5GB of data in Germany on a prepaid SIM card mailed to me in advance in the US, here’s how

I knew the rush was on, to get some data for my Verizon iPhone 5, which is a worldphone, compatible with EU’s GSM network. Rather than worry about finding a SIM kiosk or vending machine in Munich…

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The infrastructure behind TinkerTry.com, including the hosting and CDN providers

If you’ve ever wondered what fuels TinkerTry.com, wonder no more. It’s all right there, in that little What This Site Uses link up above, at the very top of this site. I’ve put a copy of the current state of technology that keeps it all humming.

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A simple upgrade to VMware vSphere Client 5.5 U2 regains your ability to edit hardware version 10 VMs, even without vSphere Web Client

This is great news. Finally, this age old chicken and egg problem has been (mostly) resolved. Chris Wahl has his full write-up with screenshots right over here…

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Verizon iPhone 5 customer upgrading to iPhone 6 Plus on Sep 12 2014, here’s some useful tips

In my family, our iPhone 5 phones are not all really eligible for upgrade until October 3rd, 2014…Thought other folks in the US might benefit from my findings, and save yourselves from some time on-hold, since I couldn’t find most of this information online, anywhere.

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I’ll be working in Germany from September 18th to October 18th, 2014

The work has a little something to do with virtualization and storage. Sign me up! I haven’t driven a stick shift car since I was 18, so time to brush up on those skills. Don’t worry Germany, I’ll keep my tiny Hertz hatchback over in the slower right lane, out on the Autobahn…

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Here’s a bunch of storage related stuff I learned this month, including experience with my new 1TB SSD

Ever have a bad week? Thought so. We all do. Such weeks can also be an opportunity to learn a thing or two, and to make use of those data disaster preparations. Thought I’d take a moment to re-cap…

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vSphere 6 features previewed at VMworld 2014, including much better vSphere Web Client performance

I quite enjoyed watching Eric polite but spot on questions about the upcoming improvements to the performance of vSphere Web Client, and Mike’s response. Here’s some of the highlights…

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Upgrading from Chrome 32 bit to Chrome 64 bit halves the time it takes to restart a 20 tab browsing session

In this video, I use Task Manager to determine that a given set of 20 tabs open in my 32 bit Chrome use up about 1.8GB of memory, and take about 40 seconds to load. I then upgrade to 64 bit Chrome, which just…

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VMware NVIDIA and Google promise fluid remote experience with any Windows application on Chromebooks

…So my ears were burning during the live vmware.com/now presentation going on right now, when new options for lowly Chromebooks were announced. If this promise actually becomes reality…

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Highlights of VMworld 2014, for those not able to be there

I wasn’t able to get to VMworld 2014 myself. Naturally, I’m going to try to attend some of the general sessions, virtually. Thought it might be helpful to share key sites you might also be interested in. As the week goes on, I’ll update this article with any new links of interest.

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NVIDIA 560 Ti to 750 Ti GPU upgrade makes Core i7 Z68 system quieter, faster, cooler, using half the power

In 2014, we noticed that the watt burn was still rather high. Around 300 watts under load, and about 120 watts when idle. Not great. And not suited for the cramped dorm room space it’s headed to, where the…

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All those Paul Braren (tinkererguy) Google +1′s

If you’re at all curious what I’m up to, and what kinds of things I might be researching lately, simply check in on my Google +1′s. Virtualization, hardware, software, tips, and more. I use it as a master bookmark repository, for the sort of items that might not…

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Productive week in the home lab, having a fast home server really helps

Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials to do the network boot for a bare metal restore, I upgraded an extended family member’s ThinkPad T500 to a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD. Much improved speed…Gives the laptop new life…3 year warranty…

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VMware HOL Online, Labs, Flings, and Nee

It’s pretty clear that VMware is headed to the cloud…I prefer my fast vSphere virtualization server and storage gear right in my home’s lab, with ESXi 5.5 installed right on the “bare metal”…this article can help get you pointed in the right direction. Drop a comment below, to let us all know how your explorations go.

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Intel’s Haswell-E X99S and Atom can handle 64GB of memory, affordability TBD

Some of this new crop of mobos will have 8 memory sockets, making 64GB a possibility, using 8 8GB DDR4 DIMMs. But it’ll all be at enthusiast pricing, and gamer watt burn. The CPU family starts around $300, the motherboard will likely be around $400, and the…

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Google Chrome going 64 bit breaks vSphere 5.x Web Client Integration Plug-In

It probably won’t be long now before this beta becomes generally available for all Chrome users, all while preserving the Chrome 32 bit user’s current settings. There’s also the promise of speed improvements. Warning: if you use vSphere Web client integration…

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