.technet.com/b/steriley/archive/2007/10/16/…
Sep
11
comment What is a MAC address, and what does it reveal about me?
In this case the police may be able to find out (from PayPal) the public ip-address the request came from. That address is provided (usually) by an ISP and they can be asked to check their records to find out what device they gave it to - that will usually be a DSL\cable modem but that has an identity too - and a MAC address for what that's worth. The ISP will be able to associate it with an account too - in many cases that will be who they are looking for but if it leads to a public Internet service \ WiFi zone it will require further digging.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Yearling
Jul
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comment On Ubuntu, will I benefit by using a swapfile on a network share?
The 802.11n network support on a 3 year old laptop is unlikely to be able to manage much better than about 30Mbps at best. The local hard disk, assuming it's a 5400rpm laptop drive, should be good for 30Mbytes per sec at worst. Even if there were no other problems with the idea (and there are), those basic limits would make it a bad idea.
Jun
12
answered Why multi core processors?
Jun
9
awarded  Enthusiast
Apr
6
answered I can get in, but I can't get out
Feb
9
comment Slowness when using the Windows port of the VMware Fusion product
And while I'm at it, what version of Windows is installed in the VM, what's the actual config of your MacPro and the VM config (Configured RAM, CPU's, type of disk) and what's it running (anything heavy duty like SQL for example).
Feb
9
comment Slowness when using the Windows port of the VMware Fusion product
Your Question is misleading - you seem to be saying that a Windows VM is slow running under Fusion. In any case there is no such thing as a "Windows port" of Fusion, there is a similar product called VMware Workstation but if you are running V2 of that you really do need to upgrade. @phoebus - nice one, I want me some of those.
Feb
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answered Dell latitude D820 vs D520