Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

OmniGraffle Just Keeps Getting Better

The Omni Group just announced that Beta 1 of OmniGraffle 5.1 is now available, and with it comes a huge feature for me: importing and displaying Enhanced Metafiles in Visio documents!

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VMworld 2008 Spouse Activities Schedule

For spouses traveling to Las Vegas with their VMworld-attending partners, my wife Crystal has volunteered to loosely organize some activities. After working on this for quite some time, here’s a rough schedule and some additional information.

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Thinking on Microsoft's Licensing Changes

Much has transpired since yesterday, when I urged VMware to join the SVVP and get their software validated for full support by Microsoft. Since that time, it has come to light that VMware has joined the SVVP, although a formal announcement has not yet been made, and Microsoft has announced some significant licensing changes regarding virtualization. I’ve been reading the various announcements and analyses regarding this information and I thought it might be beneficial to try to pull all this together.

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My VMworld 2008 Schedule

For those that are interested, here’s my VMworld 2008 schedule as it currently stands:

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A Quick Note to VMware

To Whom It May Concern at VMware:

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Fireproof

A new movie from the producers of “Facing the Giants” is set to open on September 26, 2008. The movie, “Fireproof”, stars Kirk Cameron, and focuses on the story of a firefighter and his efforts to save a crumbling marriage. I absolutely love the tagline: “Never leave your partner behind.”

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Plain Text Messages with Mail.app

I’m not really sure where or when it started, but over the last couple of years I started taking a strong preference to plain text communications. Perhaps it’s an increased amount of time spent on Usenet newsgroups (I’m still waiting for Panic to release a substantive update to Unison!), or perhaps its due to the annoyance of HTML e-mail that include more pictures than text; I don’t know. In any case, I set my e-mail client (Mac OS X’s Mail.app) to use plain text by default when composing messages, and I used the “hidden” preference to show the plain text alternative for messages when it’s available:

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Mind Mapping

If you are looking for a decent mind mapping application for Mac OS X, MindNode is an application you should definitely consider. I stumbled across MindNode a few days ago while browsing iusethis.com, and after using it since then I have to say I really enjoy it.

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OK, This is Funny

OK, I’m not a big fan of the whole “LOL cat” kind of thing, but this is really funny!

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Storage Protocol Performance Whitepaper from NetApp

NetApp recently published a white paper summarizing some tests they ran to compare storage protocol performance in a VMware Infrastructure environment. The white paper, TR-3697, compares the storage performance of Fibre Channel, software iSCSI, and NFS against a couple of different NetApp storage systems.

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