Featured on “Home Gadget Geeks” Episode #188 “Catching Up with Paul Braren in Germany, Travel Tech in Europe”

Always fun with Jim, who speaks really good English! It was a joy to talk tech for a bit, after being far away from the comforts of home for some weeks. Took a bit of sneakiness to prevent the hotel from bumping my net…

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Microsoft KB2919355 may prevent your VMware Workstation or Player VMs from starting, here’s the fix

Hmm, this VM worked fine yesterday, and I didn’t take any DIMMs away. Yep, a quick check showed my tZilla still has 16GB of RAM recognized by Windows 8.1…

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My 1TB mSATA Samsung 840 EVO SSD read speed slowdown, no regrets, there’s a fix

So I installed the drive, cloned it using Samsung’s software, then tried it out first in the SATA2 speed mSATA slot on my ThinkPad W520 laptop I call tZilla…Worked quite nicely. I then tried it in an…

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For big MSDN downloads like Windows Technical Preview, you may want Akamai Download Manager

For multi-gigabyte downloads like Windows Technical Preview (Windows 10), you may want to get IE11 to cooperate and allow you to use Akamai’s edge…

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Travel Tech for an American’s month long trip to Germany

When booking my flights and hotels for my work related month in Germany, I realized I have a list of go to services, apps, and devices. Thought you might find this particular combination of affordable travel…

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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 the “What This Site Uses” link up above, at the very top of this site. I’ve collected the details of all the tech 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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