Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh no you didn't! Why no Gigabit?

I ordered a 100ft Cat5e cable. Plugged everything in, blinking lights on the Trendnet gigabit switch and boom 100Mbit light goes on not the more desirable 1000Mbit light. Groan!

I noticed my cable was exceptionally light and flexible. The $2.75 + shipping is just too good to be true especially when the next best price is $19.99.

Is this a new wrinkle to ebay selling: selling goods that aren't quite standard (e.g. Cat 5e) for way less, it will work for most people and just refund the rest.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

iPad or econobox PC value equation for K-5

I like how does a mac abc 2010 value equation story so in that vein.

Low-end PC from major vendor education site:
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Vista
  • 120 GB Hard drive
  • $379
When we configure the machine into a usable form that might last 4 - 6 years:
  • 2GB RAM
  • Windows 7 HP 64-bit
  • 120 GB Hard drive
  • $588
What else this PC might need:
  • Windows 7 maintenance
  • Software lic. cost install & maintenance
  • 400W power supply
  • Giant footprint in crowded classroom
  • LCD monitor purchase/replacement $129.00
  • 1/120 slice of 20 hour/week IT support**

Lets look at the lowest end iPad:
  • 16GB
  • WiFi
  • $499
and for the iPad
  • AppStore
  • 2W??
  • built in screen
  • touch interface
  • 1.1 lbs
  • Self serve
  • iTunes gift cards

Help Windows 7HP cold shoulders my HP 5P LaserJet printer

Why can't they just get along? My new Windows 7HP 64-bit cold shoulders my HP 5P LaserJet PCL5 printer!

Bonjour Print Service for Windows
Installed the package, it saw the printer on the network, printed a test page and I was done.

Long winded back story:
OK so it is a 12 year old printer running on its original cartridge -- its still a workhorse. I have it on a print server and I thought it would be a cinch. HP's Universal Printer Driver looked very promising since it saw the printer on the network. But then it dies:
64-bit Win7HP finds the network printer P1_HP and then windows explorer crashes (WER dump). splwow64, printer driver host for 32 bit apps frozen in resource monitor
The included W7HP driver didn't work either.

Hudson or Electric Cloud for continuous integration

Talk this:

Slow Complex Builds & Hudson vs. Electric Cloud


maven or ivy?

Apache Ivy™ / Apache Maven™ Comparison