Project “Reaper” – For all your ESXi server on-the-go needs
October 5, 2015
Typically when one talks about building virtual infrastructure the first thoughts go to big boxes loaded with as much redundancy as possible, slotted into a nice home at a datacenter. This is a great idea, however I ended up being tasked with something slightly different. I need to build ESXi servers that were small and cost-effective. Most importantly they were going to be shipped and run in remote offices without IT oversight.
Dead MacBook or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Surface Pro 3
September 29, 2014
For about three weeks, I’ve carried around the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as my “daily driver” laptop. I’ve written plenty of reviews about new machines, but what makes this “test” a little different is that I didn’t have a backup laptop. Under normal circumstances, anything I test is just a temporary thing. I may carry around a new device with me and use it as my primary computing platform for a week or so, but I always have the security blanket of my main machine. For the last couple of years, that primary machine has been a MacBook Air (well, really several MBAs). However, just after I got the Surface Pro 3 (SP3), I killed the LCD display driver (the physical component) during a meeting. I was in a rush so I grabbed the Surface Pro 3 which I had toyed with… and it became the aforementioned daily driver.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – I'm quite impressed
May 30, 2013
Oh darn! I ruined the entire review. Here I was, going to tell you what I thought of the Samsung Galaxy S4, after my first week of use… and I gave away the ending in the title. Well, you know what? Screw it. I’m going to tell you what I think anyway because “I’m quite impressed” means very little to you, the discerning internet denizen. You want details, damn it, and I’ll try to provide them.
Cloud Life: Week 2 – Pixel Hardware Review
April 22, 2013
While it doesn’t take two weeks to review the hardware of a laptop, I wanted to give the Chromebook Pixel a chance to strut its stuff (plus I just didn’t get around to writing anything sooner). I’ll go right ahead and say that the Pixel is a nice computer; it’s a $1,300 machine and it feels worth the price point (more or less). From the screen to the touchpad to the overall build, it’s a solid machine.
Review: Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
August 28, 2012
Roughly a month ago I got my hands on the new(ish) Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. It’s a fairly long name a device I lovingly nicknamed the “Dellbook Air”. Yes, it’s a Dell, but it is a MacBook Air clone, a fairly good one at that. My review is going to cover the usual features I do and don’t like, along with a fair number of comparisons to the 2011 MacBook Air model (Sorry, I don’t have a 2012 Air to compare with yet).
Building a new Desktop (Gaming) PC: Step 1 – Planning
March 20, 2012
In all my 20+ years of computer experience, I have never bought a prebuilt desktop PC (for personal use). In the early days, my desktops were hand-me-downs that I upgraded. Later when I had the money, I built or rebuilt machines to fit my needs/wants. About 5 years back or so, I gave up my desktop PC and switched entirely to laptops. My gaming had migrated primarily onto the Xbox, my desktop was outdated and I had brand new laptops (plural) from work. A few weeks ago, I decided that this needed to change. I wanted needed a desktop of my very own again. Of course, the idea of buying something prebuilt didn’t even occur to me.
$800 in Apple Tax?
September 13, 2010
Yesterday I stopped by Digg, which I don’t do much these days since they went Spam-Point-Owe. I did catch a few interesting things, once of which was an infographic titled “Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Mac". The author took a picture of the configuration screen for a Mac desktop and annotated the parts with what they would cost elsewhere. It was an interesting view, something I had not thought to try. It peaked my curiosity as to how it would apply to me. So I thought what better test then to spec a 15” MacBook Pro against a Dell Precision M4500 (15”), which are as close to identical machines as I can find from Apple/Dell.