Enterprise ▪ November 19, 2008

Digitimes is this morning reporting that the early 2009 iMacs will have a little exxtra umph under the hood.  In the form of new Intel Quad core 65W chips.

Intel is planning to launch three 65W low-power desktop CPUs targeting small form factor (SFF) PCs and all-in-one PCs in the middle of January next year, according to sources at PC vendors.

Intel will launch the Core 2 Quad Q8200s (2.33GHz/4MB L2), Core 2 Quad Q9400s (2.66GHz/6MB L2) and Core 2 Quad Q9550s (2.83GHz/12MB L2) with prices at US$245, US$320 and US$369, respectively in thousand-unit tray quantities. These CPUs will have the same specifications as standard CPUs with the same model number, but will see their TDP drop from 95W to 65W.

PC vendors including Apple, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Dell have already decided to launch products based on these CPUs, while Asustek Computer is still evaluating doing so.

Something else to consider: Apple could release a Psystar-killing everyman “Mac” based on these chips. Yeah, we know, unlikely.

Oh, and that black iMac..it is just something we found out there on the internets to get your brain going :D

Enterprise ▪ November 15, 2008

For those of you running small businesses, Egnyte’s cloud file server and backup is a great product.  We use it at work for distributing files to clients and keeping global files easy to access.  We also backup a few OSX servers using the service.  It is great all around.  We haven’t had an outage in the 6 months we’ve been customers.  I could go on and on..

Last month, however, Egnyte got really Apple friendly by releasing an iPhone web client.  We can now browse our file servers while on the road with an iPhone.  This is actually a great feature if you just need a quick look at a document or image.  The iPhone thinks Egnyte’s servers are web servers and if you download a .doc file, it uses the iPhone’s Quicklook to look at the file.  This works with all of the iPhone’s Quicklook abilities including PDFs, XLS and PPTs.

But this is where it gets interesting… 

Our Egnyte file server also house MP4 movies for clients.    Some almost a gig in size.  Also, we have more than a few audio files saved as MP3s.  Surely these won’t play on the iPhone over an AT&T 3G connection?

Actually for once, I have to give it to AT&T.  I was able to stream a client presentation that was saved in MP4 format while on the road.  It of course looked and sounded great on the iPhone and it is available whenever I want.  It is an amazing feeling to have secure access to all of your company’s files from the palm of your hand – at all times.  

If you haven’t checked out Egnyte yet, do yourself the favor.  They have a free 15 day trial of use and if you are a small company or individual considering buying or upgrading a file server, you will be hard pressed to find a better solution.  Oh, and did we tell you they are extremely Mac and iPhone friendly?


Enterprise ▪ November 5, 2008

AllthingsD (which means automatically blessed by Walt) does a review of the Blackberry Bold.  It pretty much meets expectations…for a Blackberry.  Big, beautiful screen, great physical keyboard, fast internet and email access and more bells and whistles all around.  But we can’t help but feel the dissapointment in the size and feel of the thing.

‘the Bold reminded me of my grandparents’ new Buick: handsomely polished and luxuriously comfortable, with plenty of extra bells and whistles. As much as I like the plush feel of this ride, it can feel as big as a boat when I need to park or navigate narrow city streets. Likewise, the Bold’s large size affords mobile extravagances like a keyboard I could use without looking down and a leatherette-covered back panel. But when tossed in a bag or even held in my hand, the BlackBerry Bold simply feels too heavy and too big.’

Sounds like somebody has been using an iPhone for too long and is having trouble with going to other devices wethinks.


Enterprise ▪ November 3, 2008

Enterprise ▪ November 1, 2008

It was love at first sight with Drobo.  The smart hard drive enclosure was the (albeit more expensive than we had hoped) answer to our questions of "Why doesn’t someone make a smart NAS with good expandability and let me worry about getting the drives.  Make it have easy to configure setup and expandable while you are at it?"

Drobo has been getting a little better and better for the past year.  First a Firewire 800 version, then Droboshare, a stand alone Drobo NAS maker (Can control two Drobos).  Now Drobo has gone and become a platform with Drobo Apps.

Drobo is based on Linux and the developers have opened the platform for the development of little bits of functionality done by 3rd party programmers.  Currently there are about 30 apps.  Favorites include:

The Drobo development SDK is available in case you have the next great NAS idea.

Slightly annoying but also slightly instructional video here.





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