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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. August 2005 Entries
Smartphone WiFi support in Mobile5
Just as I was going through Marcus's Blog and checking out some other news I came across this little gem and when you check out the screenshot at you start to really appreciate that Skype on a Mobile 5 Handset can only just be around the corner ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:52 PM

High speed Broadband anyone? (at least for London - sorry)
Hold that thought on Force9, just like Buses, you wait for an age an then along come two of them...."Londoners are being offered the chance to hook up to superfast broadband for just £20 a month as part of a trial for local loop unbundling (LLU) by operator Be."The ISP wants "as many people as possible" to sign up to the trial ahead of a commercial launch later in the month. The service - based on ADSL2+ technology - is able to deliver speeds of up to 24 meg.And what's particularly tempting ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:33 PM

Orange offers cut-price broadband - £9.99/month for 2Mb
A quick check at both Wanadoo and Orange's web sites show this hasn't been posted yet but that's not a suprise. I'd also suspect that it will be capped at 2Gb. Now if you'd like a 2Mb Service that's uncapped for £14.99/month then head over to Force9 ;-) So far it has been a bit like Ronseal - it does what it says on the Tin!More at ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:30 PM

Registrations are now open for Office 12?

If you really need to know all about it, straight from the horses mouth?

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:51 PM

MSN Messenger 7.5.0299 Final has now been released

MSN Messenger 7.5, get it here

More at


Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:49 PM

Mac OS X Tiger on VMWare - screenshot
Well that didn't take long did it? Now forgive me if I just point you in the right direction here rather than having the screenshot sitting on this page? ;-)) if you are interested in emulating this feat then you may find the following links useful...http://www.osx86pr... ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:45 PM

Do you want some help Troubleshooting Citrix Issues?
It's always worth grabbing a hold of this document as a basis of your troubleshooting guide. Citrix have made a commitment that this should be updated at least twice a year, so we'll see how this goes as I believe this was originally released around April. Partner_Troubleshooting Guide.PDF ......

Posted On Monday, August 29, 2005 11:40 AM

Mac OS X for Intel hacked
Well things are obviously going to being interesting around Apple over the next 6 months. It would appear that if you can get hold of the Image then it should be able to boot in a VMWare session. We shall see how things go but if I do manage to find a screen shot of some one running OS X in VMWare I'll let you know here.......More at: ......

Posted On Saturday, August 27, 2005 3:46 PM

Thinking of upgrading or installing Citrix Presentation Server 4.0?
Thomas's site at has always been a wealth of Citrix information and he is a great contributor to the Citrix Forum pages as well. If you are considering looking at ver 4.0 you'd do well to have a quick glance over his details of what to watch out for at: well as this have a look around his site for more of this helpful info like his Golden Rules:http://www.citrix4ge.... ......

Posted On Saturday, August 27, 2005 2:17 PM

Skype Beta 1.2 for Pocket PC available - now also with voicemail support
Well the title tells the story really, saw this over at MSMobiles, makes me wonder if we're not far away from having this available on the new Windows Mobile 5.0 SmartPhone Devices? Or is it really going to be necessary on a device that is a phone in the first place? I think that with the speed of which VoIP is starting to entrench itself in the consumer market it will only be a matter of time before this becomes a reality. More details at: ......

Posted On Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:50 AM

Mio GPS smart phone exposed - with Windows Mobile 5

What a gorgeous looking phone - I want one. AND built in GPS??
All I need to know now is the dimensions...

More info at

Mio A701 smart phone

Posted On Thursday, August 25, 2005 1:56 PM

Mobile Technology Reaching Mass Adoption in UK Retail Sector
Directly from Jason Lagridges Weblog: I participated last week in a series of press briefings around some research that we (Microsoft) did with Martec International to investigate the growth of mobile solutions in Retail.Whilst in 2004, only 28% of the UKs leading retailers had adopted or planned to adopt mobile technology [1] , less than a year later the Mobility in Retail 2005 Survey reveals that mobile solutions are now being used or are planned for use in-store by 83% of respondents.You can read ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 9:11 PM

WatchGuard and Citrix have teamed up to provide mid-market SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access? Really?
So you do your best to keep an eye on what’s going on – especially in your particular specialist area – and so when you do get a chance to read one the popular IT Magazines like ITWeek you don’t expect too many suprises. Sure, Symantec has bought Sygate, already saw that in a few days ago, HP leaks details of next generation iPaq’s (HW6700 series), yawn old news, WatchGuard and Citrix teamed up to provide mid-market SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:00 PM

Citrix Global Channel Chief Ross Brown Resigns
Ross Brown to Assume Role As COO For EEye Digital Security Citrix global channel chief Ross Brown has resigned from the company and will join security vendor eEye Digital Security as COO on Sept. 2. Brown, vice president of Worldwide Channels and Operations, joined Citrix in 2002 after holding management positions at several consulting companies and at Network Associates, IBM and Tech Data. Brown said he is moving up the ranks and across the country — from Ft Lauderdale, Fld., to Aliso Viejo, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 5:31 PM

VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide - download Sample Pack
For anyone who is remotely interested in VMWare ESX Server (and who in the Enterprise side of things isn't?) then you would be well advised to pop over to the web site and download the Sample Pack of the VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide. This book was released on 5th August and is available on Amazon and a quick idea of what it covers: (The sample pack actually contains chapters 5 and 9) Section 1. Introduction to ESX Server1. VMware Overview ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 1:05 PM

