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    Installing Vista on a MacBook Air

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    Unable to resist I got myself a shiny, slim new MacBook Air (MBA). While I am used to Mac OS X, I wanted it to run Vista so I can also take it to work. My MBA has a 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and a 64GB solid state drive and I bought a SuperDrive . Here...
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    Who needs 64-bit?

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    Wrong question. Didn’t we ask ourselves a similar question years ago when we all felt (kind of) comfortable in the 16-bit world and this 32-bit thing eventually appeared in Windows? Yesterday I've seen my boss sending out a lengthy email response to an...
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    Installing Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

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    Roughly a year after my Windows Vista installation on a MacBook Air (MBA), it is time for an update. Running Windows 7 for quite some time on my personal laptop and on my office systems, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Vista runs great on the MBA...
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    Windows 7 download Available

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    Go get ’em. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SKUs are now available on MSDN in the subscriber section.   Correction above. Thanks folks for catching that the se r ver is NOT yet available for download.
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    32-bit optional in Windows Server 2008 R2

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    You may not but have have been waiting for a looong time for this to be happening. We finally ship an operating system where the support of 32-bit applications has become optional. All 64-bit baby! I’ve been blogging about 64-bit Windows for some time...
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    Who said MSN Search does not work in XP x64 Edition?

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    I guess it was me and I was partially wrong. Not currently support but MSN Desktop Search works on my Windows XP Professional x64 Edition on the Ferrari 4000 (after unauthorized tweaking the LaunchCondition section of the MSI with ORCA ) or using msiexec...
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    Windows HPC Server 2008 Head Start

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    Later this year Microsoft ships the second version of the Windows HPC Server SKU, Windows HPC Server 2008. This product is a real milestone product for Microsoft and – I certainly hope – for the industry as a whole. Tejas Karmarkar a HPC Solution...
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    Running a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster on Hyper-V

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    Recently Giovanni posted a document on the Windows HPC community portal describing how to set up a virtual HPC cluster. The ZIP file (did he use his MacBook to write the doc? :)) contains also sample code that can be executed against the virtual cluster...
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    VHD Test Drive - New Image

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    VHD Test Drive has posted a new image for download on Microsoft Connect . This morning we uploaded an image with SQL Server 2005 and Exchange Server 2007 in one image. Partners have been asking for this particular virtual machine for quite some time....
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    Hardware Virtualization Check Utility

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    How do I find out if the processors in my laptop, desktop or server supports resource virtualization? Does my system run on Intel-VT or AMD-V ? There are a few tools out there allowing to check either one or the other vendor's processors or they just...
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    Try Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 for Free

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    --- Please see update below --- You have checked out our community portal for HPC, www.windowshpc.net , and have downloaded a few of the samples, maybe the LINPACK code and now what? Where the heck do I get the bits to try CCS? There are a few option...
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    HP xw9300

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    Found a review of this really powerful system in PC MAGAZINE . I have one of these boxes in my office and yes, it is impressive. Some pictures of the system in my office.
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    Executing 32-bit applications on 64-bit

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    [go to http://blogs.msdn.com/volkerw/archive/2008/07/24/executing-32-bit-application-in-64-bit.aspx for updated links] 64-bit will soon be everywhere. So, will all application have to be rewritten? I guess not. Windows on Itanium, AMD-64 or Xeon...
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    Sony Handycam

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    Some time ago I bought a Sony Handycam DCR-HC40 . I've always used it with my 32-bit laptop and desktop to transfer video files or even record into a file. Today for the first time I tried to connect it to the Ferrari 4000 running XP Professional x64...
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    Turning a Mac Mini into a virtual Windows HPC Server 2008 Compute Cluster

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    Best thing you can do to a Mac Mini? No, wait, certainly not the right way to start this post. I am going prepare a Mac Mini in such a way that you will be able to install a 2 or more node HPC cluster and a head node. Once you followed the steps outlined...
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    A free Ferrari from Microsoft

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    Laughing Squid received a Ferrari 1000 from Microsoft for testing and blogging. Hope the laptop works. I was able to source (with excellent support from AMD) 3 of these beauties to show off at our Virtualization Summits early next year. Unfortunately...
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    Gmail vs. Exchange

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    My wife just started a small business, so I bought a 100 email addresses (20 GB each), a domain name and basic web hosting for about $40 a year. Full Outlook integration via POP or IMAP. Why should I use ad prone Google instead? Microsoft Live offers...
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    VHD Test Drive - Vista Images

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    The VHD Test Drive team has posted new images for download on Microsoft Connect . I guess many of you have been waiting for this. We just finished uploading the first 2 Vista images . Yeah, that's right, Vista. The first image is our Vista base image...
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    Lists of 64-bit apps, drivers and hardware

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    Back after a long Labor Day weekend. Hope you used the long weekend to spend some "quality time" with families and friends! But I also hope you have spent some time at your favorite computer store and checked out some cool 64-bit hardware - even bought...
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    Streets & Trips 2006 (with GPS Locator)

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    This is really a neat product. I’ve used it on my way from LAX to the hotel in LA during PDC. Actually we used it on a co-workers 32-bit laptop. I liked it so much that I decided to go and buy it at the MS company story. SOLD OUT. I had to wait 4 weeks...
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    Intel to support 64-bit instructions in Xeon line

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    Now it is official. 64-bit with the appearance of an extended instruction set in Intel's Xeon line and with AMD's 64-bit Opteron and Athlon product line, 64-bit is ready for the masses. Graig Barett at IDF just announced an extended instruction set...
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    How many IBM employees does it take to implement a project?

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    I guess I should not make jokes like this but I could not resist. Knowing that we have/had some ad campaigns running that do not really fly, I was impressed to see this IBM ad in the latest issue of eWeek. It clearly shows that IBM dress code regulations...
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    Ferrari 4000 test drive (Part V)

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    Still no luck with the Broadcom driver. It seems to be a BCM4318 and there is currently no driver for 64-bit Windows. I tried to tweak the INF file for a 4320 w/o success L . And the AMD website is of no help either. Next thing PowerDVD installation...
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    PiMCast

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    So, you’ve never heard about Podcast? Never mind, Podcast is yesterday. PiMCast is the new means by which we will consume information, learn about new technologies and hear AND SEE snippets from other people’s lives in the form of video downloads for...
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    Microsoft: 64-bit XP sales in the "millions" within first year

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    I certainly hope so. "And performance is what the 64-bit version of XP is all about: Microsoft promises "considerable performance improvements on 64-bit applications." Even if also the earliest 64-bit Athlons will be able to run the new software "well...
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