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

Open Source Blackberry Workaround?

Funambol, formerly Sync4j, is claiming that its latest product, Funambol 3, could function as an open-source Blackberry workaround, allowing push e-mail to be delivered to a variety of mobile devices, including Blackberries. This is particularly important in light of the threat of a Blackberry shutdown due to the RIM-NTP patent dispute.

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Apple and Virtualization

Ever since the announcement that Apple was transitioning its entire product line to Intel-based processors, there has been one thing primarily on my mind as the “I-really-want-this” item. Sure, now that the first Intel-based Macs have been announced and specs published, I’m looking forward to fast dual-core CPUs, higher FSB speeds, etc. But there is still this one thing that I’m really, really hoping to see: virtualization.

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Update on VMware Server

A few days ago I discussed the possibility of VMware giving away GSX Server for free. With the official announcement now made and lots of articles appearing about the subject, I thought I’d provide an update.

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Brief Thoughts on Virtual Server 2005

I just installed Virtual Server 2005 for a customer yesterday, and I thought I’d just briefly discuss my impressions of the product. Keep in mind that these are subjective, not objective, impressions, and—as always—your mileage may vary.

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VMware Giving Away Server for Free?

Lots of bloggers are talking about the rumors, perhaps justified, that VMware will announce on Monday, February 6, that it is giving away for free a product called “VMware Server.” It’s not clear yet if this is actually the equivalent of VMware GSX Server, or if this is entirely new product.

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My RSS Subscriptions

In case you’re wondering what I read in my ever-so-plentiful free time (OK, stop laughing), here’s a list of the RSS/ATOM feeds to which I subscribe (I use PulpFiction as my RSS newsreader).

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Application Updates

A few of my favorite Mac OS X applications have been updated recently.

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Bonjour on Linux

A while back, I experimented with a multicast DNS (mDNS) responder for Linux. (For those not already “in the know,” so to speak, multicast DNS is one of the key components of Bonjour, Apple’s automatic service discovery functionality—formerly known as Rendezvous). For some strange reason, I had an urge to try it again today. Here’s what I found.

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Decisions To Be Made

For the past few weeks, I’ve been struggling with a couple of very difficult decisions to make, and searching to find the Lord’s will in each of these decisions. I pray about these things, and every time it looks like one door is opening something happens that makes me wonder. Is it the Lord telling me I’m leaning the wrong direction, or the Enemy seeking to distract me?

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GRE Tunnels on a Cisco Router

One of my projects involved the configuration of GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation) tunnels, encrypted by IPSec, between two locations. I was having some problems getting the tunnels to work properly, but now I’ve managed to resolve that problem, and the configuration is working well. Here’s some additional information on the problem and how it was finally corrected.

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