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Behind the scenes: Introducing HP ProLiant G6 servers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Apr-2009 15:58

During the visit to HP's Houston offices we had the chance to attend a couple of deep dive sessions into the new HP servers. Here are a few pictures from those meetings and some HP videos with background information on each model:

















You can check the HP ProLiant G6 announcement here and HP Pod pictures here.



Behind the scenes: Inside the HP Pod massive storage truck

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 03:27

During the visit to HP Houston our group had the chance to see one of the HP Pod massive scale out "computing truck" - in short a datacentre in a container.

This HP Pod has storage racks, with each individual drive in these pictures a 1TB drive:












Behind the scenes: HP Factory Express

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 03:05

During our visit to HP Houston the group also had the chance to visit the production line responsible for manufacturing HP ProLiant and Blade servers.

HP c ustomers can take advantage of HP Factory Express, a portfolio of flexible, pre-priced, configured, customized and integrated factory solutions and deployment services – supporting HP products from the desktop to the data center with Windows, Linux, and HP-UX.







Behind the scenes: Announcing the HP ProLiant G6

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 02:28

As part of my visit to HP in Houston the group was given a lot of background information on their new ProLiant G6 Server series, as well as their blade servers.

Below you can watch Krista introducing the ProLiant G6 Server, explaining the new features on this series:





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FusionOne awarded patent for mobile backup and sync

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2009 18:54

FusionOne has just sent out a press release saying they have been awarded a patent covering "mobile content backup, transfer, and sync". In their own words:


FusionOne, the leading provider of mobile content portability solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted FusionOne a new patent for its revolutionary development on mobile content synchronization technology. Patent No. 7,505,762, titled “Wireless Telephone Data Backup System”, was granted on March 17, acknowledging FusionOne’s pioneering work in the mobile industry.

This groundbreaking patent is for the backup, transfer and restoration of a user’s personal information stored in any mobile telephone having data storage capabilities. The patent incorporates all major features essential to a mobile content portability solution, including an account transfer interface, the transfer and restore process itself, scheduling and automatic sync of changes at regular intervals, and a phone and web interface for managing content and changes.


I hope this doesn't end up in a patent war against Microsoft (My Phone), Apple (MobileMe) or Sprite (Virtual Mobile)...





HP ProLiant web jam: the new G6 invite

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2009 14:37

As I wrote in my previous post, I will be joining the HP ProLiant web jam: the new G6, live from HP offices in Houston next week (7th April 2009 10am CDT). Here is a banner HP put together for us:









The AT&T Matrix Pro Home Screen

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2009 14:12

A couple of weeks ago the Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone landed on my desk. Based on Windows Mobile Standard 6.1, this smartphone is quite a pleasure to use. I have been playing with for a while,and finally got it unlocked so I could test it with a live network connection locally.

AT&T sent me the handset with one of its SIM cards, which I will be using while over in the U.S. next week, but since roaming wasn't activated, the easiest solution was to just get a local SIM and try it on the phone.

Note that while the phone is a 850MHz device, the new Telecom New Zealand 850MHz WCDMA network is not live for customers yet, so I am using the Vodafone 2100MHz network with a prepay SIM - hence the "G" in these screen captures, since their HSDPA coverage in this area is quite poor (having said that, it was a solid HSDPA until a few months ago, and I suspect they moved some panels in their cell sites around here causing this drop in signal quality).

Back to the matter... The AT&T Matrix Pro so far has impressed me. Nice build, quite chunky, but with a dual slider keypad/keyboard it is expected. It is actually smaller than my current Samsung i325 (Ace). The screen is extremely crisp and bright. The keyboard is responsive, and it feels much faster than my other device.

Below is a short capture of the AT&T Home Screen - the main differences are the colours and the new AT&T item on the mai page:



And below is an overview of each of the items on the standard Windows Mobile Home Screen. Note how the right software key changes functions depending on context:



I also installed Google Maps and Windows Live Search and they both instantly worked with the built-in GPS, without any extra configuration needed. The GPS got a fix in a matter of seconds - from cold start in another side of the globe this is impressive. More on the Pantech Matrix Proto come later.







Join us on a virtual event exploring the new HP G6 servers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Apr-2009 10:36

Yesterday I was in Sydney (Australia) attending the Intel Xeon 5500 processor event launch. This processor is the server version of the Nehalen family. Quite a few interesting server designs in the demo pit (HP, IBM, Dell, Acer, Fujitsu), and an enthusiastic Intel speech about the new server processor - which is quite impressive.

Basically Intel says this is the biggest leap in terms of performance from one generation to another when comparing the historical jumps from version to version since the first Intel Xeon processors.

Anyway, moving from Intel to HP. I am one of ten bloggers invited to attend a two day tech gathering with HP engineering and marketing teams in Houston, next Monday and Tuesday (6th - 7th April, Central Time). There we will have the chance to look at server technologies, including the new HP G6 servers based on the Intel Xeon 5500 processors,

While some of the agenda will be for the group visiting the offices, there's an opportunity for you to join in during a virtual event - the HP ProLiant web jam: the new G6. This virtual event is happening 7th April 2009 10am CDT. It will use a virtual expo technology where you will be able to enter a conference venue, roam through the exhibit hall, attend the sessions in the auditorium or  chat in the networking lounge. This is what a previous event looked like:



The bloggers attending the Tech Day event in Houston will also be in the HP ProLiant web jam: the new G6 event. Check the event page and scroll down to see who the other bloggers are.

By the way, Geekzone runs on an HP DL360 G5 as a Hyper-V guest machine.



Tips for dealing with Conficker

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 31-Mar-2009 17:43

Since  the topic is Conficker, most home users should have Windows Update enabled by default and should not be affected by Conficker. I think most of the affected machines I've heard of were corporate PCs - in which case some IT departments choose to enable or disabled automatic updates depending on their management policies.

There are some common sense tips though:

• Fully install the MS08-067 update on all your Windows PCs.
• Use an antivirus product. All the major ones detect and block Conficker from copying itself to other machines. Microsoft Forefront Client Security and Windows Live OneCare can/did block this worm.
• Use strong passwords both for any user account and also for any file shares.

I know Microsoft has a US$250,000 reward for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet...

A lot of information on Conficker can be found here at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx. Also more information here:

• The MSRC weblog (http://blogs.technet.com/MSRC)
• The MMPC weblog (http://blogs.technet.com/MMPC)
• The consumer security weblog (http://blogs.msdn.com/securitytipstalk/)
• The consumer Conficker landing page  (same as above) (http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx)
• IT Pro Conficker landing page (http://www.microsoft.com/conficker
• More information and free support for Conficker issues can be found here http://microsoft.com/protect or in the US and Canada can call the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-PCSAFETY.

And remember to always practice safe computing.



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I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

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