Apple to Buy Intel?

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Just read a fascinating article that Apple have discussed buying Intel, that would shake a hell of a lot up… Intel are stagnating and still they show no sign of introducing ARM processors, Apple taking over (dare I say it) could be a positive step for the company as any company not going mobile these days is falling behind. There are arguments supporting and disbanding this theory, take a look at some of the related articles it’s predicted effect on the market is certainly interesting.

Smartwatch Market Could Be A Third The Size Of The Netbook Market This Year (Maybe)

As a firm advocate of Google I really would quite look forward to a watch that synced with my Android devices. I don’t wear wristwatches, but that’s only because I haven’t found one worth wearing… Until now that is!

Can you imagine the ease of use as a reminder pops up on your watch? Text messages syncing to your watch?

Google’s voice recognition is so advanced I wouldn’t even mind having a crack at replying to that text message using my voice!

So much to look forward to in the coming years, the human race truly is wonderful at times.

Check out this well written article from TechCrunch for more details :).

Peace love and all things good,
Howard

First Internet Explorer. Now Search Engines.

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The grand and glorious European Dictatorship, sorry Union… Yes it’s a union…

So a recent debate I have come across is the EU (poking it’s nose where I feel it doesn’t belong) this time into Google’s business, ironically acting on complaints (amongst others) from Microsoft despite how the EU have screwed them over in recent months.

As I have stated on my LinkedIn I am more than “all for” a little competition, but believe you can’t create some where there frankly IS none – Bing does little to convince me to switch from Google, honestly after doing a few comparison searches I can only really say it’s a re-badged Google in terms of search results with less features and a more in-your-face-interface and don’t even get me started on how far behind Yahoo are in the search arena.

So the real question is why does the EU feel like it has to FORCE consumers to see something they don’t want to see? I know there are competitors there as do others, and I will choose Google every-time and so will millions because they’ve proven time and time again to be reliable, fairly priced and in most cases first to the post! (Nobody else quite excited about Google Glasses?). It isn’t like they don’t make mistakes, God forbid would I ever pick their social media platform (What’s it called? Circles? Plus?) over Twitter and Facebook.

Needless to say when these changes are implemented and you are trying to find directions “Would you like to try Apple Maps instead?” is just another pop-up window to close before going ahead and using another fantastic product, it will be right there underneath “Did you know this site uses cookies?” right behind that window that just opened up asking “What browser would you like to install?”

Well done to the EU, not only for stifling good companies and their hard work but for increasing my chance of getting RSI from these various pop-ups you want me to close under the banner of fair competition!

P.S. To further promote fair competition perhaps Mac users would like an annoying pop up too asking them what various browsers they would like to install? Or maybe even iOS users would like a choice??

Love, peace and all things good,

Howard

VPC to Hyper-V Migration

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Microsoft’s Hyper-V Logo for roll-out with Windows 8

As any business who is beginning to use Windows 8 will notice, it isn’t QUITE at the epitome of it’s excellence at the moment, but despite the downfall of it’s design, it’s function is leagues ahead of it’s predecessors (once you finally find where that function is).

As a developer that has experience in both form and function I can appreciate it is difficult to bridge the gap, so rather focusing on the negative I will say this: Microsoft got it right with Hyper-V! What a lovely surprise it was to find the difficult to manage VPC had been replaced by something as familiar to me as Hyper-V is, and with completely the same interface. If a developer is reading this I don’t have to tell you how much easier it is to manage your various environments in this Hyper-V console!

Migration however, wasn’t without it’s harsh lessons, so I have decided to post my experience here in order to help those in the same position. “Virtual Machine additions can only be uninstalled from within a virtual machine”, and of course Hyper-V integration features cannot be installed without first removing Virtual Machine Additions….An impasse we have reached Hmmm?

So knowing a little about MSI technology I had a feeling that all that was stopping me was a PreCondition function, something that makes assessments on whether you can install/remove/repair or generally USE the MSI before it actually bothers doing anything; annoying in the fact that I often found installers that didn’t recognize Windows 8 as a valid OS but when the check was taken out the software ran great.

Unfortunately I have no VM’s left to demonstrate this on so the pictures step-by-step are cut short, but for those familiar with ORCA this should be a breeze, so let’s go hack this out shall we?

Step 0.5: Download Orca (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255905/en-us)

Installer Folder (Step 1)

Installer Folder (Step 1)

1. Find your installer folder (generally %windir%\Installer)

Title to Explorer (Step 2)

Title to Explorer (Step 2)

2. Add the title column to explorer

3. Search for the MSI responsible for the VM Additions

4. Open it in Orca and find the table called InstallExecuteSequence

5. Delete the entries CA_CheckForRunningInsideAVirtualMachine and Error_CheckForRunningInsideAVirtualMachine

6. Save the MSI and try the uninstallation again.

In all fairness to Microsoft it does state in the migration instructions to uninstall the additions BEFORE migration. Just another bad case of the techie not reading the manual…

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The quite clear instructions from Microsoft on their migration help document.

BAD TECHIE!

Love, peace and all things good,
Howard