Thursday, May 18, 2006

Is Apple’s MacBook cheaper than a comparable Dell?

I was looking around at laptops and it appears, for the time being that Apple's new MacBook is cheaper than an equally configured Dell latitude.

I compared the mid level Apple MacBook with base features, it has a price of $1299.00

I then configured a Dell Latitude D620 with a base price of $899.00 to have the same base configuration by changing the following items:
  • Processor upgrade to T2500 - 2.0GHz
  • Hard drive upgrade to 60G 5400
  • Optical drive upgrade to 8X DVD+R/-RW
  • Added Bluetooth
and the price went to $1396.00

I wish the apple was more configurable, for instance I do not have a need for bluetooth, but would love to have the nVidia video instead of the integrated intel video... But who would have thunk it, Apple cheaper than Dell... And running on intel... Ohhh my head is spinning.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

MTV thinks I’m to young for their Urge service

I installed wmp 11 beta and tried creating an account on the MTV Urge system, but it won't let me, it says I'm am too young, LOL

[Edit 5/18] I was able to sign up, and although there are some warts, it (Urge) has some interesting features. I am testing the To-Go version with my Creative Zen and one cool thing is that the Zen is now shows up under My Computer as storage device, before it had this weird front end you had to go through to see the contents of the device.

[EDIT 11/1/20007] Screen grab has been lost?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Upgrade SBS 2003 to SP1

I recently upgraded from SBS 2003 to SBS 2003 SP1. The process was relatively painless. One thing that I have noticed is that the memory working set has gone from aprox 620MB to aprox 880MB, this is a problem for my server since it only has 640MB of RAM!? Time to upgrade my server?

I also ran into a problem with the SBS Configure E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW) and Exchange's store.exe. CEICW failed during the firewall setup task and store.exe was causing an error due to too much memory being used to be reported in my daily report.

Regarding CEICE, I found a newsgroup posting that had the similar errors posted in their icwlog.txt file. Basically I did the following:

- Ran IIS Manager and selected the Default Web site
- Open the IP Address and Domain Name Restrictions setting
- Change the setting to the opposite of what was set.
- Select all to apply the change to all sub webs.
- Select all again to apply the change all the way down.
- Change the setting back to what it was
- Select all to apply the change. (It did not ask for sub webs!?)
- Ran CEICW, ran without errors.

Here is the newsgroup post I used (tinyurl'd for your pleasure):
Sloution from MS Support--->Re: Bump>CEICW fails during firewall config, ISA 2004

Regarding store.exe using to much memory, there is a hotfix to resolve this problem and you can get it here:
Update for Windows Small Business Server 2003: KB 843539