Friday, January 22, 2010

Samsung. Epic. Fail.

As if the prior saga couldn’t get worse when it comes to poor communication, the plot continues.  It has been nearly a month since I was told that I’d actually be receiving a replacement TV of lesser size than my current TV.  And still, the 7-14 business days has come and gone.  Why must you fail so miserably, Samsung?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Windows Management Framework

Recently we were able to approve Windows Management Framework for distribution using WSUS.  If you haven’t heard, the WMF is a package of tools that enables administrators to do some great things.  Included in the Windows Management framework is Powershell 2.0, BITS 4.0, and WinRM 2.0.

The downloads come as two packages for Server 2008 and Vista, where BITS 4.0 is a separate installation.  The great news is however that Powershell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0 can be easily deployed.  With the help of Group Policy, servers enterprise wide can be enabled for Powershell remoting.  If you’re looking for the Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 links, don’t worry – though it isn’t apparent at first the “Windows Management Framework” simply combines features that are already available in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and makes them available to Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.  I am quite excited to be able to use a single Powershell platform to manage servers.  Already we’ve been making great use of the new cmdlets in Powershell 2.0 such as Write-Eventlog to log our relevant information related to functions of servers, which we can then subscribe to or act upon using the built in tools in Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, and Server 2008 R2.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ceton CableCard Tuner video

SiliconDust HDHomeRun CableCARD finally coming to market!

Last year I posted about SiliconDust being told getting CableCARD certified was quiet easy.  It seems that after CableLabs dropped the ridiculous requirements, a number of vendors including Ceton, Hauppauge, and SiliconDust have announced products.  I’m excited to get this device, because I am absolutely not happy at all with Comcast encrypting the QAM channels over 30.