Citrix Presentation Server for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions - Performance and Scaling Capability Document
I use my "myCitrix" logon credentials on the Citrix Support page, here you can sign up for alerts to new Hotfixes and articles. Today on Sunday there have been over 120 released (I wonder whose job it is to release these on a Sunday?) although the vast majority of them have been for the Japanese versions, but the article below was worth wading through and deleting all the others. Just as it says on the tin:http://support.citrix.c... very interesting ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 8:17 AM

Orange reveals M5000 3G smart phone
And just appearing on one of my favourite sites for IT related News But of possibly more interest to me was this interesting snippet:The Universal is expected to ship late Q3, HTC said in June. In the meantime, Orange is expected to launch the M3000, a more compact (10.8 x 5.8 x 2.3cm) version of the M5000, based on HTC's Wizard handset. Wizard does not support 3G, but it does provide quad-band GSM/GPRS connectivity. It also ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 12:04 PM

Citrix and Google
I guess most of us dealing with Citrix Issues on a regular basis have just come to accept the fact that Citrix just doesn't allow the Google Bots access to their systems, and certainly not the Support Knowledgebase, and as a concequence I do tend to save a lot of their information locally and mine it with Google Desktop. Chatting to one of the Citrix Support staff yesterday it would appear that there may be a change on the way. In the past iteration of the Citrix Forum it was quite clear that it ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 8:44 AM

Exchange 2003 SP2 Community Technology Preview available for Download
From Harold Wong's Blog comes this news: ===========================... 2003 SP2 Community Technology Preview available for Download I know a lot of people have been waiting for Exchange 2003 SP2 to release. I've blogged in a previous entry that a pre-release version of SP2 will be out shortly. Yeah, yeah, you say, but WHEN will it be out????? That is a great question! Here's the answer ...................... [drum roll ............] On August 19th, 2005 the Community Technology ......

Posted On Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:23 AM

Citrix Advanced Access Control 4.0 - Technical Overview
It's taken a while but it's now getting easier to see how Citrix will be defining how they integrate the older MSAM product with the Net6 hardware Appliance. As you look through the details towards the end of this Powerpoint you can see how it seems Citrix will be pitching the concept of either continuing to use your existing (if you have one of course?) CSG (Citrix Secure Gateway) that fronts for your Web Interface 3.0/4.0 and then deploying this Advanced Access Control Server in the LAN behind ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 12:06 PM

Having trouble finding the right information to TroubleShoot Citrix Issues?
Never underestimate the amount of information contained in the PowerPoints, have a look through the following selection and pay particular attention to the additional notes underneath each slide. If you are lucky enough to be just using one PC and not bouncing around customers sites all the time then perhaps consider saving these files locally and then installing the Google Desktop so that you can include your local stash when searching for possible answers to your Citrix Issues?Citrix Enterprise ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 11:46 AM

Citrix Access Gateway - Update to 4.1.2
There is a new update available for the Citrix Access Gateway Also be aware that the Admin Interface does change significantly from 4.0 to 4.1, it would appear on the surface of it that 4.1 was a bit "buggy" so it might be a better idea to try the 4.1.2, although as usual, your mileage may vary ;-)) or Resolved in this Hotfix 1. Cached LDAP user group information was not ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 10:52 AM

Printing Issues with Citrix/ThinPrint not printing pre formatted Forms correctly
Here's the details on how this got resolved at a site last weekIssue:From within the Track System (Access 97 Runtime - piece of "*$%") Forth option down - Successful DealsPick a deal Then use "Print Options" or F8Customer Care ChecklistThis then creates a very tightly packed page with a format of 2 columnsPre formatted Title bar appears to *pop* out of the printable area and then the page is printed on 2 separate pages Resolution:This Document from ThinPrint is entitled "ThinPrint Output Gateway ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 10:09 AM

The HTC Galaxy?: HTC will not produce its own Pocket PC phones with built-in GPS
Now this is rather interesting from MSMobiles, I was already aware of the HP iPaq 6500 series having GPS built-in, but I was not aware that this was actually being built by HTC on behalf of HP. It certainly looks like HTC can't fail at the moment in the device side of things? I'm personally more sold on the SmartPhone size and format, and will always prefer giving up some features and screen real estate for the much smaller form factor and convenience. Read more at ......

Posted On Thursday, August 4, 2005 6:26 PM

Still on Smartphones - details...
Although I'm not a huge fan of this model by Samsung - simply by virtue of the aerial - I am very impressed with the detail of this review by MobileTechReview. Of particular note is the comprehensive benchmarking of the performance stats, I believe this will be come more relevant as speeds and capacities increase within the SmartPhone market. Don't forget that some of us poor saps used to have to fix File Servers for a living that had less memory and processor than some Mobile Phones have now.... ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 7:52 PM

More details on Exchange SP2 and Mobile 5
Just looking around at some more details around the forthcoming Exchange SP2 release and it's additional functionality relating to security from the MS Exchange Team themselves:Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Remote Wipe functionalityEnforcing security settings on mobile devices with Exchange 2003 SP2Of particular note is this rather nice, almost historical, recap on the way ActiveSync across the wire has developed:Solving the Phone Synchronization Problem End-to-End Along with this I also came ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 7:17 PM

